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‘The Defense Never Rests’ Southern Evangelical Seminary National Conference on Christian Apologetics

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—In just one more day, the faithful will have a chance to discuss some of the most pressing issues that have made headlines for months. Along with hundreds of other believers, they will gather in Charlotte, N.C., for the 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,

Hosted by Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, the conference—one of the most premier apologetics events in the nation—kicks off Thursday and continues through the weekend. 

Taking place just three weeks before the presidential election, SES’s National Conference has lined up an impressive program of nationally…Read more

‘Free Speech Fairness Act’ Would Rectify Nefarious Results of Johnson Amendment

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Congress recently introduced a bill called “The Free Speech Fairness Act” (HR195), which would rectify the nefarious results of the Johnson Amendment, a law that over the years has been confused and misconstrued as a method to silence pastors at the pulpit. If a person is religious, it doesn’t mean that he does not have his will or the right to express his thoughts publicly or even in his personal website. When you browse around this site, you might even come across some valuable lessons in life. The thoughts can never be presumed to be against his or any other religion.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land recently talked about the new bill on his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive.”

“The Johnson Amendment, named after then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, later President Johnson, prohibits churches and non-profits from taking any action that might be interpreted as involving the church in a political…Read more

How Will Candidates Address Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness at Debate Tonight?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, Dr. Richard Land recently joined 59 other faith leaders to come together to alert voters of the most important matters of this historic election.

The 60 leaders gathered in the studios of LIFE Today in Texas to pray and share their concern for the future of the nation. The event was hosted by The Stream’s publisher James Robison, and the gathering saw men and women of different denominations and ethnic groups united for the preservation of human life, religious freedom, family and marriage, and the importance of engaging in the nation’s electoral process.

In advance of tonight’s presidential debate, Land…Read more

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Joins ‘The Gathering’ in Texas

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, will be a part of the National Solemn Assembly event, “The Gathering,” in Southlake, Texas, on Sept. 21. He will join a host of internationally known leaders who will come together for corporate prayer for the country’s leaders, families, churches and communities, as well as to encourage repentance and the pursuit of God throughout America.

According to the event website, “The Gathering is the body of Christ coming together one day to unite across racial, denominational and generational lines, lifting up the name of Jesus and taking responsibility for the condition…Read more

The Tolerance War

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Ever since a wedding cake made its way into water-cooler conversation, the topic of religious liberty has been a national consideration, especially for the upcoming presidential election.

Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, a new U.S. Civil Rights Commission report on nondiscrimination protections has some strong language for those who defend their societal views with their religious beliefs.

Martin Castro, chairman of the Commission, says in the report, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia,…Read more

Gun Violence Out of Control in a City That Controls Its Guns

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Over a deadly Labor Day weekend, the city of Chicago saw its 500th homicide of 2016, already surpassing last year’s total—with four months to go.

August homicides in Chicago climbed to a 20-year high, and the bloody holiday weekend saw 65 people shot, the Chicago Tribune reported. And according to Fox News, the 13 killed brought the city’s skyrocketing homicide total to 512—already well past the 491 logged in 2015.

Evangelical leader and Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land recently discussed gun crime and the link to communities where citizens carry guns for safety. Chicago has some of the nation’s most stringent gun…Read more

‘The Defense Never Rests’

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—In less than six weeks, the faithful will have a chance to discuss some of the most pressing issues that have made headlines for months. Along with hundreds of other believers, they will gather in Charlotte, N.C., for the 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics fromSouthern Evangelical Seminary (SES,

Hosted by Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, the conference—one of the most premier apologetics events in the nation—kicks off on Oct. 13 and continues through the weekend. 

Taking place just three weeks before the presidential election, SES’s National Conference has lined up an impressive program of nationally…Read more

The Presidential Election—An Excruciating Choice

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Many Christians are struggling about the choices they will make at the polls come November. Therefore, The Christian Post, one of the largest online faith-based publications, is doing its part to create conversations about this crucial election.

The Christian Post editorial board, which includes Dr. Richard Land, Evangelical leader and president ofSouthern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, recently came together—for just the second time in the publication’s history—to pen a group editorial titled “‘Crooked Hillary’ vs. ‘Scam Artist Trump’: What’s an Evangelical Voter to Do?”

After the group editorial, two follow-up pieces, one written by Land…Read more

‘The Defense Never Rests’

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—After Republicans gathered in Cleveland to promote one of the most conservative platforms in history, followed by Democrats converging in Philadelphia to name the first female presidential candidate, voters have much to consider before the historic Nov. 8 election.

In the coming days, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, will post the RNC and DNC platforms side by side online, so that Americans can decide for themselves how they should cast their votes according to important issues such as abortion, religious freedom, national security and the economy, among others.

Speakers at SES’s upcoming 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, which…Read more

Dr. Richard Land: After Baton Rouge and Dallas, Nation Needs a ‘Sister Souljah Moment’

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—After deadly attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend and the tragic shootings in Dallas on July 7, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land says the nation needs a “Sister Souljah moment.”

