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  • Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    by Christian Index & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (yesterday)

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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

  • Jimmy Allen, SBC pres. & 'energetic dreamer,' dies

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (7 days ago)

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    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (BP) -- Jimmy Allen, a former Southern Baptist Convention president and entity leader known for his gregarious personality and engagement with cultural issues, died Jan. 8 in Brunswick, Ga. He was 91.

    The last SBC president to serve before the convention's Conservative Resurgence, Allen also was a confidant of President Jimmy Carter and once met with Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iran hostage crisis. Allen led the SBC's Radio and Television Commission from 1980-90 and the Baptist General Convention of Texas' Christian Life Commission from 1960-68.

    During Allen's 1968-80 pastorate of 9,000-member First Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, the congregation was among the SBC's baptism leaders and established a range of social ministries. Read More

  • SBC's 2018 'season of change' an opportunity to pray

    by Biblical Recorder staff, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    CARY, N.C. (BP) – A review of this year's top stories reveals one particular topic that seems to stand out -- change. And it is presented here as a call to pray for the many churches, organizations and individual Christians involved -- that is to say, all of us.

    The Southern Baptist Convention began what appears to be a season of change in 2018, signaled most noticeably by vacancies in executive leadership roles at five SBC entities. Yet, there was also a wave of other openings, transitions or announced departures in seats of influence at state and national entities, as well as local churches. Read More

  • Dominican Republic native found Gospel focus at SEBTS

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (28 days ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- It started with a prayer.

    In his home country of the Dominican Republic, youth pastor Moises Gomez had a burning desire to be better equipped to serve the church. He and his pastor asked the Lord to provide a way for Gomez to be equipped for full-time ministry.

    "I think we should pray and see God respond in this prayer," Gomez recounted his pastor telling him in 2014.

    Two weeks later the phone rang, and Edgar Aponte was on the other end. Aponte was Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's director of Hispanic leadership development at the time (now the International Mission Board's vice president of mobilization). Read More

  • Pastors' Conf.: MacDonald out, Andrew Brunson added

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (29 days ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Chicago pastor James MacDonald has withdrawn from his speaking slot at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in Birmingham, Ala., conference president Danny Wood announced Dec. 17.

    Meanwhile, Andrew Brunson, the American pastor released this fall from imprisonment in Turkey, has been added to the June 9-10 lineup of speakers, the Pastors' Conference announced in late November. Brunson will preach from Matthew 5:10 -- "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs."

    Wood said via Twitter that MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, "contacted me personally to say he is stepping away from all outside speaking engagements for a season (including Pastors Conference 2019). Thankful for this brother, and he has my prayers as he focuses upon his own local church ministry." Read More

  • CP undergirds church's vision for 'Living Beyond Us'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) -- For seven decades, First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Mo., has given at least 10 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program.

    "We believe in the vision of those 1925 Southern Baptists," pastor Billy Russell said of those who created the SBC's channel of cooperative missions and ministry more than 90 years ago.

    "We're better together. We can do more together in Gospel work around the world," said Russell, who has led First Baptist for 13 years and was on staff for the six years before that.

    First Baptist, with about 850 in four Sunday morning worship services, meanwhile has added four buildings to its original structure two blocks off the town square. Read More

  • W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- W.C. Fields, a forerunner in denominational journalism as vice president for public relations for the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee from 1959-1987, died Sunday, Dec. 2, in Nashville at age 96.

    As an Executive Committee vice president, Fields was the SBC's press representative and director of Baptist Press, the convention's news service. He also was editor of the Executive Committee's former Baptist Program magazine from 1959-1972.

    He was first listed in Who's Who in America in 1976. Gratis, he wrote an article on Southern Baptists for Saturday Evening Post in 1983 that sold more than 1 million reprints. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: I'm in. Are you?

    by Tony Wolfe, posted Friday, November 30, 2018 (one month ago)

    Tony Wolfe envisions something like the day of Pentecost: "I get the feeling that right now in Southern Baptist life we are gathered together in an upstairs room in prayerful expectation that any day God could breathe on us and unleash us on the world anew." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 4 pegs

    by Curtis A. Woods, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (one month ago)

    Curtis Woods recounts key factors how churches find "unity and support in the Southern Baptist family regardless of church title, location, ethnicity or economic status." Read More

  • Neighbors, nations not alone, SBC Va. proclaims

    by Ishmael LaBiosa, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (one month ago)

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    HAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- Cooperation aimed at reaching neighbors and nations with the Gospel was the focus of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia Annual Homecoming Nov. 11-13 in Hampton.

    Effective since an October vote of the SBCV executive board, the state convention retains its founding name of Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, but in business matters refers to itself as the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia and SBC of Virginia.

    "They are Not Alone" was the theme, capping a 2017 theme of "We are Not Alone." Read More