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  • Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    by Christian Index & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)

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    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79.

    Smith's election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979.

    J. Gerald Harris, retired editor of Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal, described Smith as "a powerful preacher, devoted pastor and faithful friend" in an obituary posted ... Read More

  • Charles Fuller, SBC Peace Committee chair, dies

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 30, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ROANOKE, Va. (BP) -- Charles Fuller, a Virginia pastor who chaired the Southern Baptist Convention's Peace Committee, died July 28 in Roanoke, Va. He was 86.

    Formed in 1985 in response to a motion at the SBC annual meeting, the Peace Committee was charged to "seek to determine the sources" of controversy amid the convention's Conservative Resurgence and "make findings and recommendations." Fuller was thought a natural fit to chair the 22-member group -- which comprised conservatives, moderates and centrists -- because he was theologically conservative and committed to the SBC but not part of the Conservative Resurgence's "machinery," as Fuller put it. Read More

  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 1987 debate on Christ's atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had "greater significance" in the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence than some have thought.

    That's the conclusion of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provost Jason Duesing, who has published an essay to commemorate the debate's 30th anniversary in the Midwestern Journal of Theology. Read More

  • SBC Peace Committee's legacy discussed 30 years later

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Thirty years after the Southern Baptist Convention Peace Committee delivered its major report to the convention, Baptists hold a range of views on the committee's significance.

    Some claim it played a positive role in advancing the SBC's Conservative Resurgence. Others say it helped calm the denominational conflict. Still others have called it a public relations scheme to appease moderates while theological conservatives solidified their control of the convention's committees and boards. Read More

  • Fred Powell, behind-the-scenes stalwart, dies at 86

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (BP) -- Fred Powell, a behind-the-scenes leader during the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence, died April 24 in Johnson County, Kan., where he was in hospice care. He was 86.

    Powell became the top aide to Charles Stanley shortly after the Atlanta pastor was elected as SBC president in 1984 ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Standing with cooperation

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Friday, March 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Cooperation among Southern Baptists, as noted by Joshua Crutchfield, is based on the theological beliefs in the SBC's Baptist Faith and Message and, all the more "on the one of whom the document speaks -- Jesus." Read More

  • Online: Patterson & Conservative Resurgence archive

    by Katie Coleman & Alex Sibley, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A new digital archive, “The Paige Patterson SBC Conservative Resurgence Collection,” provides insight into the role of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s president in Southern Baptists’ return to their biblical heritage.

    Materials in the archive at the seminary’s library include letters, pamphlets and audio recordings of conference presentations and debates significant to this period of Southern Baptist history.

    Patterson, Southwestern’s president since 2003, is one of the individuals most closely identified with the Conservative Resurgence. Read More

  • 1985 Dallas SBC: 'a watershed moment'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- For pastor's wife Ritchie Hale, attending the 1985 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting meant sleeping in a 1960 popup camper with her husband and four children amid 100-degree temperatures and thunderstorms. For Conservative Resurgence leader Morris Chapman, that meeting occasioned one of the clearest personal directives God had ever given him. For moderate leader Cecil Sherman, it was the first time he contemplated losing the battle for the SBC.

    All three knew the Dallas annual meeting 30 years ago was of monumental importance in the SBC's Conservative Resurgence. By some estimates, the 45,519 registered messengers may have constituted the largest deliberative body ever assembled. Read More

  • Winfred Moore, two-time SBC pres. nominee, dies

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    AMARILLO, Texas (BP) -- Winfred Moore, a Texas pastor and two-time moderate nominee for the Southern Baptist Convention presidency, died May 8 in Amarillo, Texas. He was 95.

    Pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo from 1959-89, Moore was defeated in SBC presidential elections in 1985 by Charles Stanley and 1986 by Adrian Rogers during conservatives' battle to gain control of SBC entity trustee boards. Moore believed requiring "doctrinal uniformity as a prerequisite for missions" was neither "Baptistic" nor conducive to reaching the world for Christ, as he put it in a 1986 statement announcing his willingness to be nominated for the presidency. Read More

  • Francis Schaeffer 'indispensable' to SBC

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The late Francis Schaeffer was known to pick up the phone during the early years of the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence. Paige Patterson knew to expect a call from Schaeffer around Christmas with the question, "You're not growing weary in well-doing are you?" Read More