I started reading the Western Recorder on a regular basis as a young pastor. For me, it was something on which I could depend. As a pastor in far eastern Kentucky at the time, it introduced me to other Baptists around the state and to the work of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
For most of the past year, people are coping with abrupt, unexpected change. Exercise is something you can continue at home, even if you don't have access to any equipment. I want to give several workout suggestions. I want to remind you that caring for your body is caring for your soul. If you find yourself anxious and fixated on the latest news updates, do your mind a favor and work your body out.
Western Recorder started December 1825 by George Waller and Spencer Clark under the name The Baptist Register. It was semi-monthly and "proposed to endeavor to strip religion of everything like the traditions of men, and to present the truth in a plain and simple matter," wrote W.D. Nowlin, who cited J.H. Spencer as his reference. That year forms the basis for the Western Recorder's legacy of 195 years of service to Kentucky Baptists.
There are people who come in and out of our lives — some we know as acquaintances and others we know on a much deeper level. Ministries can come into our lives in the same way.
I know I am an older Kentucky Baptist. My body reminds me of that on a daily basis. However, it still pains me to realize that next month will be the last print edition of our monthly Recorder. I'm a bit of a relic when it comes to journalism.
Burns believed if only a person or two in any given audience took an interest in OBI, it would help provide the resources the school needed to succeed. Thankfully, he was right.