Episode 231

ERLC Meets with Biden’s Staff, New Season of The Chosen Debuts & Prayers for Unbelievers

Nov 22, 2022

Brent Leatherwood’s first trip to Washington, D.C., as head of the Southern Baptists’ public policy entity impressed upon him a recognition of the appreciation government leaders have for the churches of the convention. The third season of the hit TV series The Chosen made its debut in theaters this past weekend. Tickets sales surpassed $8-million for the show. And, Red socks were pulled up over the elastic bottoms of his black sweatpants. His arms were tucked under his body as he lay on his stomach across five seats of the train that was heading into the city.

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Brent Leatherwood’s first trip to Washington, D.C., as head of the Southern Baptists’ public policy entity impressed upon him a recognition of the appreciation government leaders have for the churches of the convention.

Leatherwood said he spent in meetings with members of Congress, continuing to make clear the ERLC’s priorities in the current lame-duck session, which began Nov. 14.

These included objections to the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and require federal and state recognition of same-sex marriages considered legal in the jurisdiction where they took place. The ERLC opposes the bill because it contradicts God’s design for marriage and threatens religious freedom.
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The third season of the hit TV series The Chosen made its debut in theaters this past weekend. Tickets sales surpassed $8-million for the show.

In an interview with Baptist Press, series creator Dallas Jenkins said achieving acclaim and success for the show has never been his motivation.

He says his intentions are rooted in pleasing God and honoring the character and intentions of Jesus and the Gospels.

Jenkins said ultimately, he is only trying to make a quality Christian TV program, and he hopes the show can serve as a useful instrument for those in ministry to point people to Jesus.

So far, the show the completely crowd-funded has been viewed close to a half-billion times through the show’s app.
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Red socks were pulled up over the elastic bottoms of his black sweatpants. His arms were tucked under his body as he lay on his stomach across five seats of the train that was heading into the city. His shoes, battered and dirty, were resting on the seat, and the strap of his backpack was tucked under his head so it couldn’t be easily stolen. His hoodie was drawn up, and there was no skin exposed anywhere. His head was turned away from the crowd that was gathering during the rush-hour commute as if he were ashamed to be seen, yet too exhausted to mind his imposition on other travelers. Not a word was said to or about this man; it was as if he were invisible. How much of his life has been spent feeling invisible?

Please pray that this man and others like him will encounter believers who will tell them about the God who sees them and has great love for them. “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:2-3 ESV).

This man is an Arab from the Middle East now living in a busy part on England. The IMB is asking you to pray for him and billions of other people who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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