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Pastors' Conf.: MacDonald out, Andrew Brunson addedBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Chicago pastor James MacDonald has withdrawn from his speaking slot at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in Birmingham, Ala., conference president Danny Wood announced Dec. 17.
Meanwhile, Andrew Brunson, the American pastor released this fall from imprisonment in Turkey, has been added to the June 9-10 lineup of speakers, the Pastors' Conference announced in late November. Brunson will preach from Matthew 5:10 -- "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs."
Wood said via Twitter that MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, "contacted me personally to say he is stepping away from all outside speaking engagements for a season (including Pastors Conference 2019). Thankful for this brother, and he has my prayers as he focuses upon his own local church ministry." Read More
CP undergirds church's vision for 'Living Beyond Us'BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) -- For seven decades, First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Mo., has given at least 10 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program.
"We believe in the vision of those 1925 Southern Baptists," pastor Billy Russell said of those who created the SBC's channel of cooperative missions and ministry more than 90 years ago.
"We're better together. We can do more together in Gospel work around the world," said Russell, who has led First Baptist for 13 years and was on staff for the six years before that.
First Baptist, with about 850 in four Sunday morning worship services, meanwhile has added four buildings to its original structure two blocks off the town square. Read More
W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96NASHVILLE (BP) -- W.C. Fields, a forerunner in denominational journalism as vice president for public relations for the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee from 1959-1987, died Sunday, Dec. 2, in Nashville at age 96.
As an Executive Committee vice president, Fields was the SBC's press representative and director of Baptist Press, the convention's news service. He also was editor of the Executive Committee's former Baptist Program magazine from 1959-1972.
He was first listed in Who's Who in America in 1976. Gratis, he wrote an article on Southern Baptists for Saturday Evening Post in 1983 that sold more than 1 million reprints. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: I'm in. Are you?
Tony Wolfe envisions something like the day of Pentecost: "I get the feeling that right now in Southern Baptist life we are gathered together in an upstairs room in prayerful expectation that any day God could breathe on us and unleash us on the world anew." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 4 pegs
Curtis Woods recounts key factors how churches find "unity and support in the Southern Baptist family regardless of church title, location, ethnicity or economic status." Read More
Neighbors, nations not alone, SBC Va. proclaimsHAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- Cooperation aimed at reaching neighbors and nations with the Gospel was the focus of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia Annual Homecoming Nov. 11-13 in Hampton.
Effective since an October vote of the SBCV executive board, the state convention retains its founding name of Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, but in business matters refers to itself as the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia and SBC of Virginia.
"They are Not Alone" was the theme, capping a 2017 theme of "We are Not Alone." Read More
2019 SBC Annual Meeting theme announced by GreearBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The supremacy of the Gospel will motivate Southern Baptist Convention President J. D. Greear as he leads Baptists to evangelize, plant churches, and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he said in announcing his theme for the 2019 SBC annual meeting.
Greear stated his theme as "Gospel Above All" and expressed that he will reflect on the Gospel "again and again" during his term.
"It is the Gospel that is the source of our renewal, and it is the Gospel that should be our defining characteristic as a people," Greear said in his first presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee at its fall meeting. "[The Gospel] should be what people think about and talk about when they think and talk about us." Read More
Greear: God 'stirring' SBC through transitionsDURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- State conventions, Southern Baptist Convention entity presidential openings and a Sexual Abuse Advisory Study were the central topics of discussion during an Oct. 31 Facebook Live broadcast with SBC President J.D. Greear.
Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., said he is "more convinced than ever" God "is not done" with the SBC and "is extending us an invitation to trust Him."
The 13-minute broadcast, cohosted by Summit associate pastor Todd Unzicker, included a discussion of Greear's "Gospel above all" emphasis at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall. Among the meetings he has attended or is scheduled to attend are the Colorado Baptist General Convention, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. Read More
SBC 2019 Pastors' Conf. names speakers, themeBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The 2019 Pastors' Conference has announced eight of the speakers for its Birmingham meeting June 9-10 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, with other names expected soon.
"Kingdom Character" is the conference's theme to offer insight from the Beatitudes to help pastors and church members live faithfully in "today's news cycle and current events," according to sbcpc.net.
"The Beatitudes will be a needed reminder to all of us about the character of ... Read More
2019 SBC lodging concerns prompt Exec. Comm. responseBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Online hotel reservations are still available for the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, but rooms within walking distance were exhausted shortly after registration opened Oct. 12.
Bill Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance, answered SBC 2019 housing concerns in an Oct. 21 blogpost at SBCVoices.com. An Oct. 17 post by SBC Voices blogger and pastor Adam Blosser, who was inadvertently waitlisted at convention housing venue the Westin Hotel, prompted ... Read More