Chitwood to continue IMB abuse & harassment study

Newly-elected International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood has promised to continue an independent study of "IMB's handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB's present policies and practices," according to an IMB news release today (Dec. 12).

Pakistan added to worst religious liberty violators

The United States added a single country to its list of the world's worst violators of religious freedom but designated for the first time nine non-state organizations for their violence against people of faith.

Russell Moore book on family receives top CT award

Russell Moore's "The Storm-Tossed Family" has been named by Christianity Today as its 2019 Book of the Year, the second time in four years Moore has authored the publication's top honor.
  • World Vision among aid groups ousted from Pakistan

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (17 hours ago)

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP) -- Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country known for persecuting religious minorities, has expelled 18 aid organizations including World Vision and other Christian groups.

    The expulsions will affect more than 11 million aid recipients in the country that suffers in healthcare and education, entailing an estimated loss of more than $130 million in annual aid, the Associated Press reported.

    World Vision worked to secure help for those it serves before it pulled out of Pakistan, the group told AP in advance of the departure. Read More

  • God promises to never leave, Akin tells SEBTS grads

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (21 hours ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny Akin encouraged 169 new seminary graduates and 30 undergraduates Dec. 7 to trust in the steadfast promise that God will never abandon them.

    Akin highlighted two points in his commencement message from Hebrews 13:5. First, he said God is the one who makes this promise. Noting similar Old Testament promises from Deuteronomy 31:6,8 and Joshua 1:5, Akin explained that God has promised to never leave His children in the past nor will He leave His children in the present.

    "This is a truth that was real for Old Testament saints; it is a truth that was real for New Testament saints; and it is a truth that is real for you and me today right where we are," he said. Read More

  • Midwestern sends 167 December grads into ministry

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (18 hours ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- In a celebratory spirit akin to the Christmas season, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated 167 students' hard work and dedication during the 64th commencement Dec. 7 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    MBTS President Jason Allen delivered the graduation address, challenging the graduates to be courageous in carrying out their ministry calling, speaking from the Daniel 3 account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego's experience with Nebuchadnezzar and the fiery furnace.

    "The moral of this story is not that whenever you find yourself enduring a challenging ministry place or a culture bent on persecution, that you personally will be delivered," Allen said. "The story is that Christ, who shows up [in Daniel 3] in preincarnate fashion, will be there with you." Read More

  • Seminary releases 'honest lament' on slavery, racism

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (18 hours ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report today (Dec. 12) that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary.

    "Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained," the seminary said in its initial news release on the school's past. "Though this was true of many of the most historic colleges and universities in the nation, it was particularly true of the South. Theological seminaries were not innocent of this charge, and this included Southern Baptist Theological Seminary."

    Produced by a team of its faculty, the report recounts the history of these issues at Southern Seminary -- from the school's slave-holding founders in the 19th century to its segregation-defending faculty in the early decades of the 20th century. The report, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., represents a year of research conducted by a committee of six current and former Southern Seminary faculty members. Read More