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Southern Baptist Convention resolutions reflect passion on issues of race, abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — June 17, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — While some 2021 messengers expressed opinions about the 2019 CRT resolution, anti-abortion advocates were concerned past resolutions about the SBC’s stance against abortion were not strong enough.

Southern Baptists approve abuse task force, say abusive pastors should be banned

By Bob Smietana — June 16, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The task force will address concerns Southern Baptist leaders have mistreated abuse victims and mishandled allegations of abuse.

Saddleback Church’s ordination of women pastors to be considered by SBC committee

By Adelle M. Banks — June 16, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — ‘At the very least, I am asking that the validity of this matter be looked into,’ said a pastor at the Southern Baptists’ annual meeting.

Who is Ed Litton, the new Southern Baptist Convention president?

By Bob Smietana — June 16, 2021
(RNS) – A bridge builder whose life has been touched by tragedy, newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton faces the challenge of healing rifts in the country's largest Protestant denomination.

Baptist and Catholic leaders grapple with similar problems in different ways

By Thomas Reese — June 16, 2021
(RNS) — They could not be more different, but they face similar problems, from sex abuse to Trump.

Southern Baptist pastor: Minister accused of abusing a dozen boys never investigated

By Yonat Shimron — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Troy Bush wanted to find out who else a minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Ashburn, Georgia, had sexually abused. The SBC declined to inquire about the church.

Ed Litton, a pastor known for racial reconciliation, is surprise winner for SBC president

By Bob Smietana — June 15, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Litton, an Alabama pastor known for his work on racial reconciliation, is a relative unknown despite serving in several prominent SBC posts since the early 2000s.

Debates on sex abuse, critical race theory front and center at first day of SBC meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — As Baptists arrived to choose from at least four candidates who might serve as the next SBC president, leaders urged prayer for the conduct of the meeting and for unity.

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

By Ryan Burge — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — Skirmishes over race and gender pit conservatives against ultraconservatives.

NIH director: We asked God for help with COVID-19, and vaccines are the ‘answer to that prayer’

By Jack Jenkins — June 15, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘This is about saving lives,’ NIH Director Francis Collins told RNS.

A guide to what’s at stake at the Southern Baptist Convention’s historic annual meeting

By Paul O'Donnell — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — A one-stop update on what will be decided in Nashville, and how the Southern Baptists arrived at their crossroads on race, gender and sexual abuse.

Black SBC leader urges African American fellowship to stay the course

By Adelle M. Banks — June 15, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — ‘I want to encourage you before you do anything, seek the will of God,’ said the Rev. Marshal Ausberry Sr.

Gavel named for slaveholder replaced with one recalling missionary at SBC meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — June 15, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — SBC President J.D. Greear is showing ‘the need for continuing to move from the past that we had to the present that we’re in,’ says a SBC historian.

In this crucial moment, Southern Baptist chief executive Ronnie Floyd is in over his head

By Benjamin Cole — June 15, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The SBC's chief executive is increasingly hearing calls for his resignation.

At Founders event, Southern Baptists urged to choose Bible over ‘paganism,’ CRT

By Bob Smietana — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — Critics of the current leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention say the nation’s largest Protestant denomination has ‘forgotten God.’
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