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  • Christian women targets for persecution: Open Doors

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (3 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Targeted Christian persecution tailored to hurt women is trending globally, Open Doors reported in its 2019 World Watch List of 50 countries most dangerous for Christians to practice their faith.

    "The data proves conclusively that Christian women are the most exploited group on the face of the earth today," Open Doors President David Curry said in a Jan. 16 press conference in Washington announcing the list. "While not minimizing the incredible violence against men, women are doubly persecuted. They're exploited for their vulnerability as females, and also for their faith.

    "And the shame culture within many of these regions of the world," Curry said, "makes sexual violence victims very cautious of how they rebuild their lives within these shame cultures." Read More

  • Women urged to be 'Confident' amid cultural issues

    by Joy Allmond, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- There was a collective gasp among the 1,600 women gathered for the kickoff of the 2018 LifeWay Women's Leadership Forum. During a panel discussion on racial reconciliation, Missie Branch shared about a shocking thing she once heard from some Christians heading to China for mission work.

    "Someone asked them what they were looking forward to about going," said Branch, assistant dean of students to women at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. "They said, 'There's no black people there.' To hear those things in the body of Christ means we're not as far along as we think we are."

    Trillia Newbell, director of community outreach at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, reminded the audience that Christ followers are already reconciled together because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Read More

  • Women & Work seeks to broaden Kingdom productivity

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (6 months ago)

    BRANDON, Miss. (BP) -- Women & Work, a ministry launched this year with a panel at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, seeks to fill a void in Baptist life for women who want to contribute to the Kingdom by working in ministry, working from home or working in the secular world.

    Courtney L. Moore, the ministry's founder, is a stay-at-home mother of three and pastor's wife in Brandon, Miss., and she explained that her personal journey is part of what led her to start Women & Work. She felt called to ministry in high school but didn't know many women in full-time ministry. Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: Hershael York named SBTS theology dean; MBTS launches women's ministry concentrations

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, June 25, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    In today's From the Seminaries: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Hershael York named theology dean at Southern

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Longtime pastor and New Testament scholar Hershael York will become the new dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's school of theology, effective Aug. 1, succeeding Gregory A. Wills, who is completing a five-year term. Read More

  • Jen Wilkin at women's leadership event: Be fearless

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS(BP) -- Jen Wilkin encouraged women to be fearless in their advocacy on behalf of others and to fear the Lord above all else during this year's Women's Leadership Breakfast June 13 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

    Teaching from Exodus 1:15-22, the author and Bible teacher encouraged women to fear the Lord and to stand up for their sisters in Christ who need advocacy. More than 200 women attended the event.

    "I pray that this will be a room full of women who will speak on behalf of your sisters with fearlessness," she said. Read More

  • Tea at 3 relays insight into ministry in the SBC

    by Morgan Collier, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Southwestern Theological Seminary hosted its fourth annual Tea at 3 on June 11 for women within the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Several hundred women of all ages were served hot tea, scones and chocolate pastries along with a set of free books.

    Terri Stovall, Southwestern's dean of women's programs, led the event with guest speakers Melissa Meredith, Kelley King, Rhonda Kelley, Ginny Whitten, Ann Iorg, Sandy Wisdom-Martin and Katie McCoy. Read More

  • Honor God in workplace, Women & Work panel exhorts

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Women's roles in the workplace was the subject of the panel "Women & Work: Stepping into Kingdom Productivity," June 12 in Dallas in conjunction with the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.

    Courtney L. Moore, a Southern Baptist pastor's wife, contract writer, and mother of three, moderated the panel sponsored by Women & Work, a nonprofit organization she founded in April to help women flourish in their God-called positions.

    "We want to see you flourish," Moore, whose husband Brent is an adult group's pastor for Pinelake Church in Brandon, Miss., told attendees. "We want to see you honor God in the workplace." Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Connect316 to shift to prayer for June 11 meeting; Women & Work discussion slated for inaugural meeting

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, June 04, 2018 (7 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Connect316 has changed its program -- now to focus on prayer -- for its Monday evening meeting, June 11, following the concluding session of the SBC Pastors' Conference.

    "Prayer will be our only agenda," Will Hall, editor of the Baptist Message in Louisiana, wrote in an email distribution Saturday morning, June 2.

    Connect316, an organization advocating a "traditionalist" view of the doctrine of salvation, "has heard the heart of our [SBC] president, Dr. Steve Gaines ... Read More

  • Women & the SBC: 100 yrs. of 'extraordinary' input noted

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1917, the Southern Baptist Convention received what Georgia's Christian Index newsjournal called "quite a shock" when a Texas church music leader made a motion at the SBC annual meeting concerning "the eternal question": Should women be allowed to serve as SBC messengers?

    Following a protracted -- and feisty -- debate that ended with a contested parliamentary maneuver, the convention answered that question in the negative. But the following year, Robert Coleman of First Baptist Church in Dallas made his motion again and prevailed. Read More

  • Women's discipleship underscored at NOBTS event

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- At home or on the job, women committed to discipleship and transformed by Christ can change the world, speakers said at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's "Discipling women into the future" conference.

    Rhonda Kelley, wife of NOBTS President Chuck Kelley, said the March 15-16 sessions aimed to equip women to minister through the church to other women, which the seminary's women's academic programs likewise do. Read More