We’ve witnessed a modern, medical miracle over the last 12 months. Multiple safe and highly-effective COVID-19 vaccines are helping Kentuckians put the pain and worry of the past year behind us. These doses are filled with hope and optimism, and I urge every eligible Kentuckian to get their …

CNN reporter Devan Cole created a stir last week when he said, “It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.” If there’s any confusion in determining male or female at birth, aside from any genetic defect, one’s…

Since COVID-19 arrived, measures to expand educational freedom and opportunity have been introduced in more than half the states in America — many of which already had some form of choice, including neighboring Indiana, where lawmakers expanded eligibility for an existing school voucher prog…

In the scriptures, God allowed His prophets to destroy false prophets. (I Kings 19:17) When Elijah gathered the 450 prophets of Ba’al together on Mount Carmel, He did an impromptu cremations! He spared not one. Others in the Old Testament, such as Daniel, when given the decree to worship the…

Matthew 12:25: “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”

There it was, a beautiful brand new bicycle. It was what she really wanted. What she got, at first, was a dollhouse that was lovingly made by her father. The disappointment on her 10-year-old face was enough to convince her dad to go and sell the dollhouse and buy her that bike. There was no…

The Kentucky General Assembly met March 29 and 30 to complete this year’s legislative session, and an unusual session it was. Odd numbered year sessions are thirty (30) day or “short” sessions and are not considered budget years. Biennial revenue bills and budgets are meant to be passed in s…

Resurrection Day — Easter — is the day that, across this globe, people look to the day that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was raised from the dead. Any believer understands that it is not just a one-day celebration, but a reality that is realized and impacts every day of our year. It affirms…

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One of the most well-known of the ancient Christian preachers is John Chrysostom (c. 340-407). He is well-known because so many of his writings have survived. Many of his sermons hold up well even today.

The General Assembly was out of session last week because of the Veto period that allows the Governor to decide what legislation, if any, to veto. Therefore my update this week will focus on a joint meeting of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development, Tourism, & Envir…

“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.” — Matthew 27:35

Imagine the uproar if, during the final days of a Kentucky General Assembly session, political leaders attempted to dishonestly and without full debate sneak through legislation like House Bill 563, which offers tax credits for businesses and individuals who contribute to nonprofit organizations.

It appears that common-sense conservatism will prevail over crony capitalists and their seeming obsession with raising the commonwealth’s gas tax despite the lingering economic uncertainty created by the fallout from COVID-19.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

March marks a significant transition for a long-standing Kentucky Baptist news publication. The Western Recorder will cease regular publication after the March issue.

Time is short. After meeting for two (2) days last week, the General Assembly is down to our version of the Final Four. As I write this update, sixteen (16) bills have become law and another forty six (46) are on the way to the Governor. March 15 and March 16 are the last legislative days be…

With the end of the 2021 Regular Session in sight, fellow lawmakers and I are wrapping up legislative efforts by passing a variety of bills and finalizing the state’s annual budget.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” — 1 Corinthians 10:31

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1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy b…

Another week of the 2021 Regular Session is in the books. With only six legislative days left, robust discussion on critical issues is as prominent as ever.

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Nineteen (19) legislative days down and eleven (11) to go. We are in crunch time. The time has passed for new bill introduction and eight hundred eighty one (881) total bills were filed this session — five hundred ninety five (595) in the House and two hundred eight six (286) in the Senate —…

Severe winter weather forced the Kentucky General Assembly to pause Regular Session activity during the week of February 15. My colleagues and I returned to Frankfort on Monday to resume legislative work on your behalf.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

There were four (4) legislative days scheduled last week but the weather forced cancellation of those days so they have been rescheduled for March. While the General Assembly and schools were canceled and many business were closed, the road crews were working day and night to clear our roads…

Last week was a busy week in the House of Representatives with a number of bills being presented in committee and having a vote on the House floor. In this week’s update I will focus on two (2) bills on which I voted no, and one (1) bill presented in committee.

