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  • Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

    July 27 2018 by Joy Allmond, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

    “There are phrases in culture, that if you look back a year ago, they didn’t exist,” said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. “But now (one) that is common, pervasive, and indicative of a lot of pain that has occurred … has been the #MeToo movement.”

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  • Greear launches advisory group on abuse

    July 26 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Greear launches advisory group on abuse

    J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), announced today (July 26) that he is partnering with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to form an advisory group on sexual misconduct, domestic violence and other issues. The announcement came as many Southern Baptists are discussing how the convention’s leaders and entities should respond

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  • SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

    July 26 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) appears to be in the midst of a complex and uncertain moment as sexual abuse scandals raise questions about how the cooperative body of more than 40,000 self-governing churches can better identify sexual predators and provide safeguards against them.

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  • IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    July 26 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board (IMB) President David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by …

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  • #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    July 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse. But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational “heroes” who “work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job …

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  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

    July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have “heightened the alert.” From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse …

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  • Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    June 28 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role. In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR’s Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear …

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  • B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    June 25 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas. More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the …

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  • Sex abuse news ‘wake-up call’ for pastors, ERLC panel says

    June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sex abuse news ‘wake-up call’ for pastors, ERLC panel says

    The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a “divine opportunity” for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The event – “Gospel Sexuality in …

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  • SWBTS: Patterson stripped of emeritus title, benefits

    May 30 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    SWBTS: Patterson stripped of emeritus title, benefits

    The executive committee of the board of trustees for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced their decision tonight (May 30) to terminate President Emeritus Paige Patterson after meeting to discuss how he handled allegations of sexual assault against a student while he was president of another school.

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  • Patterson comments draw women’s responses

    May 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson comments draw women’s responses

    An open letter from Southern Baptist women objecting that Paige Patterson has been “allowed to continue in leadership” despite his statements on sexuality and domestic abuse has garnered nearly 2,500 signatures – with more than 1,800 in its first 24 hours online. Other Southern Baptist women defended Patterson’s character without affirming all his specific comments.

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  • ERLC panel at SBC to address sexual abuse, assault

    May 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC panel at SBC to address sexual abuse, assault

    Sexual abuse and assault will be subjects of a panel discussion convened by the ERLC on the eve of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention June 12-13 in Dallas. The ERLC will sponsor a conversation on some of society’s hottest topics during “Gospel Sexuality in a #MeToo Culture.”

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