Convention President Chip Hutcheson urged Kentucky Baptists gathered Nov. 11 at Bowling Green's Living Hope Baptist Church to be "all in" for the cause of Christ.
"We, as Kentucky Baptists, must remind ourselves daily to be 'all in' when it comes to modeling our faith and obedience to the Lord in the midst of a world that is traveling at warp speed away from God," Hutcheson urged.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention has withdrawn fellowship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church, following the Louisville congregation's decision to ordain people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and to perform same-sex marriages.
Greg Faulls, vice chairman of the KBC's Committee on Credentials, made the motion during the KBC's Nov. 11 annual meeting in Bowling Green to disfellowship the church, saying he did so with sadness and brokenness of heart.
Calling Campbellsville University's recent election of 11 members to its trustee board without Kentucky Baptists' approval "a clear violation of its covenant agreement," KBC President Chip Hutcheson announced to convention messengers in Bowling Green that the school had "clearly chosen to remove itself" from its partnership with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Hutcheson brought a recommendation for the KBC Mission Board Nov. 11 to "take no action," except to remain "prayerful and hopeful that the university will someday return to covenant with the churches that nursed her along for nearly 100 years."
"Tell your story" is the theme for the annual meeting in Bowling Green this year. Convention leaders are encouraging KBC agency and institution leaders to share short testimonies as part of their reports in encouraging messengers to share their own stories with friends, neighbors and coworkers.
My story centers around church revivals. As a boy, I accepted Christ as my Savior during a revival service at a church in Lexington, S.C., where my father served as pastor. But it was through a broken, stained glass window during a revival when I was a teenager that some powerful theological truths really became meaningful.
Four decades ago, in his foreword to a book titled, "Baptists in Kentucky," Franklin Owen wrote, "We believe that the moral fiber of a nation is even more important than her fiscal and military, or any other strength. We further believe that ... the moral strength of a nation is rooted in her religious convictions-that a conviction of righteousness, of purpose under God, is as important to the making and keeping of a great nation as any or all of the material needs that tend to be so regarded." Owen penned those words while he served as the executive secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
In 2012, University of the Cumberlands alumna April Smith, of Corbin, came face to face with the question that plagues every graduating senior: Now what?
As a student, she studied human services and religion and being heavily involved with international ministries-doing everything from coordinating events to participating as a conversation partner-she knew that she wanted to reach out to people with a heart of Jesus. She didn't know what this would look like beyond her school years, but she was confident in the hands that would guide her future.