Lessons from an LGBTQ+ celebration

On Saturday morning, I accidentally ended up in the middle of an LGBTQ+ pride celebration in Louisville. I had a friend visiting from out of town and was driving him to see various parts of the city when we found ourselves in heavy traffic with hundreds of participants celebrating their LGBTQ+ affinity.  During our briefContinue reading “Lessons from an LGBTQ+ celebration”

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”

A letter to Kentucky Baptists

Dear Kentucky Baptists, The Guidepost Solutions Sexual Abuse Task Force Report released Sunday afternoon was heartbreaking and shocking, to say the least. The abuse perpetrated against fellow image-bearers — the fact that those involved in abuse held positions of leadership in Christian ministry, and the fact that the abuse was covered up — speaks toContinue reading “A letter to Kentucky Baptists”

Hispanic ministry stronger than ever in Kentucky

Did you know that there are many thriving Hispanic churches all across Kentucky? I had the honor of preaching at one such church recently in Mayfield, Kentucky. Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispania  began as a ministry of First Baptist Mayfield and later became an autonomous church under the leadership of Pastor Jaime Masso. During the service,Continue reading “Hispanic ministry stronger than ever in Kentucky”

Rejoicing over 7,128 baptisms

This past year’s Annual Church Profile was just tallied, and Kentucky Baptists have reason to rejoice! With 77 percent of convention churches reporting, Kentucky Baptist churches baptized 7,128 professing followers of the Lord Jesus Christ this past year. That number is much lower than years past, but higher than the previous year. As churches continueContinue reading “Rejoicing over 7,128 baptisms”

She had never heard the gospel

She can see the church building every time she walks through her front door to get on the school bus, but she had never heard the gospel. The 12-year-old girl with four siblings lives in a mobile home a couple hundred yards behind the church building. I met her and her mother recently while doingContinue reading “She had never heard the gospel”

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”

A legislative thank you note

When was the last time you wrote a thank you note? The question crossed my mind after a recent conversation with a friend who takes this practice seriously. Verbal appreciation is taken a step further when it can be captured in written form, and there is one group I particularly want to say “thank you”Continue reading “A legislative thank you note”

Engaging in digital evangelism

For a guy who came kicking and screaming into the smart phone era, I never imagined myself engaging in digital evangelism. However, a recent lunch meeting with a sharp, forward-thinking Kentucky Baptist pastor changed my perspective. Digital evangelism is defined by the Center for Online Evangelism as “strategically using the internet, mobile and social mediaContinue reading “Engaging in digital evangelism”

In our own backyard

I recently met a young man in Kentucky who claims he never heard the gospel. I haven’t been able to get past that experience. Here’s how the interaction happened … I was doing front door evangelism with a Kentucky Baptist pastor when we came to this young man’s door. We knocked on the door andContinue reading “In our own backyard”