On Monday (Feb. 21), Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee chair Pastor Rolland Slade presided over a drama-free and harmonious meeting of the Nashville-based committee, which oversees the business of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination in between annual meetings.
After four months of relative peace and quiet, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee will meet this week, their first in-person gathering since a series of contentious meetings led to the resignation of more than a dozen committee members.
While 2021 was filled with shock, grief, and sadness, it was also filled with hope, courage and perhaps a glimpse of the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. The year brought the loss of Christian pillars, the insurrection of the U.S. capitol building, new challenges to Roe v. Wade and much more. As we embark on a new year, let’s review some of the more influential moments of 2021.
Here are the top news stories of 2021 that Christians should know about:
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On Thursday, lawyers for Georgia Baptist pastor Mike Stone filed paperwork to voluntarily withdraw a complaint filed in federal court against Russell Moore, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The complaint was dismissed without prejudice Friday by U.S. District Court Judge William Campbell.