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  • SBC PHOENIX: registration total finalized, costs down

    August 3 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC PHOENIX: registration total finalized, costs down

    Data compiled following the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix indicates more messengers than 2011, the last time the convention was held in Phoenix, and a net annual meeting cost reduction of some $800,000 since that time. Nominees elected to boards and committees were notable for their ethnic diversity.

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  • Disciple-making addressed by Ezell, Platt, Geiger

    July 19 2017 by Michael Smith, NAMB | with 1 comments
    Disciple-making addressed by Ezell, Platt, Geiger

    Disciple-making in Southern Baptist churches was assessed by entity leaders Kevin Ezell, David Platt and Eric Geiger during a forum at the 2017 SBC annual meeting. Ezell, Platt and Geiger agreed that one problem is a lack of understanding among Southern Baptists about what disciple-making truly is – that evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand.

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  • Worship & missions: An interview with Keith Getty

    July 5 2017 by Rodney Calfee, IMB | with 0 comments
    Worship & missions: An interview with Keith Getty

    Many Southern Baptists may know the Gettys for “In Christ Alone,” a beautiful hymn Keith Getty and Stuart Townend penned in 2000 and the church has been singing ever since. Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with others, have written many more, some of which tie directly to the missionary activity of the church.

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  • Church leaders gather ministry tips in Phoenix

    June 29 2017 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Church leaders gather ministry tips in Phoenix

    So what? That’s the question Rob Tims says he tries to answer right away when he leads a small group. Tims, a manager in groups ministry, and his colleagues at LifeWay Christian Resources led 18 drop-in training sessions over three days to give practical skills and ideas to church leaders.

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  • Heart for orphans stirs panel conversation

    June 27 2017 by Michael Smith, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Heart for orphans stirs panel conversation

    Four Southern Baptist national entity leaders shared their insights on adoption and foster care during a panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program booth. After opening the discussion by asking the panelists to share about their personal involvement, Chad Keck asked what Southern Baptists can do to better engage on this issue.

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  • Gaines: Pray ‘fervently’ in light of Phoenix SBC

    June 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gaines: Pray ‘fervently’ in light of Phoenix SBC

    With messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix pledging to pray for matters ranging from evangelism to racial reconciliation, SBC President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to intercede “more fervently and frequently than ever before.” Gaines urged Baptists to follow through on their prayer commitments and honor the prayer requests.

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  • Scripture in discipleship focus of LifeWay event

    June 26 2017 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Scripture in discipleship focus of LifeWay event

    A standing-room-only crowd gathered for a discussion about the essential role of Bible reading in the process of discipleship during the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. The event, titled “Discipleship Through the Word,” began with Keith and Kristyn Getty leading the audience in worship.

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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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