John Hardin retired on Sept. 30 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Missouri Baptist Foundation. Hardin has served the Foundation since 1988 following his service as associate director of the Business Services division of the Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
On September 27, Judge Karl DeMarce issued a ruling in favor of the Missouri Baptist Convention in the MBC’s 15-year litigation. The latest ruling overturns charter changes by MBU and TBH, which would return trustee selection to the MBC. The judge, however, stayed his own order to allow an expected appeals process to further consider his ruling.
By Carrie McWhorter for Word&Way|
September 27, 2017
In 2001, the first draft of the human genome was published in the journal Nature. The research effort sought to identify all the genes in human DNA and to determine the possible sequences of the chemical bases that make up human DNA.
The completion of the Human Genome Project raised a significant question in Christian circles: Who are Adam and Eve in light of the conclusions?
The Missouri Baptist Foundation and the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina have named new leaders. Neil Franks, age 46, served as the lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Branson, Mo. Nathan McCarthy has been an investment manager and since 2010 has served the Baptist Foundation of Alabama as senior investment officer.
On Aug. 18, Stephen Mathis, interim president of the Missouri Baptist Foundation, announced he would retire from MBF on Sept. 30 after nearly 31 years working at the institution. Mathis, who is also executive vice president, has been interim president since June 2015 and previously served as interim president during two other transitions.
At the end of 2017, Neville Callam will retire after more than 10 years as the general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Originally from Jamaica, he is the first general secretary not from the U.S. or Europe. At the close of the BWA’s 2017 annual gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, in July, Callam sat down for an interview with Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor.
As Missouri Baptist Convention leaders sought to justify their decision to sue five Missouri Baptist institutions, they made some promises to messengers and other Missouri Baptists. Fifteen years have passed since the start of the MBC’s litigation against the Missouri Baptist Foundation, Missouri Baptist University, The Baptist Home, Windermere Baptist Conference Center and Word&Way — with the suits against MBU and TBH still unresolved. How have two of those early key promises fared with the passage of time?
Central Seminary has announced a new partnership with Sharon and Dan Buttry related to their work in peace and non-violence.
Peace and non-violence are not new areas of interest for Central, but, by working more collaboratively with the Buttrys, Central hopes to enhance the ongoing efforts in these areas the intention of developing an even closer relationship with the Buttrys’ work.