Louisiana Baptist men visit with the ‘hard case’ inmates at maximum security-lockdown Camp J during the 2015 LBC Revival at Angola April 10-11.
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Russell Moore (center), President of the Southern Baptists Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, answers a question during a Q&A at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church as part of a Preach the Word Conference. On the panel with Moore were (left) Jeff Riley, professor of ethics and Chairman of the Division of Theological and Historical Studies at NOBTS, and Pastor Chad Gilbert (right) of Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

ANGOLA – Clarence Frederick wore a big smile as he shepherded a group of Louisiana Baptist men through Camp C at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on April 11.

While the Baptist men witnessed, distributed tracts and prayed with the incarcerated men, Frederick, 52, described the importance of their visit.

By John Kyle, Louisiana Baptists Communications

ALEXANDRIA – Louisiana Baptists have positioned themselves for a strong and potentially fruitful 2015 according to Louisiana Baptists Executive Director David Hankins.

“As a whole, Louisiana Baptists continue to believe in and support our cooperative approach to missions and ministries in Louisiana and beyond,” said Hankins. “I am blessed and encouraged by the faithfulness of God’s people and God’s churches.”

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

They are two Southern Baptist institutions of higher learning in Louisiana, with a different type of student they educate, their location and the enrollment numbers.

But despite their differences, Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary have one end result – training students to make a difference for Christ in a culture that is increasingly hostile to the gospel.

By Carrie Brown McWhorter, The Alabama Baptist

Many working adults are highly motivated to return to college.

For job seekers a college education can mean the difference between getting hired or not. For those already employed a degree can lead to raises or promotions.

The decision to add college classes to an already full schedule of family and work responsibilities is not an easy one, however. That’s why many institutions, including Baptist colleges and universities, now offer more flexible options geared especially toward nontraditional adult learners.

SHREVEPORT – Kevin Cochran, the Atlanta, Ga., fire chief known for his termination over a book he wrote calling homosexual behavior immoral will be the keynote speaker at a men’s conference this weekend.

Hosted by Willow Point Baptist Church, the Men’s Freedom Weekend will feature Cochran who will speak on the freedom he has found in the fire of adversity.

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed fired Cochran on Jan. 6 following publication of his book.

By John Yeats, Executive Director of Missouri Baptist Convention

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) – Our nation once rode the wave of expansive optimism and blessed economic prosperity.

Now we appear to be trying to find our place in line with the long list of mediocre economies that were corrupted by greed, injustice and violations of biblical conscience.

By Sherwon Williamson, Pastor of Magnolia Baptist Church of Saline

God will never give you more than you can handle.

I’m sure many, if not all, of us have heard this said before. Maybe we have even said it ourselves. This is often the “go to” reply to try to comfort anyone who is going through a difficult situation, has suffered some sort of loss, or has a major decision to make.

I can’t help but wonder though, is this true? Does this align with what we see in scripture? Is it true that God will never give us more than we can handle?

By David Jeremiah, Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – If you follow the trends in our media, you might begin to think that the road to happiness is paved with material possessions.

But that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus. Life is more than materialism, more than fleeting and temporal satisfactions, more than pleasure and power and popularity.

By Erich Bridges, IMB Global Correspondent

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The number of Muslims in the world will nearly match the number of Christians by 2050.

By Staff, Baptist Message

KENTWOOD – Start your engines!

No, it’s not the start of a NASCAR race but participants at the upcoming 4 Wheels 4 Him: Car Show and Spring Fest will hear those words on May 2 at New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood.

The day’s activities include music, door prizes, jumper houses, BB-guns, bows and arrows and more. Sharing a testimony is Bart Vandrell, who has won the Auto-rama’s World of Wheels at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Vandrell is a member of First Baptist Church in Pearl River.

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter

NEW ORLEANS – In the turbulent wake of racial tensions from recent situations like Ferguson, Mo., Russell Moore, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president, said at a one-day preaching event in New Orleans that it is not enough for Christians of different races to simply get along for the sake of missions and evangelism, though both are vital.

Racial reconciliation must be a matter of spiritual warfare, Moore said.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – Two words from Christ more than 2,000 years ago still are very much alive today and continue to impact one’s own community, state, nation and world.

Follow Jesus.

“A call to be like Jesus – to see the world with His heart, through His eyes, to see the possibilities and act boldly in His power,” said Lane Corley, Louisiana Baptists’ church planting strategist and pastor of the Bridge Church in Madisonville. “That’s our challenge and it’s the one our community is waiting for.”

Dear Louisiana College family:

My first day as president has arrived, and I can think of only a few events in my life that reflect the impact this next adventure God has before me. Coming to saving faith in Jesus, meeting and marrying Cathy, having children and grandchildren all were momentous and meaningful occasions. Becoming the 9th president of Louisiana College, however, is the beginning of another chapter in this life that has prepared me for the challenges and victories the future has for every stakeholder of Louisiana College.

ON THE MOVE

Coby (wife Carlee) Norman new as associate pastor at The Gathering Place, Alexandria.

Ivory (wife Betty Ann) Jackson new as pastor at North Star Baptist Church (a new mission) in Shreveport.

Daniel (wife Grace) Hernandez new as pastor at Broadmoor en Espanol, Shreveport.

HOMECOMING

WASHINGTON (BP) – The White House’s claim that so-called conversion therapy for homosexuals should be illegal has sparked replies from Christian ministers and counselors who say President Obama’s position is based on biased research and threatens religious liberty.