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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is 'wakeup call for the church'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have "heightened the alert."

    From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse, reemphasizing personal sexual morality and offering resources to those struggling with sexual sin.

    Southeastern has "raised the flag and heightened the alert," Akin told Baptist Press, "given the cultural trends that we're now encountering, given the technological world in which we live" where moral failings often are widely publicized. Read More

  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church's internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's church-state entity.

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues.

    Though the case involved the Catholic Church, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) had said in a friend-of-the-court brief a failure to vacate the order would also endanger the religious freedom of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches. Read More

  • IMB, ex-missionary's accuser differ over abuse response

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The International Mission Board and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented differing accounts of how the board handled an investigation of the alleged misconduct.

    After Baptist Press published a July 16 update on the case of former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt -- who has been charged in Fort Worth, Texas, with sexual assault of a child under 17 -- his alleged victim, Anne Marie Miller, sent an email to BP disputing the IMB's representation of its 2007 investigation into the alleged misconduct. Miller was 16 and Aderholt 25 when the assault allegedly occurred in 1996-1997. Read More

  • Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The concept of "giving the shirt off your back" took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June.

    "Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase," said Bruce Edwards, youth ministry specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. "We asked them to bring clothes that they would be willing to donate to the underprivileged in Guatemala, and I think the experience of doing that was very meaningful for many of the kids."

    The mission team, sponsored by the mission board and its Youth Evangelism Conference outreach, encompassed youth from five churches along with several TBMB personnel, including Edwards and disaster relief specialist Wes Jones and his wife Pam, former missionaries to Guatemala. Read More

  • O'Brien sets retirement as Carson-Newman president

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (BP) -- Randall O'Brien, president of Carson-Newman University, has announced his plans to retire, effective Dec. 31.

    O'Brien celebrated his 10th anniversary on July 8 as the 22nd president of the Baptist-affiliated liberal arts college in Jefferson City, Tenn.

    O'Brien was elected by C-N trustees in July 2008, officially joining the college on Jan. 1, 2009. A native of McComb, Miss., O'Brien was executive vice president and provost at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, at the time of his election. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A thankful spirit

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

    David Jeremiah ponders "how our attitudes would change if we looked up every biblical reference to thanksgiving and gratitude" -- such as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in everything -- "and took them seriously." Read More