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On Feb. 19, a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District ruled unanimously for the Missouri Baptist Convention in its more than 16-year legal battle that trustees of Missouri Baptist University and The Baptist Home did not have the authority to move to self-perpetuating status and should be elected by the MBC.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said the denomination's Executive Committee should immediately investigate 10 churches named in a report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, including Second Baptist in Houston — one of the largest churches in the SBC.

(RNS) — An online directory of Southern Baptist ministers included at least five names that are also included in a new database of convicted sex offenders with Southern Baptist ties compiled in an investigation by two Texas newspapers.

One in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. It is everyone’s Christian duty to immediately report any knowledge or suspicion of abuse or neglect whether, one falls in the legal category of a mandated reporter or not.

BOLIVAR, Mo. — As chair of Southwest Baptist University’s Peer Assessment Committee to discuss faith, learning and orthodoxy created in December, David Dockery has named five additional members of the committee in a Feb. 13 release by the school. The committee is part of a strategic process launched in the fall by SBC President Eric A. Turner.

PARAGOULD, Ark. (BP) -- Intent on living up to its name, Future & Hope Christian Women's Job Corps typically equips 10 to 12 women during in-depth 10-week sessions on such practical life skills as computer skills, money management, parenting and healthy relationships blended with weekly Bible studies and mentoring.

RNS) — Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have called the reports by two Texas newspapers of hundreds of sex abuse cases in affiliated churches evidence of “pure evil” and “satanic” behavior within their ranks.

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Responding to "recent online stories and related social media activity," the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's presidential search committee says it has "actively pursued resumes from non-Anglo candidates."

(RNS) — As the Southern Baptist Convention faces a rare leadership vacuum at the top of agencies and seminaries — and has just installed a new mission board president — questions have arisen about whether its statements committing to diversity will be reflected in hiring decisions.

Amid protests and political unrest in Venezuela, global Baptists are calling on government authorities to release Gregory José Pérez, executive director of the Unión Nacional Bautista de Jovenes (National Baptist Youth Union) in Venezuela, arrested on Jan. 23.