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11,000-plus Baptists meet in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (BP) – The election of Steve Gaines as president on the third ballot and a historic repudiation of the Confederate battle flag were among the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis.

The convention's resolution on the Confederate battle flag capped an emphasis on racial reconciliation throughout the meeting that included the election of a 2017 Committee on Nominations with 25 percent of its members drawn from ethnic minority groups and a panel discussion on "racial unity in America" featuring Jerry Young, president of the historically African American National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

The unofficial total of 7,321 registered messengers -- up from 5,407 last year -- also devoted an entire session to praying for awakening in America, listened to a panel discussion on "pastors and the church in American politics today" and addressed on multiple occasions whether Baptists should support Muslims' right to build mosques in the United States.

When registered guests, exhibitors and others are included, the count of those at the annual meeting was tallied, as of June 15, at 11,581. 

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Podcast: Ouachita Baptist's Ben Sells

SellsARKADELPHIA – Join Bill Bumpas, host of the ABN Podcast, as he interviews Dr. Ben Sells, the newly-elected president of Ouachita Baptist University. Sells is the university’s 16th president and began serving in the role June 1

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