A conservative Christian ethicist told students at a Baptist college March 2 that Marxist ideologies have gained a foothold in at least two of the six seminaries owned and operated by the Southern Baptist Convention.
Never before in my lifetime have I feared for democracy, for the rule of law, for basic truthfulness and honesty, for human decency and kindness. But the cosmic Christ still calls us to live in hope, even when despair seems strong.
Twenty-five hundred churches signed on in the first two days to a new network calling for a reboot of the “conservative resurgence” that four decades ago corrected a perceived leftward drift in the Southern Baptist Convention, the group’s spokesman said Sunday.
The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said on his daily podcast that except for their success as a common political front, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer really don’t have much in common – until it comes to the Bible.
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.
“There is a rich legacy of progressive Baptists doing things in here in Sumter County.”
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.
Research once again shows that confidence in organized religion remains at all-time lows. But what the numbers don’t reveal is the toll that the erosion of reputation and relevance has had on churches and ministers throughout the decline. It’s often described as an astonishing and disturbing experience.
The SBC Credentials Committee has recklessly ignored the long history of churches inflicting dreadful, additional harm on those who report abusive clergy. Its new reporting process is not even a safe process, much less an effective one.