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Monday, June 12, 2017

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  • Crossover & Harvest America share timeless Gospel message

    by Josie Bingham, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    PHOENIX (BP) -- It started Friday, June 9 -- the rumblings of an awakening. More than 700 voices worshiped at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., kicking off the weekend's Crossover Arizona and Harvest America events.

    The North American Mission Board's (NAMB) Crossover Arizona and Greg Laurie's Harvest America joined forces to host a three-day evangelistic outreach involving training, street evangelism and service projects before culminating in Harvest America's Sunday night crusade. Read More

  • 2017 SBC BLOG

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Baptist Press is live blogging the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. Updates can be read here, at our Twitter account, or our Facebook account. Want more updates? Follow our SBC annual meeting feed at Twitter.com/SBCMeeting. Read More

  • Gaines, Page preach at Phoenix-area churches

    by Shannon Baker and Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Prayer and perseverance were the themes as Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and SBC executive Frank Page preached at Phoenix area churches June 11 ahead of the 2017 SBC annual meeting. Read More

  • Study of Philippians pervades Pastors' Conf.

    by SBC writing team, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Encouraging and edifying pastors via the preaching of expository messages from the book of Philippians, the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference kicked off Sunday (June 11) at the Phoenix Convention Center. Read More

  • Student missions team involved in deadly bus accident

    by Margaret Colson/The Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Thirty-eight students and adult chaperones traveling from Huntsville, Ala., to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a mission trip to Botswana were involved in a horrific accident June 8 that left dozens injured and killed one student. Read More

  • SBC Peace Committee's legacy discussed 30 years later

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Thirty years after the Southern Baptist Convention Peace Committee delivered its major report to the convention, Baptists hold a range of views on the committee's significance.

    Some claim it played a positive role in advancing the SBC's Conservative Resurgence. Others say it helped calm the denominational conflict. Still others have called it a public relations scheme to appease moderates while theological conservatives solidified their control of the convention's committees and boards. Read More

  • EC receives CP report, frames building sale process

    by David Roach & Art Toalston, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee heard a report today (June 12) that "escrowing, withholding [and] reducing" gifts through the Cooperative Program is "not as widespread" as thought in February when the EC's CP Committee created a special committee to study the issue.

    The EC also voted to ask the SBC for authorization to sell the SBC Building in Nashville if a favorable offer is made. The committee additionally adopted a resolution of appreciation for SBC registration secretary Jim Wells, who has completed 15 years of service and will not attend this year's SBC annual meeting due to an ongoing battle with cancer. Read More

  • Sumrall receives top award for women's leadership

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    PHOENIX, Ariz. (BP) -- Becky Sumrall, a Tennessee Baptist who has spent the past 40 years mentoring women from all walks of life, is the recipient of this year's Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development.

    The award, presented annually by Woman's Missionary Union since 1998, comes with a $2,500 grant from WMU Foundation that will go to further Sumrall's ministry at Begin Anew, Middle Tennessee's branch of Christian Women's Job Corps and Christian Men's Job Corps. Read More

  • 'Text is king,' Allen says at pre-Pastors' Conf. workshop

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Having worked with each of this year's Pastors' Conference speakers earlier this spring on their preaching through the book of Philippians, David Allen noted text-driven preaching is expository preaching "as it should be done."

    Allen, dean of the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, led the Text-Driven Preaching Workshop Sunday (June 11) as the official pre-conference workshop of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual Pastor's Conference in Phoenix. Read More

  • WMU celebrates 'Defining Moments'

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Around 250 Southern Baptists gathered for the opening session of WMU's 2017 Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting on June 11 in Phoenix.

    "Every moment has a series of defining moments -- moments that shape us and change and make us the person we are today," Sandy Wisdom-Martin, newly-elected national WMU executive director said. She and Linda Cooper, national WMU president, opened the evening and shared personal and biblical "Defining Moments," in keeping with WMU's theme for the year. The focus for the opening night was "Redeemed." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Lost people come first

    by Daryl Cornett, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Christians must "get a whole lot more comfortable with being uncomfortable," Daryl Cornett writes, and "allow God to break our hearts for the lost … to bring the same Good News that came to us to others who don't know yet that they even need it." Read More