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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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  • BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    August 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has settled a lawsuit related to the alleged 2016 rape of a 13-year-old at the BGCO’s Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Aug. 5, but one sentence of the settlement agreement is not under seal: …

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  • ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    July 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    The Revoice Conference for “LGBT Christians,” which provoked a messenger question at June’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28. Revoice states its aim on the conference website as “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians …

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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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  • Baptist leader’s arrest sparks responses

    July 23 2018 by BR Staff | with 1 comments
    Baptist leader’s arrest sparks responses

    Mark Aderholt, a Southern Baptist leader who formerly worked for the International Mission Board (IMB) and the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC), was arrested July 3 on charges of sexual assault against a minor in the late 1990s, according to news reports.

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  • Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

    July 23 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

    Legislation to prohibit government from discriminating against adoption and foster care agencies over their religious or moral convictions has taken an initial step toward potential passage in Congress. The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee included the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) in a spending bill it approved July 11.

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  • IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

    July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

    The International Mission Board (IMB) and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented differing accounts of how the board handled an investigation of the alleged misconduct. After Baptist Press published a July 16 update on the case of former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt – who has been charged in …

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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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  • Former Baptist leader charged with sexual assault

    July 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former Baptist leader charged with sexual assault

    Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and International Mission Board missionary, has been charged in Texas with sexually assaulting a teenager 21 years ago. Aderholt, 46, was arrested July 3 in South Carolina and booked into the Tarrant County, Texas, jail July 9 on charges of sexual assault of …

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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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  • 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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