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The irony of #SBC vote to uphold complementarian position of pastorate is not that it defines office as exclusive to men. It's that the pastoral office itself is not defined consistently across the convention.
The rhetorical result is that maleness becomes first qualification for pastorate in SBC. This creates vastly different ministry culture than might exist in a comp denom that has strict definition of pastoral office & process of ordination (of which one qualification is maleness).
B/c the ordination procedure is left to individual churches (as is to be expected in baptist polity!), the one binding thread is maleness. This reverses the order of identifying leaders, i.e all men are potential pastors until they are sorted out by lack of call or character.
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🧵Why Abortion Remains Legal in Every State: An SBC Case Study

The first abolitionist resolution was at the 2021 #SBC annual meeting. The Resolutions Committee declined it, but the messengers voted overwhelmingly to bring it to the floor over Nathan Finn's objections. (1/16) Image
I was in the room and would estimate that 85-90% of the messengers voted to override the committee. In years of observing SBC annual meetings, I have never seen the platform overruled by the messengers by such an overwhelming margin. (2/16)
That night, Bart Barber and other SBC leaders made impassioned pleas on social media to messengers asking them to oppose the resolution on the floor the next day. (3/16)
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in honor of the #sbc here is a thread of just SOME of the amazing women who have taught us over the years:
Beth Allison Barr on Biblical Womanhood…
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“I’ve seen, again and again, brilliant women treated like garbage by mediocre (at best) male Twitter theologians and, tragically, sometimes actual pastors. Women in conservative circles can usually get away with passively cloaking their disagreement as submissive questions.”🧵
“Instead of stating her position, much less arguing for her position, she may feel pressure to state her position as a question. If she is afraid to object openly, she must bracket all objections with plenty of “with all due respect” and “although I appreciate your perspective”
“phrases. With every objection, she must throw in something that soothes the ego of the Twitter Theology Bro™.  
But if she plainly states her case or even nears any firmness, she receives brutish acting out. If she doesn’t receive flagrant hostility, she’s almost certainly met
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Aside from introducing me to the Lord Jesus, one thing the #SBC gave me that I'll always be thankful for is a fierce loyalty to the local church.
It is precisely that loyalty that at this moment puts me at odds with the denom I've been part of my entire life. A 🧵 (1)
The church I am privileged to serve as pastor has also been #SBC since it was planted in 1986. But discussions/decisions/declarations in recent years leave me wondering if we are still truly valued by this larger family of churches. (2)
Less than a year ago, I invited my friend @aimeebyrdPYW to address our church in the AM services, and our ladies that evening. This had nothing to do with the controversy she was facing. She was (still is) a neighbor (lives 30 minutes away), and ...(3)
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𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗕𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗽 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺. ⤵️
Moving past the startup phase is a significant milestone and something to be celebrated. As your business grows and evolves, it's important to continue adapting and refining your strategies. A key area to focus on is building a strong and sustainable corporate culture.
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴-𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆. ⤵️
As your business moves past the startup phase, it's important to consider expanding your product or service offerings, as well as exploring new markets.

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Since I am one of the other two on this text thread, and I was a part of this entire text conversation, as well as other group conversations, I would like to speak to this. First off, context matters. This screenshot is a small blip...
of multiple, very long conversations. I would like to believe this is a big misunderstanding rather than a blatant effort to disseminate false information in order to support a certain narrative. That being said, I have tried to handle this privately to no avail but am very...
concerned now that false information has been shared as truth by Baptist News Global.

This hurts my heart more than anyone can imagine, to have to address this in this way, but it is of the upmost importance to me that survivors are armed with the whole truth.

