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  • Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

    September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a “crisis of credibility,” Russell Moore told the entity’s trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting. Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC’s president.

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  • Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    September 6 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

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  • ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

    September 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

    For the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices – Nashville and Washington, D.C.

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  • ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

    August 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

    Malaysia’s religious registration requirement is a heavy burden to their freedom, non-Muslims say in a new documentary produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC premiered the nine-minute video – “Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity” – during a July 26 Capitol Hill discussion of religious liberty in Southeast Asia.

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  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    July 19 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church’s internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas …

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  • ERLC: Church’s internal discourse needs protection

    July 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Church’s internal discourse needs protection

    An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church’s internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals …

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  • Sex abuse news ‘wake-up call’ for pastors, ERLC panel says

    June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sex abuse news ‘wake-up call’ for pastors, ERLC panel says

    The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a “divine opportunity” for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The event – “Gospel Sexuality in …

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  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    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. Steven Harris called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • ERLC panel at SBC to address sexual abuse, assault

    May 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC panel at SBC to address sexual abuse, assault

    Sexual abuse and assault will be subjects of a panel discussion convened by the ERLC on the eve of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention June 12-13 in Dallas. The ERLC will sponsor a conversation on some of society’s hottest topics during “Gospel Sexuality in a #MeToo Culture.”

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  • GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    May 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    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 signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption.

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  • Memphis pastor: Go ‘all in’ for ethnic unity

    April 16 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Memphis pastor: Go ‘all in’ for ethnic unity

    As many churches strive to achieve more ethnic diversity in their pews, they often discover that maintaining unity in a multicultural congregation means hard work. Jason Cook, associate pastor at Fellowship Memphis, said all people have “tribal tendencies” and church leaders must continually “push Christians toward each other.”

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  • Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference

    April 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference

    MLK50 conference conveners lamented and asked God for brokenness in the evangelical church during a time of prayer at the close April 3 of the first day of a gathering to honor the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • MLK honored on 50th anniversary of death

    April 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    MLK honored on 50th anniversary of death

    White evangelicals’ failures regarding racial justice call for repentance, a crowd of nearly 4,000 people heard speakers say April 3 on the first day of a conference to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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  • MLK50 in Memphis to seek ‘repentance and unity’

    April 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    MLK50 in Memphis to seek ‘repentance and unity’

    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 and The Gospel Coalition will co-host the event – “MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop.”

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  • ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    March 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect fully the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and three other groups signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Christian Legal Society.

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