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  • Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    November 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board (IMB) trustees. That call culminated Nov. 15, he said, with his election as IMB president. “Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life …

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  • Kentucky Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

    November 14 2018 by Kentucky Today and Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kentucky Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

    The Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with a missions network that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBT staff members. Messengers to the KBC annual meeting voted Nov. 13 to accept a recommendation from the Credentials Committee …

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  • IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    November 6 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    The International Mission Board (IMB) trustees’ presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity’s 13th president. The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.

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  • Appalachian church boosted by Kentucky congregation

    October 22 2018 by Kentucky Today staff | with 0 comments
    Appalachian church boosted by Kentucky congregation

    A small church outside the Appalachian town of Booneville has received a huge boost from a fellow Kentucky congregation five hours away in the far western part of the state. Lerose Community Church, which serves one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S., needed a church bus to get local residents to and from services.

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  • Man dumps retirement, launches new career in ministry

    August 10 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Man dumps retirement, launches new career in ministry

    With his walking cane firmly in hand, pastor Forrest Ivy strides intentionally into his church, a new knee still tender from replacement surgery. A few aches and pains won’t keep this 66-year-old from preaching the gospel. At a stage in life when most people are settling into retirement, Ivy is launching out on a whole new career as a Kentucky Baptist pastor.

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  • KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    June 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would have allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to review whether a Southern Baptist foster home uses state funds to proselytize children. The settlement in a lawsuit the ACLU filed against Sunrise Children’s Services, the Kentucky Baptist Convention …

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  • Kentucky board seeks break from CBF donor churches

    May 9 2018 by Todd Deaton, Western Recorder | with 0 comments
    Kentucky board seeks break from CBF donor churches

    The Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) Mission Board took a step May 8 toward distancing KBC churches from congregations that contribute to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a missions network they say has given an appearance of approving homosexual behavior.

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  • SBC called ‘force multiplier’ for local churches

    April 18 2018 by SBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    SBC called ‘force multiplier’ for local churches

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a “force multiplier” for local churches, noted Mark Dever during a public conversation with R. Albert Mohler Jr. “As a gospel Christian who wants to see the gospel taken to the ends of the earth, I think the SBC is a force multiplier,” Dever explained.

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  • Racism, sexual sin among T4G speakers’ topics

    April 18 2018 by SBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Racism, sexual sin among T4G speakers’ topics

    Racism and sexual sin were among the facets of holiness addressed during the 2018 Together for the Gospel conference during nine plenary sessions attended by more than 12,500 evangelicals. “Distinct from the world” was the theme of the April 11-13 sessions in the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky.

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  • Half the man he used to be: Pastor drops 240 pounds

    April 18 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Half the man he used to be: Pastor drops 240 pounds

    There’s a good reason for the spring in Jeremy Atwood’s step. The Glasgow, Ky., pastor has lost 240 pounds over the past two years on a quest to restore his physical and spiritual health. For Atwood, food had become a vice that was sapping his energy and hindering his ministry.

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  • Church security draws 1,000-plus for training in Kentucky

    March 28 2018 by Kentucky Today & Western Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    Church security draws 1,000-plus for training in Kentucky

    Concern for church safety drew more than 1,000 leaders for training offered at the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Church Security Conference on March 24. “While I grieve that a conference like this one is needed,” KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood said, “I’m thankful we could offer it.

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  • Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    March 13 2018 by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    In the Appalachians, unemployment, poverty and drug abuse remain rampant. But Southern Baptists are stepping up their efforts to help residents impacted by the stark conditions. They are opening an Appalachia Ministry Center that will distribute food and other supplies throughout the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio.

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  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    February 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states. Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.

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  • T-shirts now in religious liberty battle’s spotlight

    February 15 2018 by Art Toalston & Kentucky Today staff | with 0 comments
    T-shirts now in religious liberty battle’s spotlight

    Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals apparel company, has become another figure in the battle over religious liberty for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival because of his Christian beliefs. Adamson was charged with violating a fairness ordinance for refusing to print T-shirts ordered by Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

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  • Kentucky leader & pastors minister amid shooting aftermath

    January 25 2018 by Kentucky Today & Western Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    Kentucky leader & pastors minister amid shooting aftermath

    The school shooting in Kentucky provided Baptist leader Paul Chitwood an extraordinary opportunity for ministry among families of the two students killed and 18 others injured in a classmate’s melee. Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, was visiting with Marshall County pastors when he received word of the shootings.

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