18th birthdays should be time of celebration, not trepidation


It’s good to see Gov. Matt Bevin focusing attention on Kentucky’s foster care system.

In his latest initiative, Fostering Success, Bevin is trying to ease the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency for young adults aging out of the system. Bevin is promising to provide them short-term government positions so that they can develop needed job skills.

Read the rest of this editorial at Kentucky Today.

Posted in Family, Foster Care | Leave a comment

Memorial Day Reflections

WohlanderBy Mark Wohlander

In an old fashioned way, Memorial Day is a special day for me.  It reminds me of the sacrifices of thousands of ordinary men and women who have served since the birth of our nation in order to protect our freedom.

In an old fashioned way, Memorial Day reminds me of my deep sense of pride for a nation which truly is “…the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

In an old fashioned way, Memorial Day reminds me of what it means to live in the “land of the free” which is a gift to all of us from the“brave” who have fought for and defended our freedom.

Read the rest of Mark Wohlander’s Memorial Day commentary at Kentucky Today.

Mark Wohlander, a former federal prosecutor in Kentucky, is a lawyer in Lexington.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fewer than 4,500 tobacco farmers remain in Kentucky in wake of buyouts

Shelby County farmer John Rothenburger stands in a greenhouse filled with young tobacco plants. Rothenburger is among fewer than 4,500 remaining tobacco farmers in Kentucky. (Kentucky Today/Kristen Lowry)

Shelby County farmer John Rothenburger stands in a greenhouse filled with young tobacco plants. Rothenburger is among fewer than 4,500 remaining tobacco farmers in Kentucky. (Kentucky Today/Kristen Lowry)

John Rothenburger is one of fewer than 4,500 tobacco growers left in Kentucky — a state where the crop used to be king. Growing health concerns about tobacco use, as well as the increasing number of foreign growers, have devastated the industry in the state.

A Shelby County tobacco farmer since 1974, Rothenburger started when he was 16 years old, helping his father for pocket money. Now, he grows 26 acres of the labor-intensive crop on the same piece of land that his father farmed before him.

He’s held on through the buyout and the price drops.

Tobacco was once a major industry in the state, but as Americans became aware of the health risks, demand began to plummet.

In 2004, Congress passed the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act, which included the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, commonly known as the “Tobacco Buyout.” The buyout provided cash payouts to tobacco growers as compensation for the loss of quotas.

Read the rest of this story at Kentucky Today.

Posted in Economy, Employment, Tobacco | Leave a comment

Hal Heiner sends refreshing message by refusing state salary




When our Frankfort reporter, Kristen Lowry, set out to write an article about Kentucky Education Secretary Hal Heiner, one of the more intriguing facts she uncovered was that he doesn’t accept a government salary.

Mind you, it could have been a handsome salary. His predecessors in recent years were all paid well over $100,000 a year.

Read the rest of this editorial at Kentucky Today.

Posted in Government | Leave a comment

House Republicans get it right by striking provision to draft women


In the midst of the political chaos on Capitol Hill, there are still some good decisions being made.

Such was the case Tuesday when House Republicans removed a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have forced America’s daughters to register for the military draft.

GOP lawmakers wisely struck the provision before it ever reached the floor for consideration.

Continue reading this editorial on the Kentucky Today website.

Posted in Government | Leave a comment

Gov. Bevin sets the bar high as defender of Kentucky values


Gov. Matt Bevin has once again proven himself faithful in his defense of Kentucky values.

He’s come out as a vocal opponent of the Obama administration’s overreach into public school bathrooms.

The administration’s threat to withhold federal funding from schools that do not fall in line was clearly a bullying tactic.

Click here to continue reading this editorial at Kentucky Today.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kentucky legislators pass laws to protect the unborn & newborns

Babies were among the big winners in the legislative session that wrapped up last week.

Kentucky lawmakers passed two bills intended to protect both the unborn and newborns.

In what many evangelicals consider a major victory, the House and Senate came together on legislation that will require women seeking abortions to have face-to-face meetings or real-time video consultations with their physicians or other medical personnel.

You can read the full story on Kentucky Today.