Land recently penned an opinion piece for The Christian Post, where he serves as an executive editor, stating: “All lives matter, including blue and black lives. We are all in this together.”

“It is well past time for some national political figure, preferably President Obama, if he has it in him, to seize a ‘Sister Souljah moment’ and denounce the anti-police, inflammatory,…Read more

As RNC Approaches, Christians Must Decide

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Conservative pastors are largely undecided and struggling with their choices about the upcoming presidential election, according to a new study from the American Culture & Faith Institute. Is it any wonder, with the mud-slinging, divided parties, scuffles over delegates and a scot-free Democratic candidate whose FBI “pardon” last week still has jaws dropping?

With the Republican National Convention in Cleveland just a week away, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land says Christians especially must take an active role rather than a back seat in this crucial election.

This summer, Land was named to Donald…Read more

Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary: SCOTUS Paves Way for Taking Innocent Lives in Tex

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-3 to strike down Texas law HB2 in the first abortion-related case to reach the Court in 20 years.

HB2 required that all abortions—either surgical or medical, meaning with pills—be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, with several requirements attached, reports NPR. “A second provision,” according to NPR, “requires doctors performing either surgical or medical abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.”

In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, plaintiffs argued that the requirements set forth in HB2 would impose “restrictions that unconstitutionally limit…Read more

Upholding Texas Law Could Mean a Step Toward Reversing Roe v. Wade, Protecting Life in America

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision today on a landmark case that could change the course of abortion in America.

At issue in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the “profit-motivated abortion industry has challenged a 2013 Texas law requiring it to comply with health and safety standards that are enforced against other outpatient facilities performing invasive surgical procedures,” according to the Daily Caller.

The case also calls into question a mandate that “increasingly itinerant abortion providers maintain admitting privileges at local hospitals to facilitate emergency care and the treatment of post-abortive complications,” writes…Read more

One Year Later: How Has the SCOTUS Decision Impacted Marriage in America?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—One year ago, everything changed.

The biblical definition of marriage that had stood for thousands of years was suddenly swept under the rug. The view of how one man and one woman come together in a holy union that held true for millennia was, in an instant, shifted in the eyes of the law.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015, which legalized same-sex marriage in every state in the nation, may have changed the law but will never alter the word of God, said Southern Evangelical Seminary(SES, and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land.

Following the announcement of the decision a year ago, Land quoted Winston Churchill,…Read more

Freedom of Speech on Trial—Squashed at Supreme Court But Protected in Tennessee

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Just yesterday, America remembered all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of our freedoms—including freedom of speech. And as the summer rolls on, the nation will mark those observances that celebrate the freedoms that are truly American.

But freedom of speech, in many cases, is on trial across the U.S. The most recent and most glaring example was right in front of the highest court in the land.

In his daily “Bringing Every Thought Captive” radio feature, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land discussed the outrageous hypocrisy of the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied basic First Amendments…Read more

Who Was Morally Responsible for the Hiroshima Bombing?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting president in American history to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan. And there is conversation over the purpose of the visit—a political move at the end of his term, a statement on nuclear weapons or a chance to perhaps apologize?

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land says that while the reasons for the visit are up for debate, there are many facts that are unwavering, even after more than 70 years after August of 1945.

Land pointed out that polls show that the support for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and…Read more

Earth Day 2016: Is the Sky Really Falling?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—With Earth Day on the calendar for tomorrow, there seems to be a frantic plea to “save the earth!” And while there are steps everyone can take to protect the environment and the resources that God has entrusted to us for the betterment of humankind, the agendas of environmental activists may be hindering progress.

Named one of the nation’s top Evangelical leaders, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, recently addressed timely environmental issues in his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” heard on nearly 400 stations nationwide.

“The Department of Energy just published data that reports that the…Read more

Is the World Becoming More or Less Religious?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A new prediction from the Pew Research Center says that Islam could be the dominant religion by the end of the century, as the Muslim faith grows at record rates.

“Another way of thinking about it is Christianity had a seven-century head-start on Islam, and Islam is finally catching up,” Pew Director of Religion Research Alan Cooperman told NPR, who reported on the study.

But Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land is not so sure this trend will hold true. Land recently wrote about world religion in a column for the Christian Post, where he serves as an executive editor. In his editorial, titled “Despite…Read more

Religious Liberty for All?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Religious liberty will be one of the most crucial—and most talked-about—issues of this important election year. But after a terrorist-driven attack in San Bernardino to close out the year, and with continuing violence both here and around the globe, Americans are deeply divided on who is deserving of religious freedom and who is not.

A new poll conducted by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a vast majority place a high priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians, but fewer think other religions deserve those same protections.

Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, who also serves as the president of Southern…Read more

What (Not Who?) is on Your Presidential Wish List?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—With headlines still swirling about the attacks in Paris, the debate over Syrian refugees, and the tragic and deadly shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.—along with economic and moral concerns, terrorism and a multitude of other serious issues—the next President of the United States certainly has his work cut out for him—or her.

