Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn challenged and encouraged Louisiana Baptists to maximize their effectiveness for Gospel ministry by getting engaged throughout the state during his President’s Report at the 167th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Messengers had the opportunity to cast their ballots on three motions and seven resolutions during the 167th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention at First Baptist Church in Lafayette.
Louisiana Baptist Foundation Executive Director Wayne Taylor (shown speaking at this year’s annual meeting) updated the committee of implementing new accounting software for the Foundation.
Diz Smith, Dennis Milsap, Jerry Istre and Tony Branham of First Baptist Church of DeRidder once again took home the Team Trophy during the annual Louisiana Baptist Golf Fellowship with a combined scored of 313. Branham also finished as the Grand Champion of Medalist Play with a 74.
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd answers a question during the Prayer Summit at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Pictured from left to right are NOBTS President Chuck Kelley, previous SBC President Fred Luter, Floyd and Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn.

By Philip Timothy, Managing Editor

LAFAYETTE – The challenges ahead are plentiful but early results are proving both encouraging and exciting.

Messengers attending the 167th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention at First Lafayette received their first progress report on the efforts of the President’s 2020 Commission and it was a good one.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Louisiana has been selected as the host state for next year’s Bivocational Small Church Leadership Network National Celebration.

Scheduled for June 26-27 at Louisiana College, the theme for the annual conference is “God Has A Plan For You And Your Church.”

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – Unhappy with a procedural process, a messenger at the 167th Annual Meeting decried his inability to speak to a motion.

Messenger Jay Adkins, pastor of First Westwego, asked to speak after the executive board declined to recommend any action on his 2013 motion about the supposed conflict the Executive Director has on entity boards as ex officio.

By Frank Michael McCormack, NOBTS Communications

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Three Southern Baptist leaders, in a “Prayer Summit for Spiritual Awakening” at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, challenged pastors-in-training to seek a fresh movement of God and lead their congregations to experience the same.

Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, opened the prayer summit in New Orleans Seminary’s Leavell Chapel, preaching from Isaiah 63-64.

By David Roach, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) -- If not for a Baptist church split, the Pilgrims might never have come to America.

Sort of.

John Smyth, who often is credited with being the first Baptist, pastored a church where many of the Christians who later came to be known as Pilgrims were members. But when Smyth began to argue with the future Pilgrims over church government, they formed another church under the leadership of John Robinson. In 1620, a portion of Robinson's congregation sailed to Plymouth, Mass., aboard the Mayflower.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

News outlets reported incorrectly that a Nebraska school district was planning to prohibit teachers from referencing students as boys and girls or ladies and gentlemen. But the desire to create a genderless society in America does exist.

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel said Oct. 9 that “there’s ‘absolutely no truth’ to news and blogger accounts that his district is mandating that teachers replace the terms boys and girls with gender-neutral terms,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.

By John Yeats, Executive Director of Missouri Baptist Convention

I was shocked when the Wall Street Journal recently ran articles about Southern Baptists and Apple Corporation’s Tim Cook on the same page.

Interestingly, Cook’s “coming out” announcement actually was verification of old news. Running a story about Southern Baptists above the fold was a shock.

The headline read, “Southern Baptists Soften Tone on Gays.” Really?

By Bob Carpenter, Pastor of Cedar Street Church

I wish I could remember the name of the brother who greeted me and my family when we worshipped with Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas.

Many years later, I keenly remember the warm, enthusiastic way he took us under his care to find the worship center, receive bulletins and meet a few others before the musicians signaled the beginning of the service.

Most surprising was his enthusiastic offer, “Can you join my family for dinner after worship?”

By David Jeremiah, Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church

Reading the headlines of any newspaper today can produce anxiety and uncertainty; there’s no end to what we can worry about in our world.

But in Philippians 4:9, the Bible gives us a 24-word solution to 24-hour anxiety: “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

By Barrett Duke, Vice President of the ERLC

Marijuana supporters continue to succeed with their plan to legalize this dangerous drug across the country.

Their strategy is now quite obvious. They begin by playing on the public’s compassion with medical marijuana, and then follow up with their true agenda: the widespread legalization of recreational marijuana.

A quick look at the 2014 vote results reveals this strategy very clearly. Oregon and Alaska, which both legalized recreational marijuana on Tuesday, have had legal medical marijuana since 1998.

By Terri Stovall, Dean of Women's Programs at SWBTS

Walking back from the mailbox last week, I stopped cold in my tracks as I eyed the last envelope in the stack of magazines, junk mail and bills. I knew what it was before I even opened it -- a letter informing me it was time for a mammogram.

Instantly my mind raced back exactly two years earlier. Oct. 9 was a Tuesday. What I assumed would be a simple screening mammogram a week earlier led to a more detailed mammogram that led to a biopsy. The phone rang in my office as I was rushing out to chapel and I stopped to answer.

By Holly Jo Linzay, Regional Reporter

ALEXANDRIA – Hearts were stirred at the 127 Conference Nov. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church as the 120 attendees heard first-hand accounts of how fostering and adopting children impact lives.

By Jerry Love, LBC Communications

ALEXANDRIA – The Louisiana Baptist Foundation Board of Trustees met for its regular quarterly Trustees meeting on Oct. 28. 

During the morning Investment Committee meeting, the various portfolios of the Foundation were reviewed in respect to performance and potential adjustments to asset allocation. 

Barbara Bell led a review of the financial assets under management.

As of Sept. 30, the total assets managed by the LBF are $160,892,180.07 held in 2077 accounts on behalf of Baptist churches and ministries.  

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – How does a pastor fulfill his ministry?

That was the question speakers set out to answer during their 2014 Louisiana Baptist Pastors Conference sermons Nov. 9-10.

“We have a tough culture and somehow as a leader we have to learn how to listen to the voice of God and not the voice of others,” said Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd. “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

ALEXANDRIA – Two beautiful days greeted golfers for the Fall edition of The Baptist Golf Fellowship held Oct. 20-21 at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria.

Golfers from all over the state were treated to vast amounts of sunshine and nice temps as they met for good fellowship, food, trophies, prizes and 36 holes of golf thrown in for good measure.

ON THE MOVE

Steve (wife Amy) Beard new as pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church, Arcadia.

Kenny (wife Anna) Rowe new as pastor at Temple Baptist Church, Springhill.

Trey Waldrop new as pastor at First Baptist Church, Amite.

David Tassin new as pastor at Bonner Creek Baptist Church, Franklinton.

Wilton McMorris new as Associate/Youth Pastor at Milldale Baptist Church, Zachary.

Billy (wife Stephanie) Stevens new as pastor at Willow Point Baptist Church, Shreveport.