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  • Breakout, luncheons draw annual meeting attendees

    November 12 2018 by BSC Communications & BR Staff | with 0 comments
    Breakout, luncheons draw annual meeting attendees

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 5-6 featured more than 40 breakout sessions and a number of auxiliary events that covered a wide range of topics. Below are descriptions of a limited selection of breakouts and other events.

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  • International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    November 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) addressed a serious shortcoming in American foreign policy, the law’s advocates said at the 20-year mark of its stand against religious persecution. The legislation, promoted by many evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, became law with President Bill Clinton’s signature on Oct. 27, 1998, and its effect has been widespread.

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  • ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    October 23 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    When attendees arrived at the 2018 ETCH (Equipping the Church and Home) family ministry conference, each discovered a small, monochromatic card on their seat. Over the course of the conference, church leaders assembled these seemingly insignificant cards into a giant collage that revealed a Helen Keller quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

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  • Beth Moore: Parenting goal focused on Jesus

    October 17 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Beth Moore: Parenting goal focused on Jesus

    Beth Moore’s primary parenting goal was for her daughters to know Jesus is everything, the popular Bible teacher told the audience at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) 2018 national conference. Moore answered questions from ERLC President Russell Moore in an Oct. 12 session during “The Cross-shaped Family” …

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  • Moore: Cross frees Christians to love their families

    October 15 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore:  Cross frees Christians to love their families

    The biblical understanding that Christians have been crucified with Christ liberates them to love their families genuinely, Russell Moore said Oct. 11 at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) fifth annual national conference.  Moore, the ERLC’s president, delivered the opening address to about 950 people gathered for “The Cross-shaped Family” …

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  • ERLC conference focuses on ‘cross-shaped family’

    October 12 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC conference focuses on ‘cross-shaped family’

    The gospel’s centrality for the family will be in the spotlight when the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) opens its fifth annual national conference Oct. 11. About 950 people are expected to gather for “The Cross-Shaped Family” Oct. 11-13 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

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  • Human dignity addressed by ERLC in Capitol Hill event

    October 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Human dignity addressed by ERLC in Capitol Hill event

    Human dignity, as a biblical doctrine, should shape how Christians view the unborn, elderly and refugees as well as religious liberty, sexual assault and civil discourse, Southern Baptist ethics leaders told a gathering on Capitol Hill. The expansiveness of human dignity was set forth Oct. 2 by staff members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission …

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  • Family ‘prosperity gospel’ addressed in Moore’s book

    September 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Family ‘prosperity gospel’ addressed in Moore’s book

    Russell Moore decided to add to the many books on the family after he realized many Christians have adopted a version of the prosperity gospel when it comes to such issues as marriage and parenting. The author of the new book The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home told Baptist Press (BP) …

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  • Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    September 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now “actively involved” in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Sept. 19 following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee (EC).

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  • Both Kavanaugh, accuser need to be heard, Moore says

    September 21 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Both Kavanaugh, accuser need to be heard, Moore says

    A pivotal Supreme Court seat hangs in the balance while the U.S. Senate and America wait to learn if Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify regarding her sexual assault allegation against President Trump’s nominee. Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said it is important to hear from both Kavanaugh and his accuser …

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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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  • Bilingual discipleship leads to bilingual ministry in Calif.

    August 15 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bilingual discipleship leads to bilingual ministry in Calif.

    Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville sits 10 miles from the Mexican border, but this story isn’t about immigration, the need (or lack) of a wall or border ministry. It’s much bigger than that. “We do a lot of discipleship both in English and Spanish,” said Richard Moore …

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  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999.

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  • Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC shared by thousands

    July 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC shared by thousands

    Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a related video endorsing just and fair immigration following a full-page ad in The New York Times. Moore, a longtime supporter of the just treatment of immigrants, is among eight faith leaders included in 65 initial and ethnically diverse …

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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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