September 2011

Chapel of Hope provides look into God's greatness

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer [img_assist|nid=7588|title=Chapel of Hope|desc=It took more than two years, but the 40-by-60-foot Chapel of Hope at the West Carroll Detention Center in Epps opened two weeks ago with 29 professions of faith.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=480]EPPS – Step aside and let God lead the way. Bethlehem Baptist Church Pastor Donnie Linson just knew there had to be someplace better for the inmates of the West Carroll Detention Center in Epps to worship God than in the facility’s lunch room. There was – it was a chapel.


Is pedophilia on the horizon for American society?

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor American society has basically accepted the notion that sexual attraction is determined predominately by biology and that no one chooses to be homosexual or bisexual. Further, society has all but endorsed the belief that individuals can be born the wrong sex, i.e. a man in a woman’s body and vice versa. Once upon a time, the aforementioned behaviors were deemed deviant by a vast majority of Americans. Now these same actions are viewed as legitimate, albeit alternative, lifestyles.


These are seeds sown in tears

By David E. Hankins, Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention [img_assist|nid=7616|title=Editorial Cartoon|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=640]Sowing seeds is necessary if you are to reap a harvest. Our state’s farmers know that harvesting is in direct proportion to the amount of seed sown. The 2011 Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has the theme of sowing but not just any sowing. It is seeds sown in tears. There is a great need for tears for lost people. At least one of every two persons in our state is lost or un-churched.


Questions We've Pondered: Archie England

By Archie England, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew What does the Old Testament explicitly say about tattoos? Archie England responds: Leviticus 19:28 directly forbids body cutting – the incision, cutting, or inscribing of a living body on behalf of the dead. Several other texts, such as Deuteronomy 14:1, forbid body cutting. Neither gashing/cutting the body nor shaving the head (eyebrows, mustache, beard, and hair) were to be used, specifically “for the dead.” Jeremiah16:7 adds a further prohibition: men shouldn’t “tear” themselves “for the dead.”


Hard-hit St. Bernard, Plaquemine Parishes recovering slowly

By Diana Chandler, Regional Reporter Select convention churches in hard-hit St. Bernard and Plaquemine Parishes still haven’t reached pre-Katrina levels in numbers nor budgets six years after the storm, but are faithful in ministry and stewardship. First Baptist Church of Venice in Plaquemines Parish will move into a new building within weeks, while the St. Bernard congregations of First Baptist Church of Chalmette and Poydras Baptist Church continue to thrive, adding ministries and baptising believers.  First Baptist Chalmette


First Homer prayer shawl ministry stitched with a loving spirit

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer [img_assist|nid=7597|title=Spirit-filled ministry|desc=Ladies of First Homer’s prayer shawl ministry include (from left) Shirley Vines and 92-year-old Eva Hardy. To her right are Margaret Rowell, Joy Hays, Denice Owens, Brenda Mitchell, Mildred McHam, Barbara Monzingo, Betty Gathright, Renee Cross, Barbara Booth, Sandra Hines, Claire Brown, Nancy Ross, Carolyn Bice, and Linda Duckworth.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=511]HOMER – Some ministries are characterized by a spirit that is incredibly sweet and loving.


Louisiana College growing, thriving

By Allison Bruchhaus, Director of Public Relations at Louisiana College [img_assist|nid=7615|title=LC President Joe Aguillard teaches while on African mission trip|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=424]PINEVILLE – In its 105th year Louisiana College continued to fulfill The Great Commission through its “Unchanging Foundations since 1906” theme. 


Annual Hunters and Anglers Rally set for Sept. 24 in Winnfield

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer WINNFIELD – In the town of Winnfield and its surrounding areas, people have three essential passions:  hunting, fishing, and God. This September, those people will have a chance to enjoy all those loves in one place. The Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Jonesboro will sponsor and host its second annual Hunters and Anglers Rally at 6;30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Winnfield Civic Center.