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  • Church needs Jewish believers, prof says

    by Mark Kelly, posted Monday, June 16, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The Christian church needs Messianic believers -- Jews who follow Jesus as the Messiah -- for the same reason a man and woman need each other to be one flesh, a California Baptist University professor told the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 7.

    Stokes addressed the afternoon session of the fellowship's annual meeting, held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    "God is one, and He created man and woman and sai... Read More

  • Baptist associations' roles underscored

    by Garrett E. Wishall, posted Monday, June 16, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Following the model of the early church, Baptist associations should encourage doctrinal integrity, foster biblical fellowship, promote genuine worship and advance the cause of the Great Commission, said Russell Cook, president of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions.

    Cook, in his president's address at the SBCADOM June 8-9 meeting in Indianapolis, said associations must encourage doctrinal integrity, particularly in light of movements li... Read More

  • Redmond: Don't presume on God's grace

    by Jeff Robinson, posted Monday, June 16, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--A church or a denomination may assume it is experiencing God's blessing because of external factors such as large membership rolls or financial success, but in reality it may be far from God, Eric Redmond said at the annual Founders Fellowship Breakfast June 10 during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.

    Redmond, a pastor, author and SBC officer, said one of the great dangers facing Southern Baptists is that of presuming upon the grace o... Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Messengers elect Johnny Hunt president, launch 'GPS' initiative

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Indianapolis June 10-11 elected a new president, launched a bold initiative to share the Gospel with every person in North America by 2020, accepted a detailed report from the Executive Committee on the subject of child sexual abuse prevention and adopted a much-discussed resolution on regenerate church membership.

    Photo by Bob Carey
          Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected president on the first ballot at the annual meeting by receiving 52.94 percent of the vote in a crowded field of six candidates. Many of the approximately 7,200 registered messengers no doubt expected to witness the convention's first presidential runoff since 1982, but Hunt avoided that to become what is believed to be the denomination's first Native American president. Hunt is a Lumbee Indian, a North Carolina-based tribe.

    Photo by Baptist Press Staff
          Hunt long has been known among Southern Baptists for his passion for evangelism, discipleship and missions, and those themes dominated his post-election press conference and a brief address to messengers. His election came on the heels of LifeWay's Annual Church Profile report showing that Southern Baptists in 2007 baptized the fewest number of people in two decades. Read More

  • Weather affects registration total

    by Brian Koonce, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Heavy rains and flooding helped cause a dip in registration at this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, according to registration secretary Jim Wells. This year's unofficial messenger count was 7,277, down from 8,630 at the 2007 meeting ... Read More

  • Cullen receives ministers' wives' award

    by Shannon Baker, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Joy Cullen, a pastor's wife, Sunday School teacher, adjunct professor and former International Mission Board missionary in Asia, was honored with the 2008 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers' Wives' Luncheon June 10 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.

    She is the wife of Bob Cullen, pastor of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Glenn Heights, Texas, where she teaches a Sunday School class for "senior saints" and sings in the choir... Read More

  • Pastors' wives hear from Donna Gaines

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Jesus died so believers could have abundant life regardless of their circumstances, Donna Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., said during the Pastors' Wives Session of the SBC Pastors' Conference June 9 in Indianapolis.

    Before an audience of about 600 women, Gaines pointed to Genesis 2 for a picture of "life as it was meant to be."

    The session's worship was led by Kim and Suzanne Noblitt of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark. The women participa... Read More

  • Army's top chaplain speaks at luncheon

    by Adam Miller, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Prayer keeps us on God's agenda, Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, the U.S. Army's chief of chaplains, told fellow chaplains during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    "Let's make sure we're on God's agenda, because it's much better than what you and I can come up with in our feeble abilities," Carver said.

    Carver addressed the luncheon for chaplains hosted each year by the North American Mission Board. The board endorses chaplain... Read More

  • Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests

    by Staff, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Fellowship and campus updates highlighted the alumni luncheons hosted by the six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries June 11 during the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    Following are reports from the luncheons:

    GOLDEN GATE -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus Milton F. Steck was presented with GGBTS' distinguished alumni award at the seminary's alumni luncheon.

    Steck, a native of Sonoma, Calif., earned a master of divinity from Golden Gate i... Read More

  • At 104, he aims 'to be a blessing'

    by Michelle Myers, posted Friday, June 13, 2008 (9 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Eugene Florence may be 104, but he is anything but set in his ways.

    His June 9-11 visit to Indianapolis marked his first trip to the Southern Baptist Convention and his longest flight on an airplane.

    Florence continues to model hard work and endurance as he experiences new things. Rarely has there been a time when he did not hold two full-time jobs in addition to juggling family responsibilities, odd jobs when they became available and ministering whenever God p... Read More