Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
And they didn’t mince words.
by: Adelle M. Banks BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 11, 2019 (RNS) — Three women who experienced sexual abuse took center stage on Monday (June 10) to address how the nation’s largest Protestant denomination should deal with the issue. And they didn’t mince words. Susan Codone, a Birmingham native, said she was abused by her youth pastor while growing up in a Southern Baptist church. When she told her senior pastor what had happened, Codone said, the senior pastor abused her, leaving her nowhere else to turn. “The primary problem was thatRead More
“I do not need to tell this church the church of the West has had a horrible history of racism,”..
by: Adelle M. Banks BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 10, 2019 (RNS) — Speaking at a black church Sunday (June 9) in a city that is nearly 75% percent African American, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear, said white Christians who are racially insensitive are disregarding the gospel. “I do not need to tell this church the church of the West has had a horrible history of racism,” Greear, a pastor in North Carolina, told Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. “And there’s one primary reason that that happened: Christians lostRead More
Showing how faith and forgiveness healed Charleston church shooting survivors
By Tom Siebert WHEATON, Ill., June 11, 2019 — Gun massacres are a common occurrence in American life. During this year alone in the United States, there have been more than 150 shootings that caused four or more casualties, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. When a mass shooter strikes a place of worship, however, the bullets emotionally pierce not only our hearts and minds, but ricochet straight through to our souls. Such was the tragic case on the evening of June 17, 2015, when 21-year-old white supremacist DylannRead More