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SBC Conf. for the Blind to meet June 20

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Conference for the Blind will meet Saturday evening, June 20, prior to the SBC annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. The gathering will feature a discussion about Southern Baptist ministries with the blind, led by Charles Couey, a Mission Service Corps missionary with the North American Mission Board, and times of […]

Southern Baptist evangelists gear up for worship & youth rally

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–“Anticipating His Return” will be the theme of the worship service sponsored by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists on Sunday, June 21, from 9 a.m.–noon, in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Room South C201-204. Some 1,000 attendees are expected for the COSBE service, the high point of COSBE’s annual evangelists’ retreat preceding the […]

SBC UPDATES: Annual meeting shuttle service ready for 24 hotels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Twenty-four hotels will have shuttle service for the Southern Baptist Convention beginning Sunday, June 21, according to final arrangements reported by convention manager R. Clark Logan Jr. The confirmed shuttle routes for this year’s SBC annual meeting are posted at http://www.sbcannualmeeting.net/sbc09/page.asp?cat=house&subcat=shuttle. However, seven hotels originally listed for shuttle service no longer will be […]

Yeats to be renominated record. secretary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–John L. Yeats, recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention since 1998, will be nominated for another one-year term during the June 23-24 annual meeting in Louisville. Ky., Hershael W. York announced June 10. “Dr. John Yeats was first elected to this post in 1997. He has faithfully, consistently and effectively served our […]

Joyce Rogers: God ‘isn’t finished with me’

BARTLETT, Tenn. (BP)–For 54 years, Joyce Rogers walked alongside her husband as he became one of the best known pastors in Southern Baptist life. Adrian Rogers, for 32 years the pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., and a three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention, died in November 2005, just a few months […]

Hunt responds to GCR critics

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)--Greater funding of the Cooperative Program will occur when Southern Baptists have greater confidence their gifts support the priorities of North [QUOTE@left@150="I would be real open to say that we look forward to every meeting that there will be a state editor there to be able to document the meeting. We have nothing to hide."] American church planting, global pioneer missions around the globe and theological education, declared Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt in an interview with four state Baptist paper editors.       Hunt responded to critics who he believes have misjudged his motive in calling for a task force to [QUOTE@right@150="They can use percentages [all they want], but the bottom line is everyone there is paid and every missionary is paid not by percentages, but by dollars."] examine the denomination "at every level" via his "Great Commission Resurgence" declaration. Far from having "a hidden agenda," the Georgia pastor said his proposal seeks accountability for the investment of mission dollars.       He predicted his call for a study will be approved overwhelmingly by messengers to the June 23-24 SBC meeting [QUOTE@left@150="... maybe some [state conventions] have grown to a certain place where they send 50 percent now [beyond the state]" ... that kind of generosity "would keep us from being tempted in our churches to give designated gifts [around state conventions]"] in Louisville, and endorsed an appeal from four state Baptist paper editors that meetings of the prospective task force would be as open and transparent as possible.       "I would be real open to say that we look forward to every meeting that there will be a state editor there to be able to document the meeting. We have nothing to hide," Hunt told the editors from the Florida Baptist Witness, Georgia Christian Index, Illinois Baptist and Southern Baptist TEXAN in the June 3 conference call.

Scroggins Pastors’ Conf. 1st VP nominee

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Jimmy Scroggins, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference during its June 21-22 meeting in Louisville, Ky.

FIRST PERSON: “This One Thing I Do” (Philippians 3:12-14)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--On Monday, April 27, I received an email and was surprised by the attachment entitled, the Great Commission Resurgence Declaration. As I began reading through the ten articles of the Declaration, I rejoiced in the strong affirmations of our Convention's biblical convictions.

ANNUAL MEETING UPDATES: SBC online pre-registration; new books by Hemphill; …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Online pre-registration will remain open throughout Saturday, June 20, for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.

Hunt: SBC needed ‘shock’ of GCR declaration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The strongly worded 10-point declaration "Toward a Great Commission Resurgence" released April 27 was a needed "shock" for an unhealthy Southern Baptist Convention, according to SBC President Johnny Hunt.