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Posted 6/26/13 at 10:57 AM | Christian Post

United States Supreme Court Rejects Proposition 8

Today the United States Supreme Court decided that the Supreme Court could not decide the constitutionality of Proposition 8 because the people bringing the case didn't have standing.

The state of California refused to defend the vote of the people in this case so supporters of Proposition 8 attempted to represent the case. The Supreme Court rejected this representation.

Justices ruling against standing:

Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, John Roberts, and Antonin Scalia

Justices supporting standing:

Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas

The court ruling can be read here.

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Posted 6/26/13 at 10:24 AM | Christian Post

United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of DOMA

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision.

The case United States v. Windsor revolved around an inheritance tax dispute after Thea Spye died and her wife Edith Windsor was subject to taxes that traditional married (husband and wife) couples wouldn't be subject to.

Justices ruling against DOMA:

Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor

Justices supporting DOMA:

Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas

The court ruling is available here.

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Posted 6/13/13 at 2:26 PM | Christian Post

Last Day to Enter: CP Blogs, Crossway Books Giveaway

Happy Father’s Day from CP Blog!

This Father’s Day the Christian Post blog section (CP Blog) along with Crossway Books would like to give five lucky fathers a special gift, a copy of The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family by Tim Witmer.

To enter, simply
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3. Don’t forget to include the hashtag, #theshepherdleader, in your tweet.
*This step is critical so that we can contact winners with a direct message.

The entry period is from June 13 to June 17, 2013. CP Blog will announce the winners on June 20, 2013. See the Giveaway rules at the bottom of this post.

About The Shepherd Leader at Home

Fatherhood is about far more than sharing genetics. True fatherhood involves knowing, leading, providing, and protecting. As the number of two-parent, husband-wife homes dwindles in the United States, Practical Theology Professor and author Tim Witmer wants to equip the church to leaders in their marriages and parenting.
“No relationship is static,” Witmer explains. “You are either committed to growing closer or you are drifting apart.”
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Posted 6/12/13 at 8:59 AM | Christian Post

Southern Baptist Convention 2013 Live Blog - 2nd Day


The Convention has ended. Thank you for visiting the live blog.


David Smith gives the benediction prayer. Smith prays that the attendees will leave the convention with the heart of a missionary.


Fred Luter thanks everyone for the opportunity to serve and requests their prayer. Luter also thanks the parliamentarian and everyone that worked with him on the stage.


Akin closes his sermon with a prayer.


Akin tells a story about division in the denomination. He had a conversation with Adrian Rogers years ago and Rogers said we are fighting each other in the barracks rather than fighting satan in the field.


Akin suggests that Christians include God in their wills so that when they die, they will leave money to missions.


Akin asks if we model Great Commission Christianity to children.


Akin says that Great Commission people see themselves as missionaries.


Akin says, that by not sending men to Africa we are condemning Muslim men to hell because women cannot tell them about the Gospel


In 1900 half of the world's population didn't have adequate access to the Gospel. Still half of the world doesn't have access to the Gospel. "What is the problem?" Men are the problem. Men are not being about the business that God gave them.


The issue is access to the Gospel. Paul was about the business of getting the Gospel everywhere.


Akin says Great Commission people are consumed with sharing the Gospel.


Akin tells the story of a church planter that owns only two pairs of clothes a hut and some farm tools that would be considered poor by the world's standards but is rich because of God.


Akin: God killed his son so he wouldn't have to kill us.


Akin says that Billy Graham told him that the percentage of people in churches that don't believe the Gospel is a lot higher than 50 percent.


Akin says a Great Commission people will never lose sight of the Gospel.


Akin tells story of missionary Henry Martin who said, "The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions."


Another mark of a Great Commission people: Christ-centered people that boast only in Christ and not in themselves.


Akin: "World missions is God's work and our worship."


Akin says that missions and worship must be kept together.


Akin says that missions and theology reinforce each other.


Akin quotes Carl F.H. Henry: "The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time."


Akin says there are close to 7 billion people and 3 billion have inadequate access to the gospel. More than 1 billion people have never heard of Jesus.


Akin warns that good things can distract from the best.


Mark #1: Great Commission People will keep the focus on the most important thing while doing many good things.


