This Friday night ABC television will air a two part series on the news program 20/20 which will examine Sexual Predators in the Southern Baptist Convention. I predict this program will be a shocker for many around the nation. I am hopeful that we who are part of the SBC can show legitimate, thoughtful concern for the problem in our midst and take concrete steps to protect our children and our churches by establishing a national data bank in Nashville that tracks men affiliated with the SBC who have been convicted of sexual harrassment or sexual abuse.
The Dallas Morning News has already posted a press release about actions being taken at the San Antonio Southern Baptist Conventon this summer to address the problem and appropriate steps to deal with it. The full press release can be read here.
I received the following email this morning from Brian Cleveland about his dad, my friend and fellow Southern Baptist blogger Bob Cleveland.
Just wanted to let you know that dad appears to have had a TIA or Transient Ischemic Attack [some people call them a mini stroke] this morning. He is in a local Hospital and doing very well. His only symptom was some slurring of his speech. The CAT scan and MRI's have come back negative and all of his symptoms were gone as of 5:00 pm. They will be doing some additional test tomorrow and the neurologist thinks he will be able to go home tomorrow afternoon, or Friday morning at the latest.
I know he is going to be ok as he was asking for his laptop this afternoon to check the blogs :)
We would appreciate your prayers, God has already been answering today as we have seen the symptoms disappear and dad is his normal [ok, that is somewhat subjective] self.
Why don't you stop in and send Bob a get well message on his blog Eagle's Rest.
Today is my daugher's 20th birthday. Charis is an absolute delight to her mom and dad and we will be traveling to Waco, Texas to spend the day with her tomorrow.
I look forward to posting again later this weekend.
In His Grace,