What's In A Name?
The Final Report of the Great Commission Task Force (GCTF) was released on May 3, 2010. It contains a Component called “Celebrating and Empowering Great Commission Giving” (Component Three). The GCTF plans to recommend to the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, a new category of giving for Southern Baptists to celebrate what the task force calls “Great Commission Giving” (GCG). It will encompass “the total of all monies channeled through the causes of the Southern Baptist Convention, the state conventions, and associations” (Final Report, p. 8). Read More...
Journey of Faith
During my second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the chairman of the Presidential Search Committee of the Executive Committee (EC) asked if I were willing to be interviewed by the committee. After several meetings with me and thorough research into my life, ministry, and skills, the committee subsequently recommended me to the Executive Committee. I will be forever grateful to the members of the search committee for their faith in me and for the years of encouragement they have given me since that time. The members were Julian Motley, NC, chairman; Stan Coffey, TX; Doyle Collins, OR; Ronnie Floyd, AR; Gwyna Parker, TX; Guy Sanders, FL; Simon Tsoi, AZ; Joe Warwick, TN; Fred Wolfe, AL; David Hankins, LA, ex officio. Read More...
Statement of the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention
Indianapolis, IN, June 10, 2008 – As Southern Baptists, we have much for which to be thankful. Our pastors preach the Word of God with power. Our churches witness effectively to the unsaved in cities and communities throughout the country. God continues to call many of our young people to the mission fields of the world; a new strategy for evangelizing the United States has been launched. Our seminaries excel in teaching new theologians and training new pastors. Our moral and religious liberty convictions are well represented in the public square. Our publications are some of the finest Bible study materials in the world. Read More...
FIRST PERSON – Courteous, Cautious, and Caring in Speech
I recently gave a statement to SBCoutpost.com, a web site upon which a small group of young Southern Baptist bloggers regularly contribute their opinions about a number of issues in the Southern Baptist Convention. Almost immediately thereafter, my statement was removed because the predicate upon which I offered it (a more-Christlike tone in the exchange of ideas) was not satisfied. I was careful to assure that my comments were removed, and having done so, considered the matter closed.
Bush thanks Southern Baptists for prayer in meeting with Page, Chapman at White House
WASHINGTON (BP)--Prayer was the topic of conversation when the president of the Southern Baptist Convention met with the president of the United States Oct. 11.