Akin tells the story of James Fraser who rejected the offer of a promising career as a concert pianist to be a missionary in China.


Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will deliver the sermon.

Akin's sermon is 6 Marks of a Great Commission People.


The attendees sing Revelation Song.

Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You


Billingsley sings It Is Well with My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Previous presidents of the SBC are recognized. Jimmy Draper is in attendance. Joyce Rogers, the widow of Adrian Rogers, is also in attendance. Frank Page thanks the messengers for the opportunity to serve. Bryant Wright recognizes the historic moment he was part of in seeing Luter elected president of the convention.


Frank Page recognizes Fred Luter and his wife for their service for the previous year.

Page also recognizes the other officers that served with Fred Luter.


Fred Luter recognizes Nathan Lino for his work as 1st vice president of the SBC.


Fred Luter recognizes David Miller for his work as 2nd vice president of the SBC.


Andy recognizes committee members and then recognizes June Turner for 30 years of service in the convention.


Nomination for next year's sermon giver, an alternate and a music leader are nominated and approved by messengers.


Messengers vote to approve the resolution on the growing prison population.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution on the growing prison population in America. Messengers vote to approve the amendment.


Messengers approve resolution on age discrimination and health care rationing.


Messengers approve resolution on violations of freedom of assembly.


Messengers approve resolution in support of prayer for the President.


Messengers approve resolution on the 125th anniversary of the WMU.


Resolution on tithing approved by the messengers.


Another amendment offered to resolution on tithing. Messengers vote to approve the amendment.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution on tithing. Messengers vote to approve the amendment.


Steve Lemke announces that there will be 6 resolutions for messengers to vote on.


Jim Wells the registration secretary reports that 5,103 messengers registered for the convention and requests prayer for his surgery in July.

Fred Luter prayers for Wells.


Leon Thompson, a deacon at church in Illinois gives the opening prayer.

Leon Thompson, thanks God for everyone serving at the Convention.


Charles Billingsley greets the attendees, reads from Matthew 28 and then sings the song Happy Day.


Pastor Danny Decker reads scripture and then prays the benediction ending the morning session. The live blog will return when the next session begins at 3 p.m.


IMB has a website to assist people in praying for missions.

Elliff completes his report by encouraging everyone to participated in the activities listed on this slide.


Elliff says this cooperation can be repeated again and again. Although there is so much darkess, resources have never been so abundant. This is the time of the world's greatest lostness.


Elliff askes the messengers to pray for the missionary in Asia.

One missionary that Sam discipled joins in by Skype video conferencing.


Sam Cordell comes on stage but face is obscured in the live video stream. In 10 years Sam trained 200 Christians in Ecuador. Elliff says a group of 20 families so poor that only two families have a motorized scooter are financially supporting a missionary.


Sam Cordell wanted to "punch holes in the darkness" and realized that God called him to leave South America and go to Asia. Nine church planters from this poverty-stricken area ask to join him in the Asian mission work.

Video is shown but the faces of missionaries are obscured to protect their identity.


 Hollingsworth talks about the team God built in his church that are involved in church planting.

Pastor Gary Hollingsworth comes on stage and talks about his role in this story of church planting overseas.


Elliff tells the story of a family and church that is "mission minded."

Multiple videos feature people that are part of this story.

Sam meets the daughter of a church planter and they get married. While church planting, they build a relationship with the WMU.

Elliff says the story is about cooperation. Seminary education, networking with other Christians and then a missionary appointment through International Mission Board.


Two interesting facts from video presentation:

  • 1.2 billion people live in south Asia
  • Majority of them are unengaged with the Gospel.
Video shown about IMB work.


Messenger asks question about properties being sold in other countries. Elliff answers that the mission agency wants "pioneers, not settlers." Elliff also says that governments are making it harder to use some properties so they are being divested.


Slides from Tom Elliff's presentation.


Elliff says that support in the Cooperative Program is declining and asks for prayer and that it would increase. Elliff says that More than $11 billion was given to Southern Baptist churches.


Elliff says the IMB has started a School of Prayer.


Elliff describes the Macedonian Project to train missionaries to speed the process of sending a student to the mission field.


