July 2011

2011 Legislative Session provides positives, need for more alertness

By John Yeats, LBC Director of Communications

[img_assist|nid=7427|title=Signs of Hope|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=513]BATON ROUGE – The 2011 Louisiana Legislature adjourned sine die, without a date set for a future meeting.

Now it is time to look back over our shoulders and see what significant things happened that impact the faith and family aspects of our state’s culture.

I collaborated with several others to monitor about 10 percent of the more than 700 bills filed this session. There were some things that were positive. There were some issues that should give Louisianans a renewed sense of alertness.


New Zion absorbs the loss of 5 in crash of church van

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

OAK GROVE – The five people who died June 22 as a result of a church van crash all made professions of faith within the last 18 months.

The 3,000 close-knit people who live in and around Oak Grove are broken with grief, said Greg Dunn, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church.

Providentially, he added, a year ago the 50 or more churches of several denominations in West Carroll Parish began planning for an area-wide crusade that is set to begin July 10.


Fear of God or government: One leads to freedom, the other tyranny

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

In the classic work 1984, George Orwell wrote about a day when government would eventually morph into a ubiquitous, all-seeing, all-controlling Big Brother. While the British author’s prognostication might have been off a few decades, his fictitious view of the future seems to be slowly, but surely, becoming reality.

Conservatives, liberals and libertarians don’t agree on much. However, there is one subject that most see eye-to-eye on, which is that our world is becoming more monitored and more regulated with each passing day. And while government isn’t always the culprit, we nonetheless are being watched.

Surveillance cameras abound. Most of our movements can be traced by surveillance cameras strategically positioned in parking lots, stores, ATMs and on traffic lights.


A Security Ministry: It happens to be your best defense

By Chester Quarles, Professor Emeritus

Ron Aguiar, security director for the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., directs one of the largest church security units in the U.S. 

As a mega-church, a multi-acre campus and 14 buildings to protect, he designed a comprehensive security ministry. 

With the approval of his pastor, Aguiar gives security training to all ushers, deacons, and greeters. These men carry communication devices to alert others of any security or safety risk. He also established a “Nehemiah’s Team,” based on Old Testament scriptural tenets.


The Middle East: are radical governments on the horizon

By Mike Edens, Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies at NOBTS

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two explorations of events in the Middle East.

[img_assist|nid=7433|title=Mike Edens|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=73|height=100]“Should I be afraid that radical Islamic governments may result from the uprisings in various countries of the Middle East?”

As an emeritus missionary who served God in the Middle East for a quarter of a century with the International Mission Board, I am familiar with questions such as this one posed in a theology class I have been teaching in a Southern Baptist church recently.

The people in the class are actively praying for God’s will concerning these matters.


Questions We've Pondered: Bill Warren

By Bill Warren, Professor of New Testament and Greek at NOBTS

Question: How do we know the names of those who wrote the New Testament books where authors are not mentioned?

Bill Warren responds: The Gospels, Acts, and Hebrews comprise the NT books without named authors, so let’s look at these. The title pages of Gospel manuscripts (dating from the second century forward) name the authors as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, with no alternative names ever given. The Church Fathers refer to the Gospels by the names Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and ascribe Acts to Luke, with no discussion of other possible authors. We also have canon lists and prologues (introductions) to the Gospels and Acts from the late second century forward with these same authorship identifications. So all the evidence from the early church is unanimous about the authors of the Gospels and Acts.

Hebrews was a different case since Paul was not named as the author. The early church debated the identity of the author, with some ascribing it to Paul, and others connecting it to a coworker of Paul (Hebrews 13:23 mentions Timothy, thus connecting the book to the Pauline circle). Around 200, Tertullian wrote that Barnabas was the author. Perhaps the wisest view even today is that of Origen who said that only God knew who wrote it.


Gretna church, pastor minister to needs of Haitian Community

By Irrayna Pittman, Special to the Message

[img_assist|nid=7436|title=Pastor Joseph Blanchard|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=81|height=100]Gretna – In the business section of the city of Gretna on the Westbank near New Orleans sits a small building made of brick and cement block.

Inside the small building, three rows of twelve pews each accommodate those who get to sit down during Sunday morning worship services.

Pastor Joseph Blanchard delivers the sermon in his native Creole tongue, a language familiar to some Louisianians.


Resolutions, nominees for Louisiana Baptist posts sought

By Staff, LBC Communications

ALEXANDRIA – 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 2011 Louisiana Baptist Convention.

The Louisiana Baptist Committee on Committees is beginning its 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.


Following the path God leads, Dan Daily seeks to leave his brand

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer

[img_assist|nid=7440|title=Dan Daily|desc=At this year’s Crossover, held annually prior to the Southern Baptist Convention, Dan Dailey prepares, along with his sister, Lenora, for the opening ceremonies of a wild horse demonstration, part of Crossover 2011. The two serve with their father, Paul, presenting the gospel through working with horses in Wild Horse Ministries.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]RUSTON – Paul Daily has earned renown for his Wild Horse Ministries, in which he uses a special gift of horse communication to preach the message of Christ.

Now, his son Dan Daily wants to one day share the gospel to the unsaved in the way God leads him. “I want to follow the path that God leads me,” Daily said.  “Even if it’s a different path from my father, I want to do it.”

Daily, 21, said he grew up around horses. “My mother said when me and my sister Lenora came home from the hospital, my father would put us on horses in our diapers before we even got in the house,” Daily said.


Church dedicates annex with ministry possibilities

By Staff, Baptist Message

[img_assist|nid=7444|title=Annex dedication|desc=Head Construction Supervisor Ronnie Allbritton, left, and Dennis Hensley, Jr., pastor of Ouachita Baptist Church in West Monroe, stand in the recently dedicated church annex.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]WEST MONROE – Ouachita Baptist Church in West Monroe dedicated the Ronnie R. Allbritton Annex, named for the head construction supervisor. The newly-opened facility was a three-bedroom house converted into three classrooms. 

Interior bedroom walls were removed and the carport was enclosed to make the new facility usable. New flooring, insulation, windows, lighting and exterior doors were installed to complete the project.

The 2,400 sq. ft. facility will house potentially three Sunday school classes, one of which is now meeting in the fellowship hall of the church, and the 25-30 RA boys who meet on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.