But what are the qualities that must be at the top of every American’s list when considering a candidate?

Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, and a scholar who has been studying presidential leadership for decades, has created his holiday “wish list” of 12 characteristics…Read more

After Attacks in Paris, U.S. Government’s First and Foremost Responsibility is Safety of American Pe

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—After Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land has discussed over the past week how the assaults have shaken not only a nation, but the world. In his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” heard on nearly 400 stations across the country, Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, offered the following commentary:

“Over the past several days we have been overwhelmed by the grisly scenes and heartbreaking stories from Paris,” Land said. “The radical Islamist jihadists have struck again, with devastating impact—nearly 130 dead and scores critically injured. These people are the latest…Read more

Does New Eyewitness Evidence Point to Noah’s Ark?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—More than five years ago, a Hong Kong-based team from Noah’s Ark Ministries International (NAMI) made headlines with the announcement of a discovery of an ancient wooden structure thought to be the ark of biblical times.

Now, the discoverer who led NAMI to the site at Mount Ararat in Turkey will be a part of a special event coordinated by Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, on the evening of Oct. 15, when new and exciting information about the discovery of the structure will be presented by a panel of eyewitness explorers and experts.

The Noah’s Ark presentations are planned for the day before the kickoff of the 22nd annual National Conference on…Read more

Does Water on Mars Mean Life on Other Planets?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Scientists announced last weekend that liquid saltwater flows on Mars, and now, based on this discovery, conversation has turned to whether other planets can sustain life.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, considers faith issues as well as scientific findings as a leader in apologetics education, teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many SES courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

Many significant scientific issues, such as the new discovery on Mars, will be…Read more

Is It Noah’s Ark?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—For years, a discovery on Mount Ararat in Turkey has caused the archeological world, biblical scholars and Christians alike to clamor for more information about the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.

To answer some of the questions about this potentially significant discovery, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, is helping coordinate a special event on the evening of Oct. 15, a day before the kickoff of the 22nd annualNational Conference on Christian Apologetics, hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 16-17.

SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler will make introductions at the Noah’s Ark event, also hosted at Calvary. A Turkish local who first…Read more

Southern Evangelical Seminary Welcomes New Staff, Promotes Others

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, is welcoming Robert N. Andrews, the new Director of Institutional Advancement. Andrews has experience in executive administration and volunteer management and comes to SES after serving as a consultant for The Center for Clergy & Church Support in Rocky Mount, N.C., where he worked in membership relations, fundraising and grant-writing.

“In our longstanding vision to help students learn to defend their faith passionately and intelligently, Southern Evangelical Seminary is continually seeking talented individuals who can help fulfill this overarching mission,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land. “We are delighted…Read more

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, SES’s Upcoming Conference Addresses the Evils of Abortion

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—This summer, the Center Medical Progress has shined a light on the ugly and savage underbelly of the abortion industry by releasing a series of 10 videos exposing the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

And in response, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to defund Planned Parenthood for a year. Now, the matter awaits a Senate vote.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, is planning its 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 16-17. And at the conference, several speakers will address the many headlines surrounding abortion and…Read more

SES President Dr. Richard Land Rallies Tennesseans at Constitution Day Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land helped motivate and rally thousands of attendees at the “Stand in the Gap for Truth” Rally, hosted yesterday by the Tennessee Pastors Network (TNPN).

For the rally, pastors throughout Tennessee who are part of TNPN partnered with state legislators to host the event with a goal to engage Tennesseans to address the most talked-about issues of the day such as shifting marriage and family foundations, an unworkable immigration system, weak terrorism laws, failing education, a damaging nationalized health care system, lack of religious freedom protections and the blatant violation of the U.S….Read more

Ashley Madison, Supernatural Sex and America’s Sexual Split Personality

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The scandal surrounding the hack of the Ashley Madison website, which is dedicated to connecting those who desire extramarital affairs, has captured the attention of the nation. Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, recently wrote about the matter in The Christian Post, where he serves as an executive editor, stating that Americans are torn in their feelings about sex—and, ultimately, only the Bible leads to reconciliation, forgiveness and restoration.

“When people wonder why Christians seem to harp on the dangers of sexual immorality, the answer is because it is so destructive with concentric circles of devastation and…Read more

Dr. Richard Land Weighs In; WORLD Magazine’s Survey of 100 Top Evangelicals

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dr. Richard Land, president ofSouthern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, participated in the recent World Magazine survey, which polled nearly 100 top Evangelical leaders about whom they favor for the 2016 presidential election and which are the top societal issues for the nation.

