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Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- The church should be at the forefront of promoting civility in a deeply divided culture, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told Christian leaders at a Southern Baptist-sponsored event in Nashville.
"We, of all people, understand grace," Haslam said of Christians at an Oct. 3 lunch held by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), "and we of all people understand, 'You know, I don't really have the right to be on a high horse yelling at you because but for God's immeasurable grace I'd be a mess. So we should understand the need for civility. Read More
Se insta a los republicanos en el Congreso a que cumplan su promesa de desfinanciar a PPFAWASHINGTON (BP) -- Russell Moore, el bautista del sur especialista en ética, colabora con otros líderes pro-vida para decirle a los congresistas republicanos que "pasó ya el plazo de la entrega" de su promesa de desfinanciamiento de Planned Parenthood.
En la carta del 5 de septiembre -- enviada a todos los republicanos miembros del Congreso -- les insta a adoptar una legislación que recorte la mayoría de los fondos federales que recibe Planned Parenthood of America y sus filiales, las cuales hacen más de un tercio de los abortos en los Estados Unidos. En los últimos años, el líder nacional proveedor de abortos ha recibido del gobierno más de $550 millones anuales en subsidios y rembolsos. Read More
Court urged to protect cake artist's religious freedomWASHINGTON (BP) -- Forcing an artist to create a cake for a same-sex wedding in contradiction to his beliefs is a "de facto religious test" that violates the First Amendment, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has told the U.S. Supreme Court.
The ERLC -- joined by seven other organizations and an individual -- urged the high court to reverse a lower-court ruling against Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sept. 7. The justices agreed in June to accept the appeal and are expected to hear oral arguments ... Read More
GOP urged to keep promise to defund PPFAWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined other pro-life leaders in telling congressional Republicans it is "well past time to deliver" on their promise to defund Planned Parenthood.
The Sept. 5 letter -- sent to all the GOP members of Congress -- urges them to adopt legislation that would remove most of the federal funding received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates, which perform more than one-third of the abortions in the United States. The country's leading abortion provider has received more than $550 million annually in government grants and reimbursements in recent years. Read More
Teach early racial unity, panelists sayNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents should start teaching early and model for their children consistently the Bible's teaching on ethnic diversity, panelists said at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference.
The guidance came from a diverse panel addressing the topic "All God's Children: Growing Kids Who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Unity" during an Aug. 25 breakout session of the ERLC's conference on Christ-centered parenting. About 1,300 people attended the three-day conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Read More
TRUSTEES: ERLC seeking to equip churchesNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is committed to equipping churches to produce justice, holiness and reconciliation with the Gospel of Jesus, Russell Moore told the entity's trustees at their annual board meeting.
Moore, the ERLC's president, made his comments during a report to the ERLC board during its Aug. 23-24 meeting at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Trustees approved recipients of two annual awards, adopted a slight budget increase, elected new officers and received reports on the commission's work in the last year. The board meeting concluded on the day the ERLC's national conference on parenting began at the same site. Read More
BP LEDGER: Aug. 29, 2017
Today's BP Ledger contains information from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Baptist World Alliance, FamilyLife and First Priority of America Read More
ERLC conf. urges parents to be models for childrenNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents must seek to be what they want their children to become, a sellout audience was told during the final two days of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2017 national conference.
A diverse collection of speakers -- including a United States senator, a filmmaker, storytellers, songwriters, as well as pastors and authors -- addressed about 1,300 attendees at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event -- titled "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" -- concluded Aug. 26. Read More
Gospel vital to parenting, speakers at ERLC conference sayNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents need the Gospel and grace-powered effort to rear children faithfully, a capacity crowd heard on the first day of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2017 national conference.
About 1,300 people gathered Thursday (Aug. 24) for "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event will conclude Aug. 26.
Parents are powerless without the Gospel, said J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit ... Read More
Parenting about cross bearing, Moore tells ERLC crowdNASHVILLE (BP) -- Cross-shaped parenting is marked by dependence on God and connection to other Christians, Russell Moore told a sellout audience at a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference Thursday (Aug. 24).
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, delivered the opening keynote address to about 1,300 people gathered for "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World," the ERLC's 2017 national conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event will conclude Aug. 26. Read More