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CLC Mission

CLC MissionBiblical Insight. Principled Living. Mission Since 1950, the Christian Life Commission has served as the ethics agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The CLC has the assignment of speaking to and with churches and individuals about important ethical issues. Christian ethicist and seminary professor T.B. Mas...

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Ethics & Justice

Ethics & Justice Biblical Insight. Principled Living. CLC Ethics & Justice efforts seek to help Christians and churches grapple with contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. This involves seeking to understand both the current cultural situation and biblical principles that may apply. CLC Espanol Issues Christian L...

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Public Policy

Public Policy Biblical Insight. Principled Living. In order to encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their chu...

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Ministry Impact

Ministry Impact Biblical Insight. Principled Living. Hunger Offering We not only work to end hunger, but to end the cycle of poverty. This is why we support many specific ministries around the world that provide food and meal distribution, agriculture and livestock initiatives, clean water and sanitation and also support micro-ent...

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Church Architecture

Church Architecture Resourcing the church to fulfill God's mission. We assist churches of all sizes and ministry styles by providing on-site consultations, website information, printed resources and full color drawing studies for strategic facility planning. We also offer a capital fundraising program called United We Build to rai...

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Partners

Partners Associations Baptist Church Loan Corporation Baptist Foundation of Texas baptist standard camps denison forum on truth and culture extended family human care institutions schools texas baptist historical collection texas baptist men texas baptists missions foundation Theological Education woman's missionary union

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Christian Living

Christian Living God grants the gift of life, and Jesus calls us to live that life for Him. In our lives, we are to bring honor and praise to God. The life and teachings of Jesus and the indwelling Spirit of God provide the guidance we need. Online Resources Therefore: Christ and the Powers We are all familiar with the powers that...

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Hunger & Poverty

Hunger & Poverty Hunger and poverty are a sad part of our cultural landscape today, just as it has been for centuries. The persistence of these problems makes it no less important to address them. Jesus told us to feed the hungry and meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Now, we seek to be faithful in doing so because every per...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty Religious liberty is best promoted when church and state remain separate in the manner prescribed by the First Amendment. Separation of church and state does not mean religion is divorced from public life. We openly advocate for sound public policies on the basis of our religious convictions. But all Americans ha...

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Public Policy Issues

Public Policy Issues Biblical Insight. Principled Living. Criminal Justice Education Gambling Health & Long Term Care Immigration & the Border Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion Religious liberty human trafficking hunger & poverty Predatory/Payday Lending Foster Care

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice We are all equally God's children and objects of God's love. All people have the right to be recognized as persons before the law and to enjoy its equal protection. The CLC supports reforms in corrections, sentencing and equitable representation under the law. Legislative Priorities Support efforts to expand diver...

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Gambling

Gambling God's word guides us away from the exploitation of others as a foundation of our community. Legalization of gambling harms the citizens of the state. The Christian Life Commission works in collaboration with Texans Against Gambling and the Campaign for Common Sense and Sound Public Policy to limit the spread of legalized...

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Health & Long Term Care

Health & Long Term Care Life, liberty, and security of person are God-given rights. Our health and well-being depend on the cooperative nature of community at local, state, and national levels of government. Legislative Priorities Access to medical insurance for children. Increased funding for CHIP and Medicaid. Simplification...

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Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion

Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion In accordance with Genesis 1:26-31, we believe every person has an innate dignity and worth given to them by their Creator and as such are entitled to abundant life. While this does not guarantee life without hardship, it should mean life free from preventable, premature deaths. Therefore, we...

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State Government

State Government A world in which human relationships are marked by freedom, justice, well-being and peace is at the heart of the Bible's prophetic vision. The Bible also demonstrates that such conditions cannot thrive without human willingness and effort to safeguard such basic human rights and freedoms. "Texas at your fingertips...

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Legislative Sessions

Legislative Sessions 85th Legislative Session The Christian Life Commission has approved the following public policy priorities for the 85th Legislative Session of the Texas Legislature. Read the final report here. Read the special session report here. 84th Legislative Session The Commissioners of the CLC have revie...

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Churches and the Democratic Process

Churches and the Democratic Process Churches and Campaigns Churches are free and encouraged to speak out on current moral and ethical issues of the day that have political components. However, they may not intervene in partisan political campaigns. In exchange for the benefit of tax exempt status, churches (and other nonprofit org...