Tom Eliff says that the IMB is mobilizing to help businessmen to share the Gospel. Closed nations are closed to missionaries but open to business.


Tom Elliff, president of the International Mission Board, gives report and reveals progress in completing the Great Commission.

Tom Elliff says that the Southern Baptist Convention needs to be more passionate about declaring the faith than defending the faith.


Amendment to resolution offered that would change the word orientation to preference. The messenger says that homosexuality is a choice and not the result of a gene or the brain. The committee recommends a vote against the amendment because the amendment uses the phrase "perceived sexual orientation."

Messengers vote against the amendment and then vote to approve the resolution on the Boy Scouts.


Amendment to resolution is approved by messengers.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution. Messenger says his church is in partnership with the Boy Scouts because of the Gospel and that the church is given the job of the Great Commission, not the Boy Scouts.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution. Committee agrees with amendment and messengers approve the amendment.


Messengers oppose amendment to resolution.


Messengers speak for and against resolution on the Boy Scouts.

Messenger offers amendment to resolution.


Messengers approve resolution on mental health and the heart of God.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution on mental health. The amendment is defeated.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution on mental health. Committee affirms the amendment and messengers approves the amendment.


Messenger offers amendment to resolution on mental health.

The amendment is defeated.


Resolution on human trafficking passes.


Vote taken on the amended resolution on sex abuse and it passes.


Another messenger offers an amendment to the resolution. The messengers vote to approve the amendment.


Vote taken and the amendment is adopted.


Two messengers speak on behalf of the amendment and one messenger speaks against the amendment. The recording secretary reads the amendment.


The first two resolutions passed. An amendment is offered to resolution 3 which is about sexual abuse.

The text of the third resolution can be found here.


Steve Lemke gives report and says that 12 resolutions will be introduced for messengers to vote on.


Jim Wells is unopposed and elected to serve as registration secretary. According to Baptist Press, this will be Wells 11th time to serve in this position.


Jim Richards nominates Jim Wells for registration secretary.


WMU is promoting the website Join 1 Million Men as a resource for porn addiction and video is shown about this cause.


Bullying, human trafficking and exploitation of the environment have been educational issues for the WMU. WMU is now focusing more its resources on pornography.


Wanda Lee, the executive director of the Womens Missionary Union gives a report for her agency.


Mohler says the Seminary has lost two key people: Russell Moore and Jason Allen. The seminary has replaced them with competent people. Mohler concludes the Southeastern Seminary report.


Mohler says the seminary has almost 4,500 students. "We received a commission not from the Southern Baptist Convention but from Jesus Christ."


Mohler says that every professor at Southeastern Seminary upholds the Baptist Faith and Message gladly.

R. Albert Mohler. Jr. reflects on 20 years in Southern Baptist leadership.

R. Albert Mohler. Jr. reflects on 20 years in Southern Baptist leadership.


Walker tells the story of a Christian whose earthly father was killed because of his faith. The son of this martyr was reminded that God is his heavenly Father and will be by his side.


Walker tells the story behind the song He Knows My Name. Walker met an orphan named Jerry and the orphan asks if they are friends. The orphan wanted to be known and loved.

Tommy Walker sings He Knows My Name.


Walker sings a song about the future promises of God: "Someday it will all be over." Death will no longer how power over us.


Conference attendees worship by singing the chorus Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Tommy Walker leads the attendees in singing the hymn All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name.

All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.


Announcement made that Jared Moore was elected to serve as Second Vice President.


Since the recording secretary nomination is unopposed, John L. Yeats is elected to serve in this position.


John Mark Yeats nominates his father John L. Yeats for recording secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention.


Kelley says the seminary is developing a homeschooling center for seminary students with children. Kelley has also started a scholarship program and fellowship program to assist of African American students.


Kelley says there are fewer Baptist churches within 50 miles of the New Orleans seminary than any of the other Southern Baptist seminaries.


Kelley says the the seminary offers an online master's degree and doctorate program.

Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Seminary, gives a report on the growth of the seminary despite Hurricane Katrina and other trials.


Tommy Walker leads the attendees in a song that is a prayer.


Messengers approve the report from the Committe on Committees.


Robert Anderson Jr gives the report for the Committee on Committees.


