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  • Repentance vital in Christian homes, ERLC speakers say

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (16 hours ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Repentance should mark Christian parenting, participants were told Oct. 12 at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2018 national conference.

    Bible teacher Jen Wilkin and Philadelphia, Pa., pastor Eric Mason both pointed to repentance from sin as vital for a Christian home during "The Cross-shaped Family" at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The three-day event attended by about 950 people concluded Oct. 13. Read More

  • Marriage 'sacred' in God's sight, ERLC audience told

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 12, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Even a troubled marriage is a profound picture pointing toward the Gospel of Jesus, pastor Ray Ortlund said on the first day of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2018 national conference.

    Ortlund, lead pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, and more than 15 other speakers addressed an audience of about 950 people gathered Thursday (Oct. 11) for "The Cross-shaped Family" at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The three-day event will end ... Read More

  • Moore: Cross frees Christians to love their families

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 12, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- The biblical understanding that Christians have been crucified with Christ liberates them to love their families genuinely, Russell Moore said Thursday (Oct. 11) at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's fifth annual national conference.

    Moore, the ERLC's president, delivered the opening address to about 950 people gathered for "The Cross-shaped Family," the entity's 2018 conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of ... Read More

  • ERLC conf. to focus on 'cross-shaped family'

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- The Gospel's centrality for the family will be in the spotlight when the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission opens its fifth annual national conference today (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. The conference is designed to help pastors, churches, spouses and parents think biblically about the family and the challenges to being a Christian family. Read More

  • Family 'prosperity gospel' addressed in Moore's book

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (21 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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 he recognized a "common theme" in his conversations with people in different states of family crisis. In part, "many Christians have an implicit 'prosperity gospel' when it comes to the family," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    "We falsely believe if we love Jesus and we follow the right steps that we will have nothing but peace and tranquility in family relationships," Moore said in a Sept. 19 interview with BP. "That misunderstands what the Bible teaches about the family as an arena of spiritual warfare." Read More

  • Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention 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.

    The study will receive the first $250,000 of overage for the 2017-2018 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, according to a Sept. 18 EC vote. Expenditures for the study will be administered by the ERLC, a partner with Greear in the initiative, and reimbursed by the EC on a quarterly basis. Read More

  • Moore: ERLC called during 'crisis of credibility'

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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. Trustees honored Moore during a Sept. 4 dinner on the eve of the full board's meeting at the SBC Building in Nashville.

    The "crisis of credibility" in America is similar to one John the Baptist was experiencing -- as described in Matthew 11 -- when he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the promised Messiah or should they look for someone else, Moore said in his president's report. Because of the church's failures, the world is now asking if Jesus is the one to come or should it wait for another, he said. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 06, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission approved a seminary president and a courtroom advocate as recipients of the Southern Baptist entity's 2018 awards Wednesday (Sept. 5) during their annual meeting.

    The ERLC board unanimously endorsed R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, for the Distinguished Christian Service Award and Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for the Religious Liberty Award.

    The trustees -- in their meeting at the SBC Building in Nashville -- also unanimously: Read More

  • ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- For the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices -- Nashville and Washington, D.C. The goal of the internship program, which also is in effect at other times of the year, is to equip undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, with a "Gospel-centered, kingdom-focused perspective" on ... Read More

  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom.

    The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise are the latest in a series of administration actions applauded by defenders of freedom of belief and practice. Yet, some advocates also say more remains to be done by this White House to safeguard religious liberty. Read More