“The WORLD Magazine survey of Evangelical leaders, in which I was privileged to participate, reveals that at least at the leadership level, the American Evangelical movement is still deeply concerned about moral and social issues such as the sanctity of human life (56 percent) and the looming threats to religious freedom right here at home in the USA (69 percent),” Land said.… Read more

Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Dr. Richard Land: ‘Culture of Death’ and Tragedy Continue

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate vote last night, which defeated a bill that would have prevented hundreds of millions of dollars from being funneled to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“I applaud the senators who voted to take Planned Parenthood’s hand out of the public’s pocket,” Land said. “And I am appalled that so many of our nation’s senators don’t find Planned Parenthood’s auctioning of body parts and altering of abortion methods to maximize the profits from body parts to be unconscionable. A vote not to defund…Read more

‘The Charleston Way’ Shows Transformative Power of the Gospel through ‘Amazing Grace’

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Those attending the funeral for 41-year-old pastor and senator Clementa Pinckney on Fridaymay have been expecting sadness, tears and questions of “why.” What they probably didn’t expect was a surprise rendition of “Amazing Grace” by the President of the United States.

But when President Barack Obama broke into a slow and soulful version of the hymn, those at the funeral stood and joined in—a testament to the transformational power of the Gospel and the unifying promise of grace, said Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (

Rev. Pinckney and eight others died on June 17, when a young, angry gunman allegedly entered a Bible…Read more

Iranian Deal ‘Devastating’ for U.S.,  Israel and the Middle East

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land is weighing in on the recent controversial comments by Gov. Mike Huckabee, who drew parallels between the Holocaust in his criticism of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The Presidential hopeful has said the comparison was appropriate, as Iran has called for Israel’s destruction and may follow through should the country develop a nuclear weapon.

“We must not become bogged down with semantics,” Land said. “The U.S. has sealed a deal with an Iranian regime that explicitly threatens to destroy Israel and has refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, making statements…Read more

Boy Scouts of America Reverses Policy on Homosexual Leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land issued the following statement today, after the Boy Scouts of America overturned a longstanding policy regarding gay leaders. After a vote yesterday, the Boy Scouts will now allow homosexual and bisexual leaders to work or volunteer with the group’s 2.5 million youth members for the first time in the organization’s 105-year history.

Land has commented extensively on the matter in the past, and also penned an op-ed for The Christian Post in 2013.

“Yesterday’s decision by the Boy Scouts of America is driven by political correctness, societal trends and cultural attitudes, rather than a…Read more

Casual Planned Parenthood Talk of Aborted Babies Shows a Desensitized ‘Culture of Death’

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The cavalier, matter-of-fact conversation about the most valuable body parts of unborn babies had the nation reeling last week. But then, a second undercover video exposing a Planned Parenthood doctor essentially haggling over compensation for baby body parts was even more shocking, as the abortion provider talked about prices and joked that she wanted “a Lamborghini.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land says the debate should not only be about the alleged sale of baby parts, which warrants outrage in itself, but also the manner in which the two female doctors exposed in the videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress can…Read more

SES President Dr. Richard Land Joins 100 Christian Leaders in Marriage Statement

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—To paraphrase Winston Churchill, who said upon the fall of France on June 18, 1940, “…the battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin.” Unless there is a great spiritual awakening in America, the battle for traditional marriage is over. Now the battle for religious freedom has begun.

As evidence, nearly 100 Christian leaders have responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation. Among them was Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (, a leader in apologetics education. Land has also been named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in…Read more

Praying for an Historic South Carolina Church

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Police have apprehended a 21-year-old suspect who opened fire at a prayer meeting at an historic African-American church in South Carolina last night, where nine people were killed, including the church’s 41-year-old pastor, Clementa Pinckney, also a State Senator.

Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (, a leader in apologetics education, said Christians should pray for the church, the community and the country, but also for the wisdom and compassion to stand up as the ambassadors of reconciliation God has called us to be (2 Cor. 5:1-21).

Land has already spoken to radio media this morning about the tragedy: “Last night’s…Read more

‘Playing God’ With Gene-Editing Technology

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A new technology has the power to allow scientists to edit virtually any gene, much like a word-processing program that searches a document and finds and fixes errors, or in this case, genetic defects.

But a leading U.S. scientific organization says this type of technology is creating ethical concerns and is calling for guidelines about how to use technology that has the potential to create “designer babies,” according to a Reuters/Yahoo news report.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, a leader in apologetics education, delves into some of these same important ethical questions, as students have the opportunity to study issues of ethics and technology…Read more

Celebrating Truth

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, will be a sponsor and participant in the Truth Festival this weekend at Stowe Park in Belmont, N.C. Set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, the event welcomes guest speakers, musical performers and ministry representatives who will share their heart for evangelism, missions and apologetics.

SES’s TEAM (Truth, Evangelism & Apologetics Mission) ministry will have a presence at the event to address the theological and intellectual crises facing the culture today, through teaching and training that demonstrate the integrity of Christian faith.

“We’re looking forward to the Truth Festival this weekend when great minds…Read more

Fido First?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—PETA must be happy. According to a new Gallup poll, more Americans than ever before believe animals should have the same rights as humans. The poll found 32 percent of Americans support equal rights for animals, up from 25 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, 62 percent of Americans believe animals should have some protections but can still be used to benefit humans.

