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  • Seminary releases 'honest lament' on slavery, racism

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (8 hours ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report today (Dec. 12) that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary.

    "Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained," the seminary said in its initial news release on the school's past. "Though this was true of many of the most historic colleges and universities in the nation, it was particularly true of the South. Theological seminaries were not innocent of this charge, and this included Southern Baptist Theological Seminary."

    Produced by a team of its faculty, the report recounts the history of these issues at Southern Seminary -- from the school's slave-holding founders in the 19th century to its segregation-defending faculty in the early decades of the 20th century. The report, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., represents a year of research conducted by a committee of six current and former Southern Seminary faculty members. Read More

  • S.C. church honors memory of enslaved members

    by Baptist Courier Staff, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (13 days ago)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- A South Carolina congregation has taken a step to officially honor the memory of past members of the church who were enslaved prior to 1865.

    On Nov. 11, First Baptist Church of Charleston dedicated a marker that says: "In memory of the thousands of enslaved members of the First Baptist Church of Charleston whose names we do not know, but are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 7:9."

    The bronze tablet was unanimously approved by the congregation as a way of acknowledging the contributions of the many enslaved members who served in the church but had been largely ignored by history, said pastor Marshall Blalock. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Hatred, racism, forgiveness

    by Keith Shorter, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (15 days ago)

    Keith Shorter notes that "hatred, racism and violence were defeated with one simple act of forgiveness" by Reverend Anthony Thompson, whose wife and eight others at were killed at Mother Emanuel AME Church by gunman Dylann Roof. Read More

  • Mo. Baptist resolution: Denounce Dred Scott decision

    by Ben Hawkins, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (28 days ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists elected a more ethnically diverse slate of convention officers and approved a resolution encouraging racial reconciliation during their 184th annual meeting at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield.

    Although this year's meeting was shortened to only two days, Oct. 22-23, attendance rose slightly compared to the previous two years, totaling 1,042 messengers and 184 visitors from 451 churches.

    Jon Nelson, elected as MBC first vice president, is believed to be the convention's first black officer. Nelson is an MBC church planter and pastor of Soma Community Church near the campus of historically black Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Read More

  • Logan Carson, SEBTS' first African American prof, dies

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (one month ago)

    ANGIER, N.C. (BP) -- Logan Carson, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's first full-time African American professor, died Nov. 3 at age 86.

    Carson, who taught theology at SEBTS from 1994-2009, will be remembered for his zeal for life, love for teaching Scripture to his students and his humility in serving others.

    Danny Akin, Southeastern's president, noted, "The thing I remember most about Dr. Carson is that he said he didn't want his sight back in this life because 'the first thing I want to see is Jesus' face.'" Read More

  • Multiethnic worship caps Va. weekend demonstrations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city.

    One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington of the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 drew fewer than 40 white nationalists and was dwarfed by counterprotestors, according to media reports. Read More

  • White nationalists to meet Gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers plan to counter any resurgence of racism with worship and repentance.

    In Washington -- where white nationalists are planning a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally -- police are on high alert, and Christians are requesting heightened prayer.

    Marshal Ausberry, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, said D.C. and Virginia believers will engage in "a lot of reflection and a lot of praying this weekend" for safety and harmony at rallies and other public gatherings. Read More

  • 'Undivided' race relations resource debuts at SBC

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A breakout session on racial reconciliation during the SBC annual meeting accompanied the release of a new resource to help pastors and churches bridge the racial divide in their communities titled "Undivided: Your Church and Racial Reconciliation."

    Those who attended the June 12 session hosted by the North American Mission Board heard a pair of panel discussions centering on the history of race relations in the SBC; current issues that divide different ethnicities; and next steps toward a unified mission. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The issue of race & a compassionate heart

    by Nate Millican, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Through a conference on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Nate Millican gained a new awareness of spiritual warfare, limited perceptions and the need for a compassionate heart. Read More

  • Ethnic breakdown of Gaines' appointments released

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 (7 months ago)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington.
    DALLAS (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Resolutions may be "one of the most ethnically diverse committees in the history of the SBC," convention president Steve Gaines said in a statement announcing the ethnic breakdown of his presidential appointments.

    The Committee on Committees and the tellers each include 16 percent non-Anglo members, said Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. The Credentials Committee includes a lower percentage of non-Anglos (4 percent) because Gaines tapped for the other three groups most of the non-Anglos who were recommended to him and willing to serve, he said. Read More