July 2010

Resolutions, nominees for Louisiana Baptist posts sought

Louisiana Baptists are invited to submit names of nominees for service on state convention boards and committees and to submit resolutions for possible consideration for the 2010 Louisiana Baptist Convention.

The Louisiana Baptist Committee on Committees is beginning work to nominate persons to serve on various state convention committees.  Currently, 19 nominees are needed for service on committees on Credentials, Louisiana Baptist History, Moral and Social Concerns, Nominations, Order of Business and Resolutions. Committee on Committees Chair is Richard Blue.


Masteller invites all pastors to Aug. 9 prayer meeting for lost

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer

SHREVEPORT – Through the years, pastors have come together to pray for a variety of national, state, and convention-related issues. Now, Louisiana Baptist Convention President Rod Masteller is asking them to join him at Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport to pray for the single, most important concern today: the lost.


Providing more money for reaching the nations

By Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor Springdale, Ark.

For a few months, God has really been working in my life about what actions I need to take and our church needs to take to get the Gospel to the nations in a more effective manner. Serving as the Chairman of Southern Baptist’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has truly changed my life and ministry perspective.


God uses 'nobodies'

By David Jeremiah, Senior Pastor Shadow Mountain El Cajon, Calif.


[img_assist|nid=6109|title=David Jeremiah, Pastor Shadow Mountain El Cajon, California|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=83|height=100]God doesn’t take the majority of His workers from the ranks of the wise, mighty or noble.

First Corinthians 1:26 says, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”


WHY YOUR FAITH IS SECURE: It is based on an unchanging status of relationship

By Steve Lemke, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Provost

[img_assist|nid=6339|title=Steve Lemke, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Provost|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=75|height=100]In this series of articles about the biblical reasons supporting the security of the believer, we have already seen four reasons that we cannot lose our salvation:  

1 because salvation is not ours to lose since God provides it, not we ourselves,
2 – because it is based upon a life-changing salvation experience with God,
3 – because eternal salvation is a Scriptural promise, and

4 – because eternal salvation is a logical necessity.  


Questions We've Pondered

[img_assist|nid=6013|title=Archie England PH D NOBTS Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=73|height=100]Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, many similarly ask, “How is this relevant for us today?”

Too often a question I field about the Old Testament. If it is so relevant (and it is) why then do believers intentionally avoid so much of the Old Testament?


Racial reconciliation swirls around the state

By Karen Willoughby, Managing Editor

SICILY ISLAND, CROWLEY, MONROE/WEST MONROE, CALHOUN – In his famous “I have a dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated his hope that one day character would matter more than ethnicity. Some have been content to simply wait for the Civil Rights leader’s vision to materialize.

There are pastors in Louisiana, however, who have decided to do something to make Kings’s dream a reality.   

“This area has been controversial between races over the years,” said James Gass, pastor for the last three years at First Baptist Church of Sicily Island, in Ouachita Baptist Association. “My hope was that if nothing else, this crusade would bring us together on common ground, and I believe it did.”

This spring, churches and groups of churches across Louisiana worked together to bring racial and community reconciliation.

This article looks at four of those events.


First Jackson Celebrates 175th anniversary

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Summer Staff Writer

[img_assist|nid=6490|title=Established in 1835, First Baptist Church of Jackson recently celebrated its 175th anniversary|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=75|height=100]JACKSON – In the heart of the Felicianas nestles a church that recently celebrated with dinner on the grounds its Sunday morning worship, annual homecoming, the 149th anniversary of its sanctuary, and the 175th anniversary of the founding of the church in 1835.

Joe Nesom has been pastor for the last 27 years.


A Different Approach

  By Diana Chandler, Regional Reporter

NEW ORLEANS – Emily McIlwain won’t share many details of her baptism.

    Instead, the eight-year-old smiles and shyly seeks cover behind her mother as she relates how Calvary Baptist Senior Pastor Michael Carney placed her in the water two years ago.

  What made Emily’s experience so different from other Southern Baptist baptisms is that her parents Tammy and Allen McIlwain were in the pool with Emily. In fact, they baptized her themselves.


Interim pastor leads First Vidalia in amazing spiritual surge

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Summer Staff Writer

VIDALIA – Some people would say that churches with interim pastors are in a time of transition.  First Baptist Church of Vidalia would think otherwise.

[img_assist|nid=6494|title=First Baptist Church Vidalia Interim Pastor Bill McCullin|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]Since the appointment of Interim Pastor Bill McCullin in January, First Vidalia has seen an increase in Sunday School attendance over the last several months while following McCullin’s God-focused leadership.