Posted in Family, Life | Leave a comment

New marriage license forms protect county clerks’ religious liberty

TrothBy Tom Troth

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed Senate Bill 216 into law, which establishes requirements for the issuing of marriage licenses by county clerks. The legislation was enacted to resolve the issue created when Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to issue licenses for same-sex marriages because of her sincerely held religious belief in the traditional view of marriage.

In a statement issued at the time of his signature, Gov. Bevin said, “Everyone benefits from this common-sense legislation. … There is no additional cost or work required by our county clerks. They are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”

Senate Bill 216 deletes the requirement that a county clerk sign and issue the license, thereby preserving a clerk’s sincerely held religious belief. The legislation also provides for the issuance of a single marriage license form, where the parties can be listed as bride, groom or spouse.

You can read the full story about the legislation at Kentucky Today.

Tom Troth serves as a legislative agent for the Kentucky Baptist Convention and a pastor in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted in Homosexuality, Marriage, Religious Liberty | Leave a comment

Food pantry faces heavy burden in wake of downturn in coal industry

Vicki Holbrook, co-director of the Letcher County Food Pantry, helps prepare food boxes for the hundred of families served by the ministry. (Kristen Lowry\Kentucky Today)

Vicki Holbrook, co-director of the Letcher County Food Pantry, helps prepare food boxes for the hundred of families served by the ministry. (Kristen Lowry\Kentucky Today)

“We have a lot of people who will tell us, ‘There’s no food in my pantry; I have nothing to eat,’” said Vicki Holbrook, co-director of the Letcher County Food Pantry. “If not for what we do here, we’d have a lot more people going hungry in Letcher County.”

The Whitesburg initiative supplies food boxes to more than 500 families in a 6-mile radius each month.

The food pantry is operated out of a small white house on the corner of the grounds of Whitesburg First Baptist Church. The building is provided by the church, which also pays the water and electric bills each month.

The food pantry, which serves an average of more than 1,000 people a month, was established with money from a legal settlement after the Scotia mine disaster of 1976, one of the worst in Kentucky history.

Holbrook says that most of the people who use the food bank typically are the unemployed or the working poor trying to make ends meet in minimum-wage jobs.

And their ranks keep growing throughout central Appalachia where the coal industry is going through a bust cycle. Employment in the coal industry has declined from more than 13,000 five years ago to under 6,000 today.

Read the final installment of Kristen Lowry’s three-part series on coal and the economy in eastern Kentucky at Kentucky Today.

Posted in Unemployment | Leave a comment

Laid-off miner faces four-hour commute to new factory job

Justin Johnson stands with his wife Christy outside an idled coal mine in eastern Kentucky. He now commutes four hours to a factory job in northern Kentucky and sees his family on weekends. (Kristen Lowry/Kentucky Today)

Justin Johnson stands with his wife Christy outside an idled coal mine in eastern Kentucky. He now commutes four hours to a factory job in northern Kentucky and sees his family on weekends. (Kristen Lowry/Kentucky Today)

For eight years, Justin Johnson worked as an electrician in the coal mines, and life was good. He made a good living, got married. He and his wife, Christy, bought a house and had two children.

But in 2011, the industry began a steady decline. Mines began closing. Companies began layoffs.

Johnson held on until September of 2013, when he was laid off from his job. He was offered a transfer to Illinois, but he didn’t want to leave Kentucky.

After 18 months of unemployment, he got a job at the Dow Corning Corp. plant in Carrollton, working as an electrician.

Johnson isn’t alone in leaving Kentucky’s mountain region to find work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, thousands have left eastern Kentucky to look for work elsewhere. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 7,000 people have migrated out.

Read the rest of Kristen Lowry’s second part of a three-part series on coal and the eastern Kentucky economy at Kentucky Today.

Posted in Unemployment | Leave a comment

Half of working-age residents in Appalachia can’t find jobs

State Rep. John Short, right, chats with a customer in his gun shop in Hindman, Ky., where the faltering coal industry has meant widespread job losses. (Kristen Lowry\Kentucky Today)

State Rep. John Short, right, chats with a customer in his gun shop in Hindman, Ky., where the faltering coal industry has meant widespread job losses. (Kristen Lowry\Kentucky Today)

More than half of working age residents in Kentucky’s coalfield counties have been without jobs in recent years, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics that measure actual unemployment.