“The growing belief that animals should be on par with humans when it comes to rights raises the timeless questions, ‘What is a human being?’ and ‘Is a human being a different kind of creation?’—questions that take on increased importance given not only this survey, but also the growing trend of robots…Read more

When Does Technology Go Too Far?

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Do travelers want airlines monitoring their emotions or health through their plane seats? Should a GPS device be able to track a person’s whereabouts down to the centimeter?

Both of these technological advancements (and many more) are within arm’s reach. However,Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land says the march of science must not outpace the guidance of ethics.

“We are on the threshold of a technology revolution of breath-taking dimensions,” Land said, “and we will be faced with a host of ethical and moral issues concerning human beings versus machines, particularly when we think about invasion of privacy—either…Read more

America Slights Israel at Its Own Peril

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sixty-seven years ago this week, the world took note of one of the most significant moments in history—Israel becoming a nation on May 14, 1948.

Today, Israel stands as the only beacon of freedom in the Middle East and the strongest ally to the United States in that region.

Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, a leader in apologetics education, says that as Israel celebrates its 67th  anniversary of its independence as a nation, Americans would be well-advised that the future of the United States is inextricably interwoven with America’s support for Israel.

“Scripture clearly says that God blesses those who bless the…Read more

​SES Summer Modules Explore Ethics, Apologetics, Science and More

In “A Christian Perspective of Ethics,” Land will explore the question, “How should Christians live in the 21st Century?” Ethical problems arise every day for Christians and non-Christians, but many churches are avoiding the discussion of ethical issues when they should be providing Christians with the tools to navigate these dilemmas. Land will provide a study of ethical alternatives and issues from a Christian perspective.

“Hamartiology and Soteriology” will cover the theological implications of sin as well as its implications for mankind. The course will also discuss the deep meanings of salvation and explore the depths of Christ’s work on the cross for all mankind. … Read more

​National Day of Prayer Puts Focus on Much-Needed Intercession

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, a leader in apologetics education, says tomorrow’s National Day of Prayer observation—set for Thursday, May 7 in locations around the country—is an important and timely opportunity for Americans to go to God for much-needed intercession for a nation with critical and crippling concerns.

“From upheaval in the streets of Baltimore to violence in Texas spurred by radical Islamist beliefs (with breaking news that this attack was by ISIS), our nation is in dire need of prayer,” Land said. “When man attempts to fix the ills of an evil world on his own, he quickly learns no nation can…Read more

​Radical Islamist Violence Is Slow-Motion Genocide in Middle East—and Escalating Danger at Home

Radical Islamist Violence Is Slow-Motion Genocide in Middle East—and Escalating Danger at Home

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Says Civilized World Must Respond

 “Radical Islamist jihadism is a direct threat to our basic freedoms as Americans,” Land said. “Our fellow citizens were exercising their First Amendment rights in Garland, Texas—as ‘heart of middle America’ as you can get—and they were targeted in an attack that sought to cause maximum damage. It is clear that the terrorists showed up when the meeting was supposed to adjourn, armed with AK-47s with maximum magazines, seeking to spray the crowd and inflict as much damage as possible. The…Read more

SES Summer Modules Explore Ethics, Apologetics, Science and More

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,, a leader in apologetics education, is gearing up for its summer modules, and on tap for exploration are topics including astronomy, ethics, and sin and salvation.

For the first module, “Physics and Astronomy” (May 4-9), SES will welcome two renowned scientists from Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization that researches and communicates how the facts of nature harmonize with God’s revelation in the words of the Bible.

Reasons to Believe founder and president Hugh Ross and astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink will lead the module focused on the study of cosmology (the origin of the universe) and astronomy, including…Read more

​SES President Dr. Richard Land Issues Statement on SCOTUS Hearing

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served…Read more

Dr Land Named Top 100 Most Influential Evangelicals

Dr. Richard Land Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Christian Leaders

Newsmax “Top 100” List Recognizes America’s Transformational Christian Leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land has been named to Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America,” which recognizes many of the leading Christian voices in the nation today.

Land, who is Number 12 on the list, said seeing many of those recognized on the list is encouraging as it shows the impact Christian voices continue to have across America.

“I am both humbled and honored that I would be considered to be on Newsmax’s list with fellow people of faith,” Land…Read more

Press Release: Dr. Richard Land Highlights Real Reason Evangelicals Support Israel

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Christians in America closely watched the recent elections in Israel, relieved and hopeful when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to a fourth term in a resounding victory.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land says there is a clear and distinct reason so many Evangelical Christians so strongly support Israel: their belief that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force.

