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  • #MeToo, church awareness focus of study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy.

    While the Catholic church's continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct.

    A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say a church staff member has sexually harassed a member of the congregation at some point in the church's history. One in six pastors say a staff member has been harassed in a church setting. Read More

  • Domestic violence: Ministry advice for pastors

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 08, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As discussion of domestic violence persists among evangelicals, seasoned pastors and others who minister to families are advising their ministry colleagues on what to do when they encounter physical abuse in a marriage.

    At issue in evangelicals' discussions are controversial comments by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson regarding women, divorce and domestic abuse. See Baptist Press' reports here, here and here. Read More

  • SWBTS trustees, SBC entity presidents address abuse

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (5 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Amid ongoing discussion of statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on domestic violence, Patterson and the executive committee of the seminary trustees have issued a statement affirming "the importance of protecting victims of abuse."

    Meanwhile, at least five Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents have made statements on domestic violence since April 29. Three referenced Patterson by name but did not offer an opinion specifically on his comments. The others commented on domestic violence generally without naming Patterson. Read More

  • Patterson clarifies domestic violence stance

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson has clarified his view on domestic violence and voiced regret "that the way I expressed that conviction has brought hurt."

    Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, issued a written statement Sunday (April 29) amid discussion on social media of an audio clip from 2000 in which he said the proper response of a wife to domestic abuse "depends on the level of abuse to some degree." Read More

  • Pastor: School incident defused by God's intervention

    by Nicole Kalil/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    OCALA, Fla. (BP) -- First Baptist Church was on the frontline ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla.

    One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes.

    But the church's connection to the shooting goes beyond providing crisis ministry to students and their families -- their pastor's eldest daughter came face-to-face with the alleged gunman, Sky Bouche. Read More

  • Late pastor's widow found murdered in Ky. church

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SOMERSET, Ky. (BP) -- The funeral service for a 70-year-old widow reportedly murdered in the fellowship hall of Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., was held at 11 a.m. today (Aug. 28) at the church founded by her late husband.

    Carolyn Elliott New, identified in news reports as Ruthie Carolyn New, had been discovered dead in the church fellowship hall four days earlier, 30 minutes after family members reported her missing.

    Current Pastor Jeffrey Griffith, who discovered the body, officiated the funeral. Read More

  • Church police dept. would be U.S. first under Ala. bill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    A church could be the first congregation in the nation to open its own police force under a bill progressing through the Alabama legislature, despite disagreement whether it would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Read More

  • Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don't know where to start, a new study shows.

    Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. But many don't know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic violence. And only half say they have a plan in place to help if a victim comes forward, according to a new report on churches and domestic abuse from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study, conducted Aug. 22–Sept. 16, is based on a phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors. Read More

  • Domestic violence: imparting empathy & hope

    by Carrie Olander, posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- I left my medical practice in the States and moved to Central Asia 16 years ago, where I now serve in medical ministry for women. I live in a beautiful country full of towering mountains and pristine lakes. Its hospitable people are beautiful as well. But underneath many smiling faces, there are often deep hurts. Read More

  • From gang members to followers of Christ

    by Lisa Falknor/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Last year, numerous gang-related shootings rocked a Springdale, Ark., community.

    Following the death of two young men killed in gang-related shootings, stunned residents responded with a peace march to stand against gang violence. As the crowd paused for a moment of silence, a former gang member had time to thank God for rescuing him -- and 14 members of his family -- out of that culture. Read More