John Short, a state representative from Hindman, said he sees no signs that the economy is improving in the heart of Kentucky’s coal-mining region.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development found in a review of census data that fewer than 40 percent of Knott County residents ages 16 and up had jobs between 2009 and 2013, revealing that the employment drought is affecting not only adults but also their teenage children who, in other regions, have little trouble finding part-time positions.

You can read the rest of Kristen Lowry’s first story in a three-part series on the eastern Kentucky economy and the fate of coal on Kentucky Today.

Posted in Unemployment | Leave a comment

Casino gambling bill once again fails to move forward in the Kentucky General Assembly

By Tom Troth

TrothWith only four legislative days remaining in the 2016 session, as Kentucky Baptists, I believe we can once again give thanks to God that a bill to expand casino gambling in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has failed to gain traction.

Senate Bill 144, co-sponsored by Morgan McGarvey and Julie Raque-Adams would have submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters that, if passed, would have allowed the General Assembly to pass legislation to allow for casino gambling in this state.

Under the legislation, 90 percent of the state’s revenue from casinos or other forms of expanded gaming for the first 10 years would be allocated to fund shortfalls in the Kentucky Retirement Systems and the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System. The remaining 10 percent would be allocated toward purses for the horse racing industry.

Thankfully this legislation was never even called for a hearing in the Senate.

We need to thank the members of the Kentucky General Assembly, both Democrat and Republican for their resolve not to allow casino gambling to invade the state of Kentucky. Click the photo below to read more about the casino gambling proposal at Kentucky Today.

Tom Troth serves as a legislative agent for the Kentucky Baptist Convention and a pastor in Frankfort, Ky.

KYT screen


Posted in Gambling | Leave a comment

Bill to add churches to infant safe haven list passes Kentucky Senate

1458164638_64f6An amendment to House Bill 148 would add churches to the list of safe havens where unwanted babies can be dropped off without parents being criminally charged. As long as the baby is not injured, the law ensures that the parent or person acting for the child will not be liable.

Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville (pictured above), proposed the amendment.

“Churches are a safe place for babies to go,” Raque Adams said, “and they are prevalent throughout our communities.”

Read the full story HERE at KentuckyToday.com.

Posted in Family, Life | Leave a comment

Baptists credited with defeating push to legalize marijuana

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Baptists won a major legislative victory by helping to defeat a measure in the General Assembly that would have legalized marijuana.

Ky CapitolLawmakers concluded the 2015 legislative session early Wednesday morning without passing legislation that would have essentially bypassed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and made marijuana widely available for medical purposes.

Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood had called on lawmakers to reject the proposal, saying Kentucky shouldn’t follow the lead of other states that have legalized marijuana.

The KBC, the state’s largest religious organization, has a powerful voice in Kentucky, where 1 million of the state’s 4.4 million residents identify themselves as Southern Baptists. Those demographics filter into the state legislature, where almost half the Senate and a third of the House identify themselves as Baptists.

“The success we had this year was, in large part, thanks to the stand Dr. Chitwood took on this issue,” said Ed Shemelya, coordinator for the National Marijuana Initiative, an organization that opposes legalization of pot. “I appreciate his courage and leadership on this issue.”

Shemelya said the fight isn’t over because lawmakers are certain to be asked to pass the legislation when they reconvene next January.

“We’re already getting ready for next year,” Shemelya said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this matter will be back again. If we can beat it down next year, we may be able to put this to rest.”

Supporters of medical marijuana insist the drug can be used effectively to treat symptoms of various maladies. Opponents, including Chitwood and Shemelya, point out that lots of FDA-approved drugs provide better treatment for ailments, and that marijuana use can damage the lungs, immune systems and brains of long-term users. Most importantly, marijuana has not been shown, through careful study and testing, to be safe and effective enough for FDA approval.


Paul Chitwood

“It makes no sense to bypass the FDA and allow Kentuckians to smoke marijuana under the guise that it is somehow medically beneficial,” Chitwood said. “If derivatives of marijuana are ever approved by the FDA to be safe and effective, by all means, we would support their legalization. Obviously that hasn’t happened yet. To the contrary, we know that marijuana is a gateway drug that often leads its users to even harder drugs that are claiming thousands upon thousands of lives through overdose.”

House Speaker Greg Stumbo sponsored a bill that would have allowed Kentuckians to obtain marijuana, but only with a doctor’s prescription. Already, nearly half of all U.S. states have passed similar legislation.