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Connect with other Churches and Christians

Connect with other Churches and Christians Connect with Nearby Churches The Christian Life Commission encourages churches to work together in all areas of ministry, including public policy and other advocacy work. Connect with Christian Life Commission The Christian Life Commission is eager to assist in research on topics importan...

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Connect with the State Legislature

Connect with the State Legislature Who are my elected officials? Click here to find your legislators' contact information. Meet with State Officials The Austin Office of the Christian Life Commission can arrange for legislative visits and opportunities to provide testimony to State and Federal officials. Please contact the CLC Aus...

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Resources

Resources Advocacy 101 Advocacy 101 ppt Advocacy as Evangelism ppt Churches and the Democratic Process Learn what your church can and cannot do, register to vote or learn about the candidates here. Connect with other Churches and Christians Is your church concerned about a specific issue? Connect with nearby churches, the Christia...

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Bylaws & Church Governance

Bylaws & Church Governance Church Bylaws can be incredibly important both in times of crisis (e.g. situations involving the termination of a pastor, termination of a member, employment crisis, etc.) and in helping churches function properly on a day-to-day basis. Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws If your church is writin...

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Faithful Response

Faithful Response Essays, devotionals, sermons and reflections on the role and practice of many faithful Christians and their experiences as advocates and faithful citizens. Christian Citizenship Marvin Griffin...A citizen Christian throughout the yearsFerrell Foster Keynote Address: Call to RenewalBill MoyersWashington, D.C.May 2...

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team Biblical Insight. Principled Living

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Who is the CLC?

Who is the CLC? Who we are and what we do The Christian Life Commission aids churches, communities and government leaders give voice to critical issues in society from a Christian and biblical perspective. All actions are based off of Biblical Insight and Principled Living. Dr. Gus Reyes is the Director of the Christian Life Commi...

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Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day En Espanol February 28-March 1, 2017 Come join us in Austin during the 85th Legislative Session for Advocacy Day, including workshops on the top issues facing the Legislature in 2017 and a chance of attendees to visit with their elected officials. LOCATION Hyde Park Baptist Church3901 SpeedwayAustin, TX 78751 Keynote...

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Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage

Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage Same-sex marriage has become legal throughout the United States for the first time in history. This change represents a culture shift that has been both rapid and momentous. American Christians who seek to build their faith from the Bible find that several ethical/theological positions are rele...

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Public Education

Public Education In accordance with God’s original design (Genesis 1:26-31) we believe healthy, flourishing families are the cornerstone of strong churches and communities.  Access to quality educational is essential component of helping families thrive.  We support legislative efforts meant to increase educational...

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Human Trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts.  The CLC and Texas Baptists advocate for human trafficking victims, motivated by God’s heart for the op...

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Hunger & Poverty

Hunger & Poverty The combination of hunger and poverty in America often produces food insecurity.  Food insecurity is the accepted measure of hunger among a large population.  The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resourc...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty In accordance with the Lord’s command in Matthew 22:21 and the Baptist commitment to religious freedom, we believe religious freedom is for every person of faith and those with no faith. Religious liberty is not absolute, but every effort should be made to reduce government intrusion on individual’s r...

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Promotions

Hunger Bank When you come to your table to thank God for His abundance and eat, put something in your bank for someone less fortunate. Order reusable, Texas-shaped hunger banks ($1.75 each, cost recovery only) in durable, clear plastic with Texas Baptist Hunger Offering logo and contact information. To place an order, please...

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Justice

Justice A central theme of the gospel is the coming of the kingdom of God. When God is allowed to reign in lives, justice becomes important. Followers of Christ become sensitive to injustices, especially when they victimize suffering and marginalized people. And when they see injustice, they do not stand by quietly; they actively...

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Christian Life Commission

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. 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...

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Immigration

Immigration The Bible says we are to treat people from other nations with honor and respect. It is helpful to remember the whole world belongs to God. People who cross national borders to flee from poverty and danger today are our neighbors even if not authorized to be here. Topics The Facts .topic { height: 0; padding-bottom: 100...

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CLC 83rd Session Report

Christian Life Commission Final Report: 83rd Regular Legislative Session During each legislative session, the Christian Life Commission (CLC) works to promote sound public policy on a variety of fronts important to Texas residents. The following is a list of bills the CLC actively followed, supported and, in some cases, opposed du...

