Jill Waggoner

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ERLC trustees hear Leatherwood’s vision for taking up ‘cause for life’

In an impassioned address to Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission trustees, ERLC President Brent Leatherwood declared, “The Gospel demands, and justice requires, we take up the cause for innocent life whenever it is imperiled.”

FIRST-PERSON: How a community partnered to change lives, including mine

On July 5, 2023, I experienced one of the most triumphant days of my life. The Pregnancy Care Center opened a second location in Lebanon, Tenn., offering counseling and medical services to women in my community. I have had a front-row seat for almost five years to witness both God’s miraculous provision and the great amount of work it takes to get to the ribbon cutting of such an essential ministry. And I was forever changed in the process.

Tennessee churches partner to serve neighbors

LEBANON, Tenn. (BP) – Ten years ago, a dozen ministers and local church members in Lebanon decided to investigate what they had been told – that a small homeless community was growing in their county.

3 Christian teachers share about their work in public schools

America’s education system has been at the center of public debate for decades, if not centuries, but the nation’s current cultural and political climate has brought pressures unlike the past for many of our country’s public school teachers.

The critical pro-life work of pregnancy resource centers

Pregnancy Care Centers are critical to the pro-life work in the United States, creating safe and loving environments for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Laura Messick is the executive director of Portico, a 35-year-old pregnancy resource center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Portico has been the recipient of two ultrasound machines placed by the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project. Messick gives us an […]

FIRST-PERSON: An encouragement for caregivers this Christmas

In April of 2021, we found out that my 37-year-old-husband had a tumor in his small intestine that indicated the presence of a very rare cancer. The diagnosis and surgery to remove it took place this year. But he was sick for most of 2020, undergoing tests, scans, and blood work that mostly provided no answers.

FIRST-PERSON: How a military funeral affirmed my beliefs on human dignity

NASHVILLE (BP) – This July my family witnessed the return of my grandmother’s beloved brother, U.S. Marine Capt. Edward Glenn Walker, from an unmarked grave in the South Pacific. 

9/11: Reflections from 3 SBC leaders

NASHVILE (BP) – As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, three Southern Baptists leaders who held significant leadership roles on Sept. 11, 2001, help us remember that infamous day and consider its impact on the Southern Baptist Convention and our world.

FIRST-PERSON: Teaching children about suffering

"Seeing and trusting God's purpose through difficulty is one of the greatest joys and freedoms of the Christian life," Jill Waggoner, a mother of two, writes. "I pray for the day that my children know and embrace this truth in their own hearts."

Immigration ‘Kingdom issue,’ Land says

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Immigration is "an important issue that has reached a critical phase," Richard Land told members of the National Hispanic Fellowship of Southern Baptist Churches June 13.