7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Church

Finding a new church home can be a major challenge faced by many Christians. Each local church is a family. Leaving one, whatever the reason, is difficult — as it should be.   Although saying goodbye to a church family is tough, what’s even more difficult may be finding that new church.   How doesContinue reading “7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Church”

Praying for Pastors

For a long while now, I have been praying for pastors — but maybe not in the way you might think.   I pray for many pastors by name because some are facing ministry challenges. I pray for others seeking guidance on their current place of service. I pray for some who see great open doorsContinue reading “Praying for Pastors”

Under investigation

There are few earthly experiences more concerning than being told that you and the organization you are leading are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Even if you are not aware of any wrongdoing, it still must be an unsettling experience. The DOJ has an annual budget of more than $30 billion andContinue reading “Under investigation”

Flood discoveries

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, I toured as much of the southeastern Kentucky flood area as I could in one day — starting in Hazard and swinging through Hindman, Whitesburg, Neon, Martin, McDowell, Myra, Jenkins, Carrie and more. My sole purpose was to encourage pastors, leaders and Disaster Relief volunteers in the good work they areContinue reading “Flood discoveries”

As the flood waters recede: How to love your neighbors

Like me, many of you are watching the unfolding devastation of the flooding in southeastern Kentucky. As of the writing of this post, we know that the death toll has reached 35 and is expected to rise. Thirteen Kentucky counties received a disaster declaration allowing them to receive federal aid. Four hundred people were rescuedContinue reading “As the flood waters recede: How to love your neighbors”

Remembering Oneida on Father’s Day

Every June, Kentucky Baptists and other friends of Oneida Baptist Institute, are invited to participate in the Barkley Moore Father’s Day Offering. This offering allows OBI to hear from some of its faithful supporters and receive funds to assist its ministry. What happens when you or your church give to Oneida Baptist Institute through theContinue reading “Remembering Oneida on Father’s Day”

Equipping the called

When only about 10% of the churches in your association are served by full-time pastors, you need a strong bench of biblically qualified men to fill the pulpits of the churches. That is the case with the Three Forks Baptist Association in eastern Kentucky, led by AMS Jamie Reynolds.  In 2005, two local church pastorsContinue reading “Equipping the called”

Kentucky Baptist trustees are some of the best

In my undoubtedly biased opinion, Kentucky Baptists have the best trustees representing our agencies and institutions of any state convention. There are five agencies and institutions in Kentucky whose trustees are elected by the messengers to the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. These include Crossings Ministries, The Kentucky Baptist Foundation, Clear Creek BaptistContinue reading “Kentucky Baptist trustees are some of the best”

REACH 2022 – A Big Hit

I have vivid memories as a 27-year-old pastor of attending a KBC Evangelism Conference. I remember feeling inadequate in my ministry position. But sitting with a crowd of preachers at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, I heard some incredible preaching. One sermon focused on God’s unconditional love, and it met me right where I wasContinue reading “REACH 2022 – A Big Hit”

First in, last out

Erick Erickson, well-known conservative blogger and radio host, commented recently on the tornado response in western Kentucky that Southern Baptists were the unsung heroes of the disaster response because they are often the first to show up and the last to leave. That is true with one major exception. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers haveContinue reading “First in, last out”