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Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

August 14, 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press
Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense ... READ MORE 

NAMB launches evangelism group

August 13, 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB
NAMB is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to ... READ MORE

Saddleback celebrates 50,000th baptism

August 14, 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends
Not long after Saddleback Church held its first services in 1980, Rick Warren waded in the water and baptized a handful of new believers. Nine people came forward that day to declare ... READ MORE

Case against Army chaplain called 'anti-religious'

August 14, 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate ... 
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'A powerful tool': 2018 SBC Annual available online
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Allan Blume
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SBC Annual is 'treasure trove' 

The annual convention of Southern Baptists tends to get a lot of attention. It should. The messengers of the churches conduct very important business every June and make critical decisions for our direction as partners in the Great Commission. But, within a few months, hardly anyone is thinking about the meeting. We move on to day-to-day ministry and urgent matters at hand. Such is to be expected.

However, very few messengers to the convention sat through every minute of every session. And the majority of Southern Baptists were not able to attend the meeting. There is also a high probability that those attending were distracted and missed an important motion, resolution or report. That’s why the annual report is published and made available to all Southern Baptists. We posted a story on BRnow.org that calls the annual “a powerful tooland announces its release.
 
The SBC annual is not as inspiring as your daily devotions or Bible study time. But it would be wise to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the publication. It really is a powerful tool, providing information on all related SBC ministries. The publication is a treasure trove of historical data. Keep that in mind when you’re looking for that important piece of history for a sermon illustration or Bible study class. Be sure you download a copy of the annual soon – and keep it handy.
 
We need to spend some time praying about the unfinished business in the SBC. As you know, the International Mission Board and the SBC Executive Committee are searching for new leaders of these strategic organizations. Southwestern Seminary’s trustees will soon name the search committee for a new president. The North American Mission Board recently announced the expansion of their evangelism strategy. Many state conventions, associations and churches are struggling. There is much to pray about!
 
Thank you for depending on the Biblical Recorder as your news source. Pray for us, also!

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