Baptist Life

MARIETTA, Ga. — Dr. Randy Cheek was approaching 70 years old when he was called as senior pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Marietta. His first Sunday he preached a message that has become his personal prayer, “Lord, whatever you want, I want.”

INDIANAPOLIS — In 2023, 35 out of 41 Southern Baptist state conventions reported increases in baptisms from the previous year. During his report to the SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell invited several of those state leaders to join him to recognize NAMB’s partnership in evangelism with state conventions.

INDIANAPOLIS — Kate, a young member of a Girls in Action group, approached her parents in the fall of 2023 with the idea of doing a project for Haiti. They thought it might be something small, but she told them she wanted to raise $7,000 to build a church in Haiti.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Newly elected SBC President Clint Pressley, in his first press conference following the election Wednesday, June 12, expressed his confidence in Southern Baptists as he responded to questions on issues dealt with in the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley, elected SBC president from a field of six nominees, begins his term with two newly-elected officers and two officers reelected during the 2024 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Just after my family moved to Prestonsburg over 20 years ago, Leah Dane, one of our older deacon’s wives, made us a loaf of banana bread. The small bundle was wrapped in foil. Opening it up, we found it already sliced for our convenience.

My husband is the king of “made up” games for the grandkids. They play “fish bait,” where he throws an empty lotion container, which is the bait, in the middle of the bed and the kids try to get it like fish. They play their own version of click list (which is quite entertaining) among other crazy made-up games like restaurant ordering, hair salon etc.

INDIANAPOLIS — Emerging from a field of six candidates, North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — In a highly anticipated vote on the final day of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, messengers narrowly defeated the proposed Law Amendment which specified that only men can serve “as any kind of pastor or elder as qualified by Scripture.”

INDIANAPOLIS — Dean Inserra said “football nerds” like him watch with great interest every February as football players showcase what they can do at the NFL Combine, which takes place in Indianapolis just down the street from where Southern Baptists held this year’s annual meeting.

INDIANAPOLIS — International Mission Board  President Paul Chitwood wasted no time getting to the heart of Southern Baptist missions in his report to Southern Baptist messengers and guests at the SBC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 12.

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Truett McConnell University is excited to welcome Caleb Ferguson as the new assistant professor of Music at the Felix Manz School of Music. Caleb, a TMU alumnus and a distinguished scholar in Opera Performance, along with his wife Emily, also a TMU graduate, are returning to the TMU family.

INDIANAPOLIS — Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention passed a slate of recommendations Tuesday, June 11, related to how the convention deals with churches that no longer “closely identify with” the SBC in “faith and practice.”

Of all the important decisions a family must make, the selection of a place to eat can be the most debated and contentious. What is your family’s method of choosing where to dine? No matter what one family member suggests, it always seems another does not want it.

In the early chapters of Acts, Luke shares several vignettes of the early Church. The vignettes not only describe the nature and growth of the church in Jerusalem, but they also describe the nature, purpose and mission of the Church. Acts 2 describes a united Church.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) — The Committee on Nominations has released its 2024 report. Nominated by the Committee on Committees and elected by messengers, the Committee on Nominations nominates members to the Executive Committee and directors/trustees to boards, institutions, commissions and standing committees of the Convention.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – The 2024 Committee on Committees has released its report. Appointed by the SBC president, the Committee on Committees nominates the Committee on Nominations and any special committees that are authorized during Convention sessions.

INDIANAPOLIS — The past five years of turmoil surrounding the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee led to growing chatter about whether the entity had outlived its purpose, but the voices seem quieter with the recent installation of Jeff Iorg as the EC’s new leader.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—The North American Mission Board showcased its work during the SBC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 11, highlighting the impactful ministries of evangelism, church planting, chaplaincy and Send Relief.

INDIANAPOLIS — Southern Baptist messengers approved recommendations presented by the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force on Tuesday, June 11.

INDIANAPOLIS — While reflecting on his past two years as Southern Baptist Convention president, Bart Barber urged messengers to look past disagreements and struggles in their churches and to “bear one another’s weakness.” He delivered his final president’s address on Tuesday, June 11, during the SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — To kick off the morning session of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference on June 10 in Indianapolis, Benny Wong preached from Exodus 32:7–14 and “its sister passage” Deuteronomy 9:8–29.

INDIANAPOLIS — Steve Gaines said he often sees 1 Corinthians 1:18 play out in real life — that the message of the cross makes no sense to those who are dying, but to those who are being saved, it changes everything.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – The National Hispanic Baptist Network organized a day of workshops for Hispanic Baptists gathered in Indianapolis for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

It’s likely a Fayette County first: A county marshal ordered a church pastor to appear before a judge to answer for a publicly advertised car show held during daylight hours entirely within the church property.

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