The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas Baptists. Rather, the CLC speaks to Texas Baptists and to others about issues as determined by its 18 commissioners.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Arlington Convention Center, Room E4

Dr. Elijah Brown, General Secretary for the Baptist World Alliance

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Gus Reyes

Director, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288


Murphy v. NCAA: Is Sports Gambling Coming to Texas?

By Caleb Seibert

In a landmark decision Monday entitled Murphy v. NCAA, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act (PASPA), a law that effectively eliminated legal sports betting in most states around the country for 25 years.

The case pitted the State of New Jersey (Gov. Philip Murphy) against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and three professional sports leagues.

The court found that the law violated the “anti-commandeering” principle drawn from the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. This principle holds that Congress may pass laws that must be upheld by states, but it may not issue direct orders to state governments requiring them to take certain state legislative action.

This decision does not immediately legalize sports betting across the country, but it does allow states to legalize such activity in their state if they wish to do so. 

As for the effect in Texas, Rob Kohler, a Christian Life Commission consultant, says, "The recent decision by the Supreme Court regarding gambling on sporting events really has no effect on the current gambling regulations in the State of Texas.” The current leadership of Texas has repeatedly rejected efforts to expand gambling in our state. Kohler concludes: “it will however, energize proponents of this, and other forms of gambling expansion in Texas in the upcoming legislative session in January 2019...

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We seek to provide online resources on an array of ethical topics that point toward a Christ-centered approach to living. Issues we focus on include: Hunger & Poverty, Citizenship and Ethical Choices. We also feature an Ethical Living Blog. To learn more, please visit our Ethics & Justice pages or contact Ferrell Foster at: .

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Response to repeal of DACA

Kathryn Freeman of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s repeal of DACA


Response to executive order on religious liberty

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty


Election Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to 2016 Election Results


Refugee Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to Texas’ Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement Program


HB 2 Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt


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