Saving Sin City: West Coast meeting draws preachers, leaders to Las Vegas (reporting from Las Vegas). Page 1 lead.

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By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

LAS VEGAS – Go ahead. Snicker.

Leo G. Gay has heard all the jokes.

When fellow Christians find out he’s from Sin City, the wisecracks start.

“I get questions like, ‘Do y’all accept chips in your basket?’” said Gay, minister of the North Las Vegas Church of Christ, about nine miles north of the famous stretch of hotels, casinos and resort properties known as “The Strip.”

The largest Church of Christ in Nevada, the 320-member congregation where Gay preaches hosted the recent 48th annual West Coast Preachers and Leaders Forum. The forum, started in San Francisco in 1964, rotates to a different city each year.

Amid the bright lights of an entertainment capital known for its slot machines, quickie wedding chapels and X-rated nightlife, about 300 Christian brothers and sisters came to study the Bible and focus on the theme “The Kingdom of God

When the saints come marching in — to Sin City (reporting from Las Vegas). Inside Story.

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