SBC PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
San Francisco, California, 1962
HERSCHEL H. HOBBS (d.) served two terms, from 1961 to 1963, as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Considered one of the most influential Southern Baptists of the 20th Century, Hobbs chaired the committee that wrote the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message Statement. A prolific author, Hobbs was the longtime pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City from 1949 to 1972. Hobbs was born Oct. 24, 1907, and died at 88 years of age.
CRISIS AND CONQUEST
The voice is reportedly that of Premier Nikita Khrushchev. “Our rocket has passed the moon. It is nearing the sun, and we have not discovered God. We have turned lights out in heaven that no man will be able to put on again. We are breaking the yoke of the Gospel, the opiate of the masses. Let us go forth and Christ shall be relegated to mythology.”
PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS, SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 1961,
St. Louis, Missouri. Speaker: Ramsey Pollard, Memphis, Tennessee.
I wish to read from the sixteenth chapter of the book of Matthew: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples saying, “Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” And they said, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” And he saith unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Southern Baptists fell at home in the great and historic city of Louisville and in the State of Kentucky, where the churches have so energetically carried forward our program.
For the first time in thirty-two years, we assemble in this home of two of our most important institutions, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Carver School of Missions and Social Work.
Louisville Baptists have not been idle in these thirty-two years, their 112 churches being double the number of those existing in 1927. We are deeply grateful to the people of this city for their warm welcome and their splendid exertions during the last few months in preparation for our sessions.