“I’d like to believe the prescription requirement in the bill would limit its use, but we have seen in the past how willing wayward doctors have been to hand out prescription narcotics,” Chitwood said in comments at the start of this year’s legislative session. “Thankfully, lawmakers saw this for what it was: another step in the push by pro-marijuana advocates to legalize marijuana altogether.”

Chitwood said his opposition isn’t because he lacks compassion for the sick, but because of all the problems and risks associated with marijuana use. “For now, we have so many drugs that are better options,” he said.


Kentucky Baptist leader opposes marijuana legalization

Posted in Drug Abuse, Marijuana | Leave a comment

Support Senate Bill 32 to curb the effects of payday loans

By Rick Hardison
Chair, KBC Committee on Public Affairs
Pastor, Great Crossing Baptist Church, Georgetown

I want to invite you to join me in an effort to curb the effects of the payday loan industry.

payday20loansPayday loans are “short-term” loans where borrowers get, say, $500 in cash, and two weeks later they have to give the lending company about $589 to settle the debt. If they don’t have the money, they can take out another loan – then another, and another, and so on. I recently went by a payday loan company in Georgetown and looked at the interest rates. They ranged from 300 percent to more than 500 percent APR (annual percentage rate).

This financial product is unwise and harmful because it traps borrowers in devastating cycles of debt. Scripture says, “The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7), and that is particularly true with this type of loan. The average Kentuckian who gets one of these loans ends up having to take out 10 loans before he is able to pay it back completely. That’s 20 weeks in debt to a loan at more than 300 percent APR. Only 1 percent of borrowers succeeded in paying their loans back in first two weeks. Therefore, these loans are not short-term loans; they are long-term debt traps.

I regularly talk to people who are facing financial hardships – bankruptcy, eviction notices, no food in the pantry, utilities that are about to be cut off. When people are in a tight spot, they get desperate, and the payday loan industry leverages this desperation by offering products that are unwise and suck people in.

Therefore, I believe one way to love our neighbors is to provide consumers with protections against payday loans. The Kentucky Senate is currently considering a bipartisan piece of legislation (Senate Bill 32) that would cap interest rates for payday loans at 36 percent. Right now, Kentucky usury laws prohibit most companies from charging more than 36 percent, but payday loans have been given a special exemption. If passed, Senate Bill 32 would force payday lending companies to conform to the same rules everyone else already has to follow.

Here’s what I’m asking: First, please think about this issue and consider what loving your neighbor looks like. Second, consider calling the legislative hotline to express your support for Senate Bill 32. That number is (800) 372-7181. An operator will ask for your name and address, then will record and pass along your message. Please request that the message be delivered to Senate leadership, because that is who is currently keeping the bill from coming to the floor for a vote. It takes about one minute to make the call.

I realize some feel unsettled anytime a pastor mentions anything about the political world; I do, too. I am also aware that good Christians may disagree with this bill because it may feel like too much government regulation; or because people may lose their jobs; or because they may have seen positive examples where these loans actually helped someone for a time. Thus, I’m not trying to outline THE “Christian position” on payday lending.

But the Bible does call us to fight oppression, and the normal impact of these loans is to oppress and trap. So loving our neighbors sometimes means favoring laws that promote compassion and opportunity, not cycles of debt that seem impossible to escape.

For good reason, Kentucky Baptists passed a resolution in 2011 seeking to cap payday loans.

If you want to learn more about this issue, visit the Center for Responsible Lending’s website.

Posted in Payday Lending | Leave a comment

Newspapers credit Ky. Baptists with gambling bill kill

Kentucky Baptist efforts urging opposition to gambling expansion coupled with strong Baptist influence in Frankfort have been cited by two large daily newspapers as the reason gambling bills can’t make it out of the General Assembly. From a story posted on kybaptist.org:

LOUISVILLE — Two of Kentucky’s largest newspapers have run stories probing why a proposal to legalize casino gambling didn’t make it out of the General Assembly again this year, concluding that strong Baptist influence in Frankfort doomed the idea.

The Courier-Journal and the Kentucky Enquirer reported that Baptists make up more than 1 million of the state’s 4.4 million population, and that almost half the Senate and more than one-third of the House identify as Baptists.

