February 2010

Tebow Super Bowl ad generating much buzz

[img_assist|nid=5966|title=Pam Tebow speaks to her son Tim during Senior Day ceremonies at the University of Florida. They will appear in a Super Bowl ad.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=84] By Michael Foust, Baptist Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) – Focus on the Family’s Super Bowl ad featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother Pam won’t air until Feb. 7, but it’s already created plenty of buzz and even controversy.


Evangelism Conference draws tight focus

[img_assist|nid=5969|title=With uplifted arms, worshippers at the 2010 Evangelism Conference sing praises to God during opening session|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=66] By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor BATON ROUGE – Soaring music, impassioned preaching, and warm fellowship all were part of the Evangelism Conference 2010, orchestrated Jan. 25-26 at Istrouma Baptist Church by the Evangelism and Church Growth division of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.


Louisiana Baptists respond to Haiti's earthquake needs

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor [img_assist|nid=5972|title=Louisiana Baptists are responding to Haitians with their pocketbooks, prayers and relief efforts in a big way.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]STATEWIDE – As of presstime, more than $58,000 in checks has been received by the Louisiana Baptist Convention for Haiti relief.


How big of a deal is it for you to miss church?

By Jim Law, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Gonzales [img_assist|nid=5978|title=Jim Law, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Gonzales|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=94|height=100]Is missing church sinful? If you have the flu, many would be grateful you stayed home.  But I don’t think illness is the reason that absenteeism among Southern Baptists is so widespread.


In reaching the world, it's not either/or

By Rob Zinn, Pastor Immanuel Baptist Church Highland, California [img_assist|nid=5981|title=Rob Zinn Pastor Immanuel Baptist Church Highland, California|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=64|height=100]We are a people who have been called by God to go into the world with the Gospel. We are a people with a command to make disciples, baptize them and teach them.


The Great Commission comes full circle with Japanese team in New Orleans

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter [img_assist|nid=5990|title=Judi Folds, wife of Tokyo Baptist Pastor Dennis Folds, leads a Bible study at Bethel Colony for recovering addicts.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=56]NEW ORLEANS – Dennis and Judi Folds left Louisiana 30 years ago to follow the Great Commission and take the Gospel to a distant land. A team of Japanese Baptists – the fruit of the Folds’ ministry in Tokyo – recently came to New Orleans on the same mission.


Jazz first brought missions leader to the Crescent City

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter NEW ORLEANS – A banjo player, Fusako Takada’s love of Jazz took her from Japan to New Orleans a dozen years ago. Though Takada didn’t know it at the time, her quest for music set her on a path to faith and new life in Christ. While in New Orleans in 1998, Takada was introduced to the story of Jesus through the gospel music of the African-American community. Back home, Takada joined a gospel choir led by an American in Tokyo.


Metairie church plant set to 'rock' its community

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter [img_assist|nid=5993|title=Jim Louviere, shown with wife Michele, planted a church in Metairie that presents the message in the language of today s culture|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]NEW ORLEANS – If having a good time was the same as being happy, this metro area should be filled with contented people, or so notes the website of Crescent City Rock, a church plant in Metairie with five baptisms since its start in November. To those searching for more, the church offers the hope that “Life rocks when built on The Rock.”


Louisiana College's School of Nursing holds a "Spirituality in Health Care" Symposium

By Quinn Lavespere, Special to the Message [img_assist|nid=5994|title=LC Professor and International Coordinator of Nursing David Sharp spoke on Approaching Spirituality in client care.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]The Louisiana College School of Nursing held a symposium on “Spirituality In Health Care” on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Granberry Conference Center.