by Adam Standiford, student, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
In the first section of breakouts, KBF welcomed two young preachers – Austin Fraley and Laura Edgar – to share an offering of the Word.
Austin is a native of Paris, KY and a junior at Georgetown College where is a Religion and Philosophy double-major. His text Saturday morning was from John 20: 19-30 and he charged the audience to not be afraid to seek out the community that all of us need from each other. Austin pointed out how community can often be a place where tough things happen and our commitment and trust in others are challenged. We were all encouraged to live in communities of the resurrection, committing ourselves to sharing life in faith with a God who calls us to love and believe.
Laura is native of Deatsville, AL and a student at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky where she will graduate with a Masters in Divinity. Her text was Malachi 1: 6-14 where the prophet spoke to Israel opposing the offerings being given to God. If God is the Father, then where is the honor of the children and the respect for their Master? Just as Israel offered polluted sacrifices to God, Laura keenly reminded us of when we as Christians will fool ourselves into thinking that the small responsibilities and gifts we offer to God are sufficient for the moment. As children of God, we serve a mighty king whose presence among us is real and who deserves hearts and hands of willing, loving service. Laura suggested that we might learn to acknowledge God’s company in our offerings of time, talent, money and efforts in loving service to God’s kingdom.