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US lawsuit alleges Southern Baptist church’s negligence led to abuse of teen

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RNS A prominent Southern Baptist church led by a former denominational president is the subject of a lawsuit that highlights how ignoring “red flags” of manipulative behaviour could lead to sexual abuse.  On Sunday, 12th July, Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in the Memphis suburb of Cordova, Tennessee, announced at the start […]

Faced with declining numbers, US Southern Baptists focus on evangelism

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RNS Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks at the Pastors’ Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center on 12th June in Phoenix. PICTURE: Matt Miller Faced with continuing declines in membership and baptisms, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines implored delegates to the denomination’s yearly meeting to turn to God and put their […]