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Southern Baptists apologize to abuse survivors and urge criminalizing pastoral abuse

By Bob Smietana and Adelle M. Banks — June 15, 2022
ANAHEIM, Calif. (RNS) — For the second day in a row, Southern Baptists meeting in Anaheim called for action to address the issue of sexual abuse after years of delay.

Patriot Front member arrested at Idaho Pride event tied to church led by ex-lawmaker

By Jack Jenkins — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — The pastor and former lawmaker claimed white nationalists arrested in Idaho were ‘antifa,’ but at least one attended his own church.

Christian Reformed Church codifies homosexual sex as sin in its declaration of faith

By Yonat Shimron — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — Over the years, the small Calvinist denomination has given its churches a degree of latitude in ministering to LGBTQ people. That may now change.

Bart Barber elected president of Southern Baptist Convention in runoff election

By Adelle M. Banks — June 14, 2022
ANAHEIM, Calif. (RNS) — The election was one of the closely watched aspects of the two-day meeting, during which messengers, or delegates, addressed a sexual abuse investigation.

Saddleback remains Southern Baptist for now, after surprise appeal by Rick Warren

By Bob Smietana — June 14, 2022
ANAHEIM, Calif. (RNS) — Saddleback had been reported to SBC’s credentials committee after the megachurch ordained three women pastors. But the committee has not yet decided how to vote after feedback from local church messengers and confusion over what the word ‘pastor’ means.

Southern Baptists overwhelmingly approve abuse reforms amid contentious first day of meetings

By Adelle M. Banks and Bob Smietana — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We have guests with us and many of them have suffered much,’ Southern Baptist President Ed Litton said. ‘We thank those survivors for being with us today.’

Patriarchy and purity culture combine to silence women in the Southern Baptist Convention – and are blocking efforts to address the sexual abuse scandal

By Julie Ingersoll — June 14, 2022
(The Conversation) — Accused men were protected by the SBC while the women who dared to speak up were called sluts, adulteresses, Jezebels and even agents of Satan. A scholar of evangelicalism writes about this culture.

SBC Pastors’ Conference rejects CRT critic Voddie Baucham in vote for president

By Bob Smietana — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — The election marked a day of setbacks for the Conservative Baptist Network, which claims the SBC has become too liberal.

Canadian megachurch discloses 38 reports of sexual misconduct by 4 pastors

By Yonat Shimron — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — Bruxy Cavey isn't the only pastor of The Meeting House to be charged with sexual misconduct. Four pastors at the church he once led have been accused — and two convicted — of sexual crimes.

#ChurchToo revelations growing, years after movement began

By Peter Smith and Holly Meyer — June 13, 2022
(AP) — In recent weeks #ChurchToo has seen an especially intense set of revelations across denominations and ministries.

Saddleback Church backs Rick Warren successor despite allegations

By Bob Smietana — June 12, 2022
(RNS) — Questions have been raised about the leadership style of Andy Wood, pastor of Echo Church in San Francisco, days after he was announced as Warren's successor.

Robin Hadaway, SBC presidential candidate, favors balance in handling abuse claims

By Adelle M. Banks — June 10, 2022
(RNS) — At a forum of candidates for Southern Baptist Convention president, Hadaway spoke of the ‘fine line’ between addressing those who are abused and those being accused.

Bart Barber, SBC presidential candidate, on past, future action to address abuse

By Adelle M. Banks — June 10, 2022
(RNS) — Barber said his approach as a church leader regarding reports of abuse allegations is to tell his staff: ‘Call the police first and then let me know.’

Tom Ascol, would-be SBC president, worries churches have lost hold of the Bible

By Bob Smietana — June 10, 2022
(RNS) — Ascol has long argued Southern Baptist churches are filled with people who believe they are Christians but really aren't — a belief shaped by growing up with an abusive father who was also a church deacon.
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