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  • Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Some churches long have held special Christmas services to acknowledge the pain and loss many people feel surrounding the holidays. But in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, sadness and grief are particularly intense this year for those impacted by two senseless tragedies.

    Amid the aftermath of deadly massacres this fall in both cities, pastors there are seeking avenues to bring consolation and comfort.

    The "primary" way to minister to grieving people "isn't a five-step method as much ... Read More

  • Sexual identity report lauded as pastor resource

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A report by two Johns Hopkins psychiatry scholars debunking myths about homosexuality and transgenderism has been cited by a pastor who specializes in mental health care issues as a valuable aid for ministry to those struggling with sexual identity. Read More

  • Abortion, teen sex omitted as suicide risks

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Monday, July 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An article on adolescent suicide in the medical journal Pediatrics reflects a trend in modern pediatric medicine by omitting mention of sexual activity and elective abortion as "significant risk factors" for teen suicide, according the American College of Pediatricians, a socially conservative medical association.

    "There has been an unremitting trend across all of medicine, including pediatrics, in concert with the advance of the sexual revolution, particularly since the legalization of abortion in 1973," the College said in written comments to Baptist Press. Read More

  • Restroom directive said to harm the transgendered

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Obama administration's directive regarding restroom use for transgender students at public schools and universities likely will harm children struggling with their gender identity and increase the number who become transgendered.

    That's the conclusion of two Southern Baptist psychologists who have treated adolescents with ... Read More

  • Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

    by Kevin D. Kennedy, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With the U.S. suicide rate increasing 24 percent over the past 15 years according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health experts have called pastors to prepare for ministry to suicidal individuals.

    While a pastor need not mention mental health issues every week from the pulpit, "a bit of regular exposure to such human realities has a way of breaking down the walls of shame and secrecy," Tony Rose, pastor of LaGrange (Ky.) Baptist Church, told Baptist Press. Rose also served as chairman of Mental Health Advisory Council, appointed by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Tenn. Christian counselors get 'added protection'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Tennessee law allowing licensed counselors to opt out of serving patients whose goals "conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor" has drawn praise from two Southern Baptist mental health care professionals despite the American Counseling Association's condemnation of the measure as discriminatory against homosexuals. Read More

  • Depression, suicide draw focus of counseling conf.

    by Rachel Gaddis, posted Thursday, March 03, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- Encouraging those in attendance to adopt a "theology of life," Frank S. Page delivered the keynote address during a Christian counseling conf. that focused on depression.

    Ouachita Baptist University's Pruet School of Christian Studies hosted the sixth annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling at OBU on Feb. 26. Sponsored by Ouachita, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the one-day conference brought together a total of 160 mental health professionals -- counselors, nurses and social workers -- and pastors from around the state to examine the issue of depression. Read More

  • Mental health advisory team gives final report

    by Rebecca Wolford/SBCLIFE, posted Friday, August 07, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Noting that we are in "a new day of awareness" about mental health issues, Frank S. Page expressed appreciation to the Mental Health Advisory Group at its culminating meeting and received the group's final report.

    In response to a motion on mental health ministry and a resolution on mental health concerns introduced at the 2013 SBC annual meeting, Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, appointed the Mental Health Advisory Group ... Read More

  • Page offers mental health hope at Gardner-Webb

    by Gardner-Webb University , posted Thursday, March 19, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.(BP)-- After Gardner-Webb University alumnus Frank S. Page lost his daughter to suicide, he discovered a calling to help others battling mental health illnesses.

    Page, now president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, visited GWU March 17 to encourage students, local ministers and community members who are dealing with their own mental health challenges and the trials of others. Read More

  • Frank Page, at NOBTS, addresses suicide epidemic

    by Frank Michael McCormack, posted Monday, February 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- "I've never preached on this subject at a seminary before," Frank Page said. I've spoken on it in churches a few times, but not often.

    "For you see, five years and two months ago, my daughter left her family behind when she committed suicide. That 'left behind' feeling still affects us to this day," Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, said in his chapel message at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Jan. 27. Read More