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  • Floyd voices call for racial unity at Ark. capitol

    by Tim Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issued "A Call to Racial Unity" Jan. 15 at the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Exclusive on the steps of the Arkansas capitol.

    Floyd, the event's keynote speaker, told pastors and other leaders that "racism is Satan's tool" for dividing the church.

    "Pastors and churches must be the prophetic voice of not just doom and gloom, but the voice for hope and future," Floyd, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, noted. Read More

  • Congress' prayer tradition upheld by federal judge

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The constitutionality of legislative prayer gained reaffirmation Wednesday (Oct. 11) when a federal court dismissed an atheist's challenge of the U.S. House of Representatives' right to bar him from delivering an invocation.

    Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia said U.S. Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer to open congressional sessions and the House's rules in carrying out the practice. Collyer's support for legislative prayer in Congress came three months after a federal appeals court invalidated the practice in a North Carolina county. Read More

  • Floyd named National Day of Prayer president

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the organization announced today (Aug. 22).

    Floyd, who will continue to serve as pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing his latest ministry assignment, "In this desperate and urgent hour when turmoil and division is evident in America and security threats are being made against America, it is imperative that we do all we can right now to mobilize unified public prayer for America. Read More

  • 9/11 prayer outreach spotlights 'critical' year

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    CLEVELAND, Tenn. (BP) -- On the 15th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history, Southern Baptists are being urged to join hundreds of thousands of Christians from many denominations and ethnicities in praying for a Christian awakening in the nation.

    The Sept. 11 Cry Out America prayer outreach of the Awakening America Alliance and Center for Spiritual Renewal, an 8-year-old cooperative initiative encompassing more than 150,000 churches, ministries and parachurches in North America, is increasingly popular this year as more Christians recognize the nation's deep spiritual need, Awakening America executive director Kay Horner told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Video highlights Southern Baptists in St. Louis

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- A video released July 6 by immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd condenses 17 hours of proceedings from the June 14-15 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis into a 20-minute highlight reel.

    "This video may be just a personal blessing to you or something you may want to share with your church or through social networking," Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing the video. "To God's glory, we left St. Louis after back-to-back historic days. Let these highlights encourage you about our cooperative work to reach the world for Christ." Read More

  • 'We need You, Lord': Baptists plead for national revival

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (one year ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- At times they raised their hands. At times they gathered together in groups of two to three. And at times thousands of messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention knelt at their chairs on Tuesday night (June 14) as they pleaded with God to bring national revival and spiritual awakening to America.

    In one of his final acts as SBC president, Ronnie Floyd led the convention in an evening of prayer during its annual meeting in St. Louis.

    "From this moment on, it will not be about personalities on the stage. It will be about Jesus, all the way," said Floyd, who has focused much of his two-year presidency on urging Southern Baptists to pray for spiritual awakening. "We're about to give Him praise. And from this moment on, I'm going to ask you to give Him your all. What if this were your last night on this earth? Wouldn't you want to give it all to Jesus and be ready?" Read More

  • 'The stakes are high,' Floyd says

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Southern Baptists must act, akin to Queen Esther on behalf of her people, because "the stakes are high" in the church and in the world today, Ronnie Floyd said Tuesday (June 14) in his presidential address to messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis.

    "More Christians around the world are being persecuted and killed for their faith than any other time in modern history," said Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. "And with the continual and growing threats of Boko Haram, ISIS and other persecution, we are seeing one of the most severe refugee crises in our generation. Read More

  • Value all human life, Floyd says

    by Erin Roach, posted Monday, June 13, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The mass shooting in Orlando and ongoing racial tension should lead Americans to place a high value on all human life, Ronnie Floyd said June 13 in his final press conference as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    "This is a great time to remind everyone that each person in this world has been made in the image of God, and we need to value human life. What happened in Orlando is inexcusable and deplorable," said Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, regarding the massacre at a gay nightclub, where reportedly 50 people -- including the shooter -- lost their lives.

    Southern Baptists "stand against any prejudice, any bigotry, anything that is wrong in relation to devaluing human life, regardless of what someone does or how someone chooses to live. We value people. That's who we are, and that's what we need to continue to be," Floyd said. Read More

  • AVANCE honors, encourages Hispanic missions commitment

    by Keila Diaz, posted Monday, June 13, 2016 (one year ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- AVANCE 2016 drew more than 100 Hispanic attendees from across the nation for an evening focused on "Firmly Standing on the Gospel -- Boldly Committed to the Mission."

    During the June 12 gathering, Hispanic pastors and leaders were recognized for their work in the Kingdom and were encouraged to immerse themselves in missions in order to reach other Hispanics for Christ. Read More

  • SBC St. Louis prayer call to be broadcast globally

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Worldwide audiences will have opportunities to support the impassioned pleas of Southern Baptists for the next great awakening, revival and other concerns at the Southern Baptist Convention’s National Call to Prayer June 14 in St. Louis. Read More