Originally published at Southern Seminary Towers – http://equip.sbts.edu/publications/towers/towers-issue/2018/may-2018/the-blessing-of-busyness/
Kyle Claunch is busy. Yes, he’s been teaching Systematic Theology and electives on the Holy Spirit and salvation for the last nine months at Southern Seminary. But the opportunity to teach at Southern is not the only — or even biggest — responsibility he’s juggling right now.
He’s also the husband of Ashley, the father of Josiah, Micah, Samuel, Alexandria, and Lila — a two-year-old with a severe hearing impairment who they just adopted in January. On top of that,he’s the senior pastor of Highland Park First Baptist Church in Louisville. Being a husband and father provides as many daily challenges as the classroom.
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Originally published at Southern News – https://goo.gl/C5HUvb
Experts in abuse prevention address how churches can prepare and respond to situations in their congregations.
Christ took the exploitation of the vulnerable seriously, so the church is called to do the same, said Christian leaders during Counsel the Word at Southern Seminary, March 2-3.
Counsel the Word, a conference held in conjunction with MinistrySafe, sought to equip churches to prevent and respond to sexual abuse. Jesus did not avoid the topic of abuse, especially when it pertained to children, said Jeremy L. Pierre, chair of the department of biblical counseling and family ministry and dean of students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Using Matthew 18:1-7 as his text, Pierre argued that Jesus saw how the world treated the vulnerable — and it infuriated him. It is not only a horrifying abuse of power, Pierre said, but it is the worst sort of harm anyone could inflict on a child because it hinders them from experiencing God. Continue reading “Protecting the vulnerable: MinistrySafe and SBTS discuss sexual abuse during Counsel the Word”
Originally published in Southern Seminary’s Towers- http://equip.sbts.edu/publications/towers/towers-issue/2018/march-2018/learning-from-history/
One of John D. Wilsey’s favorite hobbies is to go out into the woods with nothing but a compass and a map, and find his way to a destination with no trail. Sometimes he goes at night, sometimes during the day. It’s called “orienteering,” and he’s been doing it for years.
But one thing he especially loves is inviting students to navigate the woods with him.
“I’ve always taken students out to the woods to teach them how to use maps and compasses. Because in the learning of the maps and the compasses, you learn how to trust your compass,” he said. “Even when you don’t feel like your compass is leading you the right way, if you are diligent to follow the direction the compass is pointing you, even if you don’t feel it, you see that it is right. There’s a lot of spiritual application in that. The Scriptures are a lot like a compass.” Continue reading “Learning From History: PROFESSOR WANTS STUDENTS TO LEARN FROM THE ‘INDISPENSABLE’ PAST”