“The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever,” Land wrote in an editorial for the Christian Post, where he is an executive editor. “A significant majority of American…Read more

Southern Evangelical Seminary Debuts Apologetics Radio Program Featuring Dr. Richard Land

​Dr. Richard Land, will be featured in a new, daily three-minute radio program beginning March 17 and airing on several local radio stations.The new radio program “Bringing Every Thought Captive” will air Monday through Friday and will feature Dr. Land as he speaks about faith issues and how they relate to current events.

“Southern Evangelical Seminary’s first and foremost charge is to help shape young minds into intelligent apologists who can defend their faith in society,” Land said. “‘Bringing every thought captive’, as commanded in 2 Corinthians 10:5, is the basis of apologetics—taking every thought and observation we have in today’s world and seeing it through the…Read more

Southern Evangelical Seminary Hosts Naming Contest for New NAO Robot

​Southern Evangelical Seminary’s new NAO robot is charming the campus community, but is currently nameless. A contest this month will change that and give the most recent addition to SES a new identity.

Already a leader in apologetics education, SES made huge strides as a frontrunner in the research of ethics in science and technology with the purchase and unveiling of its new NAO humanoid robot last month. Faculty and students have already begun using the robot for research into the ethical dilemmas that arise with the presence of advanced technology in everyday life.

SES is hosting a naming contest for the NAO robot, in which students and the public may participate and will award the…Read more

Southern Evangelical Seminary Searches for Name of New NAO Humanoid Robot

​SES is First Seminary to Use the NAO Robot for Research into the Relationship Between Ethics and Advanced Technology

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Countless “ooohs” and “aaahs” came from the crowd on Valentine’s Day when Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, introduced the newest member of the SES family—a cute new NAO humanoid robot that will help students and faculty conduct research into the relationship between ethics and the emerging technologies in today’s society.

SES is the first seminary in the country to own a NAO (pronounced now) robot, and it will use the new addition different from most others. In fact, the big question at last week’s unveiling was, “Why…Read more

Richard Land Inauguration as Southern Evangelical Seminary President Includes Call to Excellence

​CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Southern Evangelical Seminary warmly welcomed Dr. Richard Land, former longtime president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, during his inauguration held at First Baptist Church Indian Trail Thursday evening.

After receiving accolades and charges from such notable theologians as Craig Mitchell, Greg Thornbury, Ergun Caner, Josh McDowell, and Norman Geisler, Land told The Christian Post that the event was very humbling.

“You don’t come to an event or to a place like this without owing a tremendous debt of gratitude to many, many people starting with my parents, and the church workers who invested in an unruly…Read more

The Trayvon Martin Controversy: Where Do We Go From Here?

​Whatever one’s views on the Trayvon Martin controversy and jury verdict, two things are crystal clear. First, the racial divide in America, despite undisputed progress over the last decades, remains deep, wide, and extremely sensitive. Clearly, Americans of different ethnicities often view events through very different prisms.

Second, the controversy exposes the limitations of the legal system in healing American’s racial wounds. While the law can, and should, do many things, it cannot do what matters most: changing hearts and minds. All Americans of good will should be asking themselves this question: “Where do we go from here and how do we make it better?”

At its most basic level,…Read more

Richard Land: Future of America Depends on What Saved People Do

​HOUSTON – The torch for defending biblical truth and practice represented by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has been passed from its leader of 25 years, Richard Land, to evangelical theologian Russell Moore. The occasion was marked with a special tribute to Land and an address by Moore to more than 4,400 members attending the SBC’s annual meeting this week in Houston.

On Wednesday, the day after the ERLC gave its report, Land told The Christian Post that the advocacy group should now focus on the same theme as this year’s SBC meeting: revival.

“Our problems in America are only God-sized problems and only God can solve them,” said Land, who is…Read more

​Dr. Richard D. Land Named President of Southern Evangelical Seminary

Former Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President to Lead Southern Evangelical Seminary into the Future as of July 1, 2013.

Key Facts:

– Dr. Richard D. Land, former president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the current Executive Editor of The Christian Post, has been appointed President of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.

– Dr. Land succeeds former interim president, Robert Westra, and will lead the Seminary as it expands its course offerings and delivery to allow access to SES classes for more students in more areas of the world. 

– In addition to managing the Seminary, Land will also teach…Read more

HHS Proposed Rule Continues to Violate Issues of Conscience and Religious Freedom

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention filed a public comment that expressed disappointment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule that would amend regulations relating to the coverage of certain preventive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

“We do not believe HHS’ proposed rule issued in February adequately addresses the issues of conscience violation and religious freedom that we expressed concerning both the original notice of final rule issued in August 2011 and the subsequent Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in March 2012,” said Richard Land, president of…Read more

ERLC Calls for Week of Prayer in Preparation for U.S. Supreme Court Hearings on Same-Sex Marriage

​The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Richard Land and Vice President of Public Policy and Research, Dr. Barrett Duke, co-wrote a prayer guide calling on all Christians to commit to a week of prayer in wake of the Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) March 26 and 27.

