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‘Cordial’ meeting: Patterson, SEBTS divide documents

January 24 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

After two days of meetings, representatives of Paige Patterson and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary say they have determined, with no disagreements, the rightful ownership of 89 boxes of documents related to Patterson’s 1992-2003 presidency at Southeastern. Southeastern said it recovered “student” and “personnel” records from Patterson.

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Chitwood to be installed as IMB president Feb. 6

January 24 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board (IMB) will install Paul Chitwood formally as its 13th president on Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. The public is invited to attend the installation service, which will include a Sending Celebration honoring the appointment of 19 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

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‘Death is necessary for life,’ Platt charges students at Spring 2019 convocation

January 24 2019 by Lauren Pratt, SBTS

On Jan. 22, David Platt gave a challenging message to students during spring convocation in which he addressed the paradoxical truth that in order to have life, the Christian must be willing to die. “To live in the next world, you die in this world,” said Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church in the metro-Washington, D.C. area.

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Breaking down walls, Detroit Baptists honor MLK

January 24 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Not far from Eight Mile Road, a historic racial dividing line in Detroit, more than 100 diverse Southern Baptist pastors, state leaders and laypersons worshipped together on Martin Luther King Jr. day. The 7 p.m. service marked a milestone for 78-year-old African American pastor Robert Coverson, the event’s preacher, who marched in Detroit with King …

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Southern Baptists march for life in Washington

January 23 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists joined tens of thousands of other Americans in demonstrating their pro-life convictions during the annual March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. A contingent of those who participated in the Evangelicals for Life (EFL) conference Jan. 16-17 took part in the march and the rally that preceded it on the national mall.

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KBC’s Woods to chair 2019 SBC Resolutions Committee

January 23 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Kentucky Baptist leader Curtis Woods has been named chairman of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee, SBC President J.D. Greear announced Jan. 22. Greear also announced his appointment of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary vice president Keith Whitfield as vice chairman. Woods, who served on the 2018 SBC Resolutions Committee, will be only the second …

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SCOTUS: Trump’s ban on transgender military service stands

January 23 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

The Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 to allow the enforcement of President Trump’s ban on transgender military service, a ban previously frozen by lower court injunctions. The policy immediately stops transgender persons from entering the military except “under certain limited circumstances,” according to media reports. It was first announced by Trump via Twitter in July 2017 …

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Baptist dishwasher’s $21.5M victory honors Sabbath

January 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A hotel dishwasher awarded $21.5 million in her court battle to honor the Sabbath is a faithful member of Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church in Miami, pastor Keny Felix told Baptist Press Jan. 18. Marie Jean-Pierre, fired from the Conrad Hotel in 2016 after she refused to work on Sundays …

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ERLC boosts advocacy through training

January 21 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is known for its advocacy work among the nation’s lawmakers on behalf of Southern Baptists, but its efforts do not stop there. ERLC staff members also advocate alongside Southern Baptists by equipping them to understand public policy and petition legislators independently.

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Can NFL kickers be leaders?

January 21 2019 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A

Matt Stover played 13 seasons as a professional football place kicker for the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. In 2009, he was the third most accurate kicker in the history of the National Football League (NFL), even bringing home a Super Bowl championship when he played for the Ravens.

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