The Inaugural Address of Russell D. Moore as President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC September 10, 2013 ____________________________________________________ As I look out in the room I see this cloud of witnesses, people who have meant so much in my life, every stage in my life, and I give thanks for every one of you and what you mean to
This morning’s Wall Street Journal reports what, at first glance, Christians would receive as good news. We don’t see an increasing number of couples opting to live together before marriage. “The decades long climb in the share of American couples living together outside of marriage has come to a halt,” the Journal reports, citing a study of census data by a sociologist at Ohio State University. In a time of cultural
This week the nation marks fifty years since the 1963 March on Washington. The most famous moment of that historic event is, of course, the speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., now one of the most iconic speeches in American history. The refrain of that speech is one that is so embedded in the American memory that most people know the speech simply as the “I have a dream” speech.
In light of the tumult in Egypt right now, here’s why I think we ought to care about Egypt, both in the short term and in the long term. I remember, when the original revolution began in 2011, for the most part, finding it all exhilarating. I agree with Thomas Jefferson about those “unalienable rights” embedded in our common humanity. And I agree with John F. Kennedy that we should
In light of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s actions on Internet pornography, here’s why I think we ought to care about digital porn. There’s a situation in counseling I come across all too often: a couple will typically tell me first about how stressful their lives are. Maybe he’s lost his job. Perhaps she’s working two. Maybe their children are rowdy or the house is chaotic. But usually, if we
On a wall in my study hangs one of my favorite pictures. It’s a photograph of a line of civil rights workers—in the heat of the Jim Crow era. They’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder, all of them bearing a sandwich-board-type sign. The sign reads, simply: “I Am a Man.” I love that picture because it sums up precisely the issue at that time, and at every time. The struggle for civil rights
Russell Moore answers a difficult question from a pastor who wonders how he should approach baptizing an autistic teenager who has expressed genuine saving faith, but has difficulty communicating. How should this impact the baptism experience?