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  • Megachurch Accused of Covering Up News of Youth Volunteer Charged with Trying to Sell Teen on Dark Web

    08/30/2023 5:32:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    The Roys Report ^ | August 28, 2023 | Jessica Eturralde
    A Georgia megachurch is facing allegations it failed to warn congregants about a former youth volunteer who’s been charged with trying to traffic a 16-year-old on the dark web. Records obtained by The Roys Report (TRR) show that on June 30, authorities arrested Kelly Garrett Ivey—a former youth volunteer at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga.—and charged him with child cruelty and kidnapping. And last Monday, a grand jury indicted Ivey, 41, on first and second-degree charges of cruelty to children, trafficking, and three counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony, including kidnapping. Yet, members of Rock Springs said...
  • SBC Prez Joins Pro-LGBTQ, Pro-Abortion Activist to Bash Church Over Christian Nationalism

    08/21/2023 11:28:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Disntr ^ | August 9, 2023 | staff
    I woke up this morning, and to my complete shock and dismay, I saw that Southern Baptist Convention president, Bart Barber, is slated to join a secular publication that’s hosting hundreds of speakers, 90+ percent of which are progressives, to speak on this issue of “the rise of Christian nationalism.” I couldn’t help but notice that one of the speakers he will be joining in this discussion is a woman named Anthea Butler. Here’s Barber’s tweet: Who is Anthea Butler? Anthea Butler is a professor and chair of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Religious Studies. She is known for...
  • TN Church Leaves the SBC After 68 Of Fellowship, Citing Female Pastor Ban. Awesome!

    08/09/2023 10:41:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    Protestia ^ | August 9, 2023 | staff
    A Tennessee church has announced they have voted to disaffiliate from the Southern Baptist Convention after nearly 70 years of partnership, warming the cockles of our hearts with this wonderfully thrilling news. Monte Vista Baptist Church, a 150-member congregation in Maryville, TN, issued a press release announcing the unanimous vote of the community “in response to the convention’s recent decisions that only men are qualified by Scripture to serve as pastor of a local congregation and the subsequent exclusion of some churches where women were serving in a pastoral position.” They explain: “Monte Vista has ordained women to serve as...
  • This is the message I give the new inmates each week

    08/07/2023 8:57:34 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 20 replies
    self ^ | 8-7-2023 | RaceBannon
    this is the message I give the inmates to those who have just arrived.
  • Former president of Baptist state convention under investigation for alleged abuse

    08/02/2023 7:35:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | August 1, 2023 | Bob Smietana
    (RNS) — The Rev. Bob Stine, former president of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, will be required to answer questions in court in September after police in Madison, Wisconsin, recommended he be charged with sexual assault. The Dane County district attorney’s office said the case involving Stine, pastor of Midvale Baptist Church in Madison, is under review. No charges have been filed. “The DA’s Office has received the referral from Madison Police Dept,” the DA’s office said in an email about Stine. “He is scheduled to appear for an Initial Appearance on 9/7/23 at 8:30 AM.” Police have investigated allegations that...
  • Elevation Megachurch Withdraws from the Southern Baptist Convention The multi-campus church led by Steven Furtick did not give a reason for the exit

    07/04/2023 6:54:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Ministry Watch ^ | July 3, 2023 | Anne Stych
    North Carolina megachurch Elevation—known for its popular music and charismatic pastor—is withdrawing its affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention effective immediately, according to a letter sent to the SBC’s Executive Committee and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. “We would like to thank the Southern Baptists for the privilege of partnering with you, especially through the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for nearly two decades,” says the letter, which was published by the official SBC publication Baptist Press. It goes on to thank the Conference for “the privilege of having been affiliated with the SBC all these years”...
  • Church vandalized with anti-LGBTQ graffiti twice this week

    06/29/2023 6:42:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    WSBTV ^ | June 28, 2023 | STAFF
    ATLANTA — Police are investigating after a church was vandalized with anti-LGBTQ graffiti. Someone defaced the sign at The Church at Ponce and Highland in Northeast Atlanta this weekend and on Monday. The church’s Pride flags were also removed and tossed into a garbage can. Neighbors say it’s disappointing. “Well, I just think it’s awful. There’s too much of this hateful stuff going on right now,” Robin Bostick said. Church officials say they’ve contacted investigators at least four times in the last two months over vandalism that appears to target the church’s welcoming stance to the LGBTQ community. Investigators are...
  • Southern Baptists say no to women pastors, uphold expulsion of Saddleback megachurch

