Lament, repentance for sexual abuse underscore SBC resolutions

Southern Baptists publicly lamented the harm their “actions and inactions have caused to survivors of sexual abuse” in a resolution adopted by messengers to the 2022 SBC annual meeting. Messengers agreed sexual abuse is an abomination before God, which grieves Christ, abandons the demands of Scripture, violates the image of God and “causes harm to […]

Credentials Committee withdraws Saddleback recommendation

After much discussion, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Credentials Committee chose to withdraw its recommendation related to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. A decision on whether or not to disfellowship Saddleback for ordaining three female staff members as pastors in May 2021 will be delayed until a later date. The original motion, submitted by Shadd […]

Candidates with South Carolina ties win key SBC posts

Four candidates with South Carolina ties — Alex Sands, Nathan Finn, Daniel Dickard, and David Sons — made history in Anaheim, winning key leadership posts within the Southern Baptist Convention. Sands, senior pastor and planter of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, was elected as the SBC’s second vice president in a runoff against Michigan pastor […]

ERLC’s Graham: Work will not end if Roe reversed

The reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision will be cause for celebration if it occurs, but it will not change the fact that the church must compassionately reach abortion-minded women, Southern Baptist pro-life specialist Elizabeth Graham said June 15 at the SBC’s annual meeting. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission presented “Standing for Life: […]

Colossians yields guidance as Pastors Conference text

Longtime pastor Al Jackson closed out the 2022 SBC Pastors Conference study of the Book of Colossians by examining the list of faithful servants named at the end of the Apostle Paul’s letter, reminding pastors that even little-known saints are significant saints to God. “These are not insignificant followers of Christ,” Jackson, pastor emeritus of […]

SBC WRAP-UP: Messengers lament, take steps to address sexual abuse

Southern Baptist messengers took a strong stand against sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches on June 13-14 at the 2022 SBC annual meeting. It was the first time in more than 25 years that California hosted the annual meeting. The recommendations of the Sexual Abuse Task Force were passed by messengers after a drama-filled year […]

Barber elected SBC president after runoff

Texas pastor Bart Barber won a run-off election for president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 14 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Out of 5,587 votes cast, Barber received 3,401 (60.87 percent) and Florida pastor Tom Ascol received 2,172 votes (38.88 percent). Fourteen ballots were disallowed. In the first election, Barber received 3,258 […]

In its ‘Kairos moment,’ Southern Baptists approve SATF recommendations

Southern Baptists responded with an overwhelming majority in favor of adopting the two recommendations presented by the Sexual Abuse Task Force presented June 14 at the 2022 SBC annual meeting. Task Force chair Bruce Frank didn’t mince words with messengers, calling it a “Kairos moment” for the convention. After a lot of talk, actions were […]

SBC presidential candidates share competing visions in forum

In what is being called an “unprecedented gathering,” the three announced candidates for Southern Baptist Convention president spent just under two hours answering questions and interacting with one another in a candidate forum in May at First Baptist Church, Keller, Texas. Tom Ascol, Bart Barber and Robin Hadaway covered topics such as Critical Race Theory, […]

SBC leaders pray for gospel ministry if Roe falls

Southern Baptist leaders asked God Tuesday, May 3, to help Christians recognize that the overturning of Roe v. Wade, if it occurs this term, will be not only a reason to rejoice but to renew gospel-based ministry to those in need. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission hosted an online prayer gathering one […]