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  • Lankford shares lessons from 'life's great interruption'

    by Timothy Cockes James, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Sen. James Lankford encouraged students during Liberty University's Convocation to focus less on the occupation or location of their lives, but to have their main goal in life to be following God.

    Lankford, a Southern Baptist and Republican from Oklahoma, said following Jesus has never been easy, but it is the main task God asks from His followers.

    "Even to the disciples following Jesus always required an enormous amount of faith," Lankford said Monday (Feb. 26) at the Lynchburg, Va. campus. "He didn't give them an occupation and He didn't give them a location, He just said to follow Him." Read More

  • Lankford, Moore amplify separation of church & state

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptists -- one a U.S. senator and the other a convention entity head -- said on Religious Freedom Day the idea of "separation of church and state" entails freedom -- rather than limitations -- to Americans in the practice of their faith.

    Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, co-wrote "The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State" for the celebration Tuesday (Jan. 16) of the country's heritage of religious freedom. Time magazine published the article online. Read More

  • Senators promote Solution Sunday, racial understanding

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- For two United States senators, a solution to America's racial division could start simply with a meal in a home.

    Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Tim Scott of South Carolina are continuing to promote the Solution Sunday Initiative, a now 15-month effort to encourage Americans to invite a family of another race into their homes to eat and to visit. Read More

  • Lankford to State: Explain policy to free Americans

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (one year 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

  • Lankford sees a 'missional calling' to government

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Sen. James Lankford knows a little bit about experiencing a call from God. He also knows a little bit about resisting that call to be obedient.

    "For all of the disciples, Jesus used one simple phrase to call them: 'Come follow me,'" Lankford said during a Great Commission Conference at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. "It wasn't a calling to an occupation, to a place or a task. It was a calling to a person, and each of them had to make a decision to follow." Read More

  • Walker joins Lankford as prayer caucus leader

    by Staff, posted Monday, January 09, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Another Southern Baptist has stepped up to provide leadership for the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

    Rep. Mark Walker, R.-N.C., will be the new House of Representatives co-chairman of the caucus, it was announced today (Jan. 9). Sen. James Lankford, R.-Okla., the other co-chairman of the prayer caucus, and former Rep. Randy Forbes, R.-Va., made the announcement. All three are members of Southern Baptist churches.

    Forbes, a seven-term congressman, founded the caucus in 2005 to help protect ... Read More

  • Huckabee tests GOP's social conservatism

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Despite backlash against former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's recent criticisms of "gratuitous profanity" and sexual immorality in America, GOP politicians and Baptist leaders agree that social conservatives still play a prominent role in the Republican Party.

    "There has been a huge push for fiscal conservatives to step out and lead in Republican policy issues and decision-making," U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Baptist Press. "But the vast majority of Republicans are social conservatives. They're also fiscal conservatives, but they're social conservatives first. While some people would say, 'Be quieter on those issues,' that's who we are." Read More

  • Southern Baptists in Congress now 37

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist representation in Congress dropped as a result of the Nov. 4 election.

    The House of Representatives will include 30 Southern Baptists when the next Congress convenes in January. That will be four fewer than in the current House. The Senate will remain the same at six Southern Baptists, with one Southern Baptist replacing another. Read More