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  • IMB 'open for business,' Platt tells SBC messengers

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt declared the IMB "open for business" in his report to messengers at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 13.

    "By the grace of God and through the generous support of Southern Baptist churches, the IMB is positioned on strong biblical foundations, and we are standing on firm financial ground," Platt said. "Our giving is up through both the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon. And our sending is up. Lord willing, we will send more missionaries this year than we have in years." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB adds 47 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    DALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 47 new missionaries sent by Southern Baptist churches to take the Gospel to the nations during their June 10-11 meeting in Dallas.

    The new missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration June 12 during the evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Read More

  • Kie Bowman calls for new life in dry bones

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Ethan Loveless
    DALLAS (BP) -- Kie Bowman, pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, preached the convention sermon from Ezekiel 37, calling on Southern Baptists to ask God to breathe life into families, churches and the Southern Baptist Convention at the annual meeting in Dallas June 13.

    Bowman, this year's alternate convention sermon preacher, stepped in to give the meeting's keynote message after Paige Patterson, former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, withdrew June 8. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Very optimistic

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

    "How do you feel about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention?" Jeff Iorg conveys his reasons for giving an upbeat answer. Read More

  • Messengers make 20 motions, debate SWBTS trustee action

    by Brian Koonce, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 20 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas June 12.

    Messengers debated then defeated June 13 a motion by Tom Hatley of Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, Ark., that messengers dismiss Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustee Executive Committee. The debate included comments from two current SWBTS trustees, a former convention president and a laywoman. Read More

  • Pence thanks SBC for values, prayers, ministry

    by Margaret Colson, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- Vice President Mike Pence affirmed Southern Baptists for their gospel witness and then encouraged Southern Baptists to continue in that commitment, speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Wednesday (June 13).

    "What began more than 170 years ago at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., has now become one of the greatest forces for good anywhere in America.... The Southern Baptist Convention has always strived to reach the world for Christ, and so you have throughout the decades. I believe with all my heart: Your faith has moved mountains, and your witness changes lives every day," he said in his opening remarks. Read More

  • Diverse slate of officers to lead SBC in 2018-2019

    by Barbara Denman, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area, was elected the 60th president of Southern Baptist Convention during the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Greear will lead a diverse slate of officers including A.B. Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church in San Diego, first vice president; Felix Cabrera, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Central in Oklahoma City, second vice president; John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, recording secretary; and Don Currence, minister of children and administration at First Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., registration secretary. Read More

  • Dave Ramsey urges pastors to lead people out of debt

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey, addressing the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12, urged pastors to lead people out of debt by teaching them what the Bible says about money.

    "When you stand up in front of your congregation, you're looking at a large number of people who do not have the ability to handle their money," Ramsey, CEO of Ramsey Solutions and author of "Financial Peace University," told messengers. Read More

  • Ravi Zacharias: Never underestimate God

    by Morgan Collier, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Convictions will "drive you through life, especially in the toughest seasons of the soul," Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias told Southern Baptists Tuesday evening (June 12) at their annual meeting in Dallas.

    Zacharias, president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Ga., shared a message entitled, "Convictions that conquered the world." He explained the difference between convictions and opinion along with how convictions shape and mold people. Read More

  • Hispanic Alliance welcomes J.D. Greear, new SBC pres.

    by Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 100 pastors and their wives attended the Hispanic Baptist Pastors' Alliance Tuesday (June 12), welcoming new SBC President J.D. Greear during a morning of worship, fellowship and a call to go beyond the church walls.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, kicked off the meeting telling pastors about several areas he sees as important to unity and proclamation of the Gospel.

    First, Greear said, the Gospel must be what the churches unite around. Next, people of other cultures within the SBC need to be elevated to positions of leadership. As a convention there needs to be a re-focus on evangelism and a renewed commitment to planting churches at home and around the world, something he thinks Hispanics are key to as they are able to go places Anglos can't. His final point was an encouragement to mobilize the college-aged and next generations in their strategic places. Read More