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Greear addresses unreported victims of sexual abuse

February 12 2019 by J.D. Greear and Brad Hambrick, The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has set forth counsel to victims of sexual abuse who have not yet sought help. An article coauthored with biblical counselor Brad Hambrick has been posted at Greear’s website, jdgreear.com, and is printed in full below.

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Greear names, summarizes Committee on Committees makeup

February 12 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), has announced the names of individuals who will serve on the Committee on Committees for the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. Greear announced the committee’s chairman on Feb. 4, Sky Pratt, associate pastor for mobilization at Prince Avenue Baptist Church …

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Jobs program shows women ‘who they are in God’s eyes’

February 12 2019 by Trennis Henderson, WMU

Intent on living up to its name, Future & Hope Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) typically equips 10 to 12 women during in-depth 10-week sessions on such practical life skills as computer skills, money management, parenting and healthy relationships blended with weekly Bible studies and mentoring.

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Paper’s sexual abuse report leaves SBC’s Greear ‘broken’

February 11 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

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.” “The abuses described in this @HoustonChron article are pure evil,” Greear stated in a series of tweets after the Houston Chronicle reported Feb. 10 on instances of abuse …

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Millennials’ witness stymied by ‘faulty discipleship’

February 11 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Barna research indicating nearly half of U.S. millennial Christians believe evangelism is wrong reflects the church’s failure to disciple them, say two Southern Baptist evangelism leaders. “The great reason for a loss of passionate evangelism is faulty discipleship,” said Sammy Tippit, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.

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History needed telling, SBTS grads & NAAF say

February 11 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Slavery and racism once supported by the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) oldest seminary needed to be documented for history’s sake, black alumni and a representative of nearly 4,000 black pastors told Baptist Press (BP). In this month annually dedicated to black history, the leaders are lauding Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. …

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IMB elects EVP, appoints 19 missionaries

February 8 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board (IMB) trustees unanimously elected Todd Lafferty as the 173-year-old entity’s executive vice president (EVP) during their Feb. 6-7 meeting in Richmond, Va. Trustees also appointed 19 new missionaries for service around the globe; affirmed Roger Alford as vice president of communication, and recognized 48 emeriti in memoriam.

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Rainer: LifeWay did ‘all we could’ to save stores

February 8 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

LifeWay Christian Resources did “all we could” to keep brick and mortar stores open, LifeWay President Thom Rainer told the entity’s trustees. But despite positive indicators in mid-2018, by late in the year, data from stores showed revenue declines “had not reversed” and “had been exacerbated.”

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Trump promotes life, prayer at breakfast

February 8 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

President Donald Trump reaffirmed the sanctity of every human life and encouraged Americans to pray for the pursuit of justice during the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 7. The president also defended religious liberty and the work of faith-based adoption agencies in a 20-minute address at the annual event in a Washington, D.C., hotel.

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EC search committee ‘actively pursued’ resumes from non-Anglos

February 7 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Responding to “recent online stories and related social media activity,” the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s presidential search committee says it has “actively pursued resumes from non-Anglo candidates.” In a Feb. 7 statement to the full EC, the search committee also said it “will not have a nomination to share” at the EC’s Feb. 18-19 meeting …

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