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The blessing of busyness: PASTOR, PROFESSOR, AND FATHER OF FIVE FINDS LIFE OUTSIDE HIMSELF

Originally published at Southern Seminary Towers – http://equip.sbts.edu/publications/towers/towers-issue/2018/may-2018/the-blessing-of-busyness/

Protecting the vulnerable: MinistrySafe and SBTS discuss sexual abuse during Counsel the Word

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”