“We should not think that our nation will escape God’s judgment if we redefine what God has already defined,” said Land and Duke. “We are certain that the omniscient and omnipotent God is aware of our nation’s debate about marriage and that He is watching what we do. As the Supreme Court hears the arguments on this crucial…Read more

Richard Land comments on 2012 election results

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2012, — Dr. Richard Land released the following statement following the 2012 Presidential Election.

I congratulate President Obama on his victory. It was a hard-fought political battle. Now the really difficult task of governing begins again, and it is remarkable how little has changed in spite of hundreds of millions of dollars being spent and countless months of debates.

The  debt crisis looms larger than ever, and the economic malaise continues. The Republicans still control the House. The Democrats still control the Senate with an additional two or three seats. And the president has been re-elected to another four-year term with far fewer votes than he…Read more

ERLC Releases 2012 Party Platform Comparison Guides

​The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has released the 2012 Party Platform Comparison Guides to provide nonpartisan insight into political parties’ views in wake of the presidential election.

The guides cover a wide range of issues including civil rights, human trafficking, immigration, justice, the environment and others.

“As we do every four years the ERLC is providing a platform comparison between the Democratic Party’s platform and the Republican Party’s platform,” said ERLC president Richard Land.

“In this comparison we take the language that each party uses to describe its position on a variety of issues with no editorial comment….Read more

ERLC’s Research Institute Comments on Release of Iranian Pastor After Spending Three Years in Prison

The Research Institute of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission released a statement today about Iran’s decision to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani after imprisoning him for 1,062 days on charges of apostasy. 

The statement calls for the Iranian government to publicly apologize to Nadarkhani, and for every nation to release prisoners whose only offense relates to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

“We rejoice with Pastor Nadarkhani and his family over his release,” the Research Institute fellows wrote in the statement. “Nevertheless, we are outraged that Iran has subjected him to such barbaric treatment. Iran’s behavior during this…Read more

Supreme Court upholds health care reform

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention is disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety.

“It is astonishing that the majority of the justices did not see the bill for what it really is: a blatant violation of the personal freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution and perhaps a mortal blow to the concept of federalism,” said Richard Land, president of the ERLC.

Land noted, because of this bill, every individual not already covered through an employer will be required to purchase health care coverage or pay a fine. “When a government begins forcing citizens to purchase…Read more

Evangelicals Unite On Principles for Immigration Reform at Capitol Hill Press Conference

Influential evangelical Christians across America are uniting to call on Democrats and Republicans to lead our nation to a bipartisan solution on immigration, at a time when immigration has become a partisan talking point for campaigns on both sides of the aisle.

In response to the moral, economic and political crisis created by the broken immigration system, evangelical leaders recognized that the force of their own efforts could be multiplied by coming together to form an “Evangelical Immigration Table” that would advance a cohesive immigration reform message and strategy.

Table leaders and other prominent evangelicals from across the country will release an “Evangelical Statement…Read more

Richard Land responds to President Obama’s revised contraceptive mandate

​Some religious leaders are not satisfied with President Obama’s so-called compromise on the HHS contraceptive mandate. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the issue:

“Southern Baptists and people of other various faith communities are outraged with President Obama’s so-called compromise on his administration’s abortion mandate. In his attempt to mollify his radical pro-abortion supporters, President Obama has declared that individual conscience is subject to government edict.

“The president’s failure to grasp the seriousness of this issue reveals a dangerous presidential blind spot concerning First…Read more

ERLC Comments on HHS Mandate and its Threat to Religious Freedom

​The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission comments on the HHS Contraception Mandate and its threat to religious freedom.

“The administration’s so-called “contraceptive mandate” requiring health plans to provide contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs and devices is a blatant assault on faith.  By requiring faith-based organizations and individuals to pay for these services, the administration has declared that it has the authority to determine when faith is entitled to protection from governmental interference. This is the very kind of raw exercise of power our Founding Fathers intended to prevent when they passed the First Amendment’s…Read more

Dr. Richard Land Comments on the Senate’s Defeat of the Blunt Amendment

​​Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the Senate’s defeat of the Blunt Amendment addressing the contraceptive mandate.

“We are outraged by the Senate’s decision to kill the Blunt Amendment. If the government can tell its citizens that their First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom and conscience is subject to

its dictates, then the First Amendment offers no protection to people of faith.

“Make no mistake, the Senate vote was not about contraception but about the right of people of faith to be able to live out the values of their faith free from government coercion. This insensitive response…Read more

Richard Land comments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“President Obama’s callous decision to require all insurance plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to cover free of charge so-called contraceptives that are also abortifacients violates our constitutionally-protected right of freedom of religion and conscience. Neither the narrow exemption nor the recent proposed compromise is acceptable.

“Millions of people of faith will still be forced by the federal government to choose between their religious convictions about when human…Read more

Richard Land addresses importance of religious freedom in American foreign policy

​Religious freedom around the world is in decline. In response, Open Doors USA is working to promote the Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom, an effort urging America’s leaders to include religious freedom as a part of foreign policy matters.

