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Child Abuse

We don’t like to have conversations about difficult topics in church. When done right, they can lead to refreshed ministries, deeper trust and greater opportunities for new connections and further gospel reach. […] Read More

Our nation has an epidemic. Child abuse affects one in three girls and one in five boys by the time they’re 18. It’s time we own this problem, sort out why we won’t discuss it and take action to rectify it. […] Read More

I’ve heard the cries of some U.S. evangelicals claiming they are in the midst of persecution. I don’t pretend to know exactly what another person is going through, but I wonder if what they are experiencing is not persecution but accountability. Not one of us revels in being held accountable for our actions when we […] Read More

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Attorneys for two parents vowed to show that prosecutors engaged in “meddling, interference and questionable conduct” in charging the couple in the 2009 faith-healing death of their newborn son. Dale and Shannon Hickman are charged with second-degree manslaughter. Their son David Hickman, was born prematurely with under-developed lungs and a deadly […] Read More

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) When the trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman begins this week, the curtain again rises on a familiar tragedy: the death of a child and the parents whose unwavering faith in divine healing may lead them to prison. The Hickmans are members of the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City faith-healing […] Read More

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two faith-healing parents pleaded with child-welfare workers for permission to take their infant daughter to a doctor and keep her out of state custody, defense attorneys said Tuesday (May 31). The Oregon Department of Human Services refused the request and, on June 29, 2010, brought the young girl to a hospital, […] Read More

Bellevue Baptist Church has terminated a minister whose admission of sexual misconduct put the suburban Memphis mega-church in the center of a scandal that has received national attention. Bellevue’s personnel committee voted Sunday to dismiss Paul Williams, minister of prayer and special projects, after 34 years on the church staff, effective Monday, Jan. 22, according […] Read More

The government can fight crime in the future by funding programs that protect children today, according to a group of law-enforcement officials and victim advocates. Children who are victims of abuse or neglect are far more likely than non-abused kids to become criminals as adults, according to a recent study by the non-profit, anti-crime organization […] Read More