Messengers cast paper ballots. Ushers collect the ballots.


Pastor Bob Pearle nominates Don Cass the pastor of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth to serve as Second Vice-President.


Pastor Jeff Wright nominates Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky, to serve as Second Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention.


Chairman on the Order of Business explains why some motions were ruled not in order.


Chairman on the Order of Business gives a report on motions being referred to committees for further study.


Houston pastor Jason Lee prays for the convention.

"Keep us from being destructive ..." Lee also prays for reconciliation and for forgiveness for the time wasted.


Billingsley sings Jesus Paid It All.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.


Billingsley leads the conference attendees in worship by singing the song Hosanna.

Guitarist in the worship team plays Hosanna.

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me

Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

Hosanna, hosanna
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna, hosanna
Hosanna in the highest


Charles Billingsley greets everyone at the beginning of the morning session and prays.


Welcome to the CP's live blog coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting being held in Houston, Texas. Big change for today. We are including the time in Central Standard Time.

Posted 6/11/13 at 9:05 AM | Christian Post

Southern Baptist Convention 2013 Live Blog


In his sermon Fred Luter says, "Nothing can be politically right if it is biblically wrong."


Billingsley says valleys are part of life and we learn to worship in while in the valley.

Tonight the Southern Baptist Convention is holding a revival service with Charles Billingsley leading the music. Pastor Fred Luter, Jr. will preach the sermon. The sermon can be watched here.


The registration secretary reports 5,062 messengers registered for the convention. Pastor Adam Cruse gives the benediction prayer.


Another video is shown about the purpose of Bible Studies for Life.


Dr. Ronnie Floyd explains that the curriculum was developed with church input over three years.


The new curriculum is designed to help families and will assist parents in having conversations with their children.

Geiger: "We are going to disciple people with wisdom."


Geiger says the curriculum will connect the unconnected.


Dr. Eric Geiger introduces the new Bible Studies for Life.

A second video from LifeWay shows the Sequoia trees show up in groves, not isolation. Christians are the same and need community.


Messenger asks question about why LifeWay Resources books are sold that promote sodomy and dual covenant theology.

Rainer asks the messenger to email information about the books to his assistant.


Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Resources, gives a report on his agency and introduces a video about Ministry Grid, an online training program for ministers.

Ministry Grid becomes available in November.

Rainer also recommends the book Melissa which is about the suicide of Frank Page's daughter.


Convention attendees sing the song Forever Reign.

I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign


Messengers present more motions on convention seating and stem cell research policies.


Dr. Floyd is allowed to speak for 3 minutes in favor of a motion for a committee to conduct a study on how churches can assist the mentally ill.


A messenger asks why the Seminaries didn't follow a request to re-allot some of their funds to missions.

Patterson says that the seminaries are already committed to missions and that Southwestern has adopted an unreached people group in Madagascar.


Paige Patterson of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary gives his seminary report. Patterson says that every student is required to share the gospel and that professors are also required to do mission work.

Paige Patterson says that the seminary's students will learn of the anabaptist tradition the basics of the Christian home


Bart Barber is elected unopposed as First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention.


Steve Gaines nominates Bart Barber, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, as First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention. This church is working to reach a people group in Senegal.


Luter says that the ERLC is in good hands after hearing Moore speak.


Moore: "If the Gospel can change us, it can change anyone."


Moore says Satan is undisturbed by protests. Since the gates of hell can't hold Jesus back, we shouldn't be afraid of the Supreme Court.


Moore says the Gospel doesn't need government subsidies or government supervision.


Moore recognizes how the Southern Baptist Convention changed on racial issues to the point it now has a black president.


Moore says too many children are being robbed of parents in a divorce culture.


Russell Moore grew up attending Vacation Bible School and describes how children will hear the same Bible stories but will face a different culture.

Moore tells how in the past the Southern Baptist Commission tragically supported abortion but Richard Land reversed the course of the denomination.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission


Russell Moore is introduced as the new president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.


Video is shown to remember Richard Land's 25 years of service at the ERLC.


A messenger asks if program funds will be used as a pathway for immigrants to become citizens. Land says the ERLC is following the direction of recommended by the messengers. Russell Moore says the commission supports principles, not specifics.

