David P. Gushee reflects on the recent report outlining twenty years of Southern Baptist leaders mishandling sexual abuse allegations in SBC churches. He argues that a denomination that does not want to face the reality of systemic evil in society must now face the reality
A blockbuster report found that SBC lawyers worked for years to protect the institution and demonized abuse survivors and accused a prominent pastor of abusing a colleague's wife.
Contributing writer Laura Levens asserts that the purpose of history is not for telling tales of victorious nations and churches. Rather, the purpose of history is a commitment to deal with the complexities of the past, so that we might understand and address present realities
For the 13th consecutive year, the Southern Baptist Convention reported a drop in its membership. Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention fell almost 2 percent to 14,525,579 from 2018 to 2019. The decline of 287,655 members is the largest single-year drop in more than
For more than a decade, abuse survivor advocates have been asking the Southern Baptist Convention to establish a clergy predator database, and they've been confronted with a denomination determined to do nothing. A new Baptist sex abuser database has been launched at BaptistAccountability.org.
It's almost unheard of to go into a Southern Baptist church and not have a plate passed for donations — until now. About 800 church leaders from across the country participated in a Florida Family Policy Council video conference on the coronavirus impact and what to
Volunteers in Denver, Ashland, Ky., and Alpharetta, Ga., have assembled care packages that are being distributed to healthcare workers and first responders who are on the forefront of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
At least a handful of churches across the country — including three Southern Baptist ones — have intentionally decided not to worship online on recent Sundays as some political and health officials said coronavirus-related social distancing applied to religious gatherings.
In 2000, Donald Foose was convicted and jailed for molesting an underage relative. In 2018, exposed a husband and wife at the church where he then pastored in Pennsylvania discovered his record – fracturing a tightknit, devout community of roughly 100 members.
(RNS) — Based on 76% of constituent churches that contributed information, Southern Baptists reported their lowest number of baptisms since 1950. “Baptism Sunday,” a newly-designated day on the Southern Baptist Convention's calendar, is in response to falling numbers.