May 2011

British tradition and a lesson Americans need to learn

By Kelly Boggs, Editor I turned on the television the morning of April 29 with the intent of watching the morning news. Instead, I was confronted with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I switched channels not once, not twice, but three times and I soon discovered every major news network was focused on the Royal Wedding.


Submerging the emerging church movement in America

By Andy Johnson, Pastor Cross Roads Baptist Church Farmerville There is a postmodern movement in the churches of America that is commonly known as “the Emerging Church.” The “movement” began to develop in the late nineties, and gained momentum early in the new century. One of its most prominent leaders is a man by the name of Brian Mclaren, pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church near Baltimore, Md.


The Bible and how it applies to our lives

By Philip A. Pinckard, Director of Global Missions Center NOBTS The Bible tells us how important it is for people to hear the gospel and people to go to take the gospel to others. We read in Romans 10:14-15 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!” Application for Our Lives


Questions We've pondered

By Bill Warren, Professor of New Testament and Greek NOBTS Question: What does the New Testament say about the role of parents?  Bill Warren responds: Jesus has a great example for parents in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15). The father (clearly representative of our heavenly Father) is portrayed as one who is more concerned about getting his son back than in defending his own honor.  Unlike the cultural norms, the father runs to the son, welcomes him back into the full role of a son by giving him a ring, a robe, and sandals, and then has a feast in celebration of his return. 


Louisiana Family Forum girds for coming Legislative session

By Mark H. Hunter, Special to the Message BATON ROUGE – More than 200 pastors and members of the Louisiana Family Forum got their spirits revved by evangelist James Robison and several other noted pastors at the Forum’s annual Pastor’s Briefing on April 27. The briefing followed the 47th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, which took place at the Baton Rouge Crowne Palace Hotel, where several thousand pastors, elected officials and business-people prayed for the current legislative session and Gov. Bobby Jindal.


State watches levee system from Lake Providence to Lake Pontchartrain

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor MISSISSIPPI DELTA – Crews of able-bodied Southern Baptist volunteers at the request of First Baptist Vidalia the first two weeks of May are taking the prized possessions of the elderly and infirm among Vidalia residents across the Mississippi River to storage in Natchez, Miss. Just in case.


LBC executive board hears optimistic reports

By Staff, Louisiana Baptist WOODWORTH – Baptisms are up for the third year in a row. Cooperative Program giving is up more than 5 percent over last year. Close fellowship abounds across the state. Members of the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s 91-member Executive Board heard these reports and others at their spring meeting, which took place May 3 at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center. “We have found God’s favor,” said LBC Executive Director David Hankins. “We need to have grateful hearts.”