Ephesians 6:19 “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”

Through icy road conditions and frigid temperatures, the Kentucky General Assembly completed another 3-days of legislative business in Frankfort. I hope you have remained safe during the winter weather that’s rolled into the Bluegrass recently. Join me in taking a moment to thank the fantast…

Arguments of casino advocates won the day in the state Senate yesterday. They were told that redefining the term pari-mutuel to include video slot machines is necessary to save the horse industry and help all things thoroughbred related. Twenty-two members were convinced video slots are a ne…

Proverbs 24:16 “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

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There it was, a beautiful brand new bicycle. It was what she really wanted. What she got, at first, was a dollhouse that was lovingly made by her father. The disappointment on her 10-year-old face was enough to convince her dad to go and sell the dollhouse and buy her that bike. There was no…

The Kentucky General Assembly met March 29 and 30 to complete this year’s legislative session, and an unusual session it was. Odd numbered year sessions are thirty (30) day or “short” sessions and are not considered budget years. Biennial revenue bills and budgets are meant to be passed in s…

Resurrection Day — Easter — is the day that, across this globe, people look to the day that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was raised from the dead. Any believer understands that it is not just a one-day celebration, but a reality that is realized and impacts every day of our year. It affirms…

  • Updated

One of the most well-known of the ancient Christian preachers is John Chrysostom (c. 340-407). He is well-known because so many of his writings have survived. Many of his sermons hold up well even today.

The General Assembly was out of session last week because of the Veto period that allows the Governor to decide what legislation, if any, to veto. Therefore my update this week will focus on a joint meeting of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development, Tourism, & Envir…

“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.” — Matthew 27:35

Imagine the uproar if, during the final days of a Kentucky General Assembly session, political leaders attempted to dishonestly and without full debate sneak through legislation like House Bill 563, which offers tax credits for businesses and individuals who contribute to nonprofit organizations.

It appears that common-sense conservatism will prevail over crony capitalists and their seeming obsession with raising the commonwealth’s gas tax despite the lingering economic uncertainty created by the fallout from COVID-19.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

March marks a significant transition for a long-standing Kentucky Baptist news publication. The Western Recorder will cease regular publication after the March issue.

Time is short. After meeting for two (2) days last week, the General Assembly is down to our version of the Final Four. As I write this update, sixteen (16) bills have become law and another forty six (46) are on the way to the Governor. March 15 and March 16 are the last legislative days be…

With the end of the 2021 Regular Session in sight, fellow lawmakers and I are wrapping up legislative efforts by passing a variety of bills and finalizing the state’s annual budget.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” — 1 Corinthians 10:31

  • Updated

1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy b…

Another week of the 2021 Regular Session is in the books. With only six legislative days left, robust discussion on critical issues is as prominent as ever.

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Nineteen (19) legislative days down and eleven (11) to go. We are in crunch time. The time has passed for new bill introduction and eight hundred eighty one (881) total bills were filed this session — five hundred ninety five (595) in the House and two hundred eight six (286) in the Senate —…

Severe winter weather forced the Kentucky General Assembly to pause Regular Session activity during the week of February 15. My colleagues and I returned to Frankfort on Monday to resume legislative work on your behalf.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

There were four (4) legislative days scheduled last week but the weather forced cancellation of those days so they have been rescheduled for March. While the General Assembly and schools were canceled and many business were closed, the road crews were working day and night to clear our roads…

Last week was a busy week in the House of Representatives with a number of bills being presented in committee and having a vote on the House floor. In this week’s update I will focus on two (2) bills on which I voted no, and one (1) bill presented in committee.

Ephesians 6:19 “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”

Through icy road conditions and frigid temperatures, the Kentucky General Assembly completed another 3-days of legislative business in Frankfort. I hope you have remained safe during the winter weather that’s rolled into the Bluegrass recently. Join me in taking a moment to thank the fantast…

Arguments of casino advocates won the day in the state Senate yesterday. They were told that redefining the term pari-mutuel to include video slot machines is necessary to save the horse industry and help all things thoroughbred related. Twenty-two members were convinced video slots are a ne…

Proverbs 24:16 “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

One of the greatest honors of serving as Commissioner of Agriculture is the opportunity to travel around the state, put the tailgate down on a farm truck, and have a conversation with a farmer about how the year looks. Oftentimes when I do that, that farm truck is proudly displaying an “Ag T…

The dramatic beginning to this year’s General Assembly involved more than the promised passage of legislation limiting the length and reach of Kentucky governors’ future executive orders during pandemic-type emergencies.

Last week, the Kentucky Supreme Court denied the Horse Racing industry’s appeal to allow historical horse racing, aka video slot machines, at their six gambling venues across the commonwealth. As a result, the Kentucky state legislature is being pressured to change the definition of parimutu…

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. — 1 Timothy 4:1

I don’t know about you, but when I read something familiar, I tend to scan it or overview it. So, when I began reading the book of Genesis again at the first of the year, I asked God to open my heart and mind to new truths. I wanted to dive deep into the well-known stories hoping they wouldn…