Baptists have long opposed casinos, saying they prey on human weakness for profit and that they would especially hurt Kentucky’s poor who might be lured into losing the little money they have in hopes of a big payoff.

The newspapers reported that Baptists hold an abundance of key leadership positions in both the House and Senate, and that has had a noticeable impact on what gets through the state Legislature.

The newspapers credited Baptist influence with passage of Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage in 2004, as well as Gov. Steve Beshear’s inability to get legislative approval for a constitutional amendment on gambling that he’s been pushing hard for the past six years.

Beshear has pushed casino legislation every year since he became governor in 2007.

Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood has played a lead role in opposing casinos.

Chitwood’s offensive this year included advertising on Christian radio stations, devoting time to secular talk radio, and communicating directly with the KBC’s 750,000 members about the evils of gambling through a video sent to Baptist churches across the state.

Posted in Gambling | Leave a comment

Chitwood, Hutcheson discuss gambling battle with ERLC’s Walker

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

ERLC Analysis Points Out Criminal, Economic Impacts of Gambling

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has posted an excellent analysis piece on gambling.  Read it in its entirety here.

Kentucky political leaders have argued that gambling will be a boon to the economy. Evidence indicates otherwise. Some key points from the ERLC analysis:

Gambling Contributes to Crime and Corruption

The growth of crime in those states and cities that legalize gambling is easily demonstrated. The most comprehensive study to date concludes that after three or four years, counties with casino gambling experience increases in rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and human trafficking compared to counties without casinos.

Many careful studies on gambling point out frequent incidents of corruption related to gambling. Police are the most immediate targets for corrupting influences. Since police operate at the entry point of the criminal justice system, they are both more available and more desirable as targets of gamblers seeking to make payoffs and bribes. But gambling corruption is by no means limited to the police. Elected officials as well as individuals in the gambling business are also subject to the corrupting influence of gambling.

Organized crime benefits from the expansion of gambling as well. William Webster, a former FBI director, said, “I really don’t see how one can expect to run legalized gambling anywhere without serious problems . . . . Anytime organized crime sees an opportunity to put a fix on something, to get an edge on something, it’ll be there. And gambling is still the largest source of revenue for organized crime.”

Gambling Disrupts the Economy

Until recently, business and labor leaders have led many of the successful efforts to prevent gambling from entering states and communities because they realized that gambling is bad for the economy and especially bad for relatively low income laborers. Unfortunately, many current business and labor leaders have become either neutral or supportive of gambling because of its alleged economic benefits.

However, increased gambling always results in increases in unpaid bills, embezzlement, bankruptcy, and absenteeism from jobs. In addition, gambling does not help a state’s economy in any appreciable way. A lottery returns to the state an average of only about 32 cents of every dollar taken in. The remainder goes to prizes and administration. In only three or four states does the revenue from lotteries, casinos, pari-mutuel betting, and any other existing forms of gambling contribute more than 3 percent to a state’s total budget. The minimal contribution that gambling makes to a state’s economy is more than offset by the social and personal problems it creates.


Posted in Gambling | Leave a comment

ERLC: How does your church address homosexuality?

inserra-quoteHow does your church address homosexuality?

The move to redefine marriage has advanced considerably in recent days. How do churches respond?

Dean Inserra, a member of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Network Council, identifies four archetypical responses to addressing this massive cultural shift:

1. The Macklemore Church

The Macklemore Church just simply thinks the Bible is outdated, or just plain wrong on homosexuality. This church has been on the fringe left end of the spectrum, but recently exists in some traditional mainline circles. The Macklemore Church believes as long as one truly loves, then his or her sexual preference is a personal decision, and God is okay with that. Anything spoken against that is judgmental, and unlike Jesus who would think it is all the “same love.” Those who oppose this approach are also outdated and need to evolve with the times.

The issue, however, with the Macklemore Church is not sexuality. The issue is the Bible. There is zero confidence in the authority of the Bible, as inerrancy is mocked. As Macklemore raps in “Same Love” about those who have confidence in the authority of the Bible, “…we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago.”

The beliefs about sexuality held by the Macklemore Church are the least of their problems.

