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  • History needed telling, SBTS grads & NAAF say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (13 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Slavery and racism once supported by the Southern Baptist Convention's oldest seminary needed to be documented for history's sake, black alumni and a representative of nearly 4,000 black pastors told Baptist Press.

    In this month annually dedicated to black history, the leaders are lauding Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. for initiating the report dating to the racism and slave ownership of SBTS founding fathers. Read More

  • Greear: White privilege should extend to all races

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (22 days ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Anglos receive "privilege" in American culture because of their ethnicity, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in a podcast. But rather than debate the political ramifications of that privilege, Greear urged believers to "extend" it to people of all races.

    The views Greear expressed in his "Ask Me Anything" podcast are similar to opinions he has voiced publicly since at least 2014, following a racial crisis in Ferguson, Mo. Yet he told Baptist Press his perspective of white privilege has become more acute over the past five years from "being in relationship with brothers and sisters of color."

    "Is white privilege real?" was the topic of a Jan. 28 episode of Greear's podcast. He told podcast host Todd Unzicker he has "struggled with" the question and concluded there is an "invisible set of assets that I get from being part of the majority culture." Read More

  • Breaking down walls, Detroit Baptists honor MLK

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (29 days ago)

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    DETROIT (BP) -- Not far from Eight Mile Road, a historic racial dividing line in Detroit, more than 100 diverse Southern Baptist pastors, state leaders and laypersons worshipped together on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

    The 7 p.m. service marked a milestone for 78-year-old African American pastor Robert Coverson, the event's preacher, who marched in Detroit with King during the civil rights movement. Many suburban residents are afraid to cross Eight Mile Road and venture into the deep inner city during the day, Coverson said, let alone after dark.

    "I saw last night God touching the hearts of people and I saw walls falling," Coverson told Baptist Press the next morning. "I saw hearts being tenderized for the idea of we are our brother's keeper. I saw a new love relationship starting. It was awesome." Read More

  • SBTS slavery & racism report stirs media flurry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's 71-page report on the institution's history of slavery and racism garnered coverage in hundreds of media outlets during the week following its release. Reaction to the report ranged from affirmation by many evangelicals to criticism from both the left and right.

    "Insofar as there is any legitimacy to any criticism, we need to hear it," Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Dec. 17 on NPR's On Point radio broadcast. "... I intend to deal with honest partners in this, with people who want to engage in a conversation about the Christian responsibility that we face as Southern Seminary. And I think Southern Baptists ... Read More

  • Seminary releases 'honest lament' on slavery, racism

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report today (Dec. 12) that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary.

    "Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained," the seminary said in its initial news release on the school's past. "Though this was true of many of the most historic colleges and universities in the nation, it was particularly true of the South. Theological seminaries were not innocent of this charge, and this included Southern Baptist Theological Seminary."

    Produced by a team of its faculty, the report recounts the history of these issues at Southern Seminary -- from the school's slave-holding founders in the 19th century to its segregation-defending faculty in the early decades of the 20th century. The report, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., represents a year of research conducted by a committee of six current and former Southern Seminary faculty members. Read More

  • S.C. church honors memory of enslaved members

    by Baptist Courier Staff, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- A South Carolina congregation has taken a step to officially honor the memory of past members of the church who were enslaved prior to 1865.

    On Nov. 11, First Baptist Church of Charleston dedicated a marker that says: "In memory of the thousands of enslaved members of the First Baptist Church of Charleston whose names we do not know, but are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 7:9."

    The bronze tablet was unanimously approved by the congregation as a way of acknowledging the contributions of the many enslaved members who served in the church but had been largely ignored by history, said pastor Marshall Blalock. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Hatred, racism, forgiveness

    by Keith Shorter, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Keith Shorter notes that "hatred, racism and violence were defeated with one simple act of forgiveness" by Reverend Anthony Thompson, whose wife and eight others at were killed at Mother Emanuel AME Church by gunman Dylann Roof. Read More

  • Mo. Baptist resolution: Denounce Dred Scott decision

    by Ben Hawkins, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists elected a more ethnically diverse slate of convention officers and approved a resolution encouraging racial reconciliation during their 184th annual meeting at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield.

    Although this year's meeting was shortened to only two days, Oct. 22-23, attendance rose slightly compared to the previous two years, totaling 1,042 messengers and 184 visitors from 451 churches.

    Jon Nelson, elected as MBC first vice president, is believed to be the convention's first black officer. Nelson is an MBC church planter and pastor of Soma Community Church near the campus of historically black Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Read More

  • Logan Carson, SEBTS' first African American prof, dies

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

    ANGIER, N.C. (BP) -- Logan Carson, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's first full-time African American professor, died Nov. 3 at age 86.

    Carson, who taught theology at SEBTS from 1994-2009, will be remembered for his zeal for life, love for teaching Scripture to his students and his humility in serving others.

    Danny Akin, Southeastern's president, noted, "The thing I remember most about Dr. Carson is that he said he didn't want his sight back in this life because 'the first thing I want to see is Jesus' face.'" Read More

  • Multiethnic worship caps Va. weekend demonstrations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city.

    One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington of the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 drew fewer than 40 white nationalists and was dwarfed by counterprotestors, according to media reports. Read More