Albert Mohler’s darkest hour

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(RNS) — For more than 30 years, Dr. R. Albert Mohler has been among the best known and most revered leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention, and when he chose to run for president of the country’s largest Protestant denomination, he was widely considered the favorite. But at their annual gathering this week, the 17,000 … Read more

Mohler out, SBC presidential race a runoff between Litton, Stone

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NASHVILLE (RNS) — A heated race for Southern Baptist Convention president is headed for a runoff. With more than 14,000 ballots cast, none of the four candidates for president received 50% of votes. Georgia pastor Mike Stone (36.35%) and Alabama pastor Ed Litton (32.38%), each received about a third of the vote. R. Albert Mohler, … Read more

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

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(RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it may be the most consequential denominational meeting for any Protestant denomination in the last 30 years.  But who are Southern Baptists, and why is their vote on a new president and a series of resolutions reverberating … Read more

Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations

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(RNS) — Responding to allegations that it has mishandled allegations of abuse in the past, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee announced Friday (June 11) that it had retained a firm to “conduct an independent review of its processes,” according to a statement from Ronnie Floyd, president of the Executive Committee. The review by Guidepost … Read more

‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse

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(RNS) — Newly released audio clips from a Southern Baptist whistleblower appear to corroborate accusations Southern Baptist Convention leaders were reluctant to take action against churches accused of mishandling abuse. The audio contains a recording of Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC’s Executive Committee, telling SBC leaders in an October 2019 meeting that he is … Read more

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

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(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

Southern Baptist pastors demand inquiry into handling of sex abuse cases

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(RNS) — Two Southern Baptist pastors will seek an investigation into allegations that the highest echelons of the Southern Baptist Convention mishandled several sex abuse claims and bullied sex abuse victims. The pastors — Ronnie Parrott of Christ Community Church in Huntersville, North Carolina, and Grant Gaines, pastor of Belle Aire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, … Read more