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SBC presidents unite, declare stand on marriage

A coalition of all living former Southern Baptist Convention presidents since 1980 issued a joint statement declaring they will stand on the biblical truths concerning marriage despite anticipated legal and civil changes to the definition. Pastor Jack Graham called it "the most critical issue of our times—religious freedom and the very definition of marriage itself."

Bumpers: 'Earnestly cry out' for awakening
God can send the flames of spiritual awakening that the church and nation so desperately need, Eddie Bumpers told messengers during his convention sermon June 17.

'What if?' asked at Send North America luncheon

"What if?" That was the question posed to more than 2,600 attendees of the June 15 Send North America luncheon at the SBC Pastors' Conference in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, host to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. The event promised a glimpse into the future of missions in the SBC from the presidents of the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board.

'He Must Increase' focus of SBC pastors
Pastors and churches must humble themselves and pursue a closer walk with God if they want to experience His peace, joy and purpose, speakers urged at the 2015 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 14-15.

Southern names Chitwood alumnus of the year
Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, presented Kentucky Baptist leader Paul Chitwood with the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award at the seminary's June 17 alumni luncheon during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Baptist leaders dismayed by Supreme Court decision
The U.S. Supreme Court transformed the legal definition of marriage June 26, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.