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Dr Land Named Top 100 Most Influential Evangelicals

Dr. Richard Land Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Christian Leaders

Newsmax “Top 100” List Recognizes America’s Transformational Christian Leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land has been named to Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America,” which recognizes many of the leading Christian voices in the nation today.

Land, who is Number 12 on the list, said seeing many of those recognized on the list is encouraging as it shows the impact Christian voices continue to have across America.

“I am both humbled and honored that I would be considered to be on Newsmax’s list with fellow people of faith,” Land...

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1st Louisiana Life March North Proves Big Success

​SHREVEPORT/ BOSSIER CITY – Scanning across the crowd of around 5,280 marching in unity for life across the Texas Street Bridge, Mike Johnson couldn’t help but think he was experiencing a glimpse of heaven. Men and women, young and old, from various denominations and races joined together on a sunny late January Saturday morning to make the 1.2 mile-journey from Bossier City to Shreveport in the inaugural Louisiana Life March North. “The first annual Life March for North Louisiana was an incredible success, and a tremendous encouragement about our future,” said Johnson, a Shreveport attorney and legal counsel for Louisiana Right to Life. “The more than 5,200 people who...

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In Wake of Pastor’s Suicide, Land Shares Advice on How Young Ministers Can Cope With Lonliness

​One thing that Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., can tell you about Christian ministry after 51 years in it, is that "it's very lonely." And as pastors across America reel in the wake of Pastor Teddy Parker Jr.'s suicide on Sunday in Warner Robins, Ga., he shared some advice on how they can stay alive.

On Thursday, Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) and longtime friend of Parker, revealed to The Christian Post that several pastors are now gearing up to address the issue of depression and surviving it among pastors.

"I'm literally getting responses from hundreds of pastors who are talking about...

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Dr. Richard Land’s Commemorative Magazine and Program

We invite you to view Dr. Richard Land's 25th Anniversary and commemorative magazine and program that highlight his 25 years of service as ERLC president. 

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Photos Highlighting Dr. Richard Land’s 25th Anniversary and Retirement Dinner

​In order to access and download photos from Dr. Richard Land's 25th Anniversary and Retirement Dinner, please visit this link

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Lining up to fight for Christ

By Jayme Fraser

June 12, 2013

Southern Baptist leaders on Tuesday called for aggressive expansion of the faith by training "Green Berets for Jesus Christ" while reaffirming their stances in a cultural war they say has contributed to the moral decline of the nation and diminishing numbers in the pews.

More than 5,000 members of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center to start its annual meeting, where its president rallied members around his vision for revival. The issues that could be voted on Wednesday include renouncing the Boy Scouts' new policy to allow openly gay youth, denouncing sexual abuse by...

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Southern Baptist Richard Land passes baton to Russell Moore

​By: Adelle Banks, RNS

WASHINGTON — In a generational changing of the guard, Southern Baptists are gaining a new advocate for their values in Washington and around the country as Russell Moore, a media-savvy theologian, takes the helm of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

The ERLC is the public policy arm for the Southern Baptist Convention, and Moore is taking over from Richard Land, who headed the ERLC since 1988 and used it as a platform to rally social conservatives in the nation’s culture wars.

Like Land, Moore is an abortion opponent, a believer in an errorless Bible and a fan of Coke Zero.

But even though both men assumed the ERLC post at age 41, it’s clear that...

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Dr. Land Receives the 2013 Watchman on the Wall Award

​Dr. Richard Land received the 2013 Watchman on the Wall Award and spoke at the event Thursday, May 23. You can watch the full live stream too. 

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Evangelicals and Immigration

​In case you weren't able to watch Dr. Richard Land discuss immigration reform on Glenn Beck Thursday, May 9 here's the video clip.

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Evangelicals Hold Key To Immigration Reform

​Dr. Richard Land was featured in a recent CBN 700 Club clip on immigration reform. You can watch it here.

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Dr. Richard Land Joins Glenn Beck to Discuss Immigration Reform in LIVE Interview

​Dr. Richard Land will join Glenn Beck for a live interview May 9 from 4-5 pm CST for a discussion on immigration reform and why Evangelical Christians are seemingly turning the tide in favor of immigration reform. Viewers can watch online at The Blaze or find it on Dish Network, channel 212. We hope you're able to tune in.

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Be The People April 2013 What does it mean to be human?

​Dr. Richard Land joins Dr. Carol Swain for a segment on "Be The People" on what it means to be human. Watch it here.

