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Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...

At south Mississippi church, members can give cryptocurrency

Oct. 11, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi church is allowing parishioners to give offering or pay tithes using cryptocurrency. Back Bay Baptist Church in St. Martin launched the new method of giving late last month, WLOX-TV reported. The church...

Remnants of Black church uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg

Oct. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The brick foundation of one of the nation's oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country's origins and the role of Black Americans. ...

Judge orders evaluation, increases bond for fire suspect

Oct. 06, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge ordered a mental evaluation and increased bond Wednesday for a woman charged with setting fires that did $25,000 in damage to a prominent Baptist church in the capital. Montgomery County District Judge Monet M. Gaines increased bond...

Southern Baptist panel to open legal records for abuse probe

Oct. 05, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

A top committee of the Southern Baptist Convention agreed Tuesday to open up legally protected records to investigators who will look into how it handled, or mishandled, cases of sexual abuse within the nation's largest Protestant denomination over the past two decades. ...

Woman arrested on arson charge in fire at Montgomery church

Oct. 05, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman was arrested on a charge of starting a fire that did $25,000 worth of damage to the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, court records showed Monday. Xiaoquin Yan, 27, was charged with second-degree arson and jailed with bond set at...

Southern Baptists press for sex abuse review to advance

Oct. 01, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee is facing mounting pressure from within the denomination to move forward without further delay an investigation into how it handled sexual abuse allegations. Many seminary presidents, state convention...

First Baptist Church in Montgomery damaged in possible arson

Sep. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Fires that appeared to have been set intentionally overnight destroyed an office and caused damage in the more than century-old First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the pastor said Thursday. Rev. Mark L. Bethea, in a message released on the...

Pastor reported killed, town abandoned in Myanmar fighting

Sep. 23, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Baptist pastor and three other men were killed and a town of 2,000 homes all but abandoned this past weekend in fighting in Myanmar’s western Chin State that escalated after a call for a nationwide uprising against the country’s military government, a resident said...

Top Southern Baptist committee funds sex abuse probe

Sep. 22, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee agreed Tuesday to fund a third-party investigation into its handling of sexual abuse allegations but held off on waiving its attorney-client privilege for the probe, delaying for the future a decision seen as a key...