Can a tender-hearted president solve the Southern Baptists’ trust problem?

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(RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention has trouble with a capital T — and that stands for trust. The lack of trust was palpable during the SBC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, where local church messengers often overruled Baptist leaders from the meeting floor. “As far as trust in leadership — that is one … Read more

Debates on sex abuse, critical race theory front and center at first day of SBC meeting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — As Southern Baptists opened their annual meeting, the debates that have rocked the nation’s largest Protestant denomination in recent months almost immediately became part of the business on the crowded convention floor. To a denomination that has been riven on issues of sex abuse, race and gender, outgoing President J.D. Greear … Read more

Why the SBC attacks on critical race theory are a good sign

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(RNS) — Nonviolent struggle is a martial art. “War without weapons,” it’s called by many practitioners.  And in martial arts, balance is taught to be a crucial part of victory in battle. Renowned 17th-century Japanese warrior Miyamoto Musashi advised that, once an opponent becomes wibbly-wobbly, “to follow up firmly on any loss of poise … … Read more

At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting

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(RNS) — If he had the chance to turn back time, Pastor Stephen Feinstein says, he might not have proposed Resolution 9. The innocuous-sounding and nonbinding statement adopted by Southern Baptists who attended their 2019 annual meeting has contributed to a fierce battle over critical race theory, an academic approach to understanding systemic racism. The … Read more

If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy

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(RNS) — On June 9, two Southern Baptist pastors, Tom Ascol of Florida and Tom Buck of Texas, called on the delegates to next week’s denominational meeting in Nashville to rescind Resolution 9, which lays out the SBC’s position on critical race theory (CRT), the academic framework behind many contemporary ideas about systemic racism. Since … Read more