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Messengers offer 17 motions at SBC

June 16 2011 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Messengers offered 17 motions June 14 during the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. All but one of the motions, however, were referred to SBC entities or ruled out of order during the subsequent business sessions of the convention.

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Ariz. fires spark ministry

June 16 2011 by David Roach, Baptist Press

SNOWFLAKE, Ariz. — As the largest fire in Arizona history rages in the eastern part of the state, Southern Baptists have responded with compassion in Jesus’ name. The Wallow Fire has burned more than 730 square miles, destroyed 31 homes and cost around $25 million to fight, MSNBC reported.

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Fred Luter elected as SBC 1st VP

June 15 2011 by Barbara Denman, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Even as Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) messengers considered a set of recommendations to increase the ethnic diversity of the convention’s leadership, they faced the choice between an African American pastor from Louisiana and a Chinese-American layperson from Phoenix for first vice president of the SBC.

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Selflessness SBC’s only hope, Page says

June 15 2011 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — If Southern Baptists are going to fulfill their God-given mission in a lost world, they must deal with fragmentation and self-centeredness and recommit themselves to gratitude, trust, unified ministry and honesty, messengers were told during the opening session of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting June 14.

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Messengers approve 7 EC recommendations

June 15 2011 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Seven recommendations from the SBC Executive Committee were approved by messengers during the opening session of the SBC annual meeting June 14. Four recommendations related to the “Great Commission Resurgence” report adopted at the 2010 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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Pastor jailed in Haiti honored at SBC

June 15 2011 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Two Southern Baptists who exemplify dedication and sacrifice were honored during the afternoon session of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting June 14. Paul Thompson, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, was among 10 Baptists arrested in Haiti on Jan.

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Unity, cooperation pledge tops EC agenda

June 15 2011 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — An affirmation of unity and cooperation among Southern Baptists and new ministry assignments for two Southern Baptist entities highlighted the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee’s agenda June 13 in Phoenix. Pledging to “walk in unity as brothers and sisters in Christ,” Southern Baptist entity heads, state executives and ethnic fellowship leaders signed an “Affirmation of Unity and Cooperation” pledge during the meeting.

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EC recommends changes for mission boards

June 14 2011 by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press

PHOENIX — The Executive Committee (EC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) voted June 13 to recommend changes to working agreements that will allow the International Mission Board (IMB) to work directly with internationals living in the United States.

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Crossover brings ‘Living Water’ to Arizona desert

June 14 2011 by Mickey Noah, Joe Conway & Tobin Perry, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Even as scorching temperatures bumped 102 degrees in Arizona’s Urban Corridor, Southern Baptists mobilized in Crossover 2011 to bring the Living Water to people throughout the region’s parched deserts. Some 5. 2 million people live and work in the corridor, which stretches from the Phoenix metro area down to Case Grande and Tucson.

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Lead in holiness, evangelism, service, pastors urged

June 14 2011 by Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Pastors must take the lead in personal holiness, evangelism and service to others if Southern Baptist churches are to be effective in reaching the world for Christ, speakers said at the 2011 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in its first two sessions June 12-13.

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