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Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

October 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Texas court has dismissed several defendants and multiple counts in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by retired Texas state district judge Paul Pressler. The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Gerald Duane Rollins in October 2017 alleged sexual misconduct by Pressler and also sought to hold several other defendants responsible, including the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

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SWBTS ‘pressing on’ with ‘refreshed orientation’

October 19 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees affirmed the institution’s presidential search committee, approved actions of the trustee executive committee and conducted other business during their fall meeting Oct. 15-17. In addition to their meeting, the trustees enjoyed multiple opportunities for personal interaction with Southwestern students and faculty.

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MBTS dedicates Mathena Student Center

October 19 2018 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) celebrated a landmark in its history with the dedication of the new Mathena Student Center in conjunction with the fall trustee meeting Oct. 15-16 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus. The meeting’s highlights came on Tuesday in opening the 40,000-square-foot student center named for Harold and Patricia Mathena …

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No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

October 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” ballad garnered the worship pastor three wins at the 2018 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, but no single artist dominated the night that recognizes work in 40 categories. Reckless Love was named Song of the Year, Worship Song of the Year and Worship Album of the Year at the 49th annual event …

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Q&A: Erickson on family, faith and food

October 18 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Erick Erickson, a journalist and media personality known for his strident defense of conservative politics, says a period of suffering in his life led to deep reflections on faith, family and the lack of civility in current political discussions. Those meditations resulted in a book framed as a letter to his children …

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SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firing

October 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In a meeting characterized by unity despite differences of opinion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) trustees voted to uphold the trustee executive committee’s decision in May to terminate former president Paige Patterson. Trustees revisited Patterson’s termination at their Oct. 15-17 meeting based on a motion, referred to Southwestern by the Southern Baptist Convention in June …

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ERLC panel: Openness about brokenness needed

October 18 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Christians need to be more open about their personal and family brokenness to give hope to those inside and outside the church, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) annual national conference. The panel addressed “The Sin-shattered Family: Gospel Hope for Broken Families and Broken Homes” …

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Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

October 18 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

The Atlanta city council has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his January 2015 termination for his views about marriage and sexuality. The city council voted 11-3 after an executive session Oct. 15 during which city attorneys recommended a settlement and legal fees negotiated with the religious liberty organization …

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Beth Moore: Parenting goal focused on Jesus

October 17 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Beth Moore’s primary parenting goal was for her daughters to know Jesus is everything, the popular Bible teacher told the audience at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) 2018 national conference. Moore answered questions from ERLC President Russell Moore in an Oct. 12 session during “The Cross-shaped Family” …

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Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

October 17 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Baptist Press

Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team. He noted they weren’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team’s grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals …

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