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Patterson trains, shares burdens of women in Ukraine

Patterson (left wearing red hat) speaking to a group of Ukrainian women.

Keith Collier
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

FORT WORTH, Texas – During a recent visit to Ukraine, March 10-12, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary First Lady Dorothy Patterson provided biblical training for women from across the country and empathized with the struggles of these women at such a critical time in their nation’s history.

Ukranian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine, invited Patterson to speak to women about themes of biblical womanhood. Seminary president and Southwestern Seminary graduate Yarslov Pyzh has led the seminary to start a women’s studies track.

“We’re working on helping them develop a certificate of study that will give them courses helpful in their woman-to-woman ministries,” Patterson said.

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Leaked docs, lawsuit fuel fire at La. College

PINEVILLE, La.  – A spate of leaked documents continues to fuel controversy at Louisiana College (LC), the Baptist Message reported March 13. Information from confidential meetings, letters from an attorney, a never-filed lawsuit and other documents have been made public over the past several weeks, the newspaper said.


The primary outlet of the leaked information has been from Baptist pastor and Williams Baptist College graduate, J.D. Hall of Montana. Hall is an outspoken critic of the LC Board of Trustees, its president Joe Aguillard and Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) Executive Director David Hankins, the Baptist Message said. In a related matter, Timothy Johnson, former executive vice president at the college, filed a lawsuit against the LBC-affiliated school March 11 claiming wrongful termination after he filed a whistleblower report alleging misconduct by the school’s president, the Associated Baptist Press reported.


BP alumnus attorney resigns national board

ATLANTA – A member of the Brewton-Parker College National Alumi Board has resigned, citing disagreement with the school’s current administration. Atlanta-area attorney Jeff Dickerson made the announcement on Facebook March 10, “I am very thankful for the valuable life lessons I learned while attending Brewton-Parker College. However, I am saddened and embarrassed by the new administration and by the direction in which the school is moving. Accordingly, I today tendered my resignation from the National Alumni Board.” Dickerson’s resignation comes about three months after Ergun Caner was elected president of the Georgia Baptist college by a unanimous vote of the college’s trustees. Critics accuse Caner of embellishing his background as a former Muslim who converted to Christianity. 


Study: Millennials less likely to believe in God 

MILLENNIALS, those born after 1980, are more likely to not believe in God and be unsure about the beliefs they have; 11 percent say they don’t believe in God, while 28 percent say they believe, but they’re not certain, a new Pew Research study says.


Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd to be nominated for SBC president

NASHVILLE (BP) – Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the SBC annual meeting this June, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Feb. 20.

Ronnie Floyd

Floyd has "unparalleled experience as a leader among us, an unquestioned commitment to the Great Commission, and he has demonstrated an unstinting urgency to unite Southern Baptists around our shared beliefs, mission, and programs," Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., wrote in an open letter to Southern Baptists stating his intention to nominate Floyd at the SBC annual meeting in June.

During the 27 years Floyd has led Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, it has become "one of the most evangelistic, visible and innovative congregations in our convention," Mohler wrote. The church encompasses campuses in Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville.

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