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Panelists assess SBC on sexual abuse

June 11 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
Speakers shared their assessment of where the Southern Baptist Convention and its cooperating congregations stand regarding sexual abuse.
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Pastors’ Conference a call to character ‘from above’

June 11 2019 by Baptist Press Staff 
Whether in suffering or dealing with a social media firestorm, lean into the godly character that the Holy Spirit is fashioning in your heart.
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Couple establishes GWU scholarship with $4-million gift

June 11 2019 by Gardner-Webb University 
Carolyn and Robert Tucker have given a $4 million scholarship endowment to establish the “Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship.”
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Abuse aftercare resource available for churches

June 10 2019 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources
SBC leaders have recognized the need to be responsive and educated in caring for those within their ministries who disclose abuse experiences.
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Sex abuse & the SBC: the message is clear

I write to you this week from Birmingham, Ala., where your Biblical Recorder staff is on site at the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) 2019 annual meeting. As this edition of the BRweekly hits your email inboxes, messengers are gearing up for their second day of proceedings.

There is much to tell about the first day of the convention, and the SBC Pastors' Conference prior to that, but one thing is evident: Southern Baptists care deeply about addressing sex abuse in our churches. Many panel discussions, reports and other conversations have lamented the presence of such evil and called for decisive action in response.

SBC President J.D. Greear has led us well in that response while unifying messengers around the "Gospel Above All."

On Tuesday afternoon, messengers acted on amendments to SBC governing documents that enable our network of churches to better ensure the safety of our members, the integrity of our fellowship and most of all, the clarity of the gospel we proclaim.

The work is not complete, but the message is clear. In faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ, and by His example, Southern Baptists are determined to care for the vulnerable among us.

It has been encouraging to run into a good number of N.C. Baptists here in Birmingham. A notable example of N.C. representation came during the International Mission Board's "Sending Celebration." Many Southern Baptists were celebrated for their commitment to take the gospel to the nations, including John and Pat Gordy. John is a former missionary with the IMB and recently served as a strategy coordinator for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. 

Stay tuned at BRnow.org for additional information about these topics and more. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive up-to-date news about the meeting as it continues. Use the hashtag #SBC19.

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