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  • ERLC 'unity' statement praised by Gaines, Graham

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has drawn praise from SBC President Steve Gaines and former SBC President Jack Graham among others.

    Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC's president, gives Southern Baptists an opportunity to "model what it looks like to have deeply held differences ... on political issues" yet "keep the main things the main things and move forward in a way that improves the reputation of the Gospel." Read More

  • Moore, ERLC trustees issue 'Seeking Unity' statement

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (7 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election.

    The ERLC executive committee, in a 536-word portion of the statement, affirmed ... Read More

  • Lankford to State: Explain policy to free Americans

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist member of the U.S. Senate has asked the State Department to explain its diplomatic strategy for gaining the freedom of American citizens wrongly imprisoned overseas.

    A Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate, meanwhile, encouraged advocacy for all prisoners of conscience. Read More

  • Abortion 'vital' to Planned Parenthood mission

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 09, 2017 (18 days ago)

    "This is just another example of why Planned Parenthood deserves not a penny of taxpayer funding."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood's rejection of a White House offer to maintain federal funding if it drops its abortion business demonstrates how important the lethal procedure is to the organization, Southern Baptist leaders said.

    The informal proposal and the refusal -- reported March 6 by The New York Times -- came as Congress and President Trump consider legislation to cut funds for the country's scandal-plagued, leading abortion provider. Both a budget bill and a new health-care replacement measure proposed in the House of Representatives would slash funds for Planned Parenthood, which receives more than $500 million annually in government grants and reimbursements. Read More

  • ERLC, LifeWay release religious liberty curriculum

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (19 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have combined efforts to produce a small group study on religious liberty at a time when the fundamental freedom appears to be both threatened and misunderstood in the United States.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and LifeWay Christian Resources announced the release of the study -– "Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom" -- Tuesday (March 7). The six-week study is available for purchase through LifeWay. Read More

  • Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    At issue are what the congregation calls "various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the Southern Baptist Convention," according to a statement the church released to Louisiana's Baptist Message newsjournal. Read More

  • ERLC-organized coalition endorses Gorsuch for confirmation

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, February 01, 2017 (one month ago)

    "We stand together in support of his appointment and pray for a quick confirmation process."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- More than 50 Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders have endorsed the confirmation of new Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in a letter sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The Southern Baptist Convention entity released the letter Wednesday (Feb. 1), a day after President Trump announced his nomination of Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge the last 10 years. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat on the nine-person high court left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Read More

  • Mosque case prompts IMB policy tweak

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Ongoing discussion of a federal court case concerning religious liberty for Muslims has prompted the resignation of an International Mission Board trustee and a revision of the IMB's process for submitting friend of the court briefs.

    Dean Haun, pastor of First Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn., resigned from the IMB trustee board in November based on his conviction the IMB should not have joined a friend of the court brief last May supporting the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, N.J., (ISBR) in its religious discrimination lawsuit against a local planning board. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission also joined the brief. Read More

  • Moore at EFL: Gospel shapes view of human dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Gospel-based view of human dignity both contradicts and gives hope to the world, Russell Moore said in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 26).

    "We are evangelicals for life," which means "we are a Gospel people," the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told attendees at the second annual conference in the country's capital city. Read More

  • ERLC deploys online effort for PPFA defunding

    by Tom Strode , posted Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission unveiled just prior to the second Evangelicals for Life conference a groundbreaking initiative in the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

    The ERLC announced Tuesday (Jan. 24) an online advertising campaign to rally support for the congressional drive to cut federal dollars for the country's No. 1 abortion provider. The effort is the first of its kind by the ERLC and includes a digital petition that makes it possible for the commission to deliver the list of signers to congressional leaders. Read More