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  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress Wednesday (May 9).

    Steven Harris, a policy director for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The hearing addressed the federal government's response to the increasing restrictions on religious groups, journalists and other sectors of civil society in countries such as Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Read More

  • Evangelicalism needs to focus on cross, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (13 days ago)

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    PRINCETON, N.J. (BP) -- American evangelical Christianity needs to be born again to an embrace of the cross of Christ, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in a lecture on the Princeton University campus.

    The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told an April 17 audience in Princeton, N.J., "Any evangelicalism that is worthy to face the future must be cross-shaped, must call all people everywhere to repent and believe in Christ, must call all people everywhere to demonstrate love of God and neighbor in our various communities and callings, but most importantly, evangelicalism must ... Read More

  • GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance.

    GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed April 26 that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption. Read More

  • 'Second chances' urged for re-entering prisoners

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 27, 2018 (25 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A broad and diverse coalition that includes the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity is pushing reforms in America's justice system to foster the rehabilitation and societal re-entry of prisoners.

    Prison Fellowship, the well-known Christian ministry to prisoners and their families, has spearheaded the effort in April through its Second Chance Month initiative. President Trump issued a proclamation declaring April as Second Chance Month, and the U.S. Senate approved a resolution to the same effect. Read More

  • Calif. bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (27 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists and other religious conservatives are warning a bill making its way through the California legislature would violate free speech and religious freedom protections by prohibiting biblical teaching on sexuality.

    The California Assembly passed in a 50-18 vote April 19 an amendment that adds "sexual orientation change efforts" to the categories of activities barred by the state's consumer protection law. The proposal, Assembly Bill (AB) 2943, still needs to gain approval in the Senate before it goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. Read More

  • GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (28 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The record number of Republicans leaving Congress not only raises questions about control of the House of Representatives after November's elections but the fate of such issues as the sanctity of human life and religious freedom.

    When Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, 48, announced April 11 he would retire at the end of this term, his decision brought to 38 the number of GOP members who have said they will not run for re-election, according to the Pew Research Center. The Senate's April 19 confirmation of Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma increases that total to 39. More Republicans could still announce their retirements. In addition, the seats of two other GOP members who resigned this term will be filled by special election before November, Pew reported. Read More

  • Livestream for MLK50 surpasses 1 million views

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 (one month ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- An evangelical Christian conference honoring Martin Luther King Jr. found an audience that far surpassed even the 4,000 people gathered April 3-4 at the Memphis Convention Center.

    The number of views of the conference's proceedings by live video streaming exceeded one million, The Gospel Coalition (TGC) announced April 9. By comparison, TGC's 2017 national conference recorded 57,000 livestream views, according to the organization. Read More

  • SBC should reflect diverse makeup, MLK50 panelists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptists should build on and apply the historic 1995 resolution on racial reconciliation while always being ready to repudiate racism, panelists said April 4 at a conference commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

    The comments came during a breakout session of "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop," a two-day event attended by about 3,900 people and co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition. The conference at the Memphis Convention Center took place in conjunction with many remembrances of King, who was murdered April 4, 1968, in this Mississippi River city. Read More

  • MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (one month ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said Wednesday (April 4) at a conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The final day of "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" occurred as Memphis and the country remembered King, who was shot down April 4, 1968, in this Mississippi River city. The two-day event -- co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) -- took place in conjunction with many remembrances of King, including a ceremony at the Lorraine Motel, where he was killed, that conference participants were able to attend. Read More

  • MLK50 in Memphis to seek 'repentance and unity'

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (one month ago)

    MEMPHIS (BP) -- More than 3,600 registrants plan to gather in Memphis to pursue racial unity on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) will co-host the event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- at the Memphis Convention Center half a century after King's slaying on April 4, 1968, in the Tennessee city. The April 3-4 conference's goal is to consider the state of racial unity in the American church and culture, as well as to examine what is required to achieve solidarity amid the country's ongoing division. Read More