June 24, 2004 Print Edition

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Daytona Beach pastor elected SBC president

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Officers who hail from Florida, California and Missouri were elected as the 2004-05 officers of Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC’s June 15-16 annual meeting in Indianapolis. A total of 8,600 messengers, 545 from Florida, were registered to the meeting, which took place at the Indiana Convention Center RCA Dome.

New Orleans Baptist Seminary asked to adopt sole membership

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Southern Baptist messengers passed a recommendation June 15 asking New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees to adopt the corporate organizational model known as sole membership.

Ties with Baptist World Alliance severed over theological concerns

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting voted overwhelmingly July 15 to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.

Messengers debate, defeat proposed study of new name for the SBC

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—A proposed study committee to consider changing the name of the Southern Baptist Convention proved controversial when the idea came to the floor of the SBC annual meeting June 15 in Indianapolis.

SBC declines resolution urging public school withdrawal

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Messengers to the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention called for increased Christian influence on American culture, but stopped short of issuing a declaration against public school education in resolutions adopted June 16.

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I began a series of doctrinal studies this past January with the firm conviction that all Florida Baptists need to know what they believe. I think every congregation ought to be a “mini-seminary” and provide an understanding of Baptist doctrines to their members.


For those who harbor a deep affinity for the Puritans, John Flavel (1630-1691) is most certainly on the short list of favorites. He was the eldest son of Richard Flavel, a Gospel minister, who had a profound impact on John in the areas of reading and biblical studies. John Flavel excelled as a student at Oxford University, and was ordained to the ministry on October 17, 1650. Throughout his years as a pastor, John Flavel exemplified practical wisdom, a fervent prayer life (both privately and publicly), and a thorough grasp on the theological controversies of his day. Perhaps the greatest tribute paid to him in biographical works is that he was a man who loved his people, speaking the truth to them in love, and was therefore loved by his people in return.


The late, revered President Ronald Reagan is being enlisted in an all-out campaign to lift President Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research. Even before President Reagan died on June 5, fifty-eight U.S. senators signed a letter asking President Bush to remove those restrictions. Now many of those senators, from Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) to Republican Orrin Hatch (Utah), are pointing to Reagan’s long illness and death as the perfect justification for why such research is needed.

Floridians offer opinions about Welch, convention

INDIANAPOLIS (FBW)—Florida Baptists attending the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15-16 in Indianapolis overwhelmingly expressed approval of the new SBC president, Floridian Bobby Welch, who is also pastor, First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach—and for the meeting in Florida’s partnership state.

Welch stresses urgency for evangelism, opposition to education resolution

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—A sense of urgency for evangelism is topmost in the mind of the Southern Baptist Convention’s newly elected president, Bobby Welch.

Reception honors Welch

INDIANAPOLIS (FBW)—Invited to offer a prayer of blessing for newly elected SBC President Bobby Welch at a June 15 reception, J.D. Grant asked for the assistance of his wife, Judy, and their 12-year-old grandson, Dylan Haynes. Grant was the first to urge Welch to consider running for president in 2002 during the St. Louis annual meeting, having worked with Welch when they both served as trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources. Grant, pastor of Calvary Road Baptist Church in Waynesville, N.C., read the following prayer, written by Judy and Dylan, to the amusement of the audience, before offering a more serious, extemporaneous appeal on Welch’s behalf.

‘Stand up ... speak up,’ says Graham in president’s sermon

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Southern Baptists know their priority is to fulfill the Great Commission, stated Texas pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano in his final address as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Graham, elected president of the 16-million member denomination in 2002, spoke during the first session, June 15, of the two-day SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

California pastor Rob Zinn elected Executive Committee chairman

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—California pastor Rob Zinn was elected chairman of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee during its meeting June 14 prior to the SBC annual meeting.

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