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June 11, 2013 by Baptist Press 
Sample Image As Southern Baptists gather in Houston to conduct convention business, the power of believers working together to share the gospel is being felt in the SBC host city, with nearly 400 professions of faith.
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N.C. Baptists top international missions giving
June 7, 2013 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press
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N.C. Baptists gave more than $13 million to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering last year. The IMB reported that N.C. topped all other states in giving to the offering. IMB released its 2012 offering results last week. 
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'First Week' shows Christ's love to international students 
June 10, 2013 by Buddy Overman, BSC Communications
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When Sammy Joo arrived in the U.S. years ago from South Korea to attend Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., he came with his wife, infant child and all the belongings they could squeeze in two duffel bags.
Calvinism team addresses question: What next?
June 11, 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press
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Members of an advisory committee on Calvinism say that with their report now issued, the "next step" in cooperation and unity is up to individual Southern Baptists. 





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Pastors & wives counsel family before ministry
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Awesomely blessed with leaders   

I’m writing from the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Houston, Texas. The atmosphere has been calm in the sense that we‘ve seen very little debate. But, enthusiasm has been high, and unquestionable passion is evident in at least two areas.

First, the focus of the Great Commission is strong. Every sermon and every report has emphasized the ultimate goal of winning people to Christ.

Second, the drumbeat of revival at every level is being loudly sounded. Some are calling for personal revival in prayer and repentance. Others are calling for a revival of church planting and church revitalization. Still others are sounding the call of national revival.

Each year I leave the SBC annual convention with a specific way God has spoken to me. The Houston meeting impressed my heart with the passion of our leadership. We are blessed to have excellent leadership in Frank Page, Russell Moore, Thom Rainer, Tom Elliff, Kevin Ezell and all of our seminary presidents. They are the best and have surrounded themselves with other superior leaders. Give thanks to our Father for blessing Southern Baptists with the gift of great leaders!

But, no matter how strong our leadership, we must remember that "headquarters" for Baptists is the local church. Tithing and Cooperative Program gifts begin in the pew. Mission passion must be born in the pew. Baptisms begin in the pew. The issues of revitalization and church planting begin in the pew. And the local pastor is much closer to the pew than all of the leaders I have listed. Pastor, you are so very important to God’s assignment for Southern Baptists! You are a blessing to God's Kingdom! Stay faithful, stay in prayer and stay in the Word! Memorize Galatians 6:9.

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