Are Casinos Compatible With a Commonwealth?

By Richard Nelson 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...

When Big Gambling Gambles and Loses

By Richard Nelson 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...

Wherein Lies Your Ultimate Hope?

by Richard Nelson, CPC Executive Director Tomorrow, President-Elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Many conservatives are distraught over the impending policy lurch to the left in the next 100 days. Some are convinced the...

What Is Christmas About Anyway?

by Richard Nelson I confess that I really have a hard time with the 21st-century version of Christmas, too often a commercialized free-for-all built on excess. The retail decor goes on display earlier and earlier, crowding out other holidays, making me feel like the...

It’s Becoming Clearer that Churches are Essential

by Richard Nelson Governor Andy Beshear has once again drawn criticism for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Commonwealth. Recently the governor requested that churches voluntarily close for in-person services, yet allowed casino operations, liquor stores,...

Gov. Beshear’s Orders Defy the Human Design

by Jordan Tong As numbers of new COVID-19 cases have risen in the state of Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear has once again put the clamps on the Commonwealth. The newest restrictions issued by the governor include no indoor seating at restaurants, reduced capacity of...

Evangelical Political Calculus Changing

Can Evangelicals support Trump and Maintain their Witness? Evangelical Christians may be one of the most influential voting blocks this election but will they vote according to Biblical principles? According to John Piper’s recent commentary, he thinks...

Qualities of a Justice

What are the qualities of a good Supreme Court Justice? The question is relevant since Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the nation’s highest court last weekend. Impeccable integrity, temperament, experience, and fidelity to the Constitution are...

When the Cure is Worse Than the Disease

When the Cure Is Worse than the Disease by Richard Nelson Back in February, caution was in order, as we knew little about the tiny COVID-19 virus whose threat loomed largely. What else could we do but follow our leaders and public health experts? After four months of...

Elections Belong to the People

As Kentuckians head to the polls during this highly unusual primary voting season, we all face a variety of issues beginning with how and where to vote. Since we are past the deadline to request an absentee ballot, that leaves the latter question to be answered. If...

Racial Reconciliation Begins With Church

I recently moderated a forum on racism, justice, and the Church, where three black pastors from Kentucky and Tennessee joined me and a colleague in a helpful conversation that brought a better understanding of the black community’s response to the senseless...

Legislators Push LGBT Agenda on Kids

Kentucky lawmakers are promoting legislation that would circumvent parental rights in favor of the LGBTQ agenda. HB 296, filed by Lisa Wilner (D-Louisville), would mandate schools to provide “age-appropriate” sex education to children in kindergarten-12th grade.  But...

Medical Marijuana the Wrong Way

Marijuana as medicine is moving in the Kentucky legislature but before we jump on the bandwagon, we should make sure we are using the same definitions so that we don’t talk past each other. Most people think when you say medical marijuana that a doctor is prescribing...