Brent Leatherwood

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FIRST PERSON: How the ERLC helps churches

NASHVILLE (BP) – As the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, I am excited to share with you the various ways we are committed to coming alongside Southern Baptist churches like yours.

FIRST-PERSON: Santos scammed voters. Congress has a moral duty to kick him out.

NASHVILLE (BP) – It feels as if we live in an age of scams. And, recently, a scam has visited itself upon Congress in the form of Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y. His stay in Congress should be brief.

FIRST-PERSON: Evangelicals believe dreamers deserve dignity and concern

President Biden’s visit to the border this week highlights our nation’s broken and outdated immigration system. As the New York Times reported, in the 12 months leading up to October 2022, the Border Patrol encountered 1.7 million migrants trying to cross illegally, the highest number since 1960. Its reform should be a priority on both sides of the aisle. We need authentic leadership, the kind that seeks solutions over soundbites, which has been vanishingly rare in our nation’s capital these days.

FIRST-PERSON: What’s next for the ERLC?

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of traveling to multiple state conventions as they hosted their annual meetings. To say it was a joy to be with our SBC pastors and leaders in person is an understatement. There is something to be said about being in the same room with these brothers and sisters with whom we’ve linked arms for the purpose of the Great Commission.

Life after Roe: responding to a historic Supreme Court decision

Watch Governor Bill Lee (Tenn.), Dana Hall McCain, ERLC acting president Brent Leatherwood, and SBC president Bart Barber discuss the monumental Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

FIRST-PERSON: A turning point for the pro-life movement

For 50 years, Christians, pro-life activists and many others have worked tirelessly to get to this moment. Their commitment to human dignity and justice has achieved the most significant victory in the history of the pro-life movement. Each and every single person who has been part of this effort can and should rejoice.

Why we cannot look away from the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

One of my favorite spots in the entire world is in Washington, D.C. Specifically, it is inside the Capitol rotunda around sunset. It’s not uncommon for a series of votes to occur in either the U.S. House or Senate at that time of the day. When I worked there, I would often accompany my boss over to the chamber and discuss the legislative business of the day. Once he arrived at the area known as the speaker’s lounge, I would occasionally peel off and stroll through the rest of the historic building for some down time after a hectic day. 

FIRST-PERSON: What’s next for the ERLC?

NASHVILLE (BP) – What’s next for the ERLC? Many people have asked us this question, and rightly so. We’ve undergone a substantial amount of change and transition in the last few months, and some have wondered about what lies ahead for our organization. Let me assure you: the path ahead is clear, and our commitment […]