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Defending Morality: Boy Scouts

​Dr. Richard Land joins Truth in Action Ministries' Jerry Newcombe for an interview on the Boy Scouts of America. Click here to see the entire video.

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Dr. Richard Land Joins Dr. Carol Swain for Interview on Culture

​​Dr. Richard Land will appear on “Be The People” with Dr. Carol Swain Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 pm CST on Channel 4 (WSMV) in Nashville and 12 AM EST on Channel 9 (WTVC) in Chattanooga to discuss the culture. We hope you are able to tune in.

Richard Land and Carol Swain
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Conservatives See a Turning Tide on Immigration


Published: April 17, 2013

Hours after a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, conservative radio talk show hosts took over two floors of a Capitol Hill hotel on Wednesday and denounced the proposal on the country’s drive-time airwaves as nothing more than a reward for lawbreakers.

On a Florida station, WFTL, the host Joyce Kaufman called it “pure amnesty.” Jim Sharpe, a talk show host on KFYI in Phoenix, promised that “Arizonans are still not taking this sitting down.” On Denny Schaffer’s show in New Orleans, callers demanded deportations.

“I see nothing wrong with putting...

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Dr. Richard Land Elected President of Southern Evangelical Seminary

I am Dr. Richard Land, and yes, the rumors you have heard are true. As of July 1, I will begin my service as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. Through much prayer, the Lord’s guidance, consultation with godly leaders, and the unanimous invitation of the SES board of trustees, I have come to the conclusion that serving with the SES family as your president is God’s will for the next chapter in my life. I am both humbled and honored by the privilege of serving with you in the months and years ahead.

We share a mutual vision. For most of my ministry, like SES, I have labored to reach the lost, to strengthen the local church, and to defend the faith.

Over the years, it has become...

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Should Evangelicals Care About the New Pope?

​Some evangelicals say God can use Catholic popes for great good. They can be allies in fighting the cultural and political battles of the day. Plus, they can influence the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to walk more closely with God. Others, however, consider the Catholic church apostate and the role of supreme pontiff unbiblical. This Saturday, Julie Roys considers both sides of this debate with Dr. Richard Land, who's sympathetic towards the pope, and Steven Meister, who is not.

Originally appeared on Moody Radio. Click here to listen to the entire segment.

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Keeping the Faith: The role religion plays in the gay marriage debate

​The Washington Post’s  “On Faith” editor Elizabeth Tenety hosts a Google Hangout on the role religion plays in the evolving conversation on marriage in America. Dr. Richard Land joined the conversation with other religious leaders. You can watch the full conversation here.

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Evangelicals Could Be Key to GOP Immigration Push

By: Lauren Fox​

Comprehensive immigration reform has become the clarion call of the GOP intelligentsia.

Without it, Republican strategists worry the party's political future is on the line.

In 2004, Republicans lagged 18 points behind Democrats in securing the Latino vote. Eight years later, the GOP lost by 44 percent among one of the fastest-growing constituencies in the country.

But while nationally, immigration reform may be a path for Republicans to regain a fraction of the Latino vote, immigration reform is not a key issue for all Republican member of congress back home; in fact, for some it may be a liability.

According to the Wall Street Journal, roughly 60 percent of GOP...

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Richard Land on the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

​Dr. Richard Land joined Odyssey Networks for a Skype interview Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Watch the full clip here.

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Immigration’s Latest Ally: Christian Right

The usual suspects pushing immigration reform have a new ally in the fight this time — the religious right.

Christian conservatives, who stayed on the sidelines in 2006 or opposed reform outright, have sprung into action for the cause.

They’re talking to their congregations from the pulpit. They’re urging lawmakers in private meetings to support reform. And they’re even calling for change publicly.

The efforts have dramatically changed the dynamics of the debate, so much so that Republicans anxious to vote yes on a deal might have the political cover to do it.

“I think it is night and day, particularly among social conservatives,” Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed told...

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Baptists threaten to leave Scouts if gay ban lifted

​The majority of Baptist churches locally would drop out of the Boy Scouts if the organization lifts its longtime ban on gay leaders and scouts, a local Baptist church leader predicted last week.

“We are stepping away from God’s word, and that’s the wrong direction,” said Steve Siglich, an Eagle Scout and director of missions for the Greater Dayton Association of Baptists.