2. The “Wrecking Ball” Church

This is the “America is going to hell in a hand basket,” crowd. The pastor does not shy away from preaching on sexuality, but comes in like a wrecking ball, dropping bombs and mentioning homosexuality every single Sunday. There is zero controversy because all 87 people in the church agree 100%, with their Christian voter guide in hand, saying “amen preacher” after every sentence. The context seems to always be “America” rather than the gospel when discussing any issue of sexuality. This church could also easily be called the “Preaching to the Choir Church.” Good folks and faithful brothers, but fighting a culture war they don’t even realize they actually aren’t a part of, because nobody is listening.

3. The MC Hammer Church.

This Church is growing, innovative, has an amazing band, A-list “communicator,” is young, sexy and when it comes to the issue of homosexuality…

Can’t touch this.

After all, we have gay friends. Why is it that the only sin we can’t talk about with our friends if they are engaged in the sin, is homosexuality? This church usually affirms everything the Bible says about marriage, gender and sex, but outside of a “how to” marriage series every three months, they just aren’t going to touch anything about homosexuality. The fear of offending or upsetting the young base that makes up the majority of the attendance drives the bus.

Eventually one will have to understand that you can’t stay neutral on this issue. The idea that we want to “focus on Jesus” or whichever lines people use to excuse their silence will lead to perceived acceptance of homosexuality. They will also at some point, have to deal with the issue when a practicing homosexual wants to be in leadership, have the pastor perform a wedding ceremony, or embrace the lifestyle all together.

I believe the MC Hammers are the largest group of churches today.

4. The “Ring of Fire” Church.

I do not mean hell, fire and brimstone, but rather entering the most heated areas of discussion in today’s culture, based on biblical convictions that lead one to engage with kindness. There is a deep desire in the Ring of Fire Church to speak with clarity, out of being compelled by the love of Christ and to speak to areas where God has certainly not been silent. Gospel centrality is the key and driving force of these churches. Failing to communicate this is a big miss on an opportunity to make the riches of the gospel known, by neglecting visible portrait God painted for us and by the one flesh union between a husband and a wife. That visible portrait points us to the invisible reality of our union with Christ, in the relationship between Christ and his bride, which was purchased by his blood.

These churches seek clarity and speak with strong conviction, but are very careful of their approach and tone, out of awareness of their own personal failures with sexual sin, and out of love for those currently living in it. The gospel centrality also leads these churches to not believe the key issue is sex, but rather the changing of one’s heart toward Christ, that will then lead to repentance. There is not a crusade to win with the Ring of Fire Church, but hearts to be won, and a gospel to be proclaimed.

Ring of Fires also believe that the greatest human flourishing happens when we do things the way God created them to be, and therefore seek this common good in strengthening marriages by God’s design. They speak to cultural issues on sex because God has not been silent, and in those discussions is where the souls of men and women lie.

Read the full post here.

The ERLC Leadership Summit will address the gospel and human sexuality to equip pastors and church leaders to speak to these critical issues in their own congregations. This event will be held April 21-23, 2014, at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville, TN.

Posted in Homosexuality, Marriage, Religious Freedom, Sexuality | Leave a comment

ERLC Leadership Summit will address human sexuality

leadsummitLOGOfinalWondering what recent court rulings on gay marriage might mean for your community and your ministry?

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Leadership Summit will address the gospel and human sexuality to equip pastors and church leaders to speak to these critical issues in their own congregations. This event will be held April 21-23, 2014, at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville, TN.

Scheduled Keynote Speakers:

  • Russell D. Moore
  • J.D. Greear
  • Heath Lambert
  • Mark Regnerus
  • Kevin Smith
  • David Prince

From broken marriages to pornography to homosexuality, sexual confusion and sexual brokenness has ravaged our culture and can deteriorate the integrity of our churches.

Participants will explore how the gospel shapes our sexual identities, redeems sexual desire, and sets free those who are held captive to sin’s bondage. Listen to great speakers, participate in breakout sessions, connect with other leaders, and discover how your church and local congregations can be a beacon of hope, clarity, and restoration as the gospel is brought to bear on human sexuality. Space is limited for this conference, so make plans now to attend.

Learn more at: http://erlc.com/summit

Posted in Citizenship, Homosexuality, Marriage, Pornography, Sexuality | 1 Response

Secured for spam by MLW and Associates, LLP's Super CAPTCHASecured by Super-CAPTCHA Developed by Goldsboro Web Development..