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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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  • SWBTS: Paige Patterson terminated 'effective immediately'

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson has been terminated "effective immediately," according to a statement released Wednesday evening (May 30) by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    The decision, according to the statement, was based on "new information confirmed this morning … regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS's biblically informed core values." Read More

  • 9 roofs & counting for church's home repair outreach

    by Kayla Rinker/The Pathway, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    VIBURNUM, Mo. (BP) -- She had a 6-foot-wide hole in her roof and a 55-gallon drum catching rainwater in her living room.

    Retired after 35 years in the local school district, she and her son, who is battling cancer, now have a new roof provided by the Love Thy Neighbor home repair outreach of First Baptist Church in Viburnum, Mo.

    "I was on that crew and every person except me had her as a teacher," said Justin Perry, First Baptist's pastor. "While the crew worked, she cried tears ... Read More

  • Starbucks, Roseanne create John 13:34 opportunity

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid news of Starbucks diversity training and the cancellation of ABC's "Roseanne" over a racist tweet by its star, two African American Southern Baptists have noted ways to increase cultural sensitivity among followers of Christ.

    "Some basic commonsense practices and beliefs" need to become "universal," said Ken Weathersby, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's vice president for convention advancement. "We ought to seek to understand before we can be understood, and we need to treat others ... Read More

  • SBC prayer room offers haven of rest, peace

    by Morgan Collier, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- With thousands of Southern Baptists meeting together each year at their annual meeting, it can seem difficult for people to hear themselves think -- and to find a quiet place to meet with God.

    But once again, at this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, attendees can retreat to a prayer room and are invited to volunteer 15 minutes of their time to lift up concerns to God.

    Every year the prayer room provides participants with an opportunity to ... Read More

  • Bible helps NBA's Curry stay 'focused, locked-in'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    OAKLAND, Calif. (BP) -- Stephen Curry has been writing Philippians 4:13 on his basketball shoes since his first college practice, but it was another passage from the biblical book that may have helped him and his Golden State teammates reach the NBA Finals.

    At halftime of game 7 in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors looked out of sorts on the road at Houston. The Rockets had a double-digit lead and Curry appeared to be struggling, along with the rest of his team. The all-star point guard had only 8 points on 3-of-10 shooting in the first half. He ... Read More

  • Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD , posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students' pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

    On May 24, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia took only 15 minutes to unanimously deny an appeal by four Boyertown, Pa., high school students seeking an injunction against ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The scraps of our lives

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Sin and mistakes are not beyond repentance and God's redemption, David Jeremiah writes. God can use them "to make us wiser, more disciplined and more appreciative of His grace." Read More