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What we’re advocating for in 2020

2/18/2020
The ERLC publishes a legislative agenda at the beginning of each year to outline the issues and policies we will focus on in our work in Washington, D.C., to serve Southern Baptists and advance the common good. Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow discuss specific examples of issues and policies from their 2020 Legislative Agenda and what to expect in the year ahead. Resources from the Conversation 2020 Legislative AgendaHow the ERLC is advocating for Southern...

Duration:00:28:01

Brent Leatherwood on the Iowa Caucus mess, what happened and what’s next on the 2020 campaign trail

2/10/2020
The much anticipated 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucus became an unmitigated electoral mess as the first in the nation contest remained unresolved a day before the New Hampshire primary. Brent Leatherwood joins Jeff Pickering and Steven Harris to talk about what happened, what’s next, and how Christians can be salt and light in a polarized partisan season. Guest Biography Brent Leatherwood serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive...

Duration:00:48:55

On Human Dignity: Russell Moore on technology, vulnerability, and the future of the pro-life movement

1/29/2020
We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square. For the final episode of this series, Jeff Pickering sits down with ERLC president Russell Moore for an extended conversation on human dignity. The conversations finds its way from theology and technology to the future of the pro-life movement and embracing vulnerability. Resources from the Conversation Previous Episodes from the...

Duration:00:40:23

On Human Dignity: Jeanne Mancini and the March for Life

1/24/2020
We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square. This week we bring you a special episode to mark the 2020 March for Life. On this episode, Jeff Pickering interviews Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, at their offices in downtown D.C. about the story of how the march came to be, it’s history, and the pro-life movement. Guest Biography Jeanne Mancini is the president of the...

Duration:00:43:02

On Human Dignity: Briana Stensrud on standing up for the vulnerable

1/22/2020
We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square. On this week’s episode, we continue the conversation by welcoming a longtime friend of the ERLC, Briana Stensrud to share her stories of standing up for the vulnerable. Her career is a testament for how the human dignity ethic connects to more issues than you may think. Guest Biography Briana Stensrud is the Director of Welcome and lives in...

Duration:00:51:47

On Human Dignity: Janet Durig with stories of transformation from a pregnancy center

1/16/2020
We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square. On this week’s episode, Chelsea welcomes Janet Durig to the Leland House to share stories of Christ’s transformative power for people in need. Janet is the executive director of the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, a faith based non-profit organization offering help and support to women, men, and their families who are in a crisis...

Duration:00:40:57

Wrapping up 2019: Reflections and recommendations for a new year

12/17/2019
Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, Steven Harris, and Travis Wussow wrap up 2019 with highlights from our advocacy work and end of year recommendations. Capitol Conversations will be off the air for the next two weeks for Christmas and back in January for a month long series on human dignity leading up to the 2020 March For Life. Resources from the Conversation APPLY TODAY for ERLC’s Internship ProgramChelsea’s RecommendationsArticle: 3 ways the Church can advocate for birthmothers...

Duration:00:53:46

Kingdom Theology on Capitol Hill with Russell Moore: Part Two

12/10/2019
For this two part series, we bring you ERLC president Dr. Russell Moore teaching on the Kingdom of God and what this theology means for Christian engagement in the public square. The lectures were recorded live in Washington, D.C., as part of the ERLC Academy on the Hill event series earlier in 2019. In part one, Dr. Moore introduced the theology by teaching on the Kingdom that is to come. And in part two, he teaches how the Kingdom has already come in Christ. Resources from the...

Duration:00:54:37

Kingdom Theology on Capitol Hill with Russell Moore: Part One

12/4/2019
For this two part series, we bring you ERLC president Dr. Russell Moore teaching on the Kingdom of God and what this theology means for Christian engagement in the public square. The lectures were recorded live in Washington, D.C., as part of the ERLC Academy on the Hill event series earlier in 2019. In part one, Dr. Moore introduces the theology by teaching on the Kingdom that is to come. And in part two, he teaches how the Kingdom has already come in Christ. Resources from the...

