June 2014

SBC leaders lament lack of evangelistic passion evidenced by annual report

By Carol Pipes, LifeWay Communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches affiliated with the convention in 2013, while other key measures declined, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

 

Baptist-related college to close June 30

By Staff, Baptist Press

MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky college with strong Southern Baptist ties will close its doors by June 30, citing a "myriad of circumstances" as the cause of its closure.

Trustees of Mid-Continent University near Paducah, Ky., met for more than three hours April 15 before announcing their decision to close the school, which was organized by western Kentucky pastors in 1949 with the endorsement of the West Kentucky Baptist Association. Mid-Continent moved to Mayfield, its current location, in 1957.

 

The Duck Commander will highlight Sept. 6 Outdoor Extravaganza

Phil Robertson and his oldest son Alan will highlight an Outdoor Extravaganza on Sept. 6 sponsored by First Bossier and Cypress Baptist of Benton.

By Brian Blackwell

Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY -Phil Robertson, better known as the Duck Commander, is coming to the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City and the goal is to see many lost people come to Christ Sept. 6.

Phil and son Alan Robertson, recently introduced on the hit A&E show as "the beardless brother," will highlight an Outdoor Extravaganza featuring giveaways and exhibits by the nation’s top outdoor vendors.

 

SBC elects Floyd, prays for revival and restoration at SBC Annual Meeting

Newly elected 2014 officers of the Southern Baptist Convention are: (left to right) Jim Wells, registration secretary; John L. Yeats, recording secretary; Ronnie Floyd, president; Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., first vice president; and Hance Dilbeck, pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla., second vice president.

BALTIMORE (BP) – Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention elected Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd as president and heard repeated calls for prayer and revival – highlighted by outgoing President Fred Luter’s presidential sermon.

Messengers also gave the first of two required approvals to an amendment of the SBC constitution, requested information about a Muslim student who was admitted to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and heard Executive Committee President Frank S. Page call for a “Great Commission Advance” in SBC missions.

 

Lottie Moon offering receives record $154 million

RICHMOND, Va. – Southern Baptists gave an unprecedented $154 million to the 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, breaking the record for the largest total in the offering’s 125-year history.

The 2013 offering, finalized June 5, reached $154,057,852.36. The total represents an increase of nearly $4.8 million over 2012, or 3.2 percent. It tops the previous record, $150.4 million in 2007, by more than $3.6 million, and marks the fourth increase since 2008.

 

Cypress Baptist, First Bossier partner to bring the ‘Duck Commander’ to event

Cypress Baptist Church in Benton and First Baptist Bossier City are sponsoring an Outdoor Extravaganza that will feature Phil Robertson, better known as the Duck Commander, at that CenturyLink Center in Bossier City on Sept. 6. Area pastors met at First Bossier for the event announcement. Pictured are (left to right) John Fream, pastor of Cypress Baptist; Brad Jurkovich, pastor of First Bossier; Larry Lott, a member of Cypress Baptist and one of the event organizers; and Jerry Pipes, executive pastor of First Bossier.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – Phil Robertson, better known as the Duck Commander, is coming to the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City and the goal is to see many lost people come to Christ Sept. 6.

 

Phil and son Alan Robertson, recently introduced on the hit A&E show as “the beardless brother,” will highlight an Outdoor Extravaganza featuring giveaways and exhibits by the nation’s top outdoor vendors.

 

"Do you know His name?" Fred Luter asks

“Jesus saves. So come on, Southern Baptists, we can no longer be at ease in Zion while people all around us are dying and going to hell. Therefore, we must repent. Therefore, we must have remorse and do what Israel did in Psalm 80.” said Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, during the President’s Sermon to more than 5,000 messengers June 10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. “... In the name of Jesus we have the victory.”

BALTIMORE (BP) -- The Gospel found only in the name of Jesus will change an America that has blown it with God and is quickly becoming more pagan than Christian, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter told messengers on the eve of his last day in office.

Luter drew enthusiastic, soulful responses from worshipers at an evening revival service June 10 during the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore as he preached from Psalm 80:18-19, the meeting's official theme Scripture calling for "Restoration and Revival through Prayer."

 

Crossover Baltimore leaves 'long-term ripple effect' for Christ

Leslie Palmer, wife of Seventh Metro Baptist Church pastor Ryan Palmer, prays for community members June 7 outside the church building in Baltimore as part of the Southern Baptist Convention outreach initiative Crossover Baltimore. The church, where legendary SBC missionary Annie Armstrong was baptized, relaunched on Sunday, June 8, after the evangelistic events on Saturday.

By Adam Miller, Tobin Perry and Joe Conway, Baptist Press 

BALTIMORE, Md. (BP) -- Dante Carter wanted Crossover Baltimore to communicate compassion to the hurting people he often encounters in the city.

"There's a lot of hurt and pain...," Carter, youth pastor at Northeast Baptist Church (NBC) in the heart of the Armistead Gardens community, said. "We want to give people an opportunity to hear the Gospel preached and to experience the love of Christ through the people of our church."

 

Seek God, share a testimony, pastors urged

David Platt, senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., speaks during the first session of the 2014 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The theme of the conference is "Show us Your glory."

BALTIMORE (BP) -- Pastors, churches and the convention must catch a glimpse of God's glory to fuel their mission, speakers said at the 2014 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in its first two sessions June 8-9.

The annual conference preceding the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting was held this year at the Baltimore Convention Center focusing on the theme "Show Us Your Glory" from Moses' prayer in Exodus 33.

 

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