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on this pledge.

“I am pleased that Open Doors USA is requesting each of the presidential candidates to sign a pledge to maintain religious freedom for all Americans and to ‘advance international religious freedom as part of American foreign policy.’

“We need to face the fact that unless the various communities of faith…Read more

Richard Land Expresses Concern for Chaplains’ Rights of Conscience

​The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission decries the federal government’s decision to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies to be conducted on military bases by military chaplains.

In letters to President Obama and House and Senate leadership, ERLC President Richard Land called for the immediate reversal of the Department of Defense’s decision, calling it a brash attack on traditional marriage and at odds with the “tradition of high moral conduct in the military.”

Expressing concerns that the “religious freedom and rights of conscience” of military chaplains are imperiled, Land urged the president and Congress to enact the proposed “Right of…Read more

Richard Land Comments on Push for Palestinian Statehood at United Nations

​Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the Palestinians’ pursuit of statehood by the United Nations.

“The idea of the United Nations arbitrarily and unilaterally declaring

Palestinian statehood would be catastrophic to the cause of peace in the Middle East. The borders and the reality of a Palestinian state must be hammered out by direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. They are the ones who are going to live as neighbors side by side in peace.

“This attempt by the Palestinian Authority to do an end run around

direct negotiations and to gain this diplomatic advantage in the U.N….Read more

Richard Land Comments on Repeal of Military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

​Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on Tuesday’s repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

“It is a sad day for our men and women in the armed services and for our country. 

“This new policy relating to openly gay and lesbian service members, unless it is reversed, will cause significant numbers of our dedicated men and women under arms to leave the service, particularly at the critically important non-commissioned officer level. This action will seriously degrade unit moral and will lead to a myriad of problems. 

“The United States armed forces are not the place for social…Read more

Land Comments on Bloomberg’s Decision to Exclude Faith Leaders from Sept 11

​In a recent interview Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, took issue with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s decision not to include chaplains and religious leaders at the 10th anniversary of 9/11 commemoration service, despite his acclaimed support of religious freedom and tolerance:

“It is interesting to contrast the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers with the day of the attack. Chaplains and religious leaders were welcomed, and some were martyred, as they sought to minister their faith to the victims of the attack. On that day, political correctness didn’t matter. It was…Read more

Dr. Richard Land Comments on Recommendation to Force Coverage of Abortion Drugs in Obamacare

​Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the recent recommendation by the Institute of Medicine that would require health insurance plans to provide free coverage under last year’s health care reform law for contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives that are abortifacients, such as the “Plan B” and “ella.”

“Yet another untruth about Obamacare has been uncovered. President Obama promised the new health-care program would not cover abortions. Now, we see that a panel solicited for input by HHS

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has recommended mandatory coverage for ‘emergency contraception,’…Read more

Newspaper Gets Land’s Comments on Gov. Perry Wrong

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, issued this statement in response to the erroneous claim found in the July 16 edition of the Wall Street Journal. The article, “Evangelicals Urge Perry to Enter Race,” stated Land has encouraged Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for president and promises future “support.”

“My position has always been if people feel they are led to run for President, then they ought to run,” Land said, reacting to the story. “Whether Gov. Perry runs or not is up to him and what his heart tells him to do. I’ve only had one conversation with Gov. Perry, and it did not include encouraging him to…Read more

Faith Leaders Call for Major League Baseball Player’s Union to take Tobacco out of the Ballgame

​Religious leaders representing 25 faith groups around the country today called for the Major League Baseball Players Association to agree to Commissioner Bud Selig’s proposed prohibition on tobacco use at games. The faith leaders join a growing coalition of medical groups, public health officials and fans that is urging baseball to prohibit smokeless tobacco use in the contract that is to take effect next year.

The leaders represent some of the largest faith groups in the U.S., including Methodists, Baptists, Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, Muslims, Lutherans and Presbyterians. Among those who signed the letter are Dr. Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission…Read more

Richard Land comments on death of Osama bin Laden

​Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the death of Osama bin Laden.

“To quote President Bush and now-President Obama, ‘Justice has been done.’ If anyone ever deserved the forfeiture of his life for crimes against humanity, it was Osama bin Laden. This was more of an execution than a killing. It has taken too long, but finally those thousands of Americans who lost loved ones on 9/11 can have some measure of closure now that justice has been visited upon the mastermind behind those terrorist attacks. Once again, our magnificent military performed with tremendous bravery and skill. We should all thank God for…Read more

Richard Land reacts to President Obama’s speech on intervention in Libya

​Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on President Barack Obama’s speech Monday night.

“I think many Americans and most Southern Baptists appreciate and agree with President Obama’s statement that it would violate our values and beliefs to allow human beings to be massacred by their own government when we had the ability to stop such a slaughter with a relatively small exercise of American military power. President Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya is the opposite and correct decision to the wrong decision by President Clinton not to intervene in Rwanda in 1994, which resulted in as many as one million…Read more