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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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  • ERLC, Village Church to co-host conference in Dallas

    March 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, Village Church to co-host conference in Dallas

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Village Church will co-host a conference on the church’s gospel engagement with the world. The two-day event – titled “The Gospel and the Future of the Church” – will be held the weekend before the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 gathering in Dallas.

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  • Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    February 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    No one knew what was about to happen when Southern Baptist pastor Nathan Lino stood to share at the Evangelicals for Life dinner about God’s provision for his Houston church’s pro-life pregnancy center in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. ...

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  • ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family

    February 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) legislative and policy priorities for 2018 include the protection of human life, the preservation of freedom of conscience and the flourishing of families. The ERLC released its new Legislative Agenda after a year that featured several important victories among its 2017 priorities.

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  • ERLC names Leadership Council for 2018

    January 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC names Leadership Council for 2018

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Jan. 24 its 2018 Leadership Council. The 75 pastors and leaders on the council will receive equipping from the ERLC staff designed to help them and their churches apply the gospel of Jesus to all areas of life.

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  • Evangelicals for Life addresses ‘pro-life ethic’

    January 23 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals for Life addresses ‘pro-life ethic’

    Evangelical Christians defend not only unborn children in the pro-life cause but all other human beings in need as well, speakers said on the second day of the Evangelicals for Life conference in the country’s capital. Christian advocacy for and ministry to refugees, orphans, immigrants and the poor gained attention at the third annual event.

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  • Senators, Trump address pro-life supporters

    January 22 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Senators, Trump address pro-life supporters

    Two United States senators urged those attending Evangelicals for Life Jan. 18 to practice honest, loving persuasion in the effort to defend human dignity. Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska delivered keynote speeches on the first day of the third annual conference in the country’s capital.

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