DALLAS—Robert "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago—seeing DR deployments as "invitations from the Father"—died May 10 at age 90.
Lots of people use the phrase "all in" to describe their commitment to life, work, or even sports. If the phrase "all in" ever fit a pastor, then its Pastor Tim Freimuth of Bethesda Community Church in Independence.
I remember well the first time I met Paige Patterson. He came to preach at the annual area-wide Bible conference at my home church, Glendale Baptist in Bowling Green, at the invitation of our long-time pastor, Richard Oldham (a conference where I also met Albert Mohler, Richard Land, Hershael York, and a host of other SBC personalities for the first time). I even remember what he preached on (four views of the Lord's Supper). This was in January of 2000. I was 15. I went up to him afterward and had him sign my Scofield Reference Bible, which I proudly carried for everyone to see. I knew of his legendary status in Southern Baptist life even at that young age.
FORT WORTH, Texas—In a meeting that began at 1:30 p.m. May 22 and ended just after 3 a.m. May 23, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees appointed Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately. They also named as interim president of the seminary Jeffrey Bingham, dean of Southwestern's School of Theology, pending his acceptance.
DALLAS—One hundred years ago, messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., created a Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities, which today has become a $15 billion financial services organization known as GuideStone Financial Resources.
PAHOA, Hawaii—With a volcanic eruption on Hawaii's Big Island in its third week, the state's Baptists are preparing to feed evacuees at area shelters and requesting prayer for the region's tourism industry.