Land says the Senate legislation must include better border security or it won't pass the House of Representatives.


Land: "We have promises to keep before we sleep."


Land says America needs a revival and it must be applied to the evils of the culture. Land quotes Martin Luther King Jr.'s words that the Church will be thermostats not thermometers.


Richard Land gives the report for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Land talks about the need for churches to help people escape the harm of pornography. One program the denomination is sponsoring is One Million Men Porn Free.

Land says that if America perishes, it will be because of self inflicted wounds.

According to Land, America's problems can only be fixed by God.


The crowd sings Bless the Lord acapella.


Charles Billingsley leads in worship by singing the song Bless the Lord.

 Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name


Pucik recommends that the report on nominations be approved. Messengers approve the report.


Don Pucik says the largest Buddhist temple is in Colorado and the largest Islamic training center in the world is in New York City.

Pucik says that each generation is responsible for reaching their generation.

 Pucik says the Great Commission requires cooperation, Christians working together.


Since there is only one person nominated for president, the denimation rules allow the recording secretary to cast the vote re-electing Fred Luter, Jr. to a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.


After the Golden Gate Seminary report was concluded, nominations were opened for the 2013-2014 convention president.

Fred Luter, Jr. is nominated for a second term.


Seminaries will work with churches to provide church-based training programs.


Iorg says that the digital revolution is here to stay. Seminaries of the future will be resource centers.


Iorg says that his planning is focused ten years ahead and to anticipate key trends that will influence the seminary. Iorg says that the culture will be increasingly hostile to Christianity. Another trend is global lostness.


Golden Gate Seminary President Jeff Iorg gives the annual report for his seminary. New programs for Korean students have been offered. The seminary is also expanding its training program for chaplains and biblical counseling.

Iorg says there are restrictions in California on the types of counseling that can be offered. Church-based counseling can bypass these restrictions.


A video is shown promoting Great Commission Advance - an effort to get churches to increase their giving by 1% to the Cooperative Program.


Page tells the story of a church in Oklahoma expanding its giving to missions and how it helped the denomination's seminaries and other agencies.


Page says that soon the Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of DOMA - the Defense of Marriage Act. One in five SBC churches don't send in reports so the denomination doesn't know about the state of many churches.

"If you heard nothing else about prayer, the issues that are facing us are facing us in the local church." Page says that America's problems are in the pew.


Page talks about the divide over Calvinism in the denomination. Both sides met and they talked to each other rather than at or against each other. "In talking together we developed friendships."

Page is joined on stage by the Calvinism study group and prays for unity in missions so that people will be converted to Christ.


Page and the leaders of the ethnic advisory councils gathered for prayer.


Page says that he enjoys working with the ethnic advisory councils that have been established. Page says there is a great need for educational opportunities for these ethnic groups.


Page for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and unity among Christians.


Page is joined by Gary Frost and Gordon Fort for prayer.

Frank Page asks if the denomination is progressing in the right direction. Page says that the Southern Baptists are not doing enough and Satan is winning too many victories.


A motion is made for the executive committee to study the requirements for sending messengers to the convention.


Motion made that SBC denominations officials refrain from giving a denomination position on immigration and amnesty.


Messengers approve motions so that they will be sent to committee for study.


Jason Allen asks for the churches to hold the seminary accountable.

Allen says the seminary is now offering dual degrees to prepare bivocational pastors.


Jason Allen reports that Midwestern recorded its largest attendance ever. Allen says the vision of the seminary is to best serve the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Jason K. Allen, the new president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is introduced with his family.


In the opening prayer for the afternoon section, a pastor prays for revival in America.


Greg sings the song Mercy Said No.

Mercy said no
I'm not going to let you go
I'm not going to let you slip away
You don't have to be afraid
Mercy said no
Sin will never take control
Life and death stood face to face
Darkness tried to steal my heart away


Welcome to the first day of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting being held this year in Houston.

Greg and Janna Long, members of the group Avalon, sing the song Can't Live a Day.

1:15 EST

The convention live blog will resume at 2:30 Eastern Time.


Pastor Wesley Hammond

Wesley Hammond says to look around and see that there was a mass exodus during the prayer time. This says something tragic about the convention. Then Hammond gives the benediction prayer.


