Last week, Southern Baptists passed a resolution seeking to abolish abortion with no exceptions. The resolution decried the use of incremental steps to end abortion. It laid down a bold and ultimately foolish agenda – no exceptions for the life of the mother and no small wins.
A committee that determines whether churches are conforming to Southern Baptist Convention affiliation rules will consider whether the prominent Saddleback Church can continue in fellowship with the SBC after church leaders recently ordained three women pastors.
This week, the Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee for what may be the denomination's most consequential denominational meeting for any Protestant denomination in the last 30 years. But who are Southern Baptists, and why is their vote on a new president and a series of resolutions reverberating so loudly across the entire American religious landscape?