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  • Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

    October 22 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

    Women are grieving and male church leaders should join them in their grief over the sexual abuse and assault so many have suffered, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) annual national conference. A panel of lawyers and female Christian leaders addressed sexual abuse and assault …

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  • Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

    October 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

    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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  • Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    September 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now “actively involved” in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Sept. 19 following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee (EC).

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  • Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    August 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report alleging unprecedented levels of sexual abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy has drawn reaction from Southern Baptists. Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said Southern Baptists should respond to the report by taking all steps necessary to eradicate sexual abuse “from within our community.”

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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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  • 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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  • Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

    July 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

    Canada’s nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a “more aggressive approach” to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use. “Everyone is going to be exposed to” legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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  • Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

    June 20 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abuse in the church:  Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

    The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church “finds I’m spending more time in preparation than ever before” for his Sunday morning sermons. Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that …

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  • SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuse

    June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuse

    Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention affirmed the dignity and worth of women, denounced all forms of abuse and called for sexual purity among Christian leaders in adopting 16 resolutions Tuesday (June 12). Passage of the resolutions on women, abuse and pastoral purity by nearly unanimous votes late in the afternoon session came after …

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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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  • Connect316 leader resigns over ‘reprehensible’ Facebook post

    Alabama pastor Rick Patrick has resigned as the leader of Connect316, an organization advocating a “traditionalist” view of salvation, due to a Facebook post he subsequently acknowledged as “reprehensible and completely unworthy of Christ.”

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  • Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    May 14 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Steve Gaines released a statement May 11. Gaines specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on women, divorce and domestic violence.

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