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Paul Thompson considers it a beautiful thing to reflect on the days he and nine other Baptists were detained in a filthy Haitian jail, falsely accused of trafficking the orphans they were trying to help.
"They were difficult and perplexing and complex days, but God ordained them," said Thompson, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, four years after the ordeal. "It's easy to see that, especially as I read back through my journal entries from those days."
Thompson has compiled a sixty-page journal of his time in Haiti, recording times when he wept with his face to the wall and times when he rejoiced over God's provision.
The group of volunteers from two Idaho churches traveled to Haiti in January 2010 to rescue orphans from the earthquake-ravaged country and move them to safety in the Dominican Republic. Shockingly, they were charged with child kidnapping instead.
Eight of the volunteers, including ...
The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee will consider a proposal at its June 9, 2014, meeting to update the SBC Constitution regarding qualifications for churches to send messengers to the annual meeting.
During its February 17–18 meeting in Nashville, the Executive Committee voted to place the item on its June 9 agenda prior to the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore. The EC officers proposed setting the date in advance to give an opportunity for EC members and other Southern Baptists to reflect on the proposed changes and provide feedback. The Committee will determine then whether to present a proposed revision to messengers at the June 10–11 SBC annual meeting.
Current Church Qualifications
The proposal to amend Article III came as a motion from the floor at last year's SBC annual meeting&md...
Christians need to intensify their prayers for the Supreme Court in the countdown days to its deliberations on same-sex marriage, according to Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee. Page, who issued a call to prayer for the Court January 11, reminded members of the Executive Committee of the urgent need for prayer during his remarks at the EC’s February 18 plenary session in Nashville.
The Court is set to hear oral arguments on two cases that will either lead to the legalization of gay marriage nationwide or affirm the rights of legislators and voters to protect traditional marriage. It will consider the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 on March 26 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on March 27.
California voters passed Proposition 8 in 2008 by a margin of 52-48 percent. The amendment stated, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” It reversed a California Supreme Court ruling that had legalized ga...
The 1% Challenge for increased Cooperative Program giving has been a surprising success, Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, said February 18.
Page had asked the Convention’s 45,000 churches to consider a 1 percent-of-budget increase in Cooperative Program giving, which would add $100 million to the funding stream for Southern Baptist missions and ministries.
“The 1% Challenge began almost two years ago and has received a great deal of positive attention. Honestly, more than I thought it would,” Page told EC members in Nashville. “I thought . . . it might have some traction until we got a more comprehensive strategy in place.”
But the Challenge has caught on, Page said, and at least 15 percent of Southern Baptist churches either have adopted the Challenge or are seriously considering it. “It’s making a difference,” he said.
In his report, Page showed a slide show that highlighted a sweeping initiative still in the planning...
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, used a World War II analogy in his address at the SBC annual meeting in New Orleans to warn that the Cooperative Program, which fuels SBC missions and ministry, is running low.
A student of history, Page said the Germans were defeated in the Battle of the Bulge after a solid start because they ran out of fuel.
“Their machines stopped working. They were technologically very superior, but they couldn’t go anywhere. Their tanks became sitting targets for our tanks and our soldiers,” Page said.
He then told messengers: “We’re running out of fuel in the Southern Baptist Convention. The fuel for a Great Commission Advance, which is what I would like for us to see happen, is the fuel of the Cooperative Program.”
Southern Baptists can talk about missions and even summon the resolve to engage in missions, he said, but without providing fuel for the missions task, the Great Commission will be left to someon...