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  • 'For the Church Phoenix' seeks to encourage, edify

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Midwestern Seminary hosted "For the Church Phoenix," its third in an annual series of micro-conferences, at the Phoenix Convention Center during the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

    The event featured leaders from across the SBC presenting on featured topics in a seven-minute TED Talk-like format.

    "Our aim at For the Church Phoenix was to give attendees the very best encouragement and instruction that Midwestern Seminary could possibly provide through these brief presentations," Midwestern president Jason Allen said during the June 13 event. "Existing for the church is what this school stands for, and our desire is that everyone has departed here more edified to carry out their ministries." Read More

  • Gaines: Pray 'fervently' in light of Phoenix SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- 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."

    Gathered around the theme "Pray! For such a time as this," messengers to the June 13-14 annual meeting urged prayer or committed to ask God for specific requests in at least five separate resolutions. In addition, annual meeting attendees received specific prayer requests from the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. Read More

  • 'Stage is set,' Platt tells Baptists at IMB dinner

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- How many missionaries could be sent from just a fraction of all Southern Baptist churches today? At the International Mission Board dinner June 12 in Phoenix, IMB President David Platt and the crowd of approximately 1,350 Southern Baptists estimated that their congregations, right now, have a combined potential of 28,551 missionaries.

    Those in attendance compiled the number of students, singles, husbands, wives, moms, dads, kids and grandparents in their churches who might take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the billions of people who have yet to hear it. Read More

  • Scripture in discipleship focus of LifeWay event

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Maggie Mae Everett
    PHOENIX (BP) -- 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 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

    The event, titled "Discipleship Through the Word," began with Christian music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty leading the audience in worship, including their classic modern hymn "In Christ Alone." Read More

  • Evangelists aim for greater international reach

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Increasing international evangelism and diversity were the focus of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists when it gathered in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • SBCAL group to study DOM title change, efficiency

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

    A 12-member study group is expected to recommend in 2018 a new title, credentialing process and expectations of effectiveness for Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs). Read More

  • Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017 recap video

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Screen capture from recap video
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Prayer and soul-winning evangelism are highlighted in a brief video recapping the spiritual emphases of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

    Impassioned pleas with outstretched hands and heads bowed before God, high praise, brief interviews and video captions of Southern Baptist leaders and members comprise the video capturing the June 13-14 meeting and its preliminary events in Phoenix and surrounding suburbs. The SBC's growing diversity in leadership is captured in African American and Hispanic pastors and officers. Read More

  • 9Marks panels discuss church, SBC

    by Tom Strode and Lauren Pratt, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Jeremy Scott
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Pastors and entity leaders discussed church unity in a divisive age and the statistical decline of the denomination during two 9Marks conversations held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.

    9Marks, a church health ministry based in Washington, D.C., sponsored the late-evening panel discussions in partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission June 12 and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary June 13. Read More

  • Connect316 honors Steve Gaines with Jerry Vines Award

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Justin Veneman
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Presentation of an award to Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and advocacy by Alabama pastor Eric Hankins of "loyal opposition to the rise of Calvinism in the SBC" were among emphases at the Connect316 banquet June 13 in conjunction with the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    Connect316 -- a coalition of Southern Baptists who advocate what they call a "traditionalist" understanding of the doctrine of salvation and disagree with some points of what they call "New Calvinism" -- also hosted a panel discussion at the banquet exploring the relationship between evangelism and the doctrine of salvation. Read More

  • B21 panel calls for unity amid differences

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Christian unity should transcend differences on Calvinism, politics and race for the advancement of the Gospel, panelists told more than 800 attendees June 13 at the ninth annual Baptist21 luncheon during the Southern Baptist Convention's meeting in Phoenix.

    "Our world is going straight to hell and we need to be one in telling people about Jesus and not letting these secondary things divide us," said SBC President Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Read More