Duration:00:50:42

Russell Moore in Iowa on Courage and Civility

11/26/2019
For Thanksgiving travels, we wanted to bring you a message on the twin values of civility and courage ERLC president Russell Moore recently gave at Veritas Church in Iowa City. This event was part of the ERLC's Faith and Healthy Democracy project that seeks to help Christians better understand our chaotic public square and engage our current cultural moment. Resources from the Conversation APPLY TODAY for ERLC’s Internship ProgramListen to Brent Leatherwood and Paul Miller on Faith and...

Duration:00:47:54

A coalition roundtable on repealing the strange new tax on nonprofits

11/12/2019
Jeff and Chelsea are joined by friends and coalition partners Miriam Harmer and Brian Walsh to discuss our advocacy work for a bipartisan repeal of the new tax on nonprofits and, for the first time in American history, houses of worship. Guest biography Miriam Harmer is Director of Congressional Affairs at the Orthodox Union where she works to promote the OU’s interest in energy, education, Israel, and religious freedom issues. A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Miriam has spent...

Duration:00:29:20

Thomas Kidd on the story of Evangelicals in America

11/5/2019
Historian Thomas S. Kidd stops by the Leland House for a roundtable conversation on evangelicalism and politics with Jeff, Travis, and Chelsea. Dr. Kidd tells the story of evangelicals by providing an in depth look at the beliefs that binds them, the history that formed them, and how politics affects their movement. Most importantly for the ERLC, he tells the story of our office namesake, John Leland. Guest Biography Thomas S. Kidd teaches history at Baylor University, and is Associate...

Duration:00:51:56

Mindy Belz on Turkey, ISIS, the Kurds, and Christians in the Middle East

10/30/2019
Jeff Pickering and Travis Wussow welcome Mindy Belz of World magazine to the podcast to talk about Islamic extremism and the future of ISIS after the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US Special Forces. We also cover the rising instability in the Middle East as Turkish aggression threatens the Kurdish and Christian people in Syria. Guest Biography Mindy Belz is senior editor of World magazine and author of They Say We Are Infidels: On the run from ISIS with persecuted Christians in the...

Duration:00:50:11

Jeff and Matt’s top 10 countdown from 100 episodes of Capitol Conversations

10/23/2019
This week marks a milestone for the ERLC’s podcast from Washington, DC as we publish the 100th episode of Capitol Conversations. Jeff Pickering welcomes the founder and former host Matt Hawkins back to the studio for a top 10 countdown of our favorite episodes. Guest Biography Matthew Hawkins career spans 18 years at the intersection of religion and politics, including over a decade of broadcasting and podcasting experience and eight years in government relations. Most recently he served...

Duration:01:02:36

Faith and healthy democracy: Introduction with Paul Miller and Brent Leatherwood

10/8/2019
Jeff Pickering welcomes Brent Leatherwood of the ERLC and Paul Miller of Georgetown University to discuss their research project exploring what American adults with evangelical beliefs think about civility and politics. Guest Biography Paul D. Miller is a professor of the practice of international affairs at Georgetown University, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, and a research fellow with the ERLC. Miller also taught at The University...

Duration:00:43:10

Olivia Enos on the Hong Kong protests and human rights abuses in China

9/25/2019
Jeff, Chelsea, and Travis welcome back Olivia Enos of The Heritage Foundation to the roundtable to discuss the Hong Kong protests and human rights abuses in China, and how Christians ought to think about these events. Guest Biography Olivia Enos serves as a senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation specializing in human rights and transnational criminal issues. Enos has published numerous papers on human trafficking in Asia, human rights in North Korea,...

Duration:00:37:01

ERLC Fall Look Ahead and Melissa Ohden on Surviving Abortion

9/10/2019
Returning from summer travels, Jeff, Steven, Travis, and Chelsea are back together around the table and discuss the ERLC’s policy priorities for the fall. One item from earlier in the year that has yet to recieve a vote in the House is the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This ought to shock the conscience. Today, September 10, Republican members of House are hosting a hearing on this legislation and the moral insanity of leaving these vulnerable infants outside the protection...

Duration:00:55:51