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  • Christ-centered parenting focus of ERLC efforts

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (6 days ago)

    Christ-centered parenting will be the focus of a two-pronged effort by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in August, when it will hold its annual national conference and debut a new, small group study. Read More

  • La. Executive Board concludes study of ERLC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (11 days ago)

    The Louisiana Baptist Convention's Executive Board has concluded a study of "issues of concern" related to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More

  • ERLC panel ponders truth amid today's media mistrust

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians should turn to diverse sources, practice patience and humility, and extend grace in a culture plagued by fake news and mistrust of the media, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a panel of journalists said May 2 on Capitol Hill.

    Two reporters and a congressional communications specialist joined Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), to discuss the Christian response to the growth of intentionally misleading information, especially on social media, and the bias often perceived in the mainstream media -- especially after the contentious 2016 election campaign. Read More

  • Trump administration denies funds to UNFPA

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's reactivation of another international pro-life policy -- this time by withholding funds for a controversial United Nations family planning agency linked to the support of China's coercive, population-control program -- has drawn praise from pro-life advocates.

    The State Department announced in an April 3 letter it would not forward congressionally approved money to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) because of its partnership with a Chinese government program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations. ... Read More

  • 'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's death

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition.

    The event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- will be held April 4, 2018, in Memphis, half a century to the date of King's slaying in the city. Announced Tuesday night (April 4) at TGC's National Conference, the event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture. Read More

  • ERLC 'unity' statement praised by Gaines, Graham

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has drawn praise from SBC President Steve Gaines and former SBC President Jack Graham among others.

    Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC's president, gives Southern Baptists an opportunity to "model what it looks like to have deeply held differences ... on political issues" yet "keep the main things the main things and move forward in a way that improves the reputation of the Gospel." Read More

  • Moore, ERLC trustees issue 'Seeking Unity' statement

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election.

    The ERLC executive committee, in a 536-word portion of the statement, affirmed ... Read More

  • Lankford to State: Explain policy to free Americans

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist member of the U.S. Senate has asked the State Department to explain its diplomatic strategy for gaining the freedom of American citizens wrongly imprisoned overseas.

    A Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate, meanwhile, encouraged advocacy for all prisoners of conscience. Read More

  • Abortion 'vital' to Planned Parenthood mission

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 09, 2017 (2 months ago)

    "This is just another example of why Planned Parenthood deserves not a penny of taxpayer funding."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood's rejection of a White House offer to maintain federal funding if it drops its abortion business demonstrates how important the lethal procedure is to the organization, Southern Baptist leaders said.

    The informal proposal and the refusal -- reported March 6 by The New York Times -- came as Congress and President Trump consider legislation to cut funds for the country's scandal-plagued, leading abortion provider. Both a budget bill and a new health-care replacement measure proposed in the House of Representatives would slash funds for Planned Parenthood, which receives more than $500 million annually in government grants and reimbursements. Read More

  • ERLC, LifeWay release religious liberty curriculum

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have combined efforts to produce a small group study on religious liberty at a time when the fundamental freedom appears to be both threatened and misunderstood in the United States.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and LifeWay Christian Resources announced the release of the study -– "Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom" -- Tuesday (March 7). The six-week study is available for purchase through LifeWay. Read More