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  • WRAP-UP: Sex abuse prevention tops SBC Exec. Comm. agenda

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Preventing and responding to sexual abuse was a major focus during meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Feb. 18-19 in Nashville. Among the EC's actions was recommending an amendment to the SBC Constitution stating churches are not "in friendly cooperation with the Convention" if they "have evidenced indifference in addressing sexual abuse." Read More

  • With 'Gospel above all,' Greear tackles sex abuse

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Maintaining his signature theme of the "Gospel Above All," Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear detailed a prescription to battle sex abuse and its enablers at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 18 in Nashville.

    "We serve a God who laid down His life to protect the vulnerable," Greear said in his presidential address. "How dare we proclaim that Gospel with our mouths and then turn a blind eye when the vulnerable in our midst cry out for help?" Read More

  • Sex abuse study 'to own our error,' Greear says

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists should not seek to defend themselves in response to recent sexual abuse reports but should hold offending churches accountable, SBC President J.D. Greear told the SBC Executive Committee Monday night (Feb. 18).

    In his report to the committee, Greear presented 10 calls to action based on initial recommendations from the Sexual Abuse Presidential Advisory Study he initiated last year. Read More

  • Greear on CNN: Abusers 'have no place' in SBC

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 18, 2019 (4 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told CNN he is calling the convention to disfellowship churches "that show a wanton disregard that allows abuse."

    Appearing today (Feb. 18) on CNN's "New Day," Greear also said he will call tonight at an SBC Executive Committee meeting in Nashville for "enhanced language" in SBC documents to underscore the convention's longstanding belief abuse "is out of step with" The Baptist Faith and Message.

    "Churches that show a wanton disregard that allows abuse, that allows it to happen, that ... Read More

  • Mohler, Akin apologize for backing accused leader

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (7 days ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention seminary presidents R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Danny Akin have apologized for their former support of C.J. Mahaney, a pastor accused of concealing sexual abuse at the ministry he used to lead.

    Meanwhile, former SBC seminary president Paige Patterson has written a letter to the editor of the Houston Chronicle defending himself against accusations published in a three-part series this week about sexual abuse among Southern Baptists. Read More

  • Educate, be proactive to deter sex abuse, pastors say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (7 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Educating congregations, staff and volunteers about sexual abuse, prohibiting one-on-one interactions and employing security are crucial steps in preventing sex abuse in churches, pastors of churches where predators have been arrested told Baptist Press. Read More

  • SBC must 'lament & grieve,' Greear tells editors

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (9 days ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- "This conversation is very complex," SBC President J.D. Greear said regarding instances of sexual abuse that have occurred in Southern Baptist churches.

    "But I also understand this is a time for us to lament and to grieve," Greear told members of the Association of State Baptist Publications regarding a series of reports by the Houston Chronicle. Read More

  • For sex abuse trauma, churches must be 'trustworthy'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (10 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Attempted suicide, drug overdoses, hatred of God and ruined teenage years are among the effects of sexual abuse described in a Feb. 11 Houston Chronicle report on sexual abuse among Southern Baptists. Read More

  • Greear addresses unreported victims of sexual abuse

    by J.D. Greear & Brad Hambrick, posted Monday, February 11, 2019 (11 days ago)

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    SBC President J.D. Greear and biblical counselor Brad Hambrick relay guidance to victims of sexual abuse who have not yet turned to anyone to receive care. Read More

  • Paper's sexual abuse report leaves SBC's Greear 'broken'

    by Art Toalston, posted Sunday, February 10, 2019 (11 days ago)

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    A Houston newspaper, in reporting on instances of sexual abuse by pastors and others at Southern Baptist churches, has left SBC President J.D. Greear "broken over what was revealed today." Read More