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EDITORIAL: My story: A window on forgiveness

"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.

A people called Kentucky Baptists

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.

Cumberlands alumna works with NY church plant

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.

267 WKU women make 'commitment for Christ'

Western Kentucky University students witnessed God at work, according to a campus missionary, when 267 college women committed their lives to Christ at a recent outreach event.

"Girls' Night Out," a RISK: Bowling Green event organized by WKU's Baptist Campus Ministry, drew more than 600 young women. They filled every seat in the Downing Student Union auditorium and many spilled out into the lobby.

Protestant churches show economic improvement

The nation's slow economic recovery from a deep recession is showing up in the offering plates of Protestant churches in the U.S., according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research.

Although 56 percent of churches still report negative impact from the economy, 13 percent report a positive impact-a jump of 4 percentage points from May 2012. When compared to the previous three years, churches are reporting less negative and more positive economic impact.

Appeals court upholds Ky. ban on gay marriage

A three-judge panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

The appeals court judges split 2-1 in a decision that could cause the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in the hot-button issue. Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote the 42-page decision and Judge Deborah Cook concurred, delivering a ruling that runs counter to four other appellate rulings from the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th circuits. Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey dissented.