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June 3, 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press 
Sample Image A 19-member advisory committee on Calvinism has issued its report to SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page, urging Southern Baptists to “stand together” for the Great Commission.
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Southeastern takes strategic initiatives toward ethnic relations
June 4, 2013 by SEBTS
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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has added two new positions in order to make strides toward ethnic diversity. 
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N.C. relief workers show love of Christ to Moore residents
May 30, 2013 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press
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For 90 minutes on the afternoon of May 20, Ivette Castro didn’t know if she, her 16-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son would live to see the evening as an EF5 tornado bared down on them.
Boy Scouts decision stirs N.C. Baptists to consider options
June 3, 2013 by BR, Southern Baptist TEXAN and Baptist Press
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Some North Carolina Baptist churches plan to announce in the coming weeks how they will handle the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America.





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Hot topics for SBC 2013 in Houston   

Calvinism and the Boy Scouts appear to be the two hot topics at next week’s annual gathering of Southern Baptists in Houston, Texas. I will be there covering the activities for you on Twitter, Facebook and BRnow.org.

Calvinism has seen growing popularity within Baptist ranks in recent years, especially among younger pastors. The recognition of that fact prompted Frank Page, CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention, to name a committee whose task was to identify the concerns and responses Baptists have expressed about Calvinism.

The report was made public last Friday and was posted on the Biblical Recorder’s website quickly. You can read the committee’s full report here. It is a "mild" report in the sense that it does not provoke further controversy. Yet it is strong in the way it clearly identifies our assignment. The intent is to bring a sense of calm and graceful reason to the discussion with the hope that Baptists will keep the focus on the Great Commission instead of our differences.

The other big topic of discussion in Houston is likely to center around Baptists’ response to the recent Boy Scouts’ decision to open its doors to homosexual boys for membership. This is a significant issue spiritually, morally, socially and civically.

Pray that the convention and the testimony of Southern Baptists that flows out of the convention will glorify God.

The Biblical Recorder staff has prepared a web page with links to many SBC 2013 resources, including a live feed of the Pastors Conference and a live feed of the proceedings of the convention. Access our page here.

If you have not read Thom Rainer's blog about Frank Page's daughter's suicide, please read it now. It tells a message that Christian leaders need to hear.

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