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Cooperation is 'our heart & soul,' Richards saysLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists need to unite in order "to advance the Kingdom of God together for God's glory," state convention leader Jim Richards said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"What we have [as churches in the Southern Baptist Convention] is definitely much more in common than we have apart," said Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, noting that "our heart and our soul" is "to be together." Read More
Moore, ERLC trustees issue 'Seeking Unity' statementNASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election.
The ERLC executive committee, in a 536-word portion of the statement, affirmed ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: United by truth
Joshua Crutchfield notes that the truth -- Jesus is Lord -- can unite Southern Baptists so that "all people might hear His name and have the opportunity to receive new life .... If we must fight, let it be against the darkness of this world." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Staggered & humbled
Jonathan Akin, a young Baptist leader and pastor, recounts being "staggered" and "humbled" in an exchange with Georgia Baptist leader J. Robert White, who has led the state convention for 20-plus years. Read More
Jack B. Johnson, last RTVC president, dies at 82HENDERSON, Nev. (BP) -- Jack B. Johnson, the last president of the former SBC Radio and Television Commission, died Sunday (March 5) in Henderson, Nev. He was 82.
Johnson was the RTVC's president from 1990-97, when the broadcast ministry became part the new North American Mission Board in a restructuring of the SBC.
Before his election as RTVC president, Johnson had been executive director/treasurer of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention for 11 years. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Standing with cooperation
Cooperation among Southern Baptists, as noted by Joshua Crutchfield, is based on the theological beliefs in the SBC's Baptist Faith and Message and, all the more "on the one of whom the document speaks -- Jesus." Read More
SBC's ethnic diversity leaves EC 'grateful to God'NASHVILLE (BP) -- A review of ethnic participation in Southern Baptist Convention life left a workgroup of the convention's Executive Committee encouraged at the SBC's progress and eager for increased diversity in the days ahead.
Reports submitted to the EC "show intentionality on the part of each one of our entities to provide resources and opportunities for involvement of our ethnic churches and church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention," Jim Gregory, chairman of the EC's Communications Workgroup, told Baptist Press. "I think we've made some very good strides because of our intentionality." Read More
Baptists must be 'correct,' Page says of stewardshipNASHVILLE (BP) -- The use of God's resources -- stewardship -- will gain a strengthened emphasis in Southern Baptist life, Frank S. Page said in addressing the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville.
"If we do not get the issue of stewardship correct, the work to which God is calling us will simply not be done in a way that would honor Him and glorify Him as He would wish," Page, president of the Executive Committee, said during the opening session of the EC's Feb. 20-21 meeting. Read More
Pastors' Conference speakers meet to unify sermonsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally.
This year's Pastors'Conference added another first -- the first time the speakers met in advance to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity to their sermons. Read More
Key leaders lend support to Pastors' ConferencePHOENIX (BP) -- Celebrating smaller membership churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is a key aspect of this year's Pastors' Conference. However, key leaders are calling for broad participation by pastors regardless of the size of their church.
"The core of the SBC has always been faithful men and women living out the Great Commission in local churches without the benefits of large platforms, big budgets or headline recognition," J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., noted. Read More