DOM Bert Langley prays for fellow DOM Alan Knuckles at the first Day of Prayer in Lafayette.
After a day of activity, Bible study, and small groups, these children at Seeker Springs Baptist Encampment joined together for prayer.
Campers at this year’s Centri Kid Camp worship with music and motions during the evening worship service in Guinn Auditorium on the Louisiana College campus.
Girls pray with a leader after the first night of worship at the Girls Mission Camp at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center at the end of July.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – Keeping with a desire to focus on prayer in the state, Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn has scheduled a second day of prayer within a four-month period.

By Hannah Boggs and Hannah Fleming,

Message Staff Writer

From new paint to new programs to new buildings, Louisiana’s Baptist encampments throughout the state have been extremely busy and productive making improvements and, even expanding, all the while keeping up with a busy summer camping season.

Here is what has been taking place at some of those encampments:

ACADIAN BAPTIST CENTER

By Hannah Fleming, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – The Centri Kid Camp has been reaching middle schoolers nationwide for the past 13 years and at Louisiana College for the last two.

And the popular camp is growing.

“Centri Kid has grown in both numbers and space since it began back in 2001,” said Ellie Doom, assistant director for the camp at Louisiana College for the past two years and a member of the Centri Kid staff for the past five years.

By Hannah Fleming, Message Staff Writer

WOODWORTH – Girls from all over Louisiana were challenged to be ‘fearless’ as they developed a heart for Christ and a heart for missions at this year’s Girls Mission Camp.

“I was excited to see how the girls got to experience and grow in their relationship with God, learn about missions and see Him in nature and the outdoors,” said Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Children & Youth Mission Education Strategist Jess Archer.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – A Louisiana Baptist attorney has started a non-profit legal ministry to defend faith and freedom in the state and beyond.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

The art of debate in American public discourse has, it seems, gone the way of the dodo bird. Insults and accusations have replaced the reasoned presentation of ideas buttressed by points of fact.

By Richard Land, President Southern Evangelical Seminary

Sometimes things come across your desk that stop you dead in your tracks, and you say, “That just can’t be.” And then you find out, “Yes, it can.”

This happened to me the other day when I read a news release that said that at least 40% of Americans (and 90% of under 30 millennials) are afflicted with “nomophobia”-the fear of not having, or losing, their smartphones. This fear actually produces psychological and physical symptoms.

By Joe McKeever, Retired Pastor, Author

“Evil people and imposters will become worse (in the last days), deceiving and being deceived.”

(2 Timothy 3:13)

Can we talk about imposters?

Specifically church-dropouts who say they love the Lord.

Recently, we were having a lively Facebook discussion about church leadership and whether divorced people – specifically someone with multiple divorces – should be considered for deacon.

By Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention

I recently released an article where I pointed out that 60 percent of our Southern Baptist churches did not baptize a single young person between the ages of 12-17 years old.

When you combine the lack of effectiveness in reaching teenagers with the lack of effectiveness in most of our SBC churches in reaching, baptizing and discipling young adults from ages 18-29, we must ask ourselves, “If this does not change, what does this mean for us?”

By Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Seminary

Our culture is full of frustrating inconsistencies.

For example, an NFL player was recently suspended for two games for beating up his fiancée (now his wife) in an altercation in a casino. For making disparaging comments about gays, another NFL player was suspended three games.

By Thom S. Rainer, President, CEO LifeWay Christian Research

I will be a unifying Christian.

There are times when I must take a stand for God and His Word,

But I can do so in such a way that is charitable and non-combative.

My tone can be helpful,

And my demeanor can be Christ-like.

I will be a unifying Christian.

I will seek to build up before I tear down,

To encourage before criticizing.

I will learn that my words can be a source of great harm,

Or they can be a source of encouragement and joy.

By Connor Headrick, LC Student and intern for Family Research Council

Navigating the complex waters of public policy with a skeptical audience can be challenging for even the most thoughtful of Christians.

Taking a stand on a pressing moral issue, such as abortion or homosexuality, and backing it up with Scripture often brings accusations of bigotry or intolerance.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

Campuses will be buzzing with students in the coming weeks and Baptist Collegiate Ministry directors emphasize the importance of establishing a pattern of building relationships with them early in the fall semester.

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

ALEXANDRIA – The Louisiana Baptist Foundation met and conducted a mild day of business for its regular quarterly Trustees meeting at the end of July.

LBF investment consultant Lee Morris with Graystone Consulting (a Morgan Stanley company) presented his report to the Investment Committee to begin the day. 

Investment performance was reviewed through the second quarter.

By Staff, World News Magazine

NEWTON, IA – An Iowa newspaper editor is claiming his former employer fired him because of his biblical beliefs about sexuality.

Bob Eschliman, the former editor-in-chief of the Newton Daily News, filed an official discrimination charge on July 24 with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

ON THE MOVE

Joseph Craig Kubic new as Dean of Libraries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lavelle Spillers new as pastor Welcome Home Baptist Church, Dodson.

Billy Prince has resigned as pastor at Corinth Baptist Church, Winnfield.

Stephen Byrd new as pastor of First Baptist Church, Zachary.

Jason Robertson new as pastor of Milldale Baptist Church, Zachary.

Joshua (wife Beth) Shirey is new as youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Blanchard.