Southern Baptist Convention officials on Tuesday announced a reboot of a major conference five months away to focus on the problem of sexual abuse in churches.
A three-part Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News newspaper story about widespread sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention has prompted one powerful leader to apologize for his past defense of a ministry colleague accused of conspiracy in a high profile lawsuit dismissed on a legal technicality in 2013.
Seminary president Albert Mohler, in a widely circulated essay, has called for independent, third-party investigations of allegations of sexual abuse in churches and Christian ministries. That position stands in stark contrast to the one he took in the recent past.
Organizers of a major preaching conference this week in Louisville, Ky., ignored calls to disinvite a founder of the conference accused of participating in a cover-up of child sexual abuse. C.J. Mahaney, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, took…