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Addison named SBC Executive Committee executive vice president

NASHVILLE (BP) – Greg Addison has been named executive vice president for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.

Katrina evacuees return the favor to camp battered by Laura

DRY CREEK, La. (BP) – The winds were still howling as Hurricane Laura blew through Dry Creek Baptist Camp Thursday morning Aug. 27, when camp director Todd Burnaman fielded a welcomed phone call from the pastor of Horeb Baptist Church in Gretna, La., asking how he and his people could lend assistance.

IMB, Barna Group discuss engagement of next generation in global missions

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board joined with Barna Group for an online workshop titled The Future of Missions. The workshop, hosted virtually on Wednesday (Sept. 2), included IMB President Paul Chitwood, IMB staff and Barna Group representatives. Nearly 1,000 people joined the online event from around the world.

FIRST-PERSON: To this vision, I give my life. Will you join me?

NASHVILLE (BP) – As Great Commission Baptists, we are compelled with the vision to reach every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state and every nation. Our 51,000 congregations that comprise the Southern Baptist network of churches do our best work when we cooperate in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and make disciples of all the nations.

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings during COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 1, only 13 intend to proceed with in-person gatherings.

FIRST-PERSON: The unfinished task

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- At Hyde Park Baptist Church, we are “rolling out the red carpet” for the 22nd annual meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. This year our convention will look different, due to the challenges presented by COVID-19. We will observe the protocols of physical distancing and hand sanitizing, and we will encourage masks – but the convention will still be an excellent opportunity for our Southern Baptists of Texas churches to worship together, fellowship and accomplish our business.

Union Grove adapts to the times

YADKINVILLE, N.C. (BP) – “There’s no future in the past,” says Kenny Gooden, pastor for the last 30 years of Union Grove Baptist Church. “We have to look forward.”

FIRST-PERSON: ‘Crossing over’ after Katrina

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jack Hunter is executive director of the New Orleans Baptist Association. Saturday (Aug. 29) is the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. NEW ORLEANS (BP) — Disaster narrows focus and frames choice. When your neighbor is busted up and bleeding out, do you go to him or pass by? This was the question Katrina […]

Virtual town hall highlights diverse African American perspectives in the SBC

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (BP) -- New York Pastor Frank Williams sees in God's pastoral call a broader application with the advent of COVID-19 and renewed cries for racial justice.

SBC DIGEST: NAAF to host virtual town hall; SWBTS to livestream weekly music colloquium

NAAF town hall to offer timely insight on national, global struggles; SWBTS to livestream weekly music colloquium featuring noted speakers.