When the...
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Whether or not you agree with @willmcraney’s choice to sue @NAMB_SBC, you need to see what is finally coming out after 7 yes: NAMB having a “Disciplinal Process” for a state convention, trustees saying they will “go to battle” against others for Ezell. That’s just the start 🧵🪡
If you are unfamiliar with the McRaney case, you should read the amended filing here:…. It gives a timeline of events and why he eventually filed a lawsuit. In this case NAMB claims it has absolute privileges over state convention employees.
Let’s dive in to this “disciplinal process” for a baptist partner. First off, SBC entities do not have authority over other partners including local churches and state conventions. So what was the BCMD’s sin that needed discipline? Was it female pastors or heretical statements?
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Valerie Swope (@ValerieLSwope) is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and is sharing her story for the first time in this way.
It’s a story about her first and foremost. But it’s also a story of the SBC and how it’s responding to a crisis of sexual abuse.…
Valerie shared her story for the first time on Oct. 10, 2002. She was 19 and she told leaders at Bethany Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, that she and the youth pastor at the time, Christian Watts, had been having sex starting when she was 16. (🧵)…
“I didn’t mention any of these things — the handholding, the groping, the kissing, all these things that had started since I was 13,” Valerie said about that meeting. “Now, to the detriment of all of us, we didn’t call law enforcement of any kind.”… #SBC
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#BREAKING The Department of Justice is investigating the Southern Baptist Convention over its handling of sex abuses, months after a third-party report that was prompted by 2019 reporting by the @HoustonChron

Story via me @John_Tedesco #SBCtoo #ChurchToo…
@HoustonChron @John_Tedesco The DOJ investigation follows a bombshell report from May, in which a third-party found that top SBC officials had for two decades intimidated abuse survivors and fought reforms that they privately said would help - but could cost $$ in lawsuits #SBCtoo…
That report was prompted by Abuse of Faith, a 2019 investigation by @HoustonChron & @ExpressNews that detailed hundreds of criminal convictions by Southern Baptist pastors + decades of inaction by top leaders

They left behind more than 700 victims #SBCtoo…
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The fight about waiving #SBC A/C privilege was always about protecting the men at the top from the ramifications of their immoral __ AND ILLEGAL__ activities.

A cursory review of the #SATFReport makes it plain as day.

@ChristaBrown777 @wthrockmorton @DefendTheSheep
The only surprising thing to me is that it took this long for the Federal government to get involved.
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🧵Really surprised to see church leaders describing the fallout from abuse within the church as a “stormy season” (ACNA) or “judgment on a denom” (SBC). As though church leaders struggling to respond are somehow the victims here. This seems to me to reveal a mistaken emphasis.
The complexity and cost of abuse response is not a judgment or difficulty for a church to “handle” - but a reality that should remind us of the impossible-to-measure nature of the injury of abuse and the rippling effects of the devastation of betrayed trust.
I will never understand why church leaders don’t scramble to repent & make things right when allegations become public rather than spotlighting how hard it’s been *for the church.*
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Just this week a friend sent me an article by Albert Mohler, "Why I am a Baptist"

Overall the article is fine (I am myself a Baptist, after all), but this one paragraph is trash, intended to frame an utterly shameful act as something praiseworthy:
The SBC formed as a split out of existing missions organizations (the Baptist Convention for Missionary Purposes, founded 1814, and the American Baptist Home Missionary Society, founded 1832)
They “did not leave their first meeting without establishing mission boards” bc they had just all left the existing boards bc they wouldn’t appoint slave-holders as missionaries.

