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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 […]

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ERLC: How does your church address homosexuality?

How 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 […]

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ERLC Leadership Summit will address human sexuality

Wondering 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 […]

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Judge strikes down portion of Ky. same-sex marriage ban

LOUISVILLE—The leader of the commonwealth’s largest religious body reacted with disappointment to news that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down Kentucky’s ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states. “The news that District Judge John G. Heyburn usurped the will of Kentucky voters today is tragic and disappointing,” said Dr. […]

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Push to legalize casinos faltering

A legislative proposal to legalize casinos in Kentucky appears to be in serious trouble. The Associated Press reported Monday night that Republican Caucus Chairman Dan Seum has told Capitol reporters the measure doesn’t have enough votes to pass. Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood, who is leading a campaign against expanded gambling, said he’s […]

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EDITORIAL: Anyone else tired of the expanded gambling issue?

The following editorial by Todd Deaton appears in this week’s edition of the Western Recorder. Here we go again! It seems like this is the umpteenth time our governor and a small group of legislators have pushed for casinos in Kentucky, attempting to make them palatable by tying them to horseracing, education, the state’s budget […]

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Tune In Alert: Chitwood on 800 WHVU in the a.m.

KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood will be a guest on the Tom Roten Show on 800 WHVU (Huntington, WV) at 8:04 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 to discuss efforts to oppose the expansion of gambling in Kentucky. Tune in to listen here.

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Ultrasound Bill Passes Senate Committee

Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, has passed through a key committee. The legislation would add a requirement to Kentucky’s existing informed-consent law for an ultrasound to be performed and require that the physician simultaneously describe what is seen to the patient. Not performing the ultrasound would result in a penalty of […]

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Chitwood Issues Call to Action on Gambling

LOUISVILLE–Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood is making his case against casinos in a double-barreled offensive intended to encourage evangelical Christians to speak out against gambling legislation pending in the General Assembly. A bulletin insert is also available for download. Chitwood is speaking directly to the 750,000 members of the Kentucky Baptist Convention through a […]

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KBC President Hutcheson Advocates for Families Adopting Children Internationally

The following is a press release issued by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today a bipartisan bill he cosponsored to make it easier for American families to adopt children was signed into law. The Accuracy for Adoptees Act requires federal agencies to defer to and recognize […]

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Letter to the Editor: Reject Gambling

The following letter to the editor appears in the January 16, 2014 edition of the Courier-Journal. The letter was written by James A. Smith, Sr. of Louisville. There are at least two good reasons Kentuckians should reject Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest attempt to introduce casino gambling to our state. First, it’s terrible public policy to […]

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Mohler, Prager, Douthat Set To Share Stage

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — Three nationally renowned commentators with differing theological beliefs but common views on American culture will share a stage at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. On Jan. 28, a “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square” forum will feature Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr., nationally syndicated radio show host Dennis Prager […]

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Family Foundation: Gambling measure ‘DOA’

The Family Foundation  of Kentucky had this to say about Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest proposal to expand gambling: LEXINGTON—The Family Foundation said that Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal in tonight’s State of the Commonwealth address to seek another Constitutional amendment to expand gambling was unrealistic and at odds with many of his other proposals. “The General […]

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Chitwood expresses concern over new gambling push

In response to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address Jan. 7, Paul Chitwood, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, voiced his concern about the latest push to expand gambling in Kentucky. “I’m disappointed that the governor is again pushing to legalize casinos in our state,” Chitwood said. “This proposal, while garnished […]

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Guest Post: Baptists and the First Amendment

The following is a guest post from Steve Weaver, pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky. Steve is an adjunct professor of church history at Boyce College and Southern Seminary, and currently serves as a Research Assistant to the Director (Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin) of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. The […]

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Guest Post: Baptists and Religious Liberty

The following is a guest post from Steve Weaver, pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky. Steve is an adjunct professor of church history at Boyce College and Southern Seminary, and currently serves as a Research Assistant to the Director (Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin) of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. The […]

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hobby Lobby Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up two significant religious liberty cases. Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, employers over a certain size are required to offer insurance coverage which includes abortion and contraception to employees. Two businesses owned by people with strong Christian convictions – Oklahoma-based arts and […]

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Louisville Representative Files Bills To Allow Eight Casinos in Kentucky

The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Rep. Larry Clark (D-Louisville) has filed bills in anticipation of the 2014 legislative session that would expand gambling in eight locations across the state, including five racetracks. According to the CJ, one of the bills is a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling.

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Church Leaders Urged to Fight Predatory Lending

Faith leaders from across the commonwealth are being urged to meet on Nov. 18 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Buck Run Baptist Church, 3894 Georgetown Road, Frankfort to take a stand on payday lending. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the usurious nature of payday lending and how the faith community can […]

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Western Recorder: Kentucky gay marriage ban now facing multiple lawsuits

The following appeared in this week’s edition of the Western Recorder, the weekly newsjournal of the Kentucky Baptist Convention: LOUISVILLE—In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that struck down a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, more lawsuits have been filed challenging Kentucky’s laws against same-sex marriages, prompting a growing […]

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