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Southern Baptist leaders meet after critical race theory document caused controversy

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — African American leaders and seminary presidents said they had an ‘honest and open conversation’ during the virtual meeting earlier in the week.

The SBC’s critical race theory debacle

By Mark Silk — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Once the SBC sees systemic racism, it’s a slippery slope to feminism, climate change and LGBTQ rights.

Southern Baptist seminary presidents nix critical race theory

By Yonat Shimron — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — The seminary presidents may be reacting to factions within Southern Baptist circles that have complained the denomination is drifting to the left.

For now, Southern Baptists stick by Hosanna Wong, spoken word artist and pastor

By Bob Smietana — February 14, 2020

(RNS) — Critics say Hosanna Wong, a spoken word artist and pastor, should be dropped from the program at a major Southern Baptist pastor’s conference because the denomination bans women pastors.

Most Southern Baptist women would welcome a woman pastor. It’s unlikely to happen.

By Ryan Burge — June 11, 2019

(RNS) — Official Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist teaching bars women from being pastors or priests. But some polling shows that many Catholics and Baptists would be fine with a woman pastor.

Beth Moore’s ministry reignites debate over whether women can preach

By Yonat Shimron, Adelle M. Banks — June 5, 2019

(RNS)  — After suggesting on Twitter that she was spending Mother’s Day preaching at a church — though she did not use the word “preaching” — a crowd of prominent Southern Baptist men charged after her.

After 50 years, Baptist editor Bob Terry bids farewell

By Bob Smietana — December 7, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — The longtime editor of The Alabama Baptist is stepping down after 50 years of covering controversies and church ministries as a Baptist journalist.

The ’Splainer: Paige Patterson and the SBC’s stance on wifely submission

By Yonat Shimron — May 4, 2018

(RNS) — Patterson’s comments touched off a flurry of condemnation. But the Southern Baptist Convention has had a long history of conservative stances on women that it maintains are based on Scripture.

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