Friends mourn Steve Austin, former pastor and author who wrote about suicide and mental health


(RNS) — Steve Austin, a former pastor who wrote candidly about his struggles with mental health, has died.  Police in Hoover, Alabama, confirmed that the body of Austin, whose full name was Glenn Stephen Austin, was found in that city on Monday (June 7). The death is being investigated as a suicide. Several friends and … Read more

Pressure mounts for an independent investigation of SBC Executive Committee handling of abuse


(RNS) — The chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee plans to call for an independent investigation into the committee’s handling of sexual abuse claims when it meets next week in Nashville, Tennessee. Rolland Slade, pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, California, said he would also support a proposal from two Southern Baptist … Read more