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.


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. A 4-year-old killed in the one-vehicle crash was born on 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.


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?”


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. 


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.