Mohler, Akin apologize for backing accused leader

Southern Baptist Convention seminary presidents R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Danny Akin have apologized for their former support of C.J. Mahaney, a pastor accused of concealing sexual abuse at the ministry he used to lead.

Educate, be proactive to deter sex abuse, pastors say

Educating congregations, staff and volunteers about sexual abuse, prohibiting one-on-one interactions and employing security are crucial steps in preventing sex abuse in churches, pastors of churches where predators have been arrested told Baptist Press.

SWBTS to vote on presidential nominee Feb. 26-27

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will hold a special called trustee meeting Feb. 26-27 to vote on a presidential nominee, according to an email sent Feb. 14 to students, faculty and staff.
  • LGBT group criticizes Chick-fil-A exec's invitation

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (20 hours ago)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- An LGBT advocacy group cites Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's support of Christianity in opposing a Chick-fil-A vice president as a military academy symposium speaker.

    Rodney Bullard, Chick-fil-A vice president of corporate social responsibility and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, should not speak at a February leadership symposium at his alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), the advocacy group said. Read More

  • Gray Allison, theology leader in SBC resurgence, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (21 hours ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- B. Gray Allison, who gave theological strength to the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention as the founder of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, died Feb. 12 in Memphis, Tenn. He was 94.

    Through the seminary, Allison also buttressed Southern Baptists' evangelistic commitment. Read More

  • Louisiana College quits CCCU over LGBT policy

    by Will Hall/Baptist Message, posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 (yesterday)

    PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Louisiana College President Rick Brewer has notified the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities that the Baptist-affiliated college has withdrawn its membership from the organization.

    The issue involves a policy passed by the CCCU board of directors endorsing so-called "Fairness for All" legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of federally-protected classes while also articulating protections for churches and religious organizations.

    Brewer, in a letter to CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra, strongly objected to the CCCU board's action last October. Read More

  • Tim Tebow visits students for their Night to Shine

    by Staff, posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 (yesterday)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- A group of students got the surprise of a lifetime when Tim Tebow showed up unexpectedly at Prestonwood Baptist Church. That evening the church was hosting one of his foundation's Night to Shine prom events for special needs students.

    The students are enrolled in St. Timothy Christian Academy, a ministry partner of Prestonwood Christian Academy. The school for students with learning differences in grades 1 through 12 is housed at Prestonwood Baptist Church. The 26 students were gathered in an atrium area for a meeting when Tebow stepped out of the elevator. Read More

  • Church plant reaches millennials at local cineplex

    by Dave Arden, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (yesterday)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- A church plant that meets in one of the theaters in a cineplex may not be big news.

    Except when a church plant impacts so many millennials that it never plans to leave.

    Jeremiah Semmler and CityView Church in Phoenix have seen more than 350 people land in their theater seats and connect with the church family. Instead of watching a new release, many soon meet Jesus and become released to a new life in Christ. Read More