Southern Seminary announced Wednesday that it is ending tenure for seminary faculty, and merging the faculty for its graduate and undergraduate schools.
n order to continue to “attract and retain a first-class academic faculty,” said President R. Albert Mohler Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees approved updates to faculty employment policies and unified the graduate and undergraduate faculties during its April 14-15 meeting.
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Under new employment policies, all elected faculty will serve under a “simple academic instructional contract” rather than a tenure-based contract. Faculty will be eligible for contract terms of between one and nine years. The new policy is effective immediately and applies to all current faculty.
I’ll be damned if I can see how job insecurity is going to “attract and retain a first-class academic faculty,” but that’s their story and they will doubtless stick with it. Why not? Sticking with the talking snake hoo-hah seems to have worked out allright for them.
Michael and Barry are marrying this weekend.
Posting will be reduced this weekend. Tomorrow morning Barry and I are headed to Washington, D.C., for our wedding. It’s an event that not too many years ago neither of us would ever have dreamed would be possible.
[ ... ] A wedding commissioner for the District of Columbia will be officiating the ceremony,but Barry’s dad – a retired Southern Baptist pastor – will be participating in the ceremony. The actual ceremony will be conducted on the southeast corner of the top terrace of the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing Arts (pictured above).
As everyone knows, today is Good Friday, the day that the Gospel of John says Jesus was crucified though it was probably sooner.
It is also one of the days when beer and liquor sales are illegal throughout Ireland, thanks to their Blue Laws.
The Good Friday drink ban is silly. If Christians or atheists want to remain sober on any day of the year, they are perfectly entitled to do so. But we should be adult enough to be able to separate the issues of religion, alcohol, citizenship and personal liberty.
The Good Friday ban is just one annual note in the constant background noise of religious interference in our public life.
Frankly, I can think of no one thing that better illustrates the self-absorption and general unfitness for governance of the Pious than laws requiring compulsory, de facto observance of their traditions by everyone else. They believe a god-man was killed on this day 2-millennia ago? Fine, they believe it, and they are welcome to commemorate it however they like. There is nothing to prevent them from praying, reading the Bible, wringing their hands and weeping piteously, going to church, dragging a cross through the streets, watching Mel Gibson movies, boring their children and poisoning their minds with tedious nonsense.
But surely their freedom of religion does not entitle them to disrupt, if only for a day, their more sensible neighbors’ lives? Does it occur to the yahoos to even pause and ask themselves that question? It does not — which is why separation of church and state is important, and only a fool trusts the Pious to defend it.