ERLC to participate in panel on same-sex marriage, host events at 2015 SBC meeting

By Elizabeth Bristow
May 22, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 22, 2015—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will present the ERLC report at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention and will join a first-ever presidential panel discussion on “The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: Preparing Our Churches for the Future.”

The panel will seek to prepare Southern Baptists regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules, both in terms of how they may remain faithful to the Bible’s teaching on marriage and how they may effectively minister to a world that increasingly does not share the same understanding of marriage.

The discussion will be moderated by Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, and will take place June 17 at 3:35 p.m. EST following the ERLC presentation and report which is scheduled for June 17 at 3:10 p.m. EST at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

“Regardless of how the Supreme Court decides on the issue of marriage, Southern Baptists will remain steadfast,” Moore noted. “As Christians, we believe that the state did not create the family, and cannot recreate it, so we appeal to the Supreme Court to recognize and to stay within the limits of its authority. But regardless of how the Court rules, the church will have to learn to engage a culture with the gospel in which we cannot assume people share our same understanding of marriage. As we seek to help equip churches in our denomination for this task, I’m thrilled to join this discussion and think through what gospel faithfulness looks like in our ever-changing culture.”

Additional presidential panelists include:
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Rosaria Butterfield, Author, Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered
Ryan Blackwell, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of San Francisco, California
Matt Carter, Lead Pastor, The Austin Stone Community Church

Other ERLC Events at the SBC Annual Meeting

SBC Pastor’s Conference
Moore will preach at the annual SBC Pastors’ Conference in advance of the annual meeting June 14 at 7 p.m. EST at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Connecting Church and Culture
The ERLC and 9Marks will co-host an event at the SBC annual meeting featuring Russell Moore and Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Moore and Dever will discuss issues and take questions related to how the church should engage the culture.

When: June 15 at 9 p.m. EST

Where: Delaware Room, Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 North High St. Columbus, Ohio

B21 Panel
Moore will join a panel discussion at the Baptist21 Event June 16 at 11:30 a.m. EST. Key denominational leaders will address hundreds of Southern Baptists pastors in attendance to discuss pressing issues confronting the church. Other panelists include David Platt, Danny Akin, Albert Mohler and H. B. Charles.

When: June 16 at 11:30 a.m. EST

Where: Terrace Ballroom Five, Greater Columbus Convention Center

Relaunch of Light Magazine
The ERLC will relaunch its Light Magazine at the SBC with a focus on ministry in a same-sex marriage world. Contributors include Moore, Albert Mohler, Rosaria Butterfield, J.D. Greear and Mike Goeke. Copies will be available at the ERLC exhibit booth.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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