Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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  • Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (BP) -- Bill Hybels, the pastor who grew Willow Creek Community Church into one of the nation's most influential megachurches, stepped down Tuesday (April 10) amid accusations of a pattern of sexual misconduct.

    Hybels, who has denied all of the accusations, called some of them "misleading" and others "entirely false."

    However, in a meeting live-streamed at, he told the church: "I too often placed myself in situations that I would have been far wiser to avoid." Read More

  • Hispanic families impacted by raid prompt outreach

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    BEAN STATION, Tenn. (BP) -- Tennessee Baptists are ministering to families affected by the raid on a Bean Station slaughterhouse on April 5.

    Federal agents raided Southeastern Provisions, a cattle slaughterhouse in Grainger County in Tennessee, as part of a probe on allegations that the company was paying undocumented immigrants cash to avoid paying $2.5 million in payroll taxes over the past three years, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

    Of the more than 95 employees who were detained until their immigration status was verified, approximately 54 have been held for possible deportation due to their undocumented status, according to news reports. Those who have been released reportedly still face court dates and possible deportation. Read More

  • LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last spring's receipts

    by Julie McGowan , posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists' contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering are 4.4 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to a report by Rodney Freeman, IMB treasurer and vice president of support services.

    At the end of March 2018, IMB had received $124,093,278 for the 2017-2018 campaign, which began Oct. 1 and continues through Sept. 30. The total is $5,225,589 (4.4 percent) ahead of LMCO receipts at this point last year. Read More

  • Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- On the 50th anniversary of America's Fair Housing Act, Baptists noted progress in eliminating race-based housing discrimination while also citing a need for further improvement.

    Economist and ethicist Craig Mitchell told Baptist Press the volume of housing discrimination today isn't "anywhere near" what it was "50 years ago or 30 years ago" thanks in part to the Fair Housing Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968.

    The bill outlawed discrimination in rental, sale and financing of housing based on race, religion and national origin. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: MBTS adds Köstenberger, renames college

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees have elected Andreas J. Köstenberger to the fulltime faculty and announced the renaming/rebranding of Midwestern College, to now be known as Spurgeon College.

    Based upon a recommendation from their academic committee, trustees elected Köstenberger as research professor of New Testament and biblical theology during their April 9-10 meeting at the Kansas City, Mo., campus. Köstenberger also will serve as director of a forthcoming Center for Biblical Studies at Midwestern that will reflect his longtime scholarly vision of restoring biblical foundations for the family, the church and society. Read More

  • Gateway's Iorg releases book on leading through change

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jeff Iorg knows a thing or two about leading a ministry through major change.

    As president of Gateway Seminary, Iorg was responsible for relocating the 70-year-old institution -- along with its employees and students -- to a new location 400 miles away.

    Now, Iorg is sharing the account of the relocation and other stories of successful change in his book, "Leading Major Change in Your Ministry," by B&H Publishing Group. Read More

  • Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while comatose from a car accident, is suing his publisher Tyndale House for damages including book profits from the since-retracted story.

    The 2010 book "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven" listed Malarkey as a coauthor with his father Steve, but Malarkey retracted the story in 2015. "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible," he told Tyndale and book sellers at the time, which included LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More