Ministry Runs at the Speed of Trust

“Ministry runs at the speed of trust.” I am not sure where I heard the statement or if I coined it myself. Either way, I know it is true. When trust is diminished in a church, association or a convention of churches, then ministry is greatly hindered. But when trust abounds, much good gospel workContinue reading “Ministry Runs at the Speed of Trust”

Give Thanks Anyway?

One verse changed my perspective of hard times: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).   I came across these words during a particularly challenging time in my life, and they brought great comfort. I was hearing God say through His word that itContinue reading “Give Thanks Anyway?”

Where Do We Go from Here?

Where do we go from here? Sometimes that phrase is heard after a family tragedy, or an upending life or business event such as a divorce or bankruptcy. Many Kentucky Baptists and their neighbors were asking that very question after the historic west Kentucky tornadoes on Dec. 10, 2021, and the eastern Kentucky flooding thisContinue reading “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Associations and Church Planting

Last week, while attending an annual meeting in a Kentucky Baptist association, I witnessed something I had never seen before. Half of the churches represented in the meeting had been planted in the past 10 or so years. The Purchase Area Baptist Association in west Kentucky has eagerly embraced church plants and church planting.  Continue reading “Associations and Church Planting”

Benefits of a Scheduled Revival

I still remember attending revival services at Northside Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind. I was a 24-year-old Christian — excited about Jesus and His church. I looked for opportunities to be with God’s people and saw every gathering as a blessing.  During that week of gathering, singing and preaching, we witnessed God move the heartsContinue reading “Benefits of a Scheduled Revival”

Five Takeaways from “Church Prepared”

  Greg Love is a Texas attorney and co-founder of Ministry Safe, Ministry Safe Institute, and Abuse Prevention Systems. Greg led four “Church Prepared” gatherings across Kentucky recently and provided excellent training in sexual abuse prevention, response and care. Those who attended said they are grateful for the training and are better equipped to protectContinue reading “Five Takeaways from “Church Prepared””

What Happened Here?

Usually the question, “What happened here?” comes on the heels of a crisis — a natural disaster, an automobile accident or a puppy left alone for too long in its owner’s kitchen. In this case, it has to do with a Kentucky Baptist church. Viney Fork Baptist Church of Tates Creek Association, in the SpeedwellContinue reading “What Happened Here?”

Put Someone in the Game

In a recent interview with national pro-life apologist Scott Klusendorf, I asked what experience framed his view and practice of leadership. He referenced an early Christian leader who “put him in the game” before he was ready. Scott made mistakes — as all of us do — but he had the character and capacity toContinue reading “Put Someone in the Game”

5 Benefits of Church Prepared Training

Everyone is busy. Adding a half day of training, especially training that addresses challenging content such as sexual abuse, could feel a little daunting. However, this training is needed by Kentucky Baptists churches and their leaders.   I recently heard a man share about his daughter being sexually abused as a little girl, and another personContinue reading “5 Benefits of Church Prepared Training”

Do not believe everything you read

We may never know who first said, “Do not believe everything you read,” but we can be reasonably sure the person was trying to correct some erroneous print piece about something important.   Just recently, I reached out to a national leader after seeing a blog post accusing him of heretical beliefs. I shared the articleContinue reading “Do not believe everything you read”