The comment, which mirrors the position of the national Southern Baptist Convention, represents the depth of feeling some have toward last week’s proposal by the Boy Scouts of America to lift the ban. But it also shows what a watershed moment this is for one of the nation’s most visible symbols of...

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I Was a Stranger

​Evangelical leaders read from Matthew 25:31-46 in this video designed to help launch the "I Was a Stranger" Challenge, encouraging Christians to allow their thinking about immigration to be informed by biblical principles.

I Was A Stranger from G92 on Vimeo.

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Obama’s Immigration Plan Encourages Evangelicals

By Whitney Davis​

During Monday’s inaugural address, President Barack Obama reiterated his call for comprehensive immigration reform, legislation that might gain support from conservative evangelical leaders.

Last weekend, the New York Times“leaked” details of the president’s proposed legislation. The bill would include a way for most of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants to gain citizenship, an outcome advocated by the recently formed Evangelical Immigration Table. 

The president’s proposal would provide a kind of temporary amnesty to illegal immigrants, allowing them to work their way to full legal citizenship. The White House claims its solution is not amnesty, as...

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Why We’re Praying for America

By James A. Forbes and Richard Land​

One hundred and fifty years ago, in January, 1863, our nation was in the midst of a civil war that jeopardized the fragile union of the United States. That year began with the Emancipation Proclamation, a sign of hope for a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal. As our new year begins in 2013, we are looking for signs of hope that the divisions that currently tear us apart can be healed. Our hope as the year begins is that our country is weary of the excessive polarization in politics that is once again jeopardizing our union.

We take inspiration from our Christian faith and also from the words of...

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SBC’s Land: Armed, Trained,  Teachers Can Save Lives From Would-be Murderers

By Tom Strode ​

WASHINGTON (BP) — Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land says he would support arming teachers with guns.

In a radio interview Dec. 19, Land also said the “New Testament justification” for owning a firearm is found partly in “loving my neighbor as myself.”

The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission offered his comments in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting deaths in Newtown, Conn., of 28 people, including 20 children and six faculty/staff members at an elementary school. The interview occurred the same day President Obama announced an initiative led by Vice President Biden that could include gun-control...

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Experts Discuss Conservative Immigration Policy


Monday, November 19, 2012 Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention Monday said Republicans lost the Latino vote and ultimately the election during the presidential primaries. Referring to those in the party who have opposed immigration legislation, Mr. Land said “frankly, it’s time for us to stop listening to the people with the smallest brains and biggest mouths.” Ever since the election, leaders on both sides of the aisle have been promising to work on immigration. Exit polls showed Mitt Romney got 27% of the Hispanic vote.

This discussion took place at The American Enterprise Institute which hosted this discussion on "Conservatives and Immigration...

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Critics: GOP Needs to Step Up on Immigration Reform

​WASHINGTON -- Political experts say former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may have lost the election because he was weak on immigration reform.

According to one group of conservatives, a tiny minority of anti-immigrant Republicans convinced GOP primary candidates like Romney they had to shy away from reform.

"It's become the third rail of politics in our party where you don't want to talk about it," Brad Bailey, CEO of Texas Immigration Solution, said.

"I mean, when Mitt Romney got asked in the debates about immigration, it was very awkward. He was like, 'What do I do with my hands?'" he said.

It's a stance that came back to haunt the former governor on Election Day, when...

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Is the Mormon Moment Over?

​By Neil J. Young

No sooner had Mitt Romney lost the presidential election than various pundits and journalists began to declare that the "Mormon moment" was over. Certainly, Romney's candidacies in 2008 and 2012 brought about increased visibility and often scrutiny for Mormonism. Since its founding less than two hundred years ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been often ridiculed, attacked and misunderstood by a skeptical and American public. But as Americans learned more about Romney through the campaigns, many wanted to better understand his faith and what impact it might have on his presidency. Owing to that interest, the American media landscape cultivated a...

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Why the “left” will lose when Richard Land retires

Richard Land was the last person I interviewed for the documentary UNRESOLVABLE: The Kingdom of God on Earth. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know who he was when he first reached out to me. My publicist had arranged the call and was briefing me virtually seconds before I picked up the phone. My ignorance though is understandable. Far too few Mormons seem to be interested in or aware of religious leaders outside our own. At the time of Dr. Land’s call I was still drinking from a fire-hose of various religious leaders we had interviewed for the film.

Dr. Land had seen an unfinished version and concluded that I didn’t know what I was talking about when it came to Southern...

