Land lands at N.C. school. Richard Land, who last year announced plans to retire in October after 25 years as president of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has been named president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a nondenominational school near Charlotte, N.C., that specializes in Christian apologetics—defending belief in the Bible or Christian doctrine. He begins work July 1. Southern Evangelical Seminary was founded in 1992 by former evangelist Ross Rhoads, at the time pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, and Norman Geisler, a long-time seminary professor, prolific author and apologist. The school is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. In addition to managing the seminary, Land will return to the classroom, beginning with the 2013 summer session in August. Land taught theology and church history at Criswell College in Dallas and was vice president for academic affairs before taking a leave of absence in 1987 to serve as administrative assistant to Texas Gov. William Clements.
State Department urged to drop Cuba from terror list. The Alliance of Baptists appealed to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism in a State Department annual terror report due out April 30. Meeting in Greenville, S.C., the Alliance encouraged members to sign an online petition by The Latin America Working Group contending Cuba does not belong on a list of America’s foes alongside Iran, Syria and Sudan. The Alliance is one of 65 partners in The Latin America Working Group, an advocacy coalition formed in 1983 to promote U.S. policies that support human rights, social justice and sustainable development in Latin America. The Alliance statement says keeping Cuba on the terrorist list weakens the credibility of the entire listing. Further, it says removing Cuba would send a positive message to all Latin American governments and improve the image of the United States in the Western Hemisphere.