- - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1|  Group of teens swarm theology students in violent attempted robbery outside Winstead’s near Plaza

***Interesting news from Kansas City, where a “common everyday” attempted robbery turned into an Gospel-quotable event. Mess with Evangelical seminary students, you’re going to get prayed for.

…The officers were unable to catch any of the teens as they sprinted off in different directions.

Crone said he still has some bumps, scrapes and bruises after the violent encounter, but he has forgiven the teens. He’s now praying they soon pick another life path.

“That would be my main thing, is that they come to know Christ,” he said.

The students attend Midwestern Baptist seminary, the tenth largest seminary in America, and the fastest-growing. Southern Baptist seminaries account for five out of the top ten largest seminaries in America.

2| Are We Entering the End Times for Mainline Seminaries? |Religion Dispatches

Frankly, it’s remarkable that so many mainline seminaries are still around. The denominations most commonly labeled mainline—United Methodist, Lutheran (ELCA), Presbyterian (PCUSA), Episcopal, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ—peaked in membership in the 1960s, two generations ago. Downward trends in membership have affected seminaries in multiple ways, financial and missional.

…Church members also have questioned missional shifts. In 2013, a conservative Methodist magazine asked why four of the 13 Methodist seminaries received more than $100,000 from the denomination for each of the six or seven ordained Methodist ministers they produced each year. The fact that the schools produced many other kinds of graduates—three of the four even granted PhDs—did not impress the article’s author.

3| Pro-gay ‘shame list’ heavy on Baptist colleges |Baptist Press

Nearly a third of the 102 institutions of higher education on a pro-homosexual activist group’s list of “the absolute worst colleges for LGBT youth” have Southern Baptist ties. 

All schools on the list, which was published Aug. 29 by the college-focused organization Campus Pride, have a religious affiliation, with the vast majority affirming historic, orthodox Christianity. Thirty-one institutions listed (30.4%) cooperate either with the Southern Baptist Convention or a Baptist state convention that partners with the SBC.

To be included on the so-called “Shame List,” an institution had to either apply for an exemption to Title IX of the 1972 federal Education Amendments in order to enact policies based on the traditional definition of marriage or demonstrate a “past history and track record of anti-[LGBT] actions, programs and policies,” according to a Campus Pride news release.

In response to the list, SBC President Steve Gaines told Baptist Press, “Bible believing institutions of higher learning should have the right to peacefully and lovingly adhere to the tenets of our faith without being castigated by those of opposing views.

“We deserve the same tolerance that the LGBT community deserves. We should not be victims of hate speech by being caricatured with pejorative, false accusations such as being guilty of ‘shameful acts of religion-based prejudice and bigotry’ simply because we believe and seek to obey Scripture,” Gaines said in written comments, citing a phrase from the Campus Pride website.

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