Adults

“Love Builds” at June 7 Renovation Reveal

On a beautiful summer afternoon in Louisville – Saturday, June 7 – Highland celebrated a historic moment in the life of our church, as we cut the ribbon to reveal the efforts of our year-long Building Love renovation project. As families … Continue reading

Advent 2012 Devotionals

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day

  What were once “ordinary” Christmases for us are no longer so. The hustle and bustle involved in finding just the right gifts, coordinating with four households to schedule several-day visits with other family members, hurriedly celebrating at home, then … Continue reading

Advent 2013 Devotionals

The Advent Season at Highland Baptist Church

What Are We Waiting For? Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for Christ’s birth. Together in this 2013 Advent season, we will explore the theme What Are We Waiting For?, as we seek after the One who promises … Continue reading

Baptism and Membership

Highland to Vote on Membership and Baptism Policies on July 28

On July 28 at noon, Highland will gather in Fellowship Hall for a meal together and our Quarterly Church Conference. In addition to receiving our regular financial and membership reports, we will be considering important by-law amendments. Childcare for infants, toddlers, … Continue reading

Baptist Connections

Historian Bill Leonard References Highland’s Conversations on Sexuality

Noted Baptist historian Bill Leonard wrote recently for ABP News about the collision of religious experience and individual conscience throughout Christian history. His article made reference of Highland’s recent conversations and recommendations around same-sex marriage, placing these recent events within their … Continue reading

Capital Campaign and Renovation

Building Love Renovation Update – Week of July 13

Renovation is usually filled with surprises and this past week has been no exception. As we have continued to use our new space, we have experienced a variety of issues including plumbing and roof leaks. Last week, water leaks were … Continue reading

Carol Harston

PASSPORT 2014: Youth Follow the Road Hand-in-Hand to Cross and Beyond

All it took was the short Vespers service on the first night of camp for all to become unhinged. Breaths came and went faster than he could catch them. Grief had knocked the wind out of him. Anxiety had taken … Continue reading

Children & Families

“Love Builds” at June 7 Renovation Reveal

On a beautiful summer afternoon in Louisville – Saturday, June 7 – Highland celebrated a historic moment in the life of our church, as we cut the ribbon to reveal the efforts of our year-long Building Love renovation project. As families … Continue reading

Churchwide Gathering

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13 WHAT: A church-wide picnic to celebrate the summer and get us ready for the school year WHEN: Wednesday night, August 13. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Park … Continue reading

Community Outreach

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13 WHAT: A church-wide picnic to celebrate the summer and get us ready for the school year WHEN: Wednesday night, August 13. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Park … Continue reading

Congregational Life

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13 WHAT: A church-wide picnic to celebrate the summer and get us ready for the school year WHEN: Wednesday night, August 13. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Park … Continue reading

Deacons

Same-Sex Marriage Follow-Up from Ministry Council

The Deacons’ conclusion that Highland should begin allowing marriage for our same-sex couples and that, for moral and spiritual reasons, the matter should not be brought to the congregation for a vote, has stirred many heart-felt conversations in recent weeks. … Continue reading

Emily Hull McGee

May 18 “Faithful Acts: Bearing Witness” by Emily Hull McGee

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player.

Friday Church

Trading My Sorrows at Friday Church by Chris Sanders

I don’t remember when we first sang it.  I don’t know when we decided to make it our weekly theme songs.  (It’s been years.)  I’m told we don’t play it like the recordings, or like other churches sing it.  I … Continue reading

General Highland

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13 WHAT: A church-wide picnic to celebrate the summer and get us ready for the school year WHEN: Wednesday night, August 13. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Park … Continue reading

Give

“Love Builds” at June 7 Renovation Reveal

On a beautiful summer afternoon in Louisville – Saturday, June 7 – Highland celebrated a historic moment in the life of our church, as we cut the ribbon to reveal the efforts of our year-long Building Love renovation project. As families … Continue reading

Joe Phelps

July 20 “How Firm a Foundation: Inside the Boundaries” by Joe Phelps

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player.

Justice

Lessons Learned, Eyes Opened

I learned my lesson from a traffic citation, but not the one intended. In January I was ticketed for failing to follow directions at the scene of an accident. I was innocent, I tell you. I know, I know. Everyone … Continue reading

Leadership

Matthew Johnson Elected Ridgewood Pastor

With palpable excitement in the air, Highland’s partner church Ridgewood Baptist Church voted unanimously to elect Rev. Matthew Johnson as their new pastor. His enthusiastic recommendation from Ridgewood’s Pastor Search Committee was announced several weeks ago, and the church welcomed … Continue reading

LGBTQ

Historian Bill Leonard References Highland’s Conversations on Sexuality

Noted Baptist historian Bill Leonard wrote recently for ABP News about the collision of religious experience and individual conscience throughout Christian history. His article made reference of Highland’s recent conversations and recommendations around same-sex marriage, placing these recent events within their … Continue reading

