No Destination: Pineville Preacher

Pineville Preachin', Pineville, Ky.
On a Sunday afternoon drive through Pineville (Bell Co.), I happened to notice some singing coming from the corner of the courthouse square. With guitars in hand (non-instrumentalists held Bibles), the crusade had begun. To be sure, there was some fire and brimstone outdoor preaching on this hot day. There was also the laying of hands and purging of sins. While I didn't hear it, I'm sure the "Do Not Enter" sign was worked into the message.

The voices recalled for me the sound of the preachers who would shout in the commons area at the University of Kentucky, but these Pineville folk were not going to Lexington. They simply took their Sunday morning message out into their own community. And, while my form of worship isn't necessarily on my knees in the middle of the street, these people seemed genuine. Religion is important in Kentucky; I've had the opportunity to visit some gorgeous churches on my journeys but this was the first time I'd witnessed (while on a No Destination drive) public displays of religion.