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The Alamo is an enduring symbol of the courage of ordinary men and women confronting extraordinary events. 152 years after the Battle of the Alamo, a different kind of battle took place in San Antonio, Texas. Some refer to it as the “Battle for the Bible” for Southern Baptists.
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By 692 votes, Dr. Jerry Vines was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention out of 32,291 votes cast in the summer of 1988. The election of another conservative president with the purpose of stemming the tide of theological liberalism in the SBC meant the movement would endure.
Vines was fifty years old and the co-pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL, when elected. During his first two decades at this congregation, 18,177 people were baptized, a new $16 million auditorium was built, an $8 million preschool building was completed, and several new parking garages were built to handle the fast-growing flock.
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He is “Baptist born, and Baptist bred and when he dies he’ll be Baptist dead!” said Dr. Ralph M. Smith (1931-2017) when nominating Vines in San Antonio. Three decades later, Jerry Vines is still very much alive and at the sagely age of 80 began working on a Ph.D. in preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX in the fall of 2017. It must be humbling for any younger seminary professor to say they are the “teacher” of the man many consider one of America’s finest expositors of God’s Word.
Charles Jerry Vines was born in a rural area of Carrollton, Georgia, on September 22, 1937. His family attended church and Jerry became a Christian during a Sunday night service at the age of nine.
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As a kid, Jerry was known to sit attentively listening...
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