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  • SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (8 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.

    The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.

    Messengers in Dallas totaled 9,632, SBC registration secretary Don ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: No longer asking, 'Who cares?'

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (8 days ago)

    Nate Adams recounts the change in his attitude about the SBC annual meeting from "Who cares?" years ago to "Who decides?" the direction of the convention's entities in the cause of Christ, their doctrinal positions and leadership. Read More

  • Women & Work seeks to broaden Kingdom productivity

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (9 days ago)

    BRANDON, Miss. (BP) -- Women & Work, a ministry launched this year with a panel at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, seeks to fill a void in Baptist life for women who want to contribute to the Kingdom by working in ministry, working from home or working in the secular world.

    Courtney L. Moore, the ministry's founder, is a stay-at-home mother of three and pastor's wife in Brandon, Miss., and she explained that her personal journey is part of what led her to start Women & Work. She felt called to ministry in high school but didn't know many women in full-time ministry. Read More

  • Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (23 days ago)

    BP file photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role.

    In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear to have a "restless conscience right now," that restlessness has the potential to usher in healthy self-evaluation and repentance. Read More

  • Connect 316 prays for unity, clarity in SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- On the eve of this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Connect 316 -- an organization advocating a "traditionalist" view of salvation -- convened for a prayer meeting in lieu of its annual celebration.

    "We heard" outgoing SBC President Steve Gaines' call to prayer, Connect 316 executive board member Tim Barnette told the June 11 gathering at the Dallas Omni. "So we wanted to join him in that and support that because we believe, like Jerry Falwell Sr. used to say, that nothing of eternal consequence takes place apart from concerted prayer. We believe what James says, that the prayer of the righteous is intensely powerful." Read More

  • NAMB, Send Relief's exhibit: Sending hope

    by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt
    DALLAS (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's exhibit featured its Send Relief compassion ministry as well as Send Network church planting emphasis at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    "The overall theme is sending hope," NAMB director of events Lee Cunningham said. "We highlighted the five Send Relief focus areas and encouraged people to two calls to action: writing notes for church planters and recording a Gospel Conversation (GC) Challenge video. The exhibit design was made to bring these two things together across NAMB and Send Relief." Read More

  • SBC, church's role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's current condition and how churches should engage politics were topics of conversation at this year's 9Marks evening events, June 11-12, in Dallas.

    Mark Dever moderated both 9Marks events, hosted with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of 9Marks, an organization dedicated to helping foster church health. The events, which started at 9 p.m., were held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • Panel describes, advocates 'text-driven' preaching

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- Prior to the annual Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a Text-Driven Preaching "MicroConference" June 10 on the value of text-driven preaching.

    Moderated by David Allen, dean of Southwestern's school of preaching, the conference featured a panel of two SWBTS professors and three students who advocated text-driven preaching as the best means for communicating God's Word to His people. Read More

  • B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas.

    More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting to hear seven Southern Baptist leaders address the theme of "United and Diverse: Critical Issues for our Cooperative Future." Read More

  • 2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Samuelle Grove
    DALLAS (BP) -- Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship.

    The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second -- and even third -- generation pastors successfully navigate cross-cultural church planting and pastoral ministry. The event was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More