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Southern Baptists

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) ranks among the world’s largest Christian denominations and is the largest Protestant body in the United States. Founded in Georgia in the years preceding the Civil War, the denomination remains centralized in the South, but claims member churches throughout the nation. Since its inception, the denomination has faced internal and external tension over a bevy of social issues—notably slavery, racism, missions, homosexuality, and women in ministry—but always central to its theology has been the traditional Baptist doctrine of believer’s baptism. During the first decade of the 21st century, the SBC was recognized as leader in humanitarian aid for its response to a series of regional natural disasters.

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  • Filling a Tall Order
    With a message that’s modern in style but traditional in substance, Pastor David Uth has led First Baptist Church of Orlando to embrace a multicultural outlook—and has become a strong voice in favor of immigration reform.
  • 'Third way' church disfellowshipped from SBC
    The pastor, Danny Cortez, has called New Heart a "third way" church in which its leaders can hold varying perspectives regarding same-sex marriage.SBC President Ronnie Floyd told Baptist Press that the EC's action was a matter of conviction and did not reflect a lack of compassion for New Heart or homosexuals. New Heart has "walked away from us as Southern Baptists," Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, said. "We have not walked away from them."

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