An Ashland newspaper editor and a Bowling Green religion writer were the inaugural recipients of a journalism award for religion coverage bestowed by the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Veteran journalist Mark Maynard, editor of The Independent in Ashland, and Laurel Wilson, a reporter for The Daily News of Bowling Green, were recognized Nov. 10 with the Integrity Award for Coverage of Faith Issues during the KBC annual meeting at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green.
Tom James, pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, was elected as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention by acclamation at the KBC annual meeting Nov. 11.
Jerry Tooley, director of missions for Daviess-McLean Baptist Association, and Mark Payton, pastor of Dry Ridge Baptist Church, were elected as first and second vice presidents, respectively.
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The Kentucky Baptist Convention has withdrawn fellowship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church, following the Louisville congregation's decision to ordain people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and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.