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Senate nixes religious liberty amendments, approves same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (BP)— The U.S. Senate voted to enshrine same-sex marriage as the law Tuesday (Nov. 29) while rejecting efforts to strengthen religious freedom protections in the proposal.

State attorneys general warn VA about abortion rule

WASHINGTON (BP)—An alliance of 15 attorneys general have warned Secretary Denis McDonough they will “act decisively” if the Department of Veterans Affairs uses a new rule to violate their states’ restrictions on abortion.

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.

Congressional spending bills would strip funding for pro-life and conscience protections, ERLC says

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged congressional leaders to include pro-life and conscience protections in all spending legislation now under consideration.

Leatherwood, ERLC leaders meet with Biden’s staff, congressional members

WASHINGTON (BP)—Brent Leatherwood’s first trip to Washington, D.C., as head of the Southern Baptists’ public policy entity, impressed upon him a recognition of the appreciation both government leaders and he has for the churches of the convention.

ERLC, Iowa Baptist convention urge court to protect parental rights

ST. LOUIS (BP) – A Southern Baptist Convention entity and a Baptist state convention have joined with other organizations in urging a federal appeals court to block a public school district transgender policy they contend prevents the rights of parents to care for their children.

How to pray for the persecuted church

NASHVILLE (BP) – Nov. 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. On this Sunday, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. But more important, we lift them up to our good God who hears our prayers. 

SBC DIGEST: Two ultrasound placements; Barber addresses NOBTS chapel

Psalm 139 Project, TBMB partner to place two ultrasound machines in Tennessee; Barber praises deacons during NOBTS chapel.

Biden pledges to make abortion rights No. 1 priority in Congress

WASHINGTON (BP) – Pro-life leaders expressed their strong objection to President Biden’s promise Tuesday (Oct. 18) to make enshrining Roe v. Wade in law his legislative priority if Democrats control Congress in January.

ERLC offers guide for pastors on sexuality, gender issues

NASHVILLE (BP)—Southern Baptist pastors and churches have a new theological and practical guide to help them address issues involving sexuality and gender.