Assuming the posture of exile is difficult and lonely. But could it be that the church’s loss of standing in American society is an opportunity to trust in God rather than in our privileged position?
Advocates for survivors of clergy sexual abuse criticized the Missouri Baptist Convention for electing a university trustee accused in 2005 of not cooperating with police in what media at the time described as Missouri’s biggest clergy sex-abuse case to date.
A Texas judge erred by dismissing a sexual abuse lawsuit against former Southern Baptist Convention leader Paul Pressler due to statutes of limitation, the alleged victim’s lawyer says in a new brief filed with the First Texas Court of Appeals.
Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear says that local church autonomy does not excuse Southern Baptists from holding one another accountable in a mild rebuke of churches giving platform to Paige Patterson, a disgraced former leader accused of enabling sexual abusers.
Sponsors and speakers are distancing themselves from an event in February at a Florida Baptist church featuring Paige Patterson, a former Southern Baptist Convention leader fired from his job as a seminary president for mishandling reports of sexual assault.
The president of a historically American Baptist college in Indiana has been fired after his arrest on suspicion of sex crimes in another state.
Lawsuits in two states challenge the Southern Baptist Convention’s long-claimed defense that the denomination cannot be held liable for sexual abuse in churches because congregations hire their own pastors.
Leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests criticized a Southern Baptist Convention entity’s fund-raising appeal that touts the denomination’s response to the scourge of sexual abuse in the church as “misleading and insensitive” to victims.
A South Carolina jury has found 29-year-old Jacop Hazlett guilty of sexually abusing multiple children while volunteering to keep an eye on preschoolers while their parents worshipped at NewSpring Church, a non-denominational megachurch that originated as a church plant sponsored by the South Carolina Baptist Convention.