• KY Baptist

         This week I was able to attend the Kentucky Baptist Convention in Lexington.  There are lots of positive things to celebrate in our Kentucky Baptist churches and ministries.  Sunrise Children Services just celebrated their 500th child whom they were able to move from foster care to adoption (since 2006).  We are collecting for Sunrise Children Services throughout November realizing that there…

  • Reaching the Lost

         This week I attended my first Northern Kentucky Baptist Association (NKBA) meeting and we talked a lot about reaching the lost and baptismal goals.  Even though the population of northern Kentucky is increasing significantly, the number of baptisms (which represents reaching of the lost) have been declining.  Sadly, that trend is common throughout Kentucky, throughout the Southern Baptist Con…

  • Go Vote!

     So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.     1 Corinthians 10:31          As followers of Jesus Christ, our desire should always be to bring glory to God in every action and decision we make.  I seldom publicly endorse candidates (as a Pastor) as I never want political opinions to hinder the spread of the gospel.  Politically speaking, our country is very…

  • Harvest is Plentiful

    And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.”  Luke 10:2          Last week Pew Research released a big study entitled, “In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace.”[i]  Some of the key findings from their survey (performed in 2018 and 2019) show that now onl…

  • Creating a Culture of Joy and Gratitude – Part 7

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Philippians 4:4         For several weeks, we have been considering the importance of creating a Christ-honoring church culture.  We’ve considered the value in having a culture of evangelism and discipleship (Great Commission), a culture of prayer, a culture of grace and honoring others, a culture of servanthood, a culture of excellence,…

  • Gospel Partnerships

    …Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  Philippians 1:5         Last Sunday we got to celebrate Jeff Perry’s 20 year anniversary as a pastor here at Burlington Baptist (and we recently celebrated Beth Claxon’s 10 years in children’s ministry).  Next Sunday (20th), we will say goodbye to Kevin Jones as he transitions into a new position with Matthew 25: Minist…

  • Creating a Church Culture – Part 6

    Creating a Culture of Transparency and Accountability – Part 6     And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and expose to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.  Hebrews 4:13         For several weeks, I have been writing about the importance of creating a Christ-honoring church culture.  I’ve written about a culture of evangelism and discipleship (Great Commission),…

  • Create a Christ-Honoring Church Culture (Even at a Business Meeting)

    I’ve been in church all of my life and I have seen and heard all kinds of “things” take place in church business meetings.  When I was in college, the first Wednesday I was home for summer break I went to church for Wednesday evening prayer meeting.  There was a short Bible study and prayer time but things seemed a little strange that night.  I didn’t know there was going to be a business meeting…

  • Creating a Church Culture – Part 5

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.  Colossians 3:23          I have been writing about the importance of creating a Christ-honoring church culture.  I’ve written about a culture of evangelism and discipleship (Great Commission), a culture of prayer, a culture of grace and honoring others, and a culture of servanthood.  Today I would like to consider having a “Cul…

  • A Different Perspective

    And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” Matthew 8:3        In January I had the privilege of going to India.  One Sunday morning we visited a leper colony.  I didn’t know lepers still existed.  Many had lost body parts (toes, feet, fingers, etc.) and they…