In order to facilitate that, they had to form their own. That's literally all they were doing
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May was a month of heartbreaking stories from around the globe – from shootings in #Buffalo and #Uvalde, to shocking reports from the #SBC.
An explosive report from the Southern Baptist Convention found hundreds of cases of abuse since the 1960s.…
The most damaging part of the report may be allegations that former SBC president Johnny Hunt sexually assaulted another pastor’s wife in 2010.…
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#PCA please hear us. Women serving in the church isn't just about women feeling appreciated and the church body benefitting from our gifts (though it isn't less than that). This week, there is one very important aspect I want you to think about: (cont)
The lack of visible female leadership in the church impacts how all members think about women. If women are weak, easily deceived, bad at theology and logic, and always trying to usurp authority it's no wonder they aren't believed when they report abuse to men in charge. (cont)
It's no wonder that abusive men can convince entire congregations that their victim(s) are crazy, irrational, unbalanced, unreliable, even dangerous. Because that isn't a far cry from how women are spoken about *from the pulpit* in some churches.
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What you are going to see in the next few months is people in #SBC leadership that will want to pretend that Johnny Hunt’s resignation is sufficient. It is not. Through NAMB, he was given a position of power, ample opportunity, with staff that likely knew about the 2010 incident
Many of those people likely profit from @NAMB_SBC. How many have books handed out by NAMB, podcasts sponsored by NAMB, speaking engagements through NAMB, ambassador checks from NAMB, free use of houses owned by NAMB, their church planting bankrolled by NAMB?
How many have their own personal companies that have contracts with @NAMB_SBC? How many owe their current position to Hunt or NAMBs leadership? Remember Pittman’s church was primarily funded by Hunt when it was a plant.
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So let's follow up w/some more data related to #sbcreport. All publicly available @PRRIpoll data. In 2017, we see across groups, white evangelical Baptist men were disproportionately more likely to say recent reports of workplace assault/harassment were "isolated incidents." 1/5
In a 2018 @PRRIpoll survey, we see that across groups, white evangelical Baptist men were most likely to agree that "most sexual harassment claims are just the result of misunderstanding between women and men." In other words, not REALLY sexual harassment. Just a whoops. 2/5
Other surveys can't get us to #SBC folks, but we do see patterns among evangelicals vs. others. In 2018 @PRRIpoll data, evangelicals were the MOST likely to say the #MeToo movement led to unfair treatment of men & LEAST likely to say it helped address sexual assault. Also... 3/5
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Okay, so the report on abuse in the #SBC is out now.
What the fuck is this supposed to do?
Yeah, there are eyes on the org now, but eyes have been on the Catholic church for the same thing for, what, 50 years? How many got real justice there? #churchtoo
My real fear is that it’s just going to make these predators more dangerous cause they’ll be more afraid of getting caught. My fear is that instead of survivors, we’ll see actual corpses in the pews. #SBCtoo #churchtoo
And what about people like me, who couldn’t even admit they were abused until almost two decades after the fact, and has no concrete evidence to get justice in a court?
What the fuck are we supposed to do? #SBCtoo #churchtoo
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Today is when a long-awaited report is released with findings from an investigation into SBC leaders' response to sexual abuse w/in the last 2 decades.

Not knowing what this day or future ones will hold, I’m starting this thread to log updates, statements, articles, etc.
The report is expected to be released at 1 p.m. PT at the website for the SBC sexual abuse task force:
As we wait, I'll plug a few things I came across earlier this week in anticipation of the report's release. @RobDownenChron's story on what to know:… #SBC
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1/Southern Baptist Convention Annual,1932. This contributes an insightful look into the Church's heart regarding marriage outside of one's race at the time that 8-9 of 10 Africans in America still occupied Confederate states. Many were descended from mulattos,like my grandparents
2/At the same time,over 90% of those in Congress, the Supreme Court and Presidency had been Protestants or Catholics from colonial times forward. @VoddieBaucham @johnmacarthur @TGC @9Marks @DavidAFrench @profyancey @ThabitiAnyabwil @DennyBurk @MarkDever
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@RevKevDeYoung Great points as usual. What we find once again is deference to an area that the Church has experienced its greatest split in America & spirit that had cost actual lives here. I say that as there is no shortage of isms charged in the areas conservatives press against. 1/
@RevKevDeYoung As we assess the again nuance in accounting for nationalism, it is important to ensure no dishonest weight or uneven measure is employed. So caution of “ism” must be employed evenly. Any allowance ought to be driven by how the witness has been harmed & relate to that. 2/
@RevKevDeYoung You see 30+ resolutions have established a faithful record of error in particular in partiality along racial lines in the Church. An area that is a part of that Nationalism. Effectively at its core. 3/
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@SBCvoices there are 2 biblical frameworks repeated throughout scripture on how systemic & structural areas of sin propagate within community. Searing of a Conscience & Discipleship in error.Taken together error presented as orthodoxy in the church yields generational besetments.
2/The first of these, Searing of the conscience manifests as a culture is taught that Jesus is pleased with a principle or ethic when in fact He opposes it. This error thus affirmed in community.
3/2nd of these, the expansion of this ethic generationally through the healthy & godly virtue of honor of parent & respect of headship. In holding up the error as compatible with piety, youth & society build systems upon it. Thus shade is created as @johnmacarthur outlines
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