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Three Interesting Decisions Made Today by Southern Baptist Leaders

Apart from Calvinism, annual meeting also weighs in on Boy Scouts, mental health, and child sex abuse.

Within an hour, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) approved three interesting resolutions today at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston, Texas.

Just after 10 a.m., convention attendees approved a resolution that calls "on all Southern Baptists to report allegations of child abuse to authorities." The resolution, filed more or less in response to the high-profile lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), was amended to ask that "SBC leaders and employees practice the highest level of discernment in affiliating with groups or individuals that possess 'questionable' policies and practices in protecting children against sexual abuse," according to Baptist Press (BP), which live-blogged the morning's votes.

Fifteen minutes later, SBC members weighed in on mental illness. While the resolution was being considered, Rick Warren, who has worked to keep mental illness in the national spotlight after his son Matthew committed ...

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