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2011: SBC Annual Meeting Roundup

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Chief of Chaplains Carver looks beyond ‘retirement’

PHOENIX (BP)--When Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Douglas Carver retires from the Army in July, the U.S. Army's Chief of Chaplains will take with him experiences with the armed forces' men and women that have helped form and transform him. The first Southern Baptist in more than 50 years to assume the role of Army Chief of Chaplains in 2007, the two-star general will retire after more than 38 years of service. "I don't use the word retirement," he notes. "This is a transition. God has ordered up something special beyond the Army. I don't know what it is, but it's something exciting." In his final weeks of duty, Carver has "little white space on my calendar." He returned from an April base circulation in Afghanistan to an array of stateside visits and appearances -- among them the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix. The busyness has done little to quell the emotion or distract him from the swell of memories. "I've made friends literally around the world including many from other nations, and to walk away from that -- there's nothing that prepares you for that," Carver said. "I cannot go back. I cannot put my uniform back on and go into this community. I'm flooded with wonderful memories of great ministry experience." His military career dates back to 1972, when he joined the Army right out of college during Vietnam; earned a Ranger tab; and served as an Field Artillery Officer. After six years, he went into the Army Reserves, attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and later pastored a church in Colorado Springs.

6-week revival fuels Southern Baptist resolution on prayer & repentance

PHOENIX (BP)--A resolution on prayer and repentance adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix traces its roots to a church's revival experience in east Tennessee.

B21 panel looks at GCR, missions, theology

PHOENIX (BP)–The push in 2010 for a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention was not a push for more programs, as much as it was an ambition to recover the Gospel among Southern Baptist churches, according to several members of a panel at a Baptist21 luncheon June 14. About 700 guests listened as […]

Updated: Gay leaders meet with SBC pres.

PHOENIX (BP)--A coalition of homosexual leaders and their allies met for more than 30 minutes June 15 with Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, with the leaders demanding an apology from the SBC and Wright refusing to budge, saying that Scripture is clear on the issue.

Dever, Patterson share wide-ranging dialogue

PHOENIX (BP)–Calling themselves “men of yesterday” in the Southern Baptist Convention, 9Marks founder Mark Dever and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson told younger pastors June 13 they should heed the wisdom of previous generations that upheld biblical authority and sound doctrine. Speaking at a “9Marks at 9” gathering following the Monday evening session […]

Kay Warren recounts lessons in suffering

PHOENIX (BP)–When suffering came into her life, Kay Warren’s natural response was to view it as an enemy she needed to fight and push away. “I want it gone and I want it gone now,” she told the Pastors’ Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference June 13. Warren began searching the Scriptures […]

U.S. needs ‘bivocational pastor movement’

PHOENIX (BP)--Small churches and bivocational pastors are a Great Commission powerhouse, a North American Mission Board leader told the Bivocational Small Church Leadership Network during the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

Baptist associations: ‘a biblical model’

PHOENIX (BP)–The future of the Baptist association is on solid footing, a Southern Baptist leader said, because the organization of churches within regional groups is based on a biblical model. “The future of the association is bright,” Ken Hemphill said. “I believe it’s a biblical model,” therefore “survival is solved.” “The question is, will it […]

‘Annie’ givers receive NAMB’s thanks

PHOENIX (BP)–The North American Mission Board honored more than 160 representatives of small and large churches who were among the top givers to the 2010 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention. NAMB invited the top givers in each Southern Baptist association, in terms of both […]

Ministers’ wives focus on influential joy

PHOENIX (BP)–Even when she contracted malaria during a mission trip to Africa, and even after learning her brother was killed instantly in a biking accident, Anne Wright was able to experience “influential joy.” Wright, wife of SBC President Bryant Wright, spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 800 during the Southern Baptist Ministers’ Wives […]