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Christians and the Political Arena: A Historical Review

By Jeff Robinson

As the 2012 presidential election approaches, one of America’s  most coveted blocks of voters, evangelicals, are desirable for good reason: they have never sat on the sidelines of the public square. Throughout the ages, faithful, biblical Christians have labored within the parameters of their respective forms of government to exert godly influence and seek redemptive change in ungodly social structures and societal practices—all for the glory of God.

During the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe, John Calvin sought to build a Christ-glorifying society in Geneva and believed Romans 13 supported his effort. Though he wrongly advocated a state-run...

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Washington Post: Richard Land: A Southern Baptist warrior bids goodbye to Washington

After a quarter-century as conservative Christianity’s man on Capitol Hill, Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land is retiring. Brawny of body and mouth, the Oxford PhD and Fox News fixture came to Washington in 1988 to bring fire back to a denomination whose leadership had drifted to the political middle. He became one of the best-known commentators on abortion, no-fault divorce and same-sex marriage, prompting Time magazine to dub him “God’s Lobbyist” in 2005.

But Land announced recently that he will step down next year as head of the convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in Washington. The announcement came after denomination leaders reprimanded him and...

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Chairman of Trustees Comments on Land’s Retirement

​Sometimes in life, we experience “bittersweet” moments.  Tuesday, July 31, 2012 certainly qualifies assuch a day for me as Dr. Richard D. Land announced his plans for retirement from the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, after 25 years of faithful, exemplary service to Southern Baptists and our Lord Jesus Christ.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the trustee board and the full trustee board, let me say thank you and congratulations to Dr. Land.  Since the fall of 1988, he has been the face of the ERLC and made it what it is today, a relevant voice for Southern Baptists in the public policy arena. He is to be applauded for his tireless work for racial...

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Baptist Press: ERLC’s Land announces retirement in 2013

Richard Land, who led the transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity during the denomination's conservative resurgence, has announced he will retire next year after a quarter of a century of service as its president.

Land's retirement as president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) will be effective Oct. 23, 2013, he announced in a letter today (July 31) to the acting chairman of the entity's board of trustees. His retirement is scheduled to take place 25 years from the date he assumed the ERLC's presidency in 1988.

Land, 65, has acted as an outspoken advocate among Southern Baptists for biblical positions on such issues as the sanctity of human...

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ABC News: Focus on the Family president comes out in favor of immigration reform

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly has signed onto a document embracing immigration reform, joining more than 100 evangelical leaders in saying that illegal immigrants should be given an opportunity to become citizens. The coalition will run ads on Christian radio stations in the battleground states of Florida and Colorado encouraging people to welcome immigrants.

A core group of conservative evangelicals--including Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, and Liberty University Law School Matthew Staver--has been advocating for immigration reform for several years, but the Colorado-based radio ministry Focus on the...

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Baptist Press: Religious liberty advocates debate ‘unprecedented threats’ in U.S.

Are the current threats to religious liberty in the United States unprecedented?

Religious freedom advocates disagreed at a recent Washington, D.C., conference, but at least one asserted there is something new and different about the menace to a right protected in the First Amendment.

The debate came during a day-long event sponsored by a new program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), a Washington-based organization that seeks to apply Judeo-Christian values to policy issues. The American Religious Freedom Program, established last year by the EPPC, instituted the conference as part of its effort to help strengthen religious liberty.

Read the full story at bpnews.net

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Baptist Press: Sex-selection abortion ban fails in House

​WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives fell short in its effort to prohibit abortions based on a baby's sex.

In a roll call Thursday (May 31), the House voted 246-168 for the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act but lacked the two-thirds majority required for passage. Supporters needed 30 more votes based on the number of members who participated in the roll call. The bill came to the floor for a vote under "suspension of the rules," which mandates a super-majority for approval.

Read the full story at bpnews.net

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Christianity.com: Standing Up for Religious Freedom in the U.S.

​The conference was fascinating, but a bit surreal. The American Religious Freedom Program put together a riveting day to address—of all things—“Rising Threats to Religious Freedom” here in the United States.

You may be familiar with the Department of Health and Human Services healthcare mandate that stipulates that all but a tiny, tiny minority of religious organizations will have to provide their employees health insurance benefits that include contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. Catholics and other Christians believe these to be immoral and forcing Americans to participate is an  unprecedented government abridgement of religious freedom.

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