October 2011

Sheets for Soldiers: Calvary Baptist's Kennedy leads effort to provide troops with linens

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor FORT POLK – At least 90 soldiers returning from Afghanistan this month will sleep easy, their first nights back home in America.[img_assist|nid=7648|title=Sheets for Soldiers|desc=Threcia Green buys sheets for First Baptist Dry Prong, which took up a special offering and donated $350 to the Sheets for Soldiers project.|link=none|align=left|width=478|height=640] No sand. No bullets. No bombs. Just new sheets, provided through the efforts of Charleen Kennedy, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria.


Where’s the outrage against Iran over execution?

By Kelly Boggs, Editor Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian and a pastor in Iran, has been imprisoned since 2009. His crime according to Iranian clerics: converting to Christianity and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims. His sentence is death by hanging, which could be carried out at any time. The White House has condemned Iran’s plan to execute Nadarkhani and so has Speaker of the House John Boehner. However, conspicuously absent from the voices denouncing Iran are America’s death penalty opponents. News stories about Nadarkhani’s plight are also few and far between.


A decade of studying Islam shows its a dangerous ideology

By Mark Coppenger, Professor of Christian Apologetics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Since  Sept. 11, 2011, we’ve all been in school, so to speak,  studying up on Islam. But we’ve been to two different schools. In a nutshell, one says that Islam is a great religion with awesome accomplishments, now wounded by misfortune and embarrassed by extremists who’ve perverted its basically wholesome message. The other says that Islam is a false and dangerous ideology, bad to the bone, flawed from its founding.


Questions We'Ve Pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS Professor of New Testament and Greek Question: When I read my Bible, some of the New Testament quotations of Old Testament books do not match exactly the wording that we have in our Old Testaments. Why is this?


Scripture has a specific shape

By Michael Shepherd, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Louisiana College Throughout the history of biblical interpretation, readers of the Bible have struggled to come to the text on its own terms.  Theologians want the Bible to address doctrinal issues. Preachers want the Bible to speak to “practical” matters. Scientists, ethicists, et cetera all have an agenda for the Bible. They all claim to be “biblical” because they have found texts to prove the particular point they want to make.


'Something different' planned for Pastosrs Conference

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer [img_assist|nid=7631|title=Mike Walker|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=72|height=100]WOODWORTH – ‘The guys in the pews’ can expect a little something different at this year’s annual Pastors’ Conference. Mike Walker, pastor of East Bayou Baptist Church in Lafayette and president of the 2011 Pastors’ Conference, has decided to forego a lineup of ‘big-time’ speakers, and instead will bring in men who have shared similar experience as the ‘guys in the pews.’


Her life was ordinary and yet – extraordinary

By Jerry Love, Director of Planned Giving, Louisiana Baptist Foundation BATON ROUGE – She married late in life and moved from her home in Mississippi to Baton Rouge with her husband. [img_assist|nid=7657|title=Air WACs|desc=Women aircraft mechanics work on a World War II dive bomber at Clarksdale, Miss., during July 1943.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=536] She lived in the same house for almost 50 years. She walked to the nearby grocery store on Plank Road for her basic provisions. 


In a difficult economy, you should still plan to give

By Jerry Love, Director of Planned Giving, Louisiana Baptist Foundation Giving USA, a research foundation that publishes data and trends about charitable giving, recently released its annual report on philanthropy for the year 2010. The good news is that charitable giving increased by just over 2 percent this last year.  The not so good news is the 2 percent increase follows two of the worst annual declines in giving since the early 1970s.  Churches and ministry organizations still have gaping holes in their budgets beccause of decreased giving in 2008 and 2009.