April 2011

A POWERFUL MESSAGE: Amite's Easter drama a sellout

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor DENHAM SPRINGS – That more people from further distances attend what has grown to eight performances of the annual Easter drama at Amite Baptist Church attests to the success of the event, which marked its 25th year of production in early April. [img_assist|nid=7233|title=Amite Easter Drama|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]So too do the 400 or more spiritual decisions made each year.


Recession forces personnel cuts at NOBTS

Staff, Baptist Press NEW ORLEANS (BP) – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has announced that in light of the economic recession and a reduction in Cooperative Program funding, the seminary will lay off three professors, ask four professors to shift to part-time status, and eliminate six ministry-based faculty positions, effective Aug. 1.


Moore named National Collegiate Ministry leader at LifeWay

By Staff, Baptist Message NASHVILLE, Tenn. – John Moore has been named the national collegiate ministry leader at the SBC’s LifeWay Christian Resources. [img_assist|nid=7237|title=John Moore|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=67|height=100]Moore, a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, worked in the collegiate ministry area of the Louisiana Baptist Convention for nearly 30 years before moving to LifeWay in 2006.


Letter to the Editor: Take a stand against Bell's 'Love Wins'

Letter to the Editor To the Editor, As a youth pastor and former BCM student, I am quite familiar with Rob Bell. I was first introduced to Bell at a BCM where our leader occasionally used his videos as lessons for our meetings. Many of us were instantly hooked. The charisma Bell has in the Nooma videos quickly and easily attracts young people. However, with Bell’s most recent book being released, we as Christians must take a stand. Rob Bell is not emergent or even post-modern, but rather, I believe, he is a heretic.


Questions We've Pondered: Bill Warren

By Bill Warren, Professor of New Testament and Greek at NOBTS Question: What is Palm Sunday all about? Bill Warren responds: Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, marks the beginning of what has traditionally been called “holy week,” the last week in the ministry of Jesus when he was crucified and then resurrected on Easter Sunday morning. The term “Palm Sunday” comes from the use of palm branches as Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem after the walk from Jericho up to Jerusalem.


Franklin Avenue's family conference tackles area's problems

By Diana Chandler, Regional Reporter NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans’ primary crime problem is homicide, with rates 10 times the national average and five times that of comparably-sized cities, according to a newly-released U.S. Department of  Justice report focusing on crime trends here. As New Orleans civic leaders move to reduce crime in the area, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Fred Luter is already tackling the problem by strengthening families in faith. That was the purpose behind Franklin Avenue’s recent family conference, the first of a planned annual event.


Ross: Building close relationships with one's children is essential

By Brian Blackwell, Special to the Message ALEXANDRIA – Many Christian parents have forgotten that a close relationship with their teenager is the pipeline that carries spiritual impact from them to their child, Richard Ross said during a recent parenting conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria.