SBC resolutions address culture, ministry concerns

Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention, in addition to repudiating the display of the Confederate battle flag, approved 11 other resolutions on a variety of culture and ministry concerns. Messengers voted on the proposals over both days of the annual meeting, adopting resolutions that expressed compassion for those devastated by the Orlando mass shooting, […]

Southern Baptist Convention repudiates display of Confederate flag

Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention renounced display of the Confederate battle flag in a historic, overwhelming vote Tuesday (June 14). The convention adopted late in its afternoon session a resolution that urged “brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole […]

All need religious liberty, Baptists, others contend

Religious leaders with widely diverse views called for freedom for all faith groups, not just their own, in a May 23 panel discussion sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic, Mormon and Muslim representatives explained to an audience on Capitol Hill why their faith perspectives support universal religious […]

Proposed S.C. refugee registry draws criticism

Evangelical advocates for religious liberty and refugee resettlement are dismayed by proposed legislation in South Carolina that could penalize churches that aid exiles from other countries. The South Carolina Senate passed legislation March 23 to require a sponsoring organization to register a refugee with the state’s Department of Social Services within 30 days after he […]

SBC leaders express concern, hope on abortion survey

With concern and hope for greater grace in churches, Southern Baptists responded to a new LifeWay Research study that shows post-abortive women think congregations are more judgmental than caring. Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said he “was saddened to hear that most [post-abortive women] said they would not share […]

Gospel, politics addressed at ERLC event

Political engagement by evangelical Christians calls for a witness shaped by the Gospel of Jesus, Southern Baptists were told at a conference Wednesday (Aug. 5) in Nashville. Speakers at “The Gospel and Politics” — the second national conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission — sought to help the more than […]

Baptists not shocked by latest Scout vote

The Boy Scouts Executive Committee’s approval of gay and bisexual adult leaders disappointed but did not shock Southern Baptist spokesmen — and prompted one to predict an even greater exodus by Baptist churches from the organization. The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday (July 13) the unanimous vote by its Executive Committee to rescind the […]

SBC resolutions on key issues pull broad consensus

EDITOR’S NOTE: The full text of the resolutions adopted during the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting follows this story. COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) — Messengers to the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention adopted nine resolutions — some on culturally divisive issues — with almost no opposition. All the resolutions offered in the Tuesday afternoon session (June […]

Prison reform bill draws ERLC support

The Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist has joined a coalition that includes leaders of conservative and criminal justice organizations in urging passage of federal legislation designed to reduce the prison population and heighten public safety. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), signed onto a June 2 letter with 18 others […]

Payday loans targeted by ERLC, others in coalition

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has helped launch a religious coalition seeking an end to the predatory loan industry. The ERLC joined with other religious organizations Thursday (May 14) to announce the Faith for Just Lending Coalition at a Capitol Hill news conference. The diverse alliance that includes Baptists, other evangelical Christians […]