Member Reflections

Reflections from Pride Weekend by Steven Carr

Louisville Pride continues to be an important part of the True Colors Ministry of Highland Baptist Church, and here’s why: People are broken. Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up in a home where your entire … Continue reading

Morocco

Highland, KBF Featured in CBF Fellowship Magazine

Highlighting the voices of Highland’s Robert Davis and Roy Fuller, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship’s ongoing, church-based partnership with Morocco is the cover story of this season’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Fellowship! magazine. The story opens with a haunting question posed to Robert Davis by … Continue reading

Music

The Advent Season at Highland Baptist Church

What Are We Waiting For? Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for Christ’s birth. Together in this 2013 Advent season, we will explore the theme What Are We Waiting For?, as we seek after the One who promises … Continue reading

News

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13 WHAT: A church-wide picnic to celebrate the summer and get us ready for the school year WHEN: Wednesday night, August 13. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Park … Continue reading

Nina Maples

January 12 “Really? Wow!” by Nina Maples

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player.

Partnerships

Highland, KBF Featured in CBF Fellowship Magazine

Highlighting the voices of Highland’s Robert Davis and Roy Fuller, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship’s ongoing, church-based partnership with Morocco is the cover story of this season’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Fellowship! magazine. The story opens with a haunting question posed to Robert Davis by … Continue reading

Recovery Ministries

Trading My Sorrows at Friday Church by Chris Sanders

I don’t remember when we first sang it.  I don’t know when we decided to make it our weekly theme songs.  (It’s been years.)  I’m told we don’t play it like the recordings, or like other churches sing it.  I … Continue reading

Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh

Reflections on Renovation

Renee Purtlebaugh shared these words as we cut the ribbon to reveal the renovation on Saturday, June 7. Today is an enormously important day for our community of faith. This morning as I sat eating breakfast, the view from my … Continue reading

Ridgewood

Join Ridgewood for Souper Bowl on February 1

Highland’s partner church Ridgewood Baptist Church invites us all to join them for their Souper Bowl gathering on Saturday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m. to support the work of Southwest Community Ministries. Canned food is your entrance fee into the gathering at … Continue reading

Seasons of the Liturgical Year

Prayer of Praise by Eric Burnette

Is spring not the best time in Louisville?  This is why I love having four seasons.  After a winter like this, spring feels like wandering into the land Oz – all at once the world is in vibrant technicolor. Thank … Continue reading

Senior Adults

Celebrating by Pat Ramsey

Today, walking my dog,  my legs and feet would not cooperate  and I felt that old fear creeping up  to smack me……..  so instead I salute and celebrate them.    Little mountain girl  with flashing brown legs and nimble feet … Continue reading

Sermons

July 20 “How Firm a Foundation: Inside the Boundaries” by Joe Phelps

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player.

Staff

A Sabbatical Update

It’s complicated to be a pastor and to be on sabbatical. Many of the things I do as your pastor I do not because they’re my job but rather because they reflect who I’ve grown to be. Caring about your … Continue reading

Stories of God's Transforming Love

The Absence of Presence by Bill Holmes

The Absence of Presence It is now our turn to confess that we no longer know what presence means. - Ralph Harper, On Presence: Variations and Reflections Margaret had just been told she had metastatic cancer. At the oncologist request and … Continue reading

Trips

Being the Church Without Borders: Reflections on Highland’s Partnership in Morocco by Robert Davis

On entering the grounds of the beautiful Catholic Cathedral in Tangier, Morocco, a sense of peace and serenity came over me. In the midst of the noise, traffic and chaos of a major African city, this space provided a quite … Continue reading

True Colors

Reflections from Pride Weekend by Steven Carr

Louisville Pride continues to be an important part of the True Colors Ministry of Highland Baptist Church, and here’s why: People are broken. Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up in a home where your entire … Continue reading

Uncategorized

Liberty and Justice For All? Highland Explores Church-State Issues on July 6

Highland welcomes all who are interested to a conversation about religious liberty called “Liberty and Justice for All?: Views of Religious Liberty in our National Landscape,” on Sunday night, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. Join us in this Fourth of … Continue reading

Urban Ministry

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13

Church-wide Back-to-School Picnic in Shelby Park on August 13 WHAT: A church-wide picnic to celebrate the summer and get us ready for the school year WHEN: Wednesday night, August 13. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Park … Continue reading

Worship

Sudden Moments of Clarity by Michael French

I want to share a few thoughts about being a deacon.  I still feel out of place in the role. Given my temperament, I think that feeling will probably never go away. But I’m extremely happy to be doing the … Continue reading

Young Adults

Prayer of Praise by Eric Burnette

Is spring not the best time in Louisville?  This is why I love having four seasons.  After a winter like this, spring feels like wandering into the land Oz – all at once the world is in vibrant technicolor. Thank … Continue reading

Youth

PASSPORT 2014: Youth Follow the Road Hand-in-Hand to Cross and Beyond

All it took was the short Vespers service on the first night of camp for all to become unhinged. Breaths came and went faster than he could catch them. Grief had knocked the wind out of him. Anxiety had taken … Continue reading

Music