While praying continues, the song Somebody's Praying is sung.


Thursday morning session closes in prayer.


Video shown that promotes October 2 pray event.


Gary Frost asks attendees to meet and pray on October 2.

Gary Frost, National Prayer Coordinator, says that we need to pray for sight of the blind and for God to stir people up with a passion for the lost and send workers to the mission field.


Ezell asks everyone to pray Luke 10:2 which says:

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.


Ezell says that Southern Baptists have committed to two more years of disaster relief work on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Sam Porter, head of the disaster relief in Oklahoma, says over $800,000 has been distributed to recent tornado victims. Porter says they don't need truckloads of "stuff."

Video shown about NAMB's disaster relief efforts.

Recently parents announced their conversion to follow Christ at the funeral of their child that was killed by the tornado.


Chaplain asks for us to pray for the chaplains.


In a video the father of Navy Seal Tyrone Woods speaks about the death of his son who was killed in the Benghazi consulate attack. A chaplain talks about his selection to minister to the victims' families.


Retired Major General Doug Carver recognizes the work of chaplains during the war on terror. The war on terror is the longest war that America has waged.

Doug Carver is head of the chaplaincy program at the S.B.C.


Ezell says, "We need churches that plant church that plant churches." He also says that 1,000 churches die each year and this rate needs to decrease by revitalizing dying churches.

NAMB has developed an intern program to train church planters.


Scott, a partially deaf pastor, tells his testimony how God uses him.


Video presentation from the North American Mission Board


Ezell: We must plant thousands of churches to reach the millions.


Ezell says NAMB has selected 32 SEND cities. These cities are priorities for church planting. There is a NAMB missionary in each of these cities and they are working with fellow Christians to start 4 churches in the area each year. "Our goal is to penetrate lostness."


A messenger with concerns about churches being elder led asks if the North American Mission Board is partnering with the church planting network Acts 29. Ezell answers by saying that NAMB partners with churches that are members of Acts 29 but doesn't ask if churches are elder lead. NAMB only partners with Southern Baptist churches.


Kevin Ezell gives the North American Mission Board report. Ezell says churches plant churches. The NAMB goal is to plant churches that will last. Ezell says Southern Baptists will fail to reach North America with the gospel if many churches are not revitalized.

Mark Ezell thanks the pastors in attendance for their work.


Attendees sing God So Loved the World.

Every preacher in the pulpit, every cynic on the street,
Every poet, every pauper, every traitor, every thief,
Every soldier, every lawyer, every TV talk show star;
Anybody teaching students, anybody tending bar

God so loved the world. God so loved the world.


The attendees worship by singing the song God of the Ages.

He is the image of the invisible God,
The firstborn of creation,
He is the First, the Last,
The One who matters most


Messenger asks if it is appropriate to invest in companies that support immorality and asks if the convention is hypocritical and what is the screening process for investing in companies.

Hawkins answers by saying that there would be few companies to invest in if they rejected every corporation that supported immorality.


Hawkins says that GuideStone already meets some of Obamacare's requirements but that there are unknowns that are affecting churches.


Video presentation of Mission Dignity helping retired clergy.


Hawkins recognizes Sagemont Church for helping widows who were pastors wives.


Hawkins says that Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor will introduce new bill this week in response to flaws in Obamacare.


O.S. Hawkins gives report for GuideStone Financial Resources which offers retirement planning for ministers


Seminary President Daniel Akin says that Southeastern now has 3,000 students and that each classroom is a Great Commission classroom.


Video presentation from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Seminary president describes the work of the seminary and students talk about how they intend to the take the Gospel to the rest of the world.

Clint - a student at Southeaster


R. Albert Mohler Jr. talks about the history of the Southern Baptist Convention.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. recognizes the work of the Southern Baptist Historical Commission.


Holly Tucker sings How Great Thou Art.

Holly Tucker was a contestant on The Voice and is a student at Baylor University.


Charles Billingsley lead the attendees in worship while singing the song Everlasting God.

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord


Richard Land thanks his wife and the Southern Baptists for their service.

Richard and Becky Land


Richard Land thanked for his years of serving in the convention.

Resolution of Appreciation given to Richard Land


Messengers vote to approve more recommendations.


