College Park Baptist Church found itself in the news last week when the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee voted to remove it from its rolls because of its “open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior." That action came 23 years after the congregation itself voted to leave the SBC, but according to the Executive Committee, it had remained on its rolls until now.
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Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has faced widespread sexual abuse problems, said several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the Department of Justice.
In response to an explosive investigation, a list has been released of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of abuse. The cases largely span from 2000-2019.
McLaurin, 48, will fill the post vacated by Ronnie Floyd, who resigned over the Executive Committee's handling of a third-party investigation into how the it addressed sexual abuse reports
President and CEO of the SBC's Executive Committee Ronnie Floyd announced his departure Thursday in a statement critical of recent decisions related to the third-party review.
The Southern Baptist Convention meets this week in Nashville, bringing to the fore a host of controversial issues that threaten to cause a rift among the faithful.
A majority of white, rural conservatives in Tennessee are open to getting the vaccine at some point, but at least 45% won't consider it. Rates in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are also lagging.
"I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists," said Moore, a popular author and Bible teacher who has expressed frustration with the church's attitudes toward women.
At their annual meeting held in Birmingham, Ala., the Southern Baptist Convention approved changes making it clear that individual churches can be expelled for covering up abuse cases.
They condemn a border practice of tearing children away from their parents. It is an attempt to "weaponize children," Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski tells NPR's Weekend Edition.