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Contraceptive mandate oral arguments shed light on underreported issues

Many issues are at play in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. (http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/sebelius-v-hobby-lobby-stores-inc/) and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius (http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/conestoga-wood-…

A great friend of religious liberty and Baptists everywhere passed away in March. Richard E. Ice was a longtime member of the Baptist Joint Committee Board of Directors (http://www.bjconline.org/index.php?option=com_content task=view id=125 Itemid=114…

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How did Arizona legislation that looked pretty similar to many other religious freedom statutes grab the national spotlight and get characterized by some as a license to discriminate? Several factors led to the highly publicized veto of legislation kno…

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Okay — time for some shameless self-promotion. My friend Johnny Pierce and the good folks at Nurturing Faith (NurturingFaith.net (http://www.nurturingfaith.net/)) in Macon, Ga., have published the 8th Annual Shurden Lectures that I delivered last…

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Despite suggestions from some members of Congress of religious freedom strains in the military, a recent congressional hearing failed to reveal significant problems. Instead, reports from the chiefs of chaplains and other witnesses provided an affirmat…

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A pastor friend recently asked me to write a short piece on the importance to Baptists of church planting. I agreed to do it, but only in the context of a larger discussion about the relationship between freedom and evangelism. Historically, this has b…

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The Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate — the requirement, under the Affordable Care Act, that most employer-provided health insurance plans cover all FDA-approved methods of contraception — continues to stir controversy and …

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When it comes to defending religious liberty for all, donations don’t have to be big to have a big impact. Every gift to the Baptist Joint Committee matters. watch this short video (https://vimeo.com/82313093) featuring BJC donors and board members to …

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Early in the oral arguments in Click here (http://www.bjconline.org/index.php?option=com_content task=view id=5826 Itemid=112) to read the rest of this column.

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The end of the year is often a stressful and chaotic time. There are holiday meals to be cooked, Christmas presents to be purchased, trips to be planned and more.

At the Baptist Joint Committee, the year’s end marks the end of ou…

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