Southwest's heroic pilot known for sharing her faithBOERNE, Texas (BP) -- When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a harrowing emergency landing this week in Philadelphia, they recognized the voice as one of their own.
Tammie Jo Shults -- the pilot who guided Flight 1380 to the ground April 17 after a midflight engine failure shot debris through a window, killing one passenger -- is a recognizable figure at the Texas Hill Country church, which averages 900 in worship. She has led the children's worship program at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for children, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults, said Staci Thompson, a longtime friend and administrative assistant in the church office.
"When we heard the voice" in media replays of cockpit recordings, "it was just like talking on the phone. That's what she sounds like," Thompson told Baptist Press.
The church was "impressed" but not "shocked," Thompson said, at reports Shults, 56, landed the plane safely after a 20,000-foot drop in six minutes, then walked down the aisle hugging passengers. The plane was bound from New York to Dallas, and seven of the 144 passengers aboard were injured in addition to the one fatality.
Social media reports by surviving passengers hailed Shults as having "nerves of steel" and being "a true American hero." One passenger told The Dallas Morning News, "I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?' She said, 'Of course, I wouldn't let you by without a hug.'" Read More
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TRUSTEES: Gateway to sell former Southern Calif. siteONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Trustees of Gateway Seminary approved selling a former regional campus site in Brea, Calif., and heard reports on the "new normal" for the seminary's new Southern California campus during their April 16-17 meeting in Ontario.
Trustees also approved an $11.9 budget for the coming year.
President Jeff Iorg noted the transition to a new location and a new name for the Southern Baptist seminary occurred two years ago and he had noticed it is no longer a frequent topic of discussion in meetings. Read More
TRUSTEES: African American businessman voted SBTS officerLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected their first African American officer in the school's 159-year history by a unanimous vote during their April 16 meeting.
The election of Alan "Keith" Daniels, a businessman from Texas and member of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church (SBC) in Irving, as board secretary is "another necessary step in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention demonstrating at every level of denominational leadership the diversity to which we are called," said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary. Read More
Bible Study: April 22, 2018
This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More
Video games studied in new theological frameworkKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Matt Millsap admits he made up the word "theoludology" for his doctoral dissertation in systematic theology.
Google theoludology (pronounced theo-lude-ology) and literally every result includes Millsap's name. Broken up into its roots, his dissertation topic becomes clearer, even if doesn't become easier to pronounce. "Theo-" and "-ology" are clear enough. "Ludo" is the Latin root for "game" or "play."
Mashed together, Millsap created a new discipline: thinking about video games from a theological point of view. Read More