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KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlementLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- 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 (KBC) and the state of Kentucky is not viable, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson ruled May 30, because it could not be enforced under current state laws. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also is a plaintiff in the suit.
The decision is a win for the KBC and Sunrise, who appealed the decision brokered in 2015 by then-Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. But the dismissal means the lawsuit filed in 2000 will continue in the courts. Read More
Ky. board seeks break from CBF donor churchesLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention 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.
Acting on a recommendation by their Committee on Credentials, Mission Board members endorsed a recommendation that churches making financial contributions to the CBF are "no longer considered to be in cooperation" with the convention. Read More
Ky. Baptists urge evangelism, pledge to monitor CBFLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Messengers to the Kentucky Baptist Convention in Louisville launched a major evangelistic initiative, spoke out on gambling and violent crime and tasked their credentialing committee with monitoring potential actions by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Meeting at Highview Baptist Church's east campus Nov. 14, they also elected a western Kentucky pastor as their president and set a Cooperative Program budget goal of $21.5 million for 2018-2019.
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Sexual harassment: Ky. Gov.'s 'moral clarity' commendedFRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Amid sexual abuse and harassment scandals involving a bevy of politicians, entertainers and journalists, Kentucky's outspoken evangelical governor has called for the resignation of all state officials who have settled sexual harassment lawsuits.
Within days of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's statement -- which drew praise from Kentucky resident and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. -- Kentucky's Republican Speaker of the House resigned his leadership post and another GOP House member was temporarily relieved of his chairmanship of a key board. Both legislators admitted settling sexual harassment lawsuits and apologized for moral shortcomings while denying legal wrongdoing. Read More
Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliationZIMBABWE (BP) -- A group of Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe with a twofold focus on biblical training for national pastors and lay leaders, while also exploring and modeling racial reconciliation.
Reflecting back on the experience, some of those on the racially-diverse mission team -- made up of five Anglo-Americans and eight African-Americans -- shared how the trip brought healing and strengthened relationships. Read More
Amid drug crisis, sheriff lets faith guide himCATLETTSBURG, Ky. (BP) -– For Bobby Jack Woods, a 37-year veteran lawman, it isn't easy being the sheriff in drug-ravaged Kentucky, where 1,404 people died from overdoses in 2016.
But his faith in God helps him handle the heart-wrenching plague of drug abuse he encounters on a daily basis.
In recent years, more Kentuckians have been dying from drug overdoses than from car crashes. Heartache, grief and brokenness are rampant. Read More
New initiative to generate funds for Ky. churches
Is your church raising money for a planned building expansion, mission trip, or summer camp? A new initiative through the Kentucky Baptist Convention could soon help churches with that. Read More
Ky. puts focus on Bible with new laws, executive action
Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools. Read More
Former saloon home to Ky. missionary of the yearCORBIN, Ky. (BP) -- With her decision to become a missionary, Amy Wilhelmus' one request to God was to send her anywhere on earth -- except to her northern Kentucky hometown of Covington.
But as Wilhelmus would later observe, who is she to question God's plans? So, she stood on the stage at Central Baptist Church in Corbin on April 1 to be honored as the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Missionary of the Year for her work sharing the Gospel -- in Covington. Read More
Court hears ACLU challenge to Ky. ultrasound lawLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge didn't immediately rule after hearing arguments seeking a temporary restraining order against Kentucky's new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and hear a description of the images.
U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant the request from the American Civil Liberties Union to block the law pending the outcome of the ACLU's overall challenge to its constitutionality. Read More