February 15, 2014 9:49:25 PM
Jan Swoope - [email protected]
Author, speaker, recording artist and worship leader Kelly Minter of Nashville, Tenn., will lead a Kelly Minter Women's Conference, "No Other Gods: Confronting Our Modern-Day Idols," at First Baptist Church in Starkville Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.
Friday's session is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday's session is 9 a.m. until noon. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the church located at 106 E. Lampkin St.
Conference registration is $20. Register online at FBCStarkville.com/kellyminter or register at the door.
"Our Women's Ministry is sponsoring the conference for spiritual growth. We try to bring in someone to address an issue and be an encouragement to women," said Pat Little of the FBC Women's Ministry Committee. "It's open to all ages; we encourage high school, college, middle-aged and senior ladies to come."
Minter grew up in Northern Virginia, the daughter of a pastor. After moving to Nashville in 1999, she released her first album, "Good Day," in 2001 and followed it in 2003 with "Wrestling with Angels," which included the song "This Is My Offering." It went to No. 1 on Inspirational charts. She has toured with Christian artists including Bebo Norman and Sonicflood and written songs recorded by Point of Grace, Sandy Patti, Sonicflood and Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars), among others.
Minter has since become well-known as the author and teacher of bible study curricula, including three studies for LifeWay Christian Resources. "No Other Gods" is one of them.
False gods is not a topic relegated to foreign lands or ancient times, Minter states. They can be simple things, like people, houses, careers, shopping or food -- things that may have grown into idols simply by how much they are desired. Or, they can be move obvious, like alcohol, drugs or pornography.
"Regardless of our idols, they all take the place of God in our lives," she writes.
During the conference, Minter will share some of her music, accompanied by a violinist with Golden Triangle ties. Bethany Daniel Bordeaux, formerly of Columbus and now of Nashville, often performs with the worship leader.
For more information, visit FBCStarkville.com or contact the church office, 662-323-5633.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.