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NASHVILLE (BP) – A previously undisclosed list of alleged and convicted sexual abusers, compiled over several years by an employee of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee board, is now publicly accessible online at https://www.sbc.net/satf/.

Christa Brown, the retired attorney and grandmother, has told her story of sexual abuse and survival for decades, in news interviews, blogposts, articles and books. But when she approached the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee in 2006 to share her traumatic story of being raped as a 16-year-old more than 30 times by her Southern Baptist youth minister, many in power didn’t listen.

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders commended the enactment of Oklahoma’s latest ban on abortion. “Oklahoma thankfully has been a national leader in the efforts to save unborn lives and to end legalized abortion,” said Todd Fisher, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most Christians say they’re ready, willing and praying to have conversations about their faith with others, but many admit they haven’t gotten around to actually having those conversations recently. An Evangelism Explosion study conducted by Lifeway Research found Christians express a willingness and desire to talk to others about their faith, yet few have shared with someone how to become a Christian in the past six months.

ATLANTA – Martha Day was moved to action when she realized huge numbers of impoverished mothers-to-be in the U.S. are going without prenatal vitamins. “For women who are struggling to put food on the table, buying vitamins just isn’t always an option,” said Day, co-founder of The Vitamin Bridge, a nonprofit organization that’s supplying prenatal supplements to 28 organizations that minister to expectant mothers.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – In a letter issued May 25, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny Akin informed students that a process has begun to disassociate the campus from Johnny Hunt and Paige Patterson regarding buildings, programs, facilities “and other items.”

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – North American Mission Board (NAMB) president Kevin Ezell and NAMB Board of Trustees chairman Eric Thomas issued a joint statement Wednesday outlining steps NAMB will be taking to identify, investigate and address issues of sex abuse.

They come from all walks of life, but they share the same passion: to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionary candidates describe their experience with the International Mission Board procedure for vetting and preparing those who would serve throughout the world.

Tuesday night, I went to sleep praying for the families in Uvalde, Texas.  They had experienced their worst nightmare, losing their innocent little children in an unimaginable act of violence.  My head hurt as I pondered their emotions. 

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Guidepost Solutions report released Sunday regarding allegations of mishandling sexual abuse claims by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee included a detailed audit of “procedures and actions taken by the Credentials Committee.”

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