November 2010

NAMB closing 2 Baptist centers in Louisiana

By MICKEY NOAH, NAMB Communications

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The Rachel Sims Baptist Mission and the Carver Baptist Center – now owned and operated by the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board – are to close effective Dec. 31. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, ownership of both properties will transfer to the New Orleans Baptist Association.

“The closing of the two ministry centers and the property transfer reflects NAMB’s process over the last 12 years of giving NAMB-owned properties to local Baptist associations or churches,” said Richard Leach, the mission board’s team leader for servant/ministry evangelism in Alpharetta, Ga. The New Orleans Baptist Association (NOBA, formerly the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans) is an association of 107 Southern Baptist churches in the New Orleans area.


PRAYER IS THE ANSWER Masteller encouraged by what he's learned this past year as president

By PHILIP TIMOTHY, Message Staff Writer

SHREVEPORT – Rod Masteller has listened closely and he’s encouraged by what he’s heard.
In the last year, Masteller, pastor of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, has attempted to meet with “as many pastors and directors of mission as possible,” in his official capacity as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

His travels have kept him on the road and, at times, away from his church, but he said he believes it has been more than worth it.


Marine veteran recalls service in World War II

By BRIAN BLACKWELL, Special to the Baptist Message

MONROE – Leroy Higginbotham will never forget hearing the electrifying news on the radio Dec. 7, 1941 – a day that changed his life and the future of millions of Americans.

A high school senior at the time, Higginbotham listened as the newscast reported Japanese forces had bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.


Is there gospel urgency or an eschatological fad?

By John Yeats, Director of LBC Communications

In the last half of this decade there appears to be a discovery like that of a lost pearl, a nugget of truth hidden but now revealed in these latter days.

The discovery is a renewed application of Matthew 24:14, “This good news of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.” (HCSB)


The Keys to Benefiting from a Revival Meeting

By Jake Roudkovski, Director of Supervised Ministry New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s note: In part 1, Dr. Roudkovski looked at the history of revivals in the Southern Baptist Convention. That column remains available on (Search for Dr. Roudkovski’s name.)

To recap:
The term revival is defined as the sovereign movement of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in revitalizing the believers in Jesus Christ to a more vital spiritual life, work, and witness. Revival meetings refer to a period of time set aside by a church or churches for the purpose of spiritual revitalization and/or evangelism. …

In a classic resource on the history of revival meetings in Southern Baptist life, Chuck Kelley asserted that revivalism was one of the major factors that contributed to the enormous growth of the denomination in the past. … In 1866, the SBC instructed the Home Mission Board [now NAMB] to make evangelism its major work and promote a comprehensive system of evangelism, including the appointment of evangelists. …


Questions We've Pondered

By Bill Warren, Ph.D., NOBTS Professor of New Testament and Greek

Question: I’ve heard that Jesus descended into hell after he died and before he was resurrected but can’t find this in the Bible. Is this biblical? If not, where did the idea come from?  

Bill Warren responds: This idea is often based on the Apostles’ Creed that states that Jesus “descended into hell.” (Other early church creeds do not mention this).

Later in church history, some pushed the image to mean “hell” in a negative sense and so developed elaborate art and literature depicting Jesus actually going to the place of the eternally damned, as seen in Dante’s Inferno.


YEC moves from Lafayette Cajundome back to Rapides Coliseum

ALEXANDRIA – The move Oct. 26 of this year’s Nov. 21-22 Youth Evangelism Celebration from the Cajundome in Lafayette back to the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria has been accomplished with only minor issues.

“Only one or two churches had some minor difficulty changing their hotel reservations,” said Kevin Boles, Louisiana Baptist Convention youth ministry strategist.

LBC leadership along with legal counsel, due to contract issues, made the difficult decision to return the LBC’s largest event to its traditional site.


Three inducted into LC Hall of Fame; Collins first LC softball inductee

By AMY BRYANT, Special to the Baptist Message

PINEVILLE – Former LC softball pitcher Emillie Collins along with long-time announcer Hymie Bradford and former running back Wayne Davis became the latest class inducted by the LC Wildcat Athletic Association at a ceremony that took place recently in LC’s Granberry Conference Center.

Collins, a graduate of Grant High School in Dry Prong, was one of the cornerstones of LC’s nationally prominent softball team and a star on the Lady Wildcats squad that won the 2003 NCCAA National Championship.


Giving God the Glory Good credits Christ-filled life for his success

By PHILIP TIMOTHY, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – For all he has accomplished, developer John Good Jr. readily admits he could never have accomplished any of it without God in his life.

One of Louisiana’s premier developers, Good has developed such high-profile projects as Stonebridge, the Louisiana Boardwalk, and Villaggio.

Founder and principal of the Good Companies, Good has been honored numerous times, including being recognized in February as “Entrepreneur of the Decade” by a prominent Bossier City civic organization.