Faith and Culture

ERLC’s 2019 agenda includes life, religious liberty

January 29 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) will continue to advocate for the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, the family and justice in its work during 2019 in Washington, D.C. The ERLC released its annual Legislative Agenda Jan. 16 with the recognition a divided Congress will make its efforts more difficult …

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Shutdown spurred ministry to ‘broken nation’

January 28 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When portions of the federal government shut down, Southern Baptists ramped up their ministries to furloughed federal workers across the country. President Trump announced Jan. 25 he would sign a bill opening the government until Feb. 15 while lawmakers finalize legislation to increase border security.

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Ellis: Human, civil rights ‘inseparable’

January 28 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

In an era marked by political and cultural polarization, Karen Ellis, a speaker at the 2019 Evangelicals for Life conference, believes Christians should be united in their support of both human and civil rights. “They are inseparable,” said Ellis, who is director of the Center for the Study of the Bible & Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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N.Y. abortion bill: ‘alarming in every sense’

January 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

New York may have re-established itself as America’s leading abortion state by enacting a law that critics say goes beyond even the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law Jan. 22 shortly after the state legislature completed passage of the controversial proposal.

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Southern Baptists march for life in Washington

January 23 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists joined tens of thousands of other Americans in demonstrating their pro-life convictions during the annual March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. A contingent of those who participated in the Evangelicals for Life (EFL) conference Jan. 16-17 took part in the march and the rally that preceded it on the national mall.

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SCOTUS: Trump’s ban on transgender military service stands

January 23 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

The Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 to allow the enforcement of President Trump’s ban on transgender military service, a ban previously frozen by lower court injunctions. The policy immediately stops transgender persons from entering the military except “under certain limited circumstances,” according to media reports. It was first announced by Trump via Twitter in July 2017 …

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Baptist dishwasher’s $21.5M victory honors Sabbath

January 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A hotel dishwasher awarded $21.5 million in her court battle to honor the Sabbath is a faithful member of Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church in Miami, pastor Keny Felix told Baptist Press Jan. 18. Marie Jean-Pierre, fired from the Conrad Hotel in 2016 after she refused to work on Sundays …

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Apologetics conference speakers underscore ‘truth in love’

January 23 2019 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS

Apologetics experts from across the nation took the stage at Defend ‘19, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) weeklong apologetics conference, Jan. 7-11. “Christians have always needed to be able to state what they believe clearly and to defend their faith when asked to give a reason for the hope that they have in Christ …

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MLK taught as ‘Christian hero’ at SBC seminaries

January 21 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California. So Lawler gathered the association’s 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service.

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ERLC boosts advocacy through training

January 21 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is known for its advocacy work among the nation’s lawmakers on behalf of Southern Baptists, but its efforts do not stop there. ERLC staff members also advocate alongside Southern Baptists by equipping them to understand public policy and petition legislators independently.

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