SBC rides into town – protect the kids

The Southern Baptist Convention was kicking up dust before they even rode into town.

Gotta git them wimmin in place! Get along little doggie, git along!

Gregg Matte, a head cattle driver of the SBC and senior pastor of Houston First Baptist Church, got busy rounding up their rebel calf and roped her and sent her out on her own. Right into the arms of the blogosphere and Associated Baptist Press and the Baptist Standard.  Read her side of the story here.

Seems Amy Smith is a whistleblower for child abuse of the clergy.

 (story on her blog: Disturbing revelations about former Prestonwood minister.NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES. John Langworthy,a former youth minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church, admits to molesting at least one of his young students in the late 1980s. He was immediately fired, but there are questions about a cover-up

As long as she kept to Catholics and other undesirables, she could blog and speak and do as she pleased.  But of course predator pastors and youth ministers are not just Catholic.  They are Baptists, too. Amy blew the whistle on Prestonwood Baptist Church near Dallas and finally after over 20 something years, that youth minister was sentenced to prison. 

Amy and her husband who are volunteer youth ministry teachers at Houston’s First Baptist Church was forced into resigning last week because the “associate” pastor read their blog.  Of course when someone is as high profile as Amy Smith is, they knew what she had been doing.  But this week it was different.  She was kicking up dust.

Namely, she asked the SBC to let them speak before the group and talk about child abuse and what to do about it among the clergy.

The dust on both sides began to fly.  She can’t do that.  Senior Pastor of Houston First Baptist Church is head of the pastor’s conference and he can’t have one of his own members stirring things up.  So he sent his henchman, one of the lesser associate pastors, Doug, to git this woman under control.  Associate pastor Doug asked her to step down as volunteer youth ministry teacher because “has to look out for the children in the church.”

You can read about it and draw your own conclusions.  Watch for Amy on the news.  She will be holding up a sign of a child who has been abused by clergy, I’ll just bet.

Amy is standing up for what she knows is right.  Will you stand up for women’s equality in some way, like Amy is? 


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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to SBC rides into town – protect the kids

  1. tommy9999 says:


    Surely Southern Baptist Ministers can not allow a woman to have authority over them by speaking to them at the Southern Baptist Convention.

    They are going to fix this horrible problem without any woman’s input by the year 3000.

    Anyone that knows me knows that I am being extremely sarcastic but the above two points is exactly how many Southern Baptist pastors think about a woman’s input on anything.

    It is beyond insane. The Solely Boys Club has destroyed a once Great organization and they do not have the good sense to realize this.


    • Tom, I heard, but do not know for sure, that they are going to bring up the women must submit thing again and have it settled “once and for all.”

      My prediction is that if they do that, many pastors and women will begin to have their eyes opened. I know that is what happened to me. I even wrote the president of the SBC (can’t remember which one it was now) and asked “What was I doing that you had to clamp down on me?”

      I hope they do bring this up again. If they themselves do not begin to see the hate they teach and preach, I know that others will.


      > Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:40:16 +0000 > To: >


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