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SWBTS 'moving forward' despite 'certain events'NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Although certain events took place this summer," Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary interim president Jeffrey Bingham told the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Southern Baptists are invited to "move forward" with Southwestern.
During his Sept. 18 report to the EC in Nashville, Bingham referred at least five times to the May 30 termination of Southwestern president emeritus Paige Patterson, a week after he was accorded that status. Yet in an effort to focus on the future, Bingham never described what happened, utilizing instead the refrain "certain events." His only mention of Patterson by name was a request that EC members pray for him and his wife Dorothy.
"Yes, events happened this summer," Bingham said. "But you know what? Southwestern, by the grace and the mercy of God, is moving ahead to fulfill its mission, which is to train God-called men and women for a variety of ministries. We are not living in the past." Read More
Exec. Comm. members' questions aired in open forumNASHVILLE (BP) -- Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were voiced during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18.
The forum was initiated by the EC's interim president, D. August Boto, in consultation with EC officers as part of the closing day's agenda during the Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville.
Boto, who also serves as the EC executive vice president and general counsel, called the forum an "experiment" apart from regular business "to voice the views from your home territories," whether questions, complaints, suggestions or praises regarding Southern Baptist ministry at the national level. Read More
BLOG: SBC Executive Committee meeting
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist Press is live blogging plenary sessions of the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 17-18. Updates can be read here and at our Twitter account. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: How's your church doing?
Denominational statistics are important, Gary Ledbetter writes, because "we are connected in our Great Commission work." Read More
Nat'l CP 2.59% ahead of projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. Read More
LABOR DAY: Owen Cooper's faith keyed array of venturesYAZOO CITY, Miss. (BP) -- On Labor Day, Americans will celebrate U.S. workers who have built and shaped the nation and influenced the world.
One of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century in Mississippi was also one of Southern Baptists' most influential laymen. The late Owen Cooper, who died Nov. 8, 1986, worked tirelessly in both arenas.
The year before Cooper's death, the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board named him Layman of the Century. He was the second of only two laypeople ever elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, serving two terms, 1972-1974. Many who knew him say his commitment to Christ and Christ-like ministry inspired his vision for bold endeavors. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A meeting of the hearts
Rick Lance of the Alabama Baptist Convention believes "we were all on the same team" in a meeting led by J.D. Greear, the Southern Baptist Convention's new president. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Don't ditch your denomination
Fred Luter, the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, recounts the moment when the church he leads decided whether to stay in the SBC. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A church bids farewell
Paul Kim recounts the poignant farewells to two couples leaving for distant fields of service from the church where they have been longtime members. Read More
'A powerful tool': 2018 SBC Annual available onlineNASHVILLE (BP) -- The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual has been posted online, with hard copies available for order.
The Annual is a comprehensive collection of reports, budgets and proceedings from the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas as well as a compilation of historical data and reports from convention entities.
Among the data available in this year's Annual: Read More