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

Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.