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  • Laurie underscores proclamation evangelism at SBC

    June 20 2017 by Myriah Snyder, Western Recorder | with 0 comments
    Laurie underscores proclamation evangelism at SBC

    “This is the time for us to advance with the gospel; this is not the time for us isolate. This is the time for us to infiltrate and to permeate the culture and offer theology without apology,” Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., said during a celebration service at the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • What is ‘alt-right’ movement? ERLC provides answers

    June 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    What is ‘alt-right’ movement? ERLC provides answers

    The alt-right social and political movement is in the spotlight after the Southern Baptist Convention condemned alternative-right white supremacy at its 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix. What is the alt-right movement? Many Southern Baptists aren’t familiar with the term, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore said June 14.

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  • NAMB: Every church can pray

    June 20 2017 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB: Every church can pray

    Church planting is the responsibility of every Southern Baptist church, and that responsibility begins with prayer. That was the message delivered by Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). “We believe at NAMB that churches plant churches, and churches send missionaries – churches of every size,” Ezell said.

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  • ‘Genuine burden’ needed for the lost, Hunt says

    June 20 2017 by J. Gerald Harris, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    ‘Genuine burden’ needed for the lost, Hunt says

    Looking at the apostle Paul’s passion for lost souls, former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Johnny Hunt preached from Romans 9:1-3 at the SBC. “The apostle Paul writes with a burdened heart,” Hunt said, “because his own brethren ... had refused to accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior and Messiah.”

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  • Preach the unchanging Word, exhorts Roger Spradlin

    June 20 2017 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware | with 0 comments
    Preach the unchanging Word, exhorts Roger Spradlin

    Drawing from 2 Timothy 4, pastor Roger Spradlin urged attendees to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting to preach the unchanging Word of God amidst the “Titanic” changes in today’s post-Christian America. “What should never change ... is the proclamation of the Word of God,” said Spradlin.

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  • H.B. Charles extols prayer, Christ’s priesthood

    June 20 2017 by Mike Schueler, The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma | with 0 comments
    H.B. Charles extols prayer, Christ’s priesthood

    Emphasizing the opportunity for bold prayer in light of Christ’s role as great high priest, pastor H.B. Charles preached from Hebrews 4:14-16 at the Southern Baptist Convention. “These verses declare to us that Lord Jesus Christ is our great high priest who in and of Himself provides everything faith requires to live for God,” said Charles.

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  • Platt encourages pastors: ‘Engage in SBC ecosystem’

    June 19 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Platt encourages pastors: ‘Engage in SBC ecosystem’

    The International Mission Board (IMB) is in a stable financial position, “setting the stage” to send more missionaries to share the gospel, IMB President David Platt reports to the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix. Platt thanked Southern Baptists for increased giving to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

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  • ‘God has shown us favor,’ Rainer reports

    June 19 2017 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay | with 0 comments
    ‘God has shown us favor,’ Rainer reports

    The newly released Christian Standard Bible gives Southern Baptists an unparalleled opportunity to uphold the fidelity of God’s Word, reported Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. “We, the Southern Baptist Convention, will be the stewards of this translation,” Rainer said.

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  • NAAF expanding SBC footprint for 4,000 churches

    June 19 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF expanding SBC footprint for 4,000 churches

    The 4,000-church strong National African American Fellowship announced new partnership initiatives at its business meeting to increase black church participation and leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention. Partnership initiatives with Southern Baptist mission boards, intended to strengthen churches while advancing the Great Commission, are at various stages of development.

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  • SBC seminary presidents recap campus highlights

    June 19 2017 by SBC Seminary staff | with 0 comments
    SBC seminary presidents recap campus highlights

    Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) six seminaries noted growth in ministry, enrollment and financial support in their reports to messengers June 14 at the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

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  • AVANCE: More Hispanic churches urged to mobilize for missions

    June 19 2017 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Witness | with 0 comments
    AVANCE: More Hispanic churches urged to mobilize for missions

    AVANCE 2017 drew Hispanic Southern Baptists from across the nation prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting to encourage more Hispanic congregations and their pastors to mobilize for missions. Edgar Aponte, International Mission Board vice president for mobilization, encouraged those in attendance to fill up the ranks of missionaries sharing the gospel.

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  • WMU celebrates 20 years of Christian Women’s Job Corps

    June 19 2017 by Julie Walters, WMU | with 0 comments
    WMU celebrates 20 years of Christian Women’s Job Corps

    Linda Cooper, president of national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), and Sandy Wisdom-Martin, WMU’s executive director, highlighted 20 years of ministry through Christian Women’s Job Corps during their report to the Southern Baptist Convention. “Twenty years ago, WMU began a dream that has grown into a nationally recognized program ...,” Cooper said.

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  • SBC denounces ‘alt-right white supremacy’

    June 16 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC denounces ‘alt-right white supremacy’

    Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting denounced “alt-right white supremacy” in a nearly unanimous vote June 14 after a tumultuous day of refusing to address the issue. It appeared maybe fewer than 10 messengers in the Phoenix Convention Center hall voted in the afternoon session against a resolution on “the anti-gospel of alt-right white supremacy.”

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  • Motion for soul-winning task force affirmed at SBC

    June 16 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Motion for soul-winning task force affirmed at SBC

    Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 11 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix. Messengers voted affirmatively on one of the motions to authorize the convention’s president to appoint a task force to study how Southern Baptists “could be more effective in personal soul-winning and evangelistic preaching.”

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  • Personal finances to gain SBC spiritual boost

    June 16 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Personal finances to gain SBC spiritual boost

    For people struggling financially – and others doing well – stewardship will become more urgent among Southern Baptists in the days ahead. “We’ve not talked about it enough,” Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, said in the EC’s report to the SBC.

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