Luter_gavelHOUSTON | Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter called to order the 2013 SBC Annual Meeting this morning in Houston with a light-hearted moment. When SBC Executive Committee Frank Page handed him the official gavel and told a little about its history, Luter pretended to bobble it. If we could use a smiley face in a news story, we would use one right now.

On the schedule for Tuesday:

– The report of the SBC Executive Committee, featuring a presentation from the Calvinism advisory team appointed to study theological differences in the denomination

-Reports from the North American Mission Board and LifeWay Christian Resources

-The introduction of new Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, and appreciation for President Emeritus Richard Land

-Illinois Baptist pastor Adam Cruse will close the afternoon session with prayer

-Luter will preach his president’s message tonight at 7:20

As of this morning, 4,205 messengers were registered in Houston. Check back here throughout the day for news and commentary from the SBC, and follow the action live at sbcannualmeeting.net.

Meredith Flynn

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.