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  • ERLC book delivery to Congress about human dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 19, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Providing books to all 535 congressional offices is about the Gospel and human dignity for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC's Washington office has been hand-delivering three books produced by its staff to all the members of Congress since Nov. 1. It will continue to do so until the books are in the offices of 100 senators and 435 representatives.

    The goal is about more than winning a policy battle, said Brent Leatherwood, the ERLC's director of strategic partnerships. Read More

  • Chapmans, Gettys, Platt join expanded EFL

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (6 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist-sponsored Evangelicals for Life 2019 has expanded its schedule and added two leading couples from the modern Christian music world and a well-known preacher/author to the program.

    Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and David Platt will appear at the fourth annual EFL conference, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 8 in an email to registrants. The ERLC, host of EFL, also disclosed the conference will begin a day earlier, Jan. 16, than previously scheduled. Read More

  • NFL's Watson aids life through Psalm 139

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Shawn Powers
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies.

    Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project for a center that is part of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS) in New Orleans, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 5. Psalm 139 is the ERLC's ministry to help place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More

  • Voters to weigh pro-life protections

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Voters in Alabama and West Virginia will be looking ahead to a day when states may again regulate abortion as they go to the polls Tuesday (Nov. 6).

    Amendments on ballots in both states would revise the Alabama and West Virginia constitutions to make clear those documents do not provide a right to abortion or require its public funding. A third state, Oregon, will vote on a proposal to ban state funding of abortion except when "medically necessary" or mandated by federal law. Read More

  • Stand for Life becomes ERLC initiative

    by Tom Strode and ERLC staff, posted Friday, November 02, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The popular online, pro-life group Stand for Life has become a new initiative of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC and Stand for Life announced the change Thursday (Nov. 1) for a ministry that began about three years earlier with a single post on social media. Stand for Life -- which seeks to promote human dignity through storytelling -- has grown to more than 41,000 Facebook followers and nearly 30,000 Instagram followers.

    ERLC President Russell Moore said he "couldn't be happier about continuing the outstanding work of Stand for Life as an ERLC initiative." Read More

  • Housing allowance defended in appeals court

    by Roy Hayhurst and Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Lawyers for both the U.S. Justice Department and a religious freedom organization defended the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance Wednesday (Oct. 24) before a federal appeals court.

    A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard oral arguments regarding a 2017 opinion that invalidated the allowance as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment clause that prohibits government establishment of religion. The Trump administration and Becket Fund for ... Read More

  • Greear joins call for genocide label in Myanmar

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has joined a diverse coalition in urging the Trump administration to label as genocide the brutalities against religious and ethnic minorities in Myanmar.

    Greear and more than 75 other signers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Oct. 17 requesting the official designation in response to what they described as the Myanmar military's "planned, coordinated campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities" against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar, also known as Burma, is located in Southeast Asia. Read More

  • ERLC's new machines in Dallas 'more impactful'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (28 days ago)

    Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter
    DALLAS (BP) -- Ultrasound machines -- like those placed recently at the Downtown Pregnancy Center in Dallas with the aid of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission -- not only help women choose life for their unborn children but create transformative personal stories.

    The ERLC announced Oct. 13 at its annual national conference in Grapevine, Texas, the donation of two machines to the Dallas center through the commission's Psalm 139 Project, its ministry to help place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the country. The ERLC and Focus on the Family placed the machines this summer through their Evangelicals for Life (EFL) collaboration. Read More

  • Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Karen McCutcheon
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Women are grieving and male church leaders should join them in their grief over the sexual abuse and assault so many have suffered, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's annual national conference.

    A panel of lawyers and female Christian leaders addressed sexual abuse and assault during a main session of the conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. About 950 people attended the three-day event -- titled "The Cross-shaped Family" -- that ended ... Read More