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Texas Baptists provide testimony at federal hearing on arbitration

DALLAS - Two Texas Baptist pastors raised concerns about payday and car title lending practices during meetings with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leadership in Dallas on Dec. 12.Jeff Johnson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Commerce and president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Steve Wells, pas...

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Ministry Profile: Christian Life Commission

Department: Christian Life Commission Staffers: Gus Reyes, Director; Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics & Justice, Coordinator, Texas Baptist Hunger Offering; Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy; Marilyn Davis, Congregational & Commission Specialist; Joyce Gilbreath, Hunger Offering Specialist; Julie Valentine, Mini...

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Kathryn Freeman

Name: Kathryn Annette Freeman Ministry: Christian Life Commission Position: Director of Public Policy Where did you grow up? Grand Prairie, Texas How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I became a Christian at seven years old. I remember learning about inviting Jesus into my h...

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Christian Life Commission teaches Texas Baptists to model Christ through advocacy

Kathryn Freeman taught a packed room about the steps to becoming an advocate this afternoon at her workshop, "It's Our Government: We Can Make a Difference." Freeman, the director of public policy at the Christian Life Commission (CLC), emphasized advocacy takes many forms and isn't always tied to the government. Advocacy can look...

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Thanks for letting the CLC share about its work

Thanks to Texas Baptists for giving the Christian Life Commission the opportunity to share about its ministries this week at the BGCT Annual Meeting. The CLC staff is proud to serve you day in, day out; it was especially rewarding to share about that work in this special setting.A special word of thanks to Dennis Parrish, whom we c...

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​Did You Know It Pays to Prey on the Poor In Texas?

An unexpected medical bill, car trouble, buying school supplies, a funeral or a summer utility bill—one or many of these expenses have pushed countless Texans to the financial brink. Needing a way to meet the unexpected expense, many families turn to payday and auto title lenders who are all too happy to profit off of people's m...

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The Cavalry Has Arrived: How the Federal Government Plays an Important Role in Protecting the Poor

Have you ever heard the phrase "send in the cavalry?" It's a colloquialism, but historically its a military term for the regiment of an army that fights on horseback. The cavalry historically was the most easily mobilized unit of an army and men fighting on horseback were at a greater advantage than those fighting on foot. For one...

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Moving Past #PrayforCharleston

Last Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white man walked into Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat through Bible study and then murdered nine African Americans: State Senator and Pastor Clementa Pickney; librarian Cynthia Hurd; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; speech therapist and mom Sharonda Singleton; Bible study teacher Myra...

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Predatory lending is unjust because it traps borrowers

(Stephen Reeves will lead a workshop titled "Predatory Lending and the Church: Morality, Missions and Advocacy" during the CLC's Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.)Through the prophet Micah, God commands us to do justice. Doing justice is not extra credit; it is not bonus activity or tan...

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Good things happening in Marshall and at ETBU

Marshall anchors the eastern entrance to Texas near where Interstate 20 crosses from Louisiana. It is a smaller city that is home to East Texas Baptist University, which sits on a hill in the northwest portion of the city. Once the fourth largest city in Texas (1860), Marshall has been an important community both for...

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Churches provide foundation for active faith

(Rand Jenkins is the newest member of the Christian Life Commission staff. He is in a new role -- CLC specialist. Below, Rand explains some of the things in his background that have shaped his call to this ministry.) My childhood in community-minded churches provided the foundation for my pursuit of an active faith. Born in Fort W...

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Like Olympians, Christians are in Training, Too

The Olympics started last Friday, and I am already obsessed. I love watching their friends and family cheer them on. I love learning new names, new sports, and obscure countries, but I think for me the most exciting thing is knowing that this moment is the one they’ve waited four years for. This is the moment they bring all o...

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Answering the call to justice

“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” These words are from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which he challenged fellow clergy to get off the sidelines and get involved in the struggle for equality and justice. These clergymen had criticized King, urging p...

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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, when...

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Old wolf of racism appears in alt-right sheep's clothing

Alt-right racism is both like and unlike the old racism. Like -- it sees the white race as superior and in need of protection. Unlike -- it is generally educated, secular, and young. The Southern Baptist Convention brought the alt-right to centerstage last week when it initially failed to consider a resolution condemning racist asp...

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