Thank you for defending the unborn

My parents taught me to say thank you when someone does the right thing. Our elected officials often hear from us, as they should, when they put into law practices that are immoral. They should also hear from us when they have modeled for us the courage to do what is morally right, especially whenContinue reading “Thank you for defending the unborn”

Building an evangelistic church

In my garage is a set of tools given to me several years ago as a Christmas gift from my wife. The tool kit contains open-end wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, and more. The organizers of this tool kit knew that different projects require different tools. When it comes to building an evangelistic church, moreContinue reading “Building an evangelistic church”

Thankful for God’s faithfulness now and in days ahead

Thank you, Kentucky Baptists! Coming out of our Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Owensboro we have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to. Here are three things for which I give thanks to God for Kentucky Baptists: I thank God for caring churches: Over 2,300 Kentucky Baptist churches care for theirContinue reading “Thankful for God’s faithfulness now and in days ahead”

5 suggestions for giving this Christmas

Connie, my wife of 27 years, lives her life with the joy of giving. You may be familiar with Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages. In this work, Chapman identifies five ways people receive and give love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Connie has all five ofContinue reading “5 suggestions for giving this Christmas”

Friends needed to save lives of babies

The Bible teaches that being a friend to someone in need is a pretty big deal. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” John 15:13 shows us that, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” BeingContinue reading “Friends needed to save lives of babies”

Thanksgiving…more than a holiday

What do ministry burnout and thanksgiving have in common? Much. Let me explain. In 2008, or thereabouts, I found myself experiencing something that I had not known prior to that time. The church I was serving was doing well. People were being saved and discipled. Progress in our ministry to the community was happening. MyContinue reading “Thanksgiving…more than a holiday”

CP investment reaps great dividends

Recently I had the privilege of meeting one of our great Kentucky Baptist pastors who is a product of your Cooperative Program investment. In fact, he would probably say that CP has helped raise him for ministry. Frank Stratton is pastor of Park City Baptist Church in Barren County. The church is doing well underContinue reading “CP investment reaps great dividends”

Generous people are blessed

Proverbs 11:25 makes this bold statement about generosity, “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” The King James translation of the Bible uses words in ways we no longer use them. What the translators refer to as being “watered,” other translations call being “refreshed.” Where KJVContinue reading “Generous people are blessed”

Who is the ‘Lazarus at your door?’

Many are familiar with the story told by Jesus, as recorded in Luke 16, about the rich man and Lazarus. Many have preached this text, highlighting what it says about hell. It is a powerful message and should be preached in our day. The rich man went to hell and suffered there. He did notContinue reading “Who is the ‘Lazarus at your door?’”