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  • Seminaries honor alumni, share highlights

    by Staff, posted Monday, June 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Alumni awards, reflections on missions and reports of progress in seminary education were highlighted June 15 during luncheons for alumni and friends of Southern Baptist seminaries during the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More

  • 4 entity heads address messenger questions

    by SBC Entity & BP Staff, posted Monday, June 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Questions were posed to four Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents during time allotted for messengers' questions during the leaders' respective reports at the June 14-15 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.

    Following are accounts of the four entity presidents' responses. Not all entity presidents were asked questions. Read More

  • SBHLA's Sumners honored upon retirement

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Jim Veneman
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- In 1979, Bill Sumners visited Nashville for a meeting of the Society of American Archivists and paid a visit to Southern Baptists' denominational archives while he was in town.

    As he stood in the Baptist Sunday School Board's Dargan-Carver Library, the precursor to today's Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, he remembers thinking, "This is really where I want to be" professionally. There was no job opening at the time. But eventually his dream was fulfilled. Read More

  • Pastors on politics: biblical, not controversial

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Bill Bangham
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Proclaiming Scripture instead of promoting controversy is their approach when addressing political issues, pastors said during a June 15 panel discussion at the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention.

    Five Southern Baptist pastors explained to Ronnie Floyd, now former SBC president, during the afternoon session how they handle political issues in their churches. The panel discussion -- titled "Pastors and the Church in American Politics Today" and moderated by Floyd -- came during a tumultuous election season that has found many Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians ... Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Historic election & resolution at SBC

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The election of Steve Gaines as president on the third ballot and a historic repudiation of the Confederate battle flag were among the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis.

    The convention's resolution on the Confederate battle flag capped an emphasis on racial reconciliation throughout the meeting that included the election of a 2017 Committee on Nominations with 25 percent of its members drawn from ethnic minority groups and a panel discussion on "racial unity in America" featuring Jerry Young, president of the historically African American National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Read More

  • ERLC's Moore defends religious freedom for Muslims

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Russell Moore offered a ringing defense of religious freedom for all, including Muslims, during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's report Wednesday (June 15) to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention.

    When questioned by a messenger how a Southern Baptist could defend the right of Muslims to build mosques, the ERLC's president said it was not a difficult decision. Read More

  • Traylor calls Baptists 'to dwell in unity'

    by Barbara Denman, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Ted Traylor challenged Southern Baptists to move forward in cooperation and unity for the sake of the Gospel -- reflecting the preceding historic moment when Steve Gaines became SBC president with gracious consent from fellow nominee J.D. Greear.

    Traylor, in the annual convention sermon June 15 in St. Louis, drew from Psalm 133 to poignantly repeat the words of the psalmist David in the first verse of the passage: "How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." Read More

  • IMB, NAMB celebrate partnership, disciple-makers

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Highlighting the partnership between Southern Baptists across North America and around the world to spread the Gospel and plant churches, the Southern Baptist Convention's two mission entities held a "Sending Celebration" at the conclusion of the SBC's annual meeting Wednesday (June 15) in St. Louis. Read More

  • IMB 'standing strong,' Platt reports at SBC

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, gives the IMB's portion of the Joint Mission Presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis Wednesday, June 15. Photo by Matt Miller
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- For more than 170 years, God has blessed the International Mission Board for the spread of the Gospel among the nations -- and by God's grace, 170 years later, the IMB is "standing strong," IMB President David Platt reported to Southern Baptist Convention messengers June 15.

    "I am confident that not every one of [those years] has been easy," Platt said. "But that's the beauty of Proverbs 3:5-6. As Southern Baptists have trusted in God, as Southern Baptists have acknowledged Him year after year, God has made our paths straight for the spread of His glory among the nations." Read More

  • 'It's working,' Ezell says of strategy & direction

    by Joe Conway, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Addressing Southern Baptist messengers during their annual meeting in St. Louis, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell asked them and himself -- "Is it working?" Ezell's question referred to the overall strategy and direction of the mission board.

    "NAMB's primary reason for existence is to help Southern Baptists reach North America for Christ," Ezell said Wednesday (June 15). "That is the mission that runs through everything that we do." Ezell thanked messengers for faithfully giving to the Cooperative Program and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Read More