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  • Dallas SBC 2018 hotel registration opens

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Housing registration has opened for the Southern Baptist Convention's 2018 annual meeting set for June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., in Dallas.

    Online reservations may be made around the clock at Reservations by phone are available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday at (800)-967-8852 toll-free.

    The Omni Dallas is the official convention hotel, located a block from the convention site. Read More

  • The Cooperative Program -- then & now

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- It failed. Then it worked out far better than anyone could have imagined.

    Here's the story of what befell Southern Baptists in the 1920s, yet ultimately emerged in a different form and succeeded as the Cooperative Program.

    Back in the mid-1980s Southern Baptists tried an interesting but questionable stewardship campaign called "Planned Growth in Giving." Instead of challenging believers to tithe -- the biblical practice of giving 10 percent of their income to the local church -- the campaign suggested that new givers start with a lesser percent and gradually move toward 10 percent. After only a few years the campaign was dropped. Pastors and members alike simply did not believe that advocating anything less than a tithe was biblical. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: A matter of love

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Among the things Randy Bennett loves are his wife and children, ice cream, his pickup truck and, all the more, the Lord and Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program. "I am part of a body of believers who are taking seriously God's command to go the ends of the earth to tell people about Jesus," he writes. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: A lifelong journey

    by Paul Kim, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Paul Kim recounts how Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program has been a key part of his lifelong journey as a pastor and church planter. Read More

  • CP a timely lifeline & calling for Fermín Whittaker

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Carmen Whittaker
    MENIFEE, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín Whittaker was a lonely seminary student in Canada, far from his home in Panama, when God used the Cooperative Program to hook his heart and set in motion a lifetime of support for unified Southern Baptist missions and ministry.

    Whittaker, executive director emeritus of the California Southern Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press he was saved at age 12 in a Baptist church in Panama, discipled by a Southern Baptist missionary and later made his way to Canada to enroll at a Baptist seminary. Read More

  • Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    LIBERAL, Kan. (BP) -- Voices sing out -- first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages.

    "The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá."

    The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together. He looks out and sees no less than 10 countries and four languages represented among the 150 or so people. Some wear ear buds that relay a translation from a nearby booth. Others squeeze next to a friend whispering a translation. Read More

  • 'Remarkable' number of women reported at SBC seminaries

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "A remarkable number of young women" are enrolling at Southern Baptist Convention seminaries, according to a report delivered this week to the SBC Executive Committee.

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson, in reporting to the EC Sept. 18, said female SBC seminary graduates are helping to fulfill a need in churches for "strong female Bible teachers." He attributed the increased number of female students in part to the publication of high-quality theological resources for women by LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Prayer, DR giving top EC actions at 100 yrs.

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18–19, which marked the EC's centennial.

    The Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling Southern Baptists and other Christians to prevailing prayer in the midst of "racial unrest, cataclysmic storms, raging wildfires, political strife, daily shootings in cities across the land, and rampant disregard for the commands and teachings of God's Word." Read More

  • CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it will do so again in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and, now, Maria.

    The SBC Executive Committee, in its Sept. 18-19 meeting in Nashville, voted to utilize overages in the 2016-2017 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for disaster relief in two ways:

    -- Designating the first $1.25 million of any overage in the SBC's $189 million allocation budget for disaster relief in Florida and Texas by the Send Relief ministry of the North American Mission Board. Read More