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Public apologies spur church discipline warnings
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Public apologies by two U.S. megachurches for a lack of compassion in the exercise of church discipline have prompted some Baptist pastors to underscore the need for humility and congregational polity during the attempted restoration of wayward members.
Most American churches have not exercised biblical church discipline for a century, Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, told Baptist Press. Read More
Floyd envisions 'forward' leaders in new bookNASHVILLE (BP) -- As president of the Southern Baptist Convention and a pastor for 37-plus years, Ronnie Floyd has become convinced that pastors must engage in future and forward thinking.
In a new book, "Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders," Floyd outlines what he sees as essential characteristics for those in leadership positions currently or in the future. Read More
Thomas Green to lead Florida Baptist ConventionLEESBURG, Fla. (BP) -- J. Thomas Green has been elected to lead the 1-million-member Florida Baptist State Convention as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.
Green, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brandon, was tapped by the State Board of Missions during its May 29 meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center in Leesburg. He will assume his new role effective June 8. Read More
Floyd on Duggar scandal: God 'can forgive'PINNACLE HILLS, Ark. (BP) -- As the Duggar family of the reality show "19 Kids and Counting" deals with accusations that Josh Duggar molested five underage girls 12 years ago, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd highlighted forgiveness during an interview with People Magazine Sunday, May 31.
"Everyone does wrong, and what was wrong was very wrong as to what was testified to and it's completely unacceptable," Floyd, who pastors one of Josh's sisters, .... Read More
Black Hawk Down's Struecker graduates from SEBTSWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Jeff Struecker, one of the heroes of the 1993 conflict in Mogadishu that inspired the movie "Black Hawk Down," graduated this spring from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctor of philosophy in Christian leadership.
The former Ranger and retired chaplain for the United States Army is now lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, Ga. Read More
BP Ledger, June 1, 2015
Today's BP Ledger contains items from:
Houston Baptist University
Baptist College of Florida
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FIRST-PERSON: The marriage moment
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to speak at two wonderful gatherings in Washington, D.C. While I was there, each morning after my time with God and moments of study, I ran through our National Mall. There is nothing like running through this impactful city. Everywhere you go are reminders of our history and power as a nation. Read More