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The US Supreme Court transformed the legal definition of marriage in its June 26 Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
Messengers to the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention adopted nine resolutions—some on culturally divisive issues—with almost no opposition.
Southern Baptist churches of various sizes and in various settings are feeding the hungry in the United States.
Russell Moore

Russell Moore was one of the guest preachers during Saddleback Church's Summer 2013 "Follow Me" series. Photo by Tommy Huynh/Saddleback Church.

For Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, orphan care is no small issue. For Russell Moore, it is no small issue either.

That is why it made sense for Moore, the new president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, not only to preach on the Marietta, Georgia, church's Orphan Sunday in July but to speak afterward at an adoption and foster care luncheon.

Moore—who has written one of the leading books on adoption for evangelical Christians and, with his wife Maria, has adopted two sons—acted essentially as a "cheerleader" for those attending the luncheon, recalled Johnson Ferry ministry associate Jim Watterson. The luncheon for adoptive and foster parents, as well as those who had been adopted, proved not only to be "kind of a pep rally" for attendees, but it demonstrated the diversity of a new ERLC initiative known as Church Equip...

Do They Have the Votes?
Congressional Supporters of Destructive Embryonic Stem Cell Research are Hopeful

Promoters of embryonic stem cell research are predicting they could have the votes in the next Congress to overcome a presidential veto and provide federal funds for the destructive experimentation.

A more realistic outlook, however, appears to make such a result unlikely.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who will be the Speaker of the House of...

Prayer was the topic of conversation when the president of the Southern Baptist Convention met with the president of the United States October 11.

Other issues were on the agenda when President Bush welcomed SBC President Frank Page; his wife, Dayle; and SBC Executive Committee President Morris H. Chapman to the Oval Office. The day's events — including an hour-long news conference and a plane crash into a New York City high-rise building — reduced what was supposed to be a forty-five-minute meeting to twenty minutes, however.

Page said he had planned to discuss some moral issues with the president, but "I did not have time for that. ... [I]n fact, [Bush] had requested that we speak about several issues."

In the short time they had, prayer received most of the attention.

The meeting "primarily focused on prayer, on what prayer means to him," and how it undergirds and strengthens him, Page said of the president.


Democrats believe making embryonic stem cell research a campaign issue will help them in their effort to gain a majority in the House of Representatives in November's elections.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has unveiled new advertisements that target seven Republicans who oppose federal funds for stem cell research that results in the destruction of embryos. The Democrats plan to promote the controversial issue with fervor in areas where there are large medical centers or biotechnology companies, the Chicago Tribune reported March 27. They also plan to use the ads in congressional districts known for politically moderate voters but represented by Republicans known for high-profile opposition to funding the destructive experimentation.

"On one side of the divide is life-saving medical research; on the other side is special-interest politics," DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel said in a written release.

Emanuel, a congressman fro...

Stem cells are producing miraculous results without sacrificing young human beings in the process. Take Susan Fajt and Laura Dominguez, for instance.

Fajt, a paraplegic, and Dominguez, a quadriplegic, were told they would never walk again after separate debilitating automobile accidents damaged their spinal cords. However, both are beginning to do just that after transplant surgery using their own stem cells, thus adding their names to a growing list of patients being successfully treated by the cells at the center of a national debate.

Stem cells are the body's master cells that produce other cells and tissues. Their discovery has provided hope for treating a host of afflictions.

These master cells can be found in embryos and adults, as well as such sources as placentas and umbilical cord blood. Many researchers and their allies are pushing for the federal government to fund embryonic stem cell research, contending stem cells from embryos are more flexible a...

New Warnings About Abortion Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unveiled stronger warning labels for the abortion drug RU 486, but pro-life advocates and the father of a teenager who died after taking the pill said that action is insufficient.

The FDA announced November 15 it is expanding the "boxed warning" for Mifeprex, the trade name for mifepristone, also known as RU 486. Mifeprex's "boxed" label, which constitutes the highest level of warning on an FDA-approved drug, says "[s]erious and sometimes fatal infections and bleeding occur very rarely" after abortions, including those from the use of RU 486.

The federal agency also noted that a third woman had died after using the abortion drug. The most recent fatality, reported in August, involved a twenty-two-year-old woman, whose name wa...

The Heartening Results of the Partial-Birth Abortion Debate

Though it required more than eight years of effort and though it has been criticized by a few pro-life advocates, enactment of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act has been a worthy enterprise that already has saved lives, supporters of the new law said.

Even before the ban was first introduced in 1995, the focus of the abortion debate began moving toward the grisly procedure pro-lifers labeled partial-birth abortion. Descriptions and drawings of a method that left all but a baby's head delivered from his mother's womb before he was killed stunned many Americans.

After two congressional attempts to outlaw the procedure were vetoed by President Clinton in the last half of the 1990s, supporters of the ban saw their efforts rewarded November 5 when President Bush signed it into law.

Yet, a few pro-lifers criticized the measure when it was enacted.

"The devil himself would have signed this bill," said Flip Benham, national director of Opera...