|SBC elects first African American president|
June 19 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR, & Melissa Lilley, BSC
|There were no surprises during the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) presidential election June 19 in New Orleans, but the convention's decision to elect Fred Luter Jr. as its first African American president was no less historic.. |
|N.C. Baptists tops in Annie Armstrong giving |
June 19 2012 by BR staff
|North Carolina is the number one state in Annie Armstrong Easter Offering giving for 2011, Kevin Ezell announced June 18, during the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) appreciation luncheon in New Orleans.|
|Baptists spread gospel in New Orleans|
June 18 2012 by Mickey Noah, NAMB
|Crossover 2012 – the evangelistic emphasis that precedes the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in teh host city – covered metro New Orleans just like Saturday’s early morning showers – which ended as soon as they began – turning gray skies blue and sunny, making it a pleasant day to share Jesus in The Big Easy.|
|Bryant Wright reflects on SBC presidency |
June 18 2012 by G. Gerald Harris, Baptist Press
Bryant Wright has traveled more than 100,000 miles to 16 states and to 10 countries on three continents since his election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in June 2010. This interview gets his views on several topics relevant to the SBC.
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|NOLA is epicenter again|
June 20 2012
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina made New Orleans and surrounding areas the epicenter of unwelcome attention. Seven years later the city is the focus of attention for a different reason. Major media outlets are abuzz with Southern Baptists’ election of Fred Luter as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention (Read the story).
This is a very historic step for a denomination born out of conflict in an era of slavery. Now 10 percent of SBC churches are African American. Many of our churches are made up of Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics and hundreds of other ethnic peoples from around the world. So, Luter’s election is a signal to these churches, also.
It says to everyone that we are a multi-cultural people, and we want our churches on earth to look like the population of heaven. It says we are serious about loving and welcoming all people who want to follow Christ. It says that when the focus of our worship is the true, living God, we are comfortable with all who want to bow down before Him and give Him glory.
Ultimately, all of us are an audience to Almighty God. It is not within our authority to choose His audience. Our hearts are open to His purposes.
It is all about the gospel. This is our message. This is our mission. This is our existence.
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen" (Jude 1:24-25, NASB).
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