2009 SBC Annual Meeting News

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Churchill Downs chaplain helps faith blossom

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The "Run for the Roses" is well-known at Churchill Downs, but for assistant chaplain Yurian Cabrera, the "roses" of the Kentucky Derby come second to seeing faith blossom at the famed racetrack's fruit of ministry.       Cabrera, a 29-year-old native of Cuba, is a church planting missionary and part-time pastor of Iglesia Bautista Senda de Luz in Louisville.       Serving as a chaplain at the racetrack is yet another of his passions.       "I just love the smell, the track, the horses and, most of all, the people who work here," Cabrera smiled broadly, a dark goatee highlighting bright cheeks.       Early in the mornings, he relays a "Minute with God" over Churchill Downs' PA system in both English and Spanish as a devotional for track workers.       "It is a very brief reminder that God is real and that He cares about the workers here at the track," Cabrera said.       More than 700 Hispanics, mostly from Mexico, Central America and Cuba, work in some capacity at the track. Many live within the stable area, or "backside" of the track, with others in nearby apartment buildings.       A beautiful on-site "Christ Chapel" at Churchill Downs provides a place for Cabrera to hold services in Spanish on Monday evenings. Local churches and ministries provide supper, while worship and praise music is provided by local musicians and church groups.

Korean Baptists reach goal 1 year early

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Members of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America are celebrating the mobilization of 1,000 people for missions service through the IMB.

NAMB honors top Annie-giving churches

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--More than 350 representatives of small to large Southern Baptist churches were honored for their 2008 gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions during a June 23 luncheon ...

‘Idol’ concert among SBC family events

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–“American Idol” season six finalist Phil Stacey presented a concert to students and their families as one of the many family activities during the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Ky., June 23-34. Stacey, a preacher’s kid, was ministering at a church in Jacksonville, Fla., and in the U.S. Navy when he auditioned for […]

Ministers’ wives honor Shirley Lindsay

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Shirley Lindsay, the late wife of the late Homer G. Lindsay Jr., longtime pastor at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., was honored posthumously with the 2009 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers’ Wives Conference June 23 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Ky. Lindsay’s daughter, Peggy […]

Women gain freedom in God’s Word, speakers proclaim

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Early in her husband’s ministry as pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Elizabeth Luter recognized God called her to be a gatekeeper. She sought to rein in the misguided doctrine of a women’s retreat “that was all about pacifying pain and did very little for providing growth and maturity.” Luter, […]

Messianics: ‘Bring the exiles home’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–All people are suffering from exile from the Garden of Eden, and the resurrection of Christ began the return from exile, James M. Hamilton Jr. told members of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 20 in Louisville, Ky. Explaining his belief that God’s ultimate plan for creating the world was to “expand His […]

Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Fellowship and campus updates highlighted the alumni luncheons hosted by Southern Baptist Convention seminaries June 24 during the SBC annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. Following are reports from the luncheons. See accompanying Baptist Press story about events related to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s sesquicentennial celebration June 24. GOLDEN GATE — Golden Gate Baptist […]

Mohler: At 150, SBTS tribute to God’s grace

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–On Oct. 1, 1859, four young professors and nine students met for the first day of class when Southern Baptist Theological Seminary opened its doors in Greenville, S.C. One hundred and fifty years later, the seminary ministers in Louisville, Ky., where it moved in 1877. The institution’s faculty now numbers in the hundreds; […]

Great Commission Task Force chairman issues call for 5,000 prayer volunteers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The chairman of a task force charged with helping improve Southern Baptists' service to Christ through their Great Commission mandate has asked for 5,000 volunteers who will pray regularly on behalf of the committee.