Jeremy says he is looking forward to the SBC annual meeting to be held in Columbus, Ohio, in 2015. Jeremy asks that messengers pray for workers to labor in the fields of Ohio.

Frank Page prays for Jeremy and his wife.


Church planter Jeremy Westbrook describes how 500 people gathered at their church on Easter to worship. The church is 4 years old.

Jeremy Westbrook planted a church in Ohio.

Jerry Westbrook says "When you give, you pour fuel on the flame of missions."


Page describes the great urbanization of North America. To reach the nation we must reach the cities.


Page says that his family's biggest Christmas gift is to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. He taught his young children to missions at Christmas.

Giving to the Cooperative Program is less than 6% among Southern Baptist Churches and individual Southern Baptists give less than 3% of their income to missions.


Page prays for these North American Mission Board supported missionaries and their work among college students.


Posted 6/10/13 at 4:31 PM | Christian Post

Southern Baptist Convention Live Blog Begins Tomorrow

CP Events will be blogging the Southern Baptist Convention's annual conference Tuesday and Wednesday. This year's conference is being held in Houston, Texas, and the conference theme is Revive Us That We May Be One.

The theme is found in John 13:34-35 where Jesus is speaking to his disciples and says, "I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

The conference includes testimonies, worship and reports from various Southern Baptist agencies such as the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and LifeWay Christian Resources.

The live blog will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Be sure to check it out and please pray for the participants.

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National Donut Day

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Donut Day originated with the Salvation Army

Christian Post wishes you a happy National Donut Day.

If you haven't seen it, one of our CP reporters has written about the history of this unique food event:

National Donut Day was established by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 as a way to honor "donut lassies," who served donuts to soldiers during World War I, and to help raise money and create awareness of the ministry's social service programs during the Great Depression.

Did you know that the average America eats 34 donuts each year? Donut sales is a $2 billion business in America. Americans make 10 billion donuts per year. The following infographic by Offers includes a collection of interesting donut statistics.

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Posted 5/31/13 at 3:20 PM | Christian Post

June Calendar of Church and Ministry Events and Conferences

With summer arriving, now is a great time to pray for the many churches hosting Vacation Bible Schools and teenagers attending youth camps.

Have a wonderful summer!

If you know of any missions conferences or special events missing from this calendar, please let us know by leaving a comment. FULL POST

Posted 5/15/13 at 1:20 PM | Christian Post

Cookie Monster Teaches How to Eat Cookie on Chocolate Chip Day

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According to Holiday Insights, today is National Chocolate Chip Day.

You may not know this but there is a long tradition of Americans sending chocolate chip cookies to soldiers. Wikipedia reports, "During WWII, US soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared the cookies they received in care packages from back home with soldiers from other parts of the US. Soon, hundreds of soldiers were writing home asking their families to send them some Toll House cookies, and Wakefield was soon inundated with letters from around the world asking for her recipe. Thus began the nationwide craze for the chocolate chip cookie."

There are several websites dedicated to sending cookies to troops such as Treat the Troops and All Recipes has directions for sending cookies overseas. FULL POST

Posted 5/10/13 at 11:17 AM | Christian Post

Networking at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast

The popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is holding its annual Leadercast today in Atlanta, Georgia. Thousands of business owners, nonprofit directors and church leaders are attending seminars and networking at the leadership training event.

(Special Note: Throughout the day CP will be updating this blog to include quotes from conference speakers.)

Author John Maxwell inspired the event by advocating an affordable leadership training event.

Photo: Twitter/John Maxwell
John Maxwell poses with the Chick-fil-A cows. The cows are holding signs that say "Chikin - Tha offishul food of leeders." (Chicken - the official food of leaders.)

 Conference attendees are sharing on Twitter favorite quotes from conference speakers with the hashtag #CFALeadercast.

A. Larry Ross, the well known Christian publicist is attending the year's event.

This year's list of speakers includes time management expert David Allen, author Dr. Henry Cloud, emcee Tripp Crosby, author Michael Hyatt, basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, author John Maxwell, Navy Seal Rorke, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, pastor Andy Stanley and Jack Welch the former CEO of General Electric. FULL POST

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