May 2009

These three families stayed faithful through tragedy

Can I still trust a God who lets the worst tragedy happen? LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Can I still trust a God who lets the worst tragedy happen? For most Christians, that question has to be answered only in theory. But for three graduates of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, it recently became terrifyingly real. Todd Borger, Greg Bruckert and Ron McLain were all serving overseas when their children died suddenly within the last year. Through the tragedies, however, they and their wives committed to remain faithful in their service to Christ.

 

LifeWay study reveals pastors' ministry priorities

Ask 801 Southern Baptist pastors to name the critical ministries of their churches and their responses will vary by church size, according to an online survey from LifeWay Research. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Ask 801 Southern Baptist pastors to name the critical ministries of their churches and their responses will vary by church size, according to an online survey from LifeWay Research. The online study, titled “Critical Ministries and Their Leadership,” asked the pastors to identify their priorities in ministry and the challenges they face in finding effective leadership for key ministries.

 

NAMB appoints new missionaries in Louisiana

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The North American Mission Board has appointed two new missionaries in Louisiana. Jerrid and Tammy Rohner will serve in Roseland, La., where Jerrid has been named as a church planting missionary pastor.  He will continue to serve as lead pastor/planter at Cross-Point Church in Roseland.  He is also owner of R & R Lawn Care in Roseland. A Roseland native, Rohner earned a B.A. in Christian Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans. The Rohners are the parents of two children: Carla, 17, and Devin, 11.

 

Milestones

COMINGS AND GOINGS -Mark (wife Alexis) Isbell new as youth minister, First Baptist, Coushatta. NEEDED -Part-time youth minister at St. Clair Baptist; send resume to 940 St. Clair Rd., Boyce, LA 71409 or e-mail pwillis@stclairbaptist.org. -Pastor at Pineville Park Baptist; send resume to Pastor Search Committee, Pineville Park Baptist Church, 22455 Hwy. 28E, Pineville LA 71360. -Part-time minister of youth. Send resumes or inquiries to Pineville Park Baptist Church, Youth Search Committee, 2455 Hwy. 28E, Pineville LA 71360 or to tom.lott@pinevillepark.org.

 

State's first motorcycle ministry to be commissioned at Pine Grove Baptist

In 2002, two couples at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., took a step of faith as they established a motorcycle ministry called F.A.I.T.H. Riders. LIBUSE – In 2002, two couples at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., took a step of faith as they established a motorcycle ministry called F.A.I.T.H. Riders. It just seven short years, the ministry has grown and spread across the country as teams of dedicated believers commit to the cause of Christ and to sharing the Gospel on and with their motorcycles to any who will listen. 

 

Landscapes

Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans METAIRIE – In the first quarter of 2009,  the Celebration congregation has: -Had its weekend worship attendance grow by 10 percent, even though the church had to deal with challenges like Mardi Gras, time-change weekend, Spring festivals in the region, and more; -Received 184 new membership candidates into the Celebration family; -Had an additional 206 people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ; -Had hundreds of teens participating in midweek youth services and school Life Groups;

 

OTC medicines still needed for Brazil mission trip in July

Preparations for the upcoming 25th annual missions trip to Brazil are well underway. ALEXANDRIA – Preparations for the upcoming 25th annual missions trip to Brazil are well underway. The July 10-23 trip is hosted by Wayne Jenkins, Louisiana Baptist Convention’s evangelism and church growth director. The destination again this year is Belo Horizonte, capital city in the state of Minas Gerais.

 

Economic stresses leave LC unharmed

Despite the dark times of the current economic recession, Louisiana College continues to hold steady financially. PINEVILLE – Despite the dark times of the current economic recession, Louisiana College continues to hold steady financially. “Louisiana College has been adversely affected by the recession just like every other higher education institution in the country,” President Joe Aguillard said, “but perhaps not to the degree that many other schools have been touched.”

 

Questions We've Pondered

Question:  Fortune tellers, tarot cards, ouija boards, palm readers, and other spiritists offer to inform people of the future. Is this possible, that such devices or mediums (aka modern-day false prophets) could actually provide accurate information or predictions about future events? Doesn’t the Bible teach that everything spoken by a false prophet would not come to pass? Do false prophets ever accurately predict future events? 

 

Pages