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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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  • Patterson appointed pres. emeritus by SWBTS trustees

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    In a meeting that began at 1:30 p.m. May 22 and ended just after 3 a.m. May 23, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees appointed Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately. They also named as interim president of the seminary Jeffrey Bingham, dean of Southwestern's School of Theology, pending his acceptance. Read More

  • Trustees: Patterson move aims for 'benefit' of SWBTS

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees say their decision to "move in the direction of new leadership" by making Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately was intended "for the benefit of the future mission of the seminary." Patterson's new role will come "with compensation" and was approved by a "majority vote."

    Patterson released a statement today (May 23) to Baptist Press in response to the trustee's decision. Read More

  • '100 Houses' evangelism effort in New Orleans

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Chandler McCall
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Don't tell seminary professor Preston Nix that door-to-door evangelism in New Orleans does not work. Time and again, he has found that loving Gospel conversations, even during door-to-door evangelism, can and do lead to decisions for Christ.

    "It does not work ... if you do not work it," said Nix, professor of evangelism and evangelistic preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. "But if you work it with a smile on your face, the love of Christ in your heart, and the Good News of the Gospel on your lips shared with kindness and conviction, you will be amazed at how many people will listen to you and respond to the message of the Gospel." Read More

  • Faith group's advocacy speeds prison reform bill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Years of prison reform advocacy is reaping fruit for Prison Fellowship with the passage of a bill termed a "first step" in rehabilitating federal prisoners and reducing recidivism.

    Churches are also a crucial player in preventing incarceration, reforming prisoners and speeding their productivity upon release, Christian advocates said after the U.S. House passed the First Step Act on Tuesday (May 22). Read More

  • Judge sides with transgender teen

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (BP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday (May 22) said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a transgender teen by requiring that all students use the restroom corresponding to their biological gender.

    U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen declined to hear the Gloucester County School Board's request to dismiss the case, arguing the board violated former student Gavin Grimm's rights under the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause and the federal Title IX protections against gender-based discrimination. Read More