MORE STATES OPPOSE TRANSGENDER DIRECTIVE

Baptist Press

160517bathroomLINCOLN, Neb. — Ten more states have signed on to sue the Obama administration over its transgender directive that forces schools to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex.

The states join 13 others, including Tennessee, which filed a suit in May. [Read more…]

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KEEPING CHURCH KIDS IN CHURCH

 Editor’s Note: This issue of the B&R focuses on the start of a new collegiate year and the efforts of Baptist Collegiate Ministries on campuses across Tennessee.

Alex Melton, second from left, minister of youth and college students at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, and students from FBC attended a summer Bible study at the BCM center at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, to help prepare them for college life.  — Photo by Ben Maddox

Alex Melton, second from left, minister of youth and college students at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, and students from FBC attended a summer Bible study at the BCM center at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, to help prepare them for college life.
— Photo by Ben Maddox

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

COOKEVILLE — Little Johnny, Billy, Susie, and Katie were all reared in church. From the time they were born they attended church on Sunday mornings and nights and were in all the missions education programs and various choirs on Wednesday nights.

They grew up in the youth program and attended all the special events and served on several missions teams while in high school.

Now, they have graduated from high school and will be away from home for the first time as they go off to college. [Read more…]

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LAYMAN’S GIFT AIDS C-N PROGRAM

Carson-Newman News Office

The McLean Investment Center will be housed in the University's Ted Russell Business Building.

The McLean Investment Center will be housed in the University’s Ted Russell Business Building.

JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman University will soon provide a new valuable learning experience for business majors. A $100,000 gift from Nashville native Steve McLean will establish The McLean Investment Center at Carson-Newman University, scheduled for completion this fall.

Set to be located on the second floor of Carson-Newman’s Ted Russell Business Building, the Center will give students access to powerful computer-based analytical tools and enable them to perform real-time market trades and research as part of 21st Century investing and stewardship. Students will have instant links with international markets and experience a unique style of learning that prepares them for the world stage.

“A synergistic space where students will actually work on investment strategy and management will solidify our finance/economics program as an important discipline at the University,” said Carson-Newman Provost Paul Percy. [Read more…]

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PRIORITIES: CHRIST FIRST, THEN GOLF

By Bill Sorrell
Contributing Writer

Ben Reeves displays the form that made him an all-conference golfer at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Ben Reeves displays the form that made him an all-conference golfer at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

MARTIN — Driving down Interstate 40 toward Jackson, saw something that made him almost swerve off the road — a larger-than-life picture of himself  on a billboard advertising the University of Tennessee at Martin where he is a senior.

“I was looking around at the other cars. Do they know that this guy is in the car next to them?” laughed Reeves, who is captain of the golf team. “It was fun. A lot of guys gave me a hard time about it.”

UTM golf coach Jerry Carpenter has seen Reeves’ face value. [Read more…]

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BULLHORNS AND TRUTH: A LAYMAN’S PERSPECTIVE

By Jon Duncan
Layman, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville

Jon Duncan

Jon Duncan

Having been around children as an educator for close to 20 years now, I remain fascinated at their inability to separate fact from fiction.  More fascinating still is the unwillingness of adults to do the same. In children, this inability is biologically involuntary, cognitive limitation. In adults, this unwillingness is a voluntary, self-imposed limitation. Why let facts get in the way of a strong opinion, right? Regardless of the type of cognitive limitation — voluntary in adults or involuntary in children — the end result is the same: flawed reasoning, which leads to inaccurate, often irrelevant opinions. [Read more…]

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BELMONT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Editor’s Note: Though Belmont University is no longer an institution of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, it would not be here today if not for dedicated Tennessee Baptists who gave sacrificially to purchase the current Belmont campus and establish the school in 1951.

By Albert W. Wardin Jr.
Professor Emeritus of History, Belmont University, Nashville

belmont-125-smallSome months ago Belmont University published a well-edited history — FROM HERE TO ANYWHERE: A HISTORY OF BELMONT UNIVERSITY, 1890-2015, by — Joy Jordan-Lake.

The school has proclaimed its longevity by billboard, stickers, and other means.

This effort has come as a surprise to faculty and alumni who know that Belmont University (then known as Belmont College) was formed in 1951, but is now claimed to be twice as old. The Belmont Vision in 1976 included a lengthy article in its March issue, “Belmont Celebrates Silver Anniversary,” and an additional article, “Banquet To Mark 25th Anniversary” with Dr. Herbert Gabhart, president, presiding along with   four of the original trustees. A graduate of the school in the 1970s has proudly shown me his graduation ring inscribed with the year 1951. [Read more…]

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WILL TENNESSEE’S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FLUSH BIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES DOWN THE TOILET?

By David Fowler
President, Family Action Council of Tennessee

160308toiletWhen I got into state politics 22 years ago, I never thought I would see the legislature having to debate certain things like who can use a bathroom designated for males. But perhaps the most shocking thing of all is that the Tennessee Department of Education is officially okay with our public schools allowing boys to use the restrooms and locker facilities designated for girls.

A bill will be heard March 8 in the House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee that would prohibit our public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools from allowing someone of one biological sex to use the facilities designated for use by those of the opposite biological sex. It does allow those educational institutions to construct or allow sex-confused students to use a separate bathroom or locker room facility. [Read more…]

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EC WRAP-UP: SMALL-STATE REPRESENTATION CONSIDERED

By Baptist Press

The SBC Executive Committee gathered Feb. 22-23 for their meeting in Nashville. -Photo by Morris Abernathy

The SBC Executive Committee gathered Feb. 22-23 for their meeting in Nashville. -Photo by Morris Abernathy

NASHVILLE (BP) — After nearly an hour of discussion, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s officers withdrew a recommendation to propose granting representation on three key SBC committees to Baptists in pioneer regions. EC leadership promised, however, to make an alternate proposal with the same goal but addressing logistical concerns raised by EC members.

In other business during the EC’s Feb. 22-23 meeting Nashville, the committee recommended a change in the method for asking questions of entity leaders during SBC annual meetings; approved a one-time transfer of funds from the North American Mission Board to the International Mission Board to assist IMB personnel leaving the board during its “organizational reset”; and withdrew the convention’s fellowship from a South Carolina church whose pastor performed a same-sex wedding ceremony with the deacons’ approval. [Read more…]

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