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Complete text of SBC resolutions

BALTIMORE – Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting adopted nine resolutions. Read them in their entirety here.


Transgender stance needed and wise, says Southern Baptist's lead ethicist

MooreBALTIMORE (BP) -- Questions from churches about the transgender issue and the tide of culture pointed to the need for Southern Baptists to address the topic during their annual meeting, the convention's lead ethicist said.

On a recent day, he received three phone calls from pastors or church leaders who were dealing with the issue, said Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

Messengers to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution on transgender identity Tuesday, June 10, marking the first time the SBC has addressed the issue in a stand-alone measure. After what appeared to be a unanimous vote on the convention floor, Moore explained to reporters some reasons for the resolution.

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SBC messengers adopt updated qualifications

BALTIMORE (BP) – An update to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) constitution regarding qualifications for churches to send messengers to the annual meeting was adopted during the SBC Executive Committee's report to the convention June 11 in Baltimore.

Describing the recommendation as "small church friendly," Executive Committee chairman Ernest Easley said the proposal to revise Article III is a response to a motion from last year's annual meeting in Houston that requested updating messenger qualifications. It was the 16th motion in the past 35 years to call for a reevaluation of Article III.

Messengers adopted the recommendation without debate or questions from the floor. In order to officially revise Article III, the recommendation will need to be approved by messengers a second time during the 2015 annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

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Audio: Floyd issues 'Call to Columbus'

Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd issued a "Call to Columbus" following his news conference in Baltimore this morning. 

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Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd wins Southern Baptist presidency

Floyd meets with the press in Baltimore following his election.BALTIMORE (BP) – In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on "Restoration & Revival Through Prayer," Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to deepen their spiritual walk through books, Sunday School studies and pastor prayer meetings, has been elected as the Southern Baptist Convention's president.

Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas for 27 years, topped fellow nominees Maryland pastor Dennis Manpoong Kim and Kentucky pastor Jared Moore to win the SBC post June 10 in Baltimore.

The new SBC president succeeds New Orleans pastor Fred Luter of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, who became the first African American to lead the SBC when he was elected in 2012.

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