March 2012

Louisiana Disaster Relief makes second post-tsunami trip to Japan

By Staff, Baptist Message BATON ROUGE – A 9.0 earthquake that resulted in a massive tsunami along Japan’s coast on March 11, 2011, continues to crack the reserve of Japanese people. They are seeing in the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers a difference that comes from the love of Christ that flows through them to the hurting Japanese. Five Disaster Relief volunteers from the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge were to leave March 14 for an 11-day mission trip to tsunami-ravaged Japan.


Nation Briefs: Senate Rejects Blunt Amendment

By Staff, Baptist Message But conscience protection bill did gain some Democratic support (WNS) – The Senate shot down the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, also known as the Blunt-Rubio amendment, on March 1. The legislation would have given religious employers expanded conscience protections from President Obama’s contraceptive/abortifacient mandate.


Retirement: It’s not just a number, it’s about life

By Wayne Taylor, Director of the Louisiana Baptist Foundation [img_assist|nid=7993|title=Retirement|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=511]Planning for retirement typically centers around numbers; either saving an amount of money or attaining a certain age to receive Social Security or a company retirement plan. There is a TV commercial for a financial company that promotes the idea that retirement is a number: accumulating the amount of money we need to live comfortably without a paycheck from employment.  I confess that I viewed retirement that way, until recently. 


Church answers pastor’s challenge to Awaken

By Pam Ford