Christians must defend marriage by facing opponents winsomely and demonstrating that God's plan of one man and one woman for life promotes human flourishing, Rick Warren told international religious leaders at the Vatican.
Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in the Los Angeles area, said he supports God's unchanging model for marriage and opposes gay marriage because "the only way to always be relevant is to be eternal. What is in style goes out of style. But no revolution lasts. Every lie eventually crumbles under its own deception. Cultures rise and fall. Cultures come and go. It isn't necessary to be on the right side of culture. It is necessary to be on the right side."
Olive Branch, Miss.-IMB President David Platt outlined his five-point strategic plan while presiding over his first trustee meeting as head of the mission agency. In a plan based on five biblical goals which have led to four practical steps and three initial recommendations, Platt offered two important reminders to reach one all-consuming goal: glorifying God.
Platt's five biblically based goals for IMB are: exalting Christ, mobilizing Christians, equipping the church, facilitating church planting and "playing our part in completing the Great Commission," he explained to trustees during their November meetings in Olive Branch, Miss.
Tom James, the newly elected president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has announced his selection of committee leaders.
James said the 14 appointed chairpersons will help guide the future of an organization that seeks to serve nearly 2,400 Southern Baptist churches in the state.
Alpharetta, Ga.-North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell is calling on Kentucky Baptist churches to assist with the ongoing rebuild efforts in and around New York City following Hurricane Sandy.
More than two years have passed since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeastern coastline, and while Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has been helping since day one, Ezell said thousands of residents still desperately need help.
May's Lick Baptist Church is celebrating its 225th anniversary Nov. 29-30.
"It's a little bit about the past, but really we don't want to live in the past. We want to move forward," said Jim Grunke, chairman of the deacons at May's Lick.
A significant feature at this year's convention was the great stories told by the speakers in hopes of encouraging others to "tell your story." Last week we shared a few. Here are four more:
For Corey Abney, pastor of Florence Baptist Church and chair of the Committee on Resolutions, a youth minister helped answer his questions.
The KBC communications team and Public Affairs Committee help churches engage pressing cultural and social issues. For example, their appeal to Kentucky Baptists to make their voices heard during the commonwealth's General Assembly helped keep casinos out of Kentucky. We expect to confront the issue again next year as the gambling industry will not give up this fight while it has a sworn ally in the governor's mansion. We are fighting a good fight and, so far, have the upper hand. Let us not grow weary in well doing.
Preachers took turns challenging Kentucky Baptists to be witnesses for Jesus Christ in their local communities, across the country and around the world.
"You have already been a witness for Christ today," Eastwood Baptist Church Pastor Tom James told hundreds of church leaders gathered at Living Hope Baptist Church for the Kentucky Baptist Pastors' Conference. "The question is what kind of a witness."