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Was the SBC Wrong To Kick out Saddleback?

February 28, 2023
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On Tuesday, February 21, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee announced that Saddleback Church was no longer "in friendly cooperation" with the denomination and had been disfellowshipped. 

Famously founded by Rick Warren, Saddleback had long been the largest church in the SBC. Nevertheless, they were removed from the denomination because they have ordained women on their staff to the title of "pastor," one of whom is in the regular weekend service preaching rotation. 

Was the SBC within their rights, or are they out of pocket on this one? 

In this episode, we discuss the story that led up to Saddleback's ousting from the SBC, the theological questions involved, as well as how this news has been received, particularly in light of how the SBC has been slow to move on reform in light of sexual abuse scandals. 


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Dale Chamberlain is an author and podcaster who is passionate about helping people tackle ancient truths in everyday settings. He lives in Southern California with his wife Tamara and their two sons. Find out more about the Kainos Project at
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Tamara Chamberlain is a speaker and author who is passionate about helping people live out their faith in authentic ways. She loves having conversations and creating community around the abundant life that Jesus promised us. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

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