June 2010

Pine Ridge Baptist Church THRIVING well in the woods

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

MELDER – If there’s a kind of “God glow” shimmering at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, it might be because of the unselfish ministries of fewer than a dozen women.

The group – open to any woman in the church or community – meets twice a month, for about two hours Thursday mornings. The second Thursday of the month starts with an hour-long Bible study; the fourth Thursday starts with a missions meeting, with the women reading “parts” from Missions Mosaic magazine, a WMU publication. The second hour is
reserved for missions projects.


Training on pro-life available for teens

BATON ROUGE – Nearly 51 million babies in the United States were legally aborted between the years 1973 and 2008, according to government statistics. The number aborted in the United States has held steady at about 1.2 million in 2005, ’06, ’07 and ’08.

In 2008, Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Students for Life and the Knights of Columbus came together to bring those statistics down by training a new generation of pro-life “Joshua’s.” The result was the first-ever, weekendlong, Louisiana Camp Joshua (LCJ) in Baton Rouge in 2008 to train high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to be pro-life leaders.


DR trying to alleviate tension from spill

By Karen Willoughby, Managing Editor

GULF COAST of Louisiana – The oil spill resulting from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20 has curtailed a third of the fishing waters in the entire Gulf of Mexico. It’s a mess.

Oil is being seen on Alabama, Mississippi and Florida beaches as well as on the beaches and in the fragile marshlands of Louisiana. The cutting tool being used in a try to cap the leak is stuck in surrounding equipment nearly a mile under the water’s surface. Tensions are high, and Southern Baptists are on track with Disaster Relief chaplains.

“This is not overwhelming-crushing-moment crisis; it’s prolonged,” said Pastor Craig Ratliff of Celebration Arabi Church in St. Bernard Parish. “You wake up tomorrow and wonder if it’s going to be worse than today.”


Angola revival changes lives, impacts souls

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer

ANGOLA – For prisoners and volunteers alike, this year’s annual Angola Prison Revival proved to be a life-changing experience.

Thurman Bell believes it changed his life.

Pastor E.J. Scott knows it changed his.

Together the pair joined 175 other volunteers who participated May 21-22 in the annual evangelistic event at what was once called “the worst prison in America” – Angola State



Young pastors and the Great Commission Resurgence

Steve Horn, Pastor First Baptist Lafayette

Much has been written and no doubt will continue to be written about the final report to be presented to the SBC in Orlando from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF). One can read the strengths and weaknesses of the recommendations from far more knowledgeable and more prominent Southern Baptists than this author.

[img_assist|nid=6397|title=Steve Horn Pastor First Baptist Lafayette|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=72|height=100]However, I believe that I do have a unique perspective as a “younger” pastor – if I still qualify as young being a few months shy of forty years old.


It's time to start a Great Commission Resurgence

The messengers assembled at the 2009 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting held in Louisville, Ky., voted overwhelmingly to approve the motion to allow SBC president,

Johnny Hunt, to appoint a task force to assist Southern Baptists to become more intentional and more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission.

[img_assist|nid=6399|title=Kenneth S. Hemphill SBC Strategist Empowering Kingdom Growth|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=76|height=100]On the positive side, the enthusiastic response to this motion tells us that the heart of Southern Baptist people is to link arms in taking the Gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.


Why I oppose GCRTF report

The following are 12 reasons why I oppose the recommendations of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force:

[img_assist|nid=6401|title=Larry Lewis Former President Home Mission Board (NAMB)|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=81|height=100]1. The recommendations would divide and unravel the SBC, separating the SBC from state conventions.

2. They would be divisive in a time when we need healing and unity.


GCRTF chair seeks prayer

Orlando is coming into view. With just days until Southern Baptists gather in Orlando, the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force is eager to present our report to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.

[img_assist|nid=6403|title=Ronnie W. Floyd Chairman SBC s GCR Task Force|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]We have been encouraged along the way by the prayers, interest, and support invested by thousands of faithful and visionary Southern Baptists.

We were given an incredible charge by the Convention as it met last year in Louisville. The overwhelming vote to establish the Task Force sent a clear signal that Southern Baptists desire greater faithfulness to the Great Commission.

Every word of our report is written with that singular goal in mind.


Excited CP is being understood

By Frank Page, Vice President Evangelism NAMB

I have been asked to share some of my thoughts about the GCR and its current consideration before our convention. I am glad to do so.

[img_assist|nid=6405|title=Frank Page Vice President Evangelism NAMB|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=74|height=100]I have not always shared the view points of some of the committee members. However, let me be very clear that I love each and every one of the task force members and I am thankful to have served with them. They are a godly group of men and women who share the same heart.


Passage of GCRTF report would be a terrible mistake

To the Editor:

The Great Commission Task Force report, like Brutus with Caesar, shows up late and then praises our Cooperative Program before assassinating it. The report REMOVES ALL INCENTIVE for a church to give through the Cooperative Program, leaving it [CP](if adopted) high and dry.

Our Southern Baptist Cooperative Program is right now God’s one-and-only winning strategy for the whole world and is 100 percent Great Commission giving! It needs one improvement – our vigorous, sustained giving!