Press Release Aug 28, 2017

ERLC’s Russell Moore comments on the death of Michael Cromartie

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 28, 2017—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, commented on the death of Michael Cromartie, vice-president of the Ethics & Public Policy Center.

“I am grieving the death of my friend Michael Cromartie. One of the best men I ever knew, Mike was full of grace, honesty, humility and integrity. In a day when ‘evangelical’ has such a bad name among non-Christians, he represented the best of evangelicalism: intellectual depth, evangelistic zeal, and, most of all, unconditional love.

“In a time when many relentlessly blast ‘the media,’ Cromartie built the finest outreach to journalists I’ve ever seen—the Faith Angle Forum. The Faith Angle Forum put religious thinkers and journalists of all sorts together, in a way that helped inform secular journalists about religious people, not just scold them for not understanding us.

“Through all of that, Mike was clearly up to more than just building intellectual bridges. He loved those journalists, as people. And he loved Jesus. That was clear even to the most jaded atheist in any given room. After his cancer diagnosis, every time I saw Mike he would say, ‘Pray like a Pentecostal.’ We did. Mike now is in the presence of the Lord of Pentecost. We will miss him here, and must pray for more like him.”