Six congregations, three services, one motive

Kentucky churches intentionally cross cultural lines for the Gospel and their communities

Originally published in Western Recorder –

Pembroke & Glasgow—In 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. said in a television interview, “I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies, that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hour in Christian America.”

His sentiment was echoed recently by Andy Haley, pastor of Pembroke Baptist Church. Hailey feels that “the church should be setting the example in coming together and be unified.”

So his predominantly Caucasian congregation joined with a local African-American congregation, St. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Pembroke, for two joint worship services. Both were held earlier this year, one hosted by each congregation. Continue reading “Six congregations, three services, one motive”


Churches minister to physical, spiritual needs in Pikeville

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PIKEVILLE—First Baptist Church of Pikeville partnered with the North American Mission Board SEND RELIEF dental unit on April 14 to offer a free health clinic to its community.

This was one of several Kentucky Baptist Convention Whole Health initiative events that started in March in Bowling Green and wrapped up at the end of April in Hopkinsville. Continue reading “Churches minister to physical, spiritual needs in Pikeville”

12,500 evangelicals encouraged to live ‘Distinct from the World’

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With Southern Seminary Communications Department

Louisville—Part of living a life “Distinct from the World,” the theme for the 2018 Together for the Gospel conference on April 11-13 in Louisville, is learning to live distinct in an age of false teaching, picking a side, and learning to be ‘in the world, but not of the world,’ Baptist speakers Thabiti Anyabwile, H.B. Charles and Matt Chandler shared.

Other topics addressed by a lineup of speakers across denominational lines during T4G’s nine plenary sessions included racism, sexual sin, sanctification, and gladness in God, among others. More than 12,500 evangelicals attended the conference. Continue reading “12,500 evangelicals encouraged to live ‘Distinct from the World’”