    06/14/2023 3:06:52 PM PDT · by JSM_Liberty · 117 replies
    NPR ^ | June 14, 20234:16 PM ET | Jason DeRose
    The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to uphold earlier decisions to expel two churches because they have women pastors. The decision came during the group's annual meeting in New Orleans. The SBC heard appeals by California megachurch Saddleback and a smaller church, Fern Creek Baptist in Louisville, Ky. Saddleback Church ordained a woman as a campus pastor, and the Kentucky congregation has had a woman pastor, Rev. Linda Popham, for more than three decades. The SBC's 2000 statement of faith, called Baptist Faith and Message, asserts that only qualified men can serve as pastors, and the nearly 13,000 voters,...
  • What Made the Southern Baptist Convention Cut Rick Warren's Church Loose?

    02/25/2023 7:50:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/25/2023 | Chris Queen
    Earlier this week, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) cut ties with Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. The influential Southern California-based congregation had been part of the SBC since its founding, but the denomination dismissed Saddleback over a decision that founding pastor Warren made shortly before he retired.In 2021, Warren ordained three women as pastors, which caused the SBC to consider disciplining the church or kicking it out of the denomination. One of those women, Stacie Wood, the wife of lead pastor Andy Wood, is a “teaching pastor.” On Tuesday, the SBC Executive Committee deemed Saddleback to be “not in friendly cooperation...
  • Biden to deliver 'sermon' on democracy at MLK Jr.'s Baptist church

    01/14/2023 4:02:50 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-13-23 | Andrea Shalal
    U.S. President Joe Biden will be the first sitting president to deliver a Sunday sermon at Martin Luther King Jr.'s church in Atlanta, as he marks a national holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, White House officials said on Friday. Biden will speak at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Sunday at the invitation of the church's pastor, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, on what would have been King's 94th birthday. King was killed at age 39 in 1968 by an avowed segregationist.
  • The Kingdom is Here and Now!

    01/13/2023 7:16:22 PM PST · by pgyanke · 3 replies
    The Personal Rosary ^ | 1/13/2023 | Patrick Yanke
    Lamb of God, I am not worthy to loosen Your sandal straps. You take away my sins and invite me home to heavenly glory. May my spirit be at peace and rejoice in Your mercy.John the Baptist was the first to recognize Christ (though he didn’t see Him) as he leaped in the womb at His coming (Luke 1:41). In his leap, he pointed his mother to Jesus who, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in homage to the mother of our Lord. In a way, the unborn John was the one who made this introduction. It was a...
  • KSP investigating Ohio County boarding school for abuse

    12/21/2022 1:44:13 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Messenger Inquirer ^ | December 3, 2022 | Ken Silva Messenger-Inquirer
    Kentucky State Police responded to a first-degree criminal abuse complaint Oct. 24 at the Pilgrims Rest Ministry of Reconciliation, an Ohio County boys boarding school affiliated with the fundamentalist Baptist faith. Details of the incident are unclear. Both KSP and the state’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) have declined to provide information about the case — citing an ongoing investigation into the facility. “Premature disclosure of records generated in the course of this active investigation of alleged physical and sexual abuse of juveniles, at this early stage, would do irreparable harm to the investigation,” said KSP’s official custodian of...
  • Southern Baptist (SBC) theologians clarify the meaning of ‘pastor’ amid dispute over female ordination

    08/02/2022 10:33:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/02/2022 | Brandon Showalter
    Prominent Southern Baptist theologians have published a statement clarifying the meaning of the word "pastor" amid controversy within the United States' largest Protestant denomination stemming from Rick Warren's Saddleback Church ordaining female pastors last year. The document "A Statement Concerning the Baptist Faith & Message and the Word' Pastor'" was released last week by two Southern Baptist seminary presidents and the former head of the denomination's public policy arm. The signatories are Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and Richard Land, who served as the president of the...
  • Instead Of Praising Death Of Roe v. Wade, Russell Moore Breaks Silence To Trash Trump And His Voters

    07/29/2022 6:17:18 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | JULY 29, 2022 | KYLEE GRISWOLD
    Russell Moore, one of the biggest names in modern evangelicalism, broke his silence on the overturning of Roe v. Wade during a panel at a recent Ethics and Public Policy Center event, a video of which was posted online in early July. As I noted last month, Moore’s public muteness on the matter might have seemed odd to some, not only because the religious leader has both “public” and “theology” in his current title at Christianity Today, but because he’s been a longtime voice in the pro-life movement. But it made sense to anyone who’s followed Moore’s trajectory. After years...
  • Here’s what pastors said this Sunday in churches not celebrating the Supreme Court’s abortion decision

    06/27/2022 8:21:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Baptist News ^ | June 27, 2022 | Mark Wingfield
    While conservative evangelical and Catholic churches across America celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court ruling rescinding a federal right to abortion care, sermons and prayers in other congregations ranged from lament to outrage to calls for simply getting along with each other. Sunday, June 26, turned out to be one of those rare occasions when the connection between faith and politics could not be avoided. Tim Schaefer “I am put in a position to address things that concern the people, the congregation, and sometimes those issues are difficult to address. They’re not easy, especially when we may not all agree. But I...
  • They cite the same Bible and evoke the same Jesus. But these two Christians are on opposite sides of the abortion debate

    06/26/2022 12:29:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25, 2022 | ohn Blake, CNN
    CNN)Both cite the same Bible. Both follow the same Jesus. And both talk about the sanctity of life. And yet both stand on opposite sides of the contentious debate over abortion. Trent Horn, an author, speaker and podcaster, is a Roman Catholic and an opponent of abortion rights. Laura Ellis supports legal abortion rights and is project manager at Baptist Women in Ministry, a Baptist group that advocates for women in ministry. Both personify the divisions over abortion in the church — and show how complex the issue can be when two smart and well-informed people cite scripture to support...
  • Southern Baptist Convention sex abuse report: 44 women made allegations against Jacksonville pastor

    06/02/2022 11:45:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    News4Jax ^ | May 25, 2022 | Brie Isom
    Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse. An attorney for the SBC’s Executive Committee announced the decision during a virtual meeting called in response to a scathing investigative report detailing how the committee mishandled allegations of sex abuse and stonewalled numerous survivors. The committee anticipates releasing the list Thursday. During the meeting, top leaders and several committee members vowed to work toward changing the culture of the denomination and to listen more...
  • (Vanity, sort of). Any good and pure church denomination/organizations out there?

    01/30/2022 4:47:46 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 268 replies
    Me | 1/30/22 | Me
    Just a query to those more knowledgeable and savvy, about church denominations. Actually, I mean ANY division of organized Christian religion. I am frustrated by so many churches now, with all the nonsense of the last 2 years. Paying homage to BLM and homos and bowing down to every COVID decree. Everyone says what was our church, Lutheran Church - MO Synod (LCMS), is good for being true. However, after the riots started I saw a bit too much virtue-signaling. The only thing I can say was the website did not seem to specify blacks and BLM, but the statement...
  • STOLEN: Decades after an abusive Christian boarding home closed, women are searching for the children they were forced to give up for adoption.

    11/12/2021 6:29:47 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | November 11, 2021 | Tyler Kingkade
    DALTON, Ga. — On a humid evening in August, Nancy Davis Womac paced anxiously on her front deck. Her hands trembled as she stared at a text message from her firstborn daughter, Melanie Spencer, saying that she was minutes away. The two had never met. Forty-three years ago, Womac was pregnant and living in an orphanage when she was sent to the Bethesda Home for Girls on the outskirts of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It was run by Baptist preachers who forced girls to memorize Bible chapters and scrub carpets by hand. Staff members beat the girls with wooden boards if they...
  • Our Participatory Republic and the Baptist Committee of Correspondence

    06/05/2021 2:47:36 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    Self | June 5, 2021 | John Leland 1789
    A PARTICIPATORY REPUBLIC. By the Providence and blessing of Almighty God, the United States was founded as a Constitutional Republic, and as a Participatory Republic. Our Baptist forefathers, after experiencing more than a century of persecution in the Colonies, did participate in the new Republic by their witness in writing and personal communications with presidents, members of Congress, and other statesmen. The annals are replete with the record. Whole libraries can be filled with the history of Christian participation. Out of many resources available, we recommend the complete library of the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) in Chesapeake, Virginia,...