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  • WRAP-UP: Sex abuse prevention tops SBC Exec. Comm. agenda

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (7 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Preventing and responding to sexual abuse was a major focus during meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Feb. 18-19 in Nashville. Among the EC's actions was recommending an amendment to the SBC Constitution stating churches are not "in friendly cooperation with the Convention" if they "have evidenced indifference in addressing sexual abuse." Read More

  • 10-year-old advances SBC ministry day

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (8 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Zak McCullar was 9 years old when he knocked on a stranger's door in Black Mountain, N.C., eager to tell her about Jesus.

    "I said we're from Walker County in Alabama and we're with Oteen Baptist Church and we want to invite you to church, and if there's any questions ask me." Read More

  • EC pres. search committee has found 'God's candidate'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The search committee seeking the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has "identified God's candidate for such a time as this" and will announce the nominee "very soon," search committee vice chairman Adron Robinson reported today (Feb. 19). Read More

  • With 'Gospel above all,' Greear tackles sex abuse

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (yesterday)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Maintaining his signature theme of the "Gospel Above All," Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear detailed a prescription to battle sex abuse and its enablers at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 18 in Nashville.

    "We serve a God who laid down His life to protect the vulnerable," Greear said in his presidential address. "How dare we proclaim that Gospel with our mouths and then turn a blind eye when the vulnerable in our midst cry out for help?" Read More

  • Sex abuse study 'to own our error,' Greear says

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists should not seek to defend themselves in response to recent sexual abuse reports but should hold offending churches accountable, SBC President J.D. Greear told the SBC Executive Committee Monday night (Feb. 18).

    In his report to the committee, Greear presented 10 calls to action based on initial recommendations from the Sexual Abuse Presidential Advisory Study he initiated last year. Read More

  • Gray Allison, theology leader in SBC resurgence, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (5 days ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- B. Gray Allison, who gave theological strength to the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention as the founder of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, died Feb. 12 in Memphis, Tenn. He was 94.

    Through the seminary, Allison also buttressed Southern Baptists' evangelistic commitment. Read More

  • SBC must 'lament & grieve,' Greear tells editors

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Scott Barkley/Christian Index
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- "This conversation is very complex," SBC President J.D. Greear said regarding instances of sexual abuse that have occurred in Southern Baptist churches.

    "But I also understand this is a time for us to lament and to grieve," Greear told members of the Association of State Baptist Publications regarding a series of reports by the Houston Chronicle. Read More

  • For sex abuse trauma, churches must be 'trustworthy'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (8 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Attempted suicide, drug overdoses, hatred of God and ruined teenage years are among the effects of sexual abuse described in a Feb. 11 Houston Chronicle report on sexual abuse among Southern Baptists. Read More

  • Greear names, summarizes Comm. on Committees makeup

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, February 11, 2019 (9 days ago)

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    J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has announced the Committee on Committees for the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. Read More

  • Greear addresses unreported victims of sexual abuse

    by J.D. Greear & Brad Hambrick, posted Monday, February 11, 2019 (9 days ago)

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    SBC President J.D. Greear and biblical counselor Brad Hambrick relay guidance to victims of sexual abuse who have not yet turned to anyone to receive care. Read More