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Capitol Conversations is our ERLC podcast from Washington, DC featuring Jeff Pickering, Travis Wussow, Steven Harris, and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik. The conversations cover the policy debates and news shaping our world as we aim to foster a new evangelical imaginative for political engagement.

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Capitol Conversations is our ERLC podcast from Washington, DC featuring Jeff Pickering, Travis Wussow, Steven Harris, and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik. The conversations cover the policy debates and news shaping our world as we aim to foster a new evangelical imaginative for political engagement.

    Why the ERLC is advocating for Congress to propel American generosity during the coronavirus crisis

    Why the ERLC is advocating for Congress to propel American generosity during the coronavirus crisis

    Going into this past weekend with the Senate in session to work on its response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic turmoil, the ERLC called for a two-year, no cap Universal Charitable Deduction (UCD) to encourage charitable giving. Jeff Pickering and Travis Wussow discuss why bold action from Washington is needed to propel American generosity during this crisis.


    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of the Oxford Apologetics series. Learn about the titles in this bestselling series here.


    Resources from the Conversation


    ERLC Working to Encourage Charitable Giving to Churches, Non-Profits during the Coronavirus Crisis
    Keep up with the ERLC’s latest resources on coronavirus at ERLC.com/COVID19
    Keep up with the latest CDC news and resources at coronavirus.gov
    From The White House | 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD
    A Q&A on coronavirus with an infectious disease specialist
    ERLC | Subscribe to the Policy Newsletter
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    Senator James Lankford on the coronavirus, the government’s response, and how Christians can confront this pandemic

    Senator James Lankford on the coronavirus, the government’s response, and how Christians can confront this pandemic

    The coronavirus has upended our lives and the uncertainty is unsettling. As the country confronts this new reality, Jeff Pickering visited United States Senator James Lankford in his Washington, D.C. office to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s ongoing response to this rapidly developing situation.


    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of the Oxford Apologetics series. Learn about the titles in this bestselling series here.


    Guest Biography

    James Lankford is a United States Senator from Oklahoma. After serving four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, James was elected to the U.S. Senate to complete an unexpired term in November 2014 and re-elected to a full six-year senate term in November 2016. Before Congress, James served students and families for more than 20 years in ministry, including 15 years as the Director of Student Ministry for the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma and Director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp. James lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Cindy. They have been married more than 27 years and have two daughters, Hannah and Jordan. He enjoys spending time with his family, working in his yard, and reading.


    Resources from the Conversation


    Sen. Lankford’s Senate website
    Keep up with the ERLC’s latest resources on coronavirus at ERLC.com/COVID19
    Keep up with the latest CDC news and resources at coronavirus.gov
    From The White House | 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD
    A Q&A on coronavirus with an infectious disease specialist
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    Inside the Supreme Court case on Louisiana’s law to protect women

    Inside the Supreme Court case on Louisiana’s law to protect women

    On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services vs. Russo, a significant case out of Louisiana dealing with medical standards and patient health as the legislature found that abortion clinics in their state neglect both. Jeff Pickering and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik bring highlights from the pre-trial press conference with the elected officials and pro-life adovcates are the center of the case. Tom Strode joins at the end to share his reporting from inside the Courtroom about which Justices asked questions and what it might tell us about their impending decision. 


    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of the Oxford Apologetics series. Learn about the titles in this bestselling series here.  


    Guest Biography

    Tom Strode serves as the bureau chief and Washington, D.C., correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention's news service. He is also a pastor at Covenant Community Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 


    Resources from the Conversation


    The state of Louisiana is right to protect women by Jeff Pickering
    Court weighs state's pro-life effort to protect women by Tom Strode
    ERLC urges ruling for abortion doctor requirement by Tom Strode
    Chelsea’s interview with Cindy Collins on ERLC Instagram TV
    Article on Sen. Katrina Jackson | Louisiana abortion law takes center stage at United States Supreme Court by Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    Jon Ward on the failure of institutions and what it means for you

    Jon Ward on the failure of institutions and what it means for you

    Institutions in American public life are not what they used to be. National organizations like political parties and the news media have changed in dramatic ways in their influence on our lives. Political journalist Jon Ward noticed this change a few years ago and began exploring why it is happening and what people are doing to rebuild. Jeff Pickering, Steven Harris, and Travis Wussow welcomed Jon to the Leland House to explore what this all means for Christians in the public square.  


    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of Sam Allberry’s new book: Why does God care who I sleep with?  


    Guest Biography

    Jon Ward is senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, author of Camelot's End: Kennedy v Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party (Twelve Books, 2019), and host of “The Long Game” podcast. He has covered American politics and culture for two decades, as a city desk reporter in Washington D.C., as a White House correspondent who traveled aboard Air Force One to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as a national affairs correspondent who has traveled the country to write about two presidential campaigns and the ideas and people animating our times. He has been published in The Washington Post, The New Republic, Politico Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Times. He and his family live in Washington, D.C.


    Resources from the Conversation


    Jon’s articles at Yahoo News
    Jon’s book Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party
    Jon’s author page
    Follow Jon on Twitter @jonward11
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    Senate prepares to vote on two pro-life bills

    Senate prepares to vote on two pro-life bills

    On Tuesday, February 25 the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take roll call votes on two significant pro-life bills. The first bill we expect to receive a vote on the floor is th e Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the second is the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Jeff Pickering and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik discuss the legislation, why they matter, and what to expect for the floor debate and votes.  


    Resources from the Conversation


    Senate prepares to act on two pro-life bills by Tom Strode
    ERLC Policy Brief supporting the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
    ERLC Policy Brief supporting the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
    ERLC’s 2020 Legislative Agenda
    How the ERLC is advocating for Southern Baptists in Washington, D.C.
    ERLC Public Policy Team
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    What we’re advocating for in 2020

    What we’re advocating for in 2020

    The ERLC publishes a legislative agenda at the beginning of each year to outline the issues and policies we will focus on in our work in Washington, D.C., to serve Southern Baptists and advance the common good. Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow discuss specific examples of issues and policies from their 2020 Legislative Agenda and what to expect in the year ahead.  


    Resources from the Conversation


    2020 Legislative Agenda
    How the ERLC is advocating for Southern Baptists in Washington, D.C.
    ERLC Public Policy Team
    9 Things You Should Know about George Washington (and his Birthday)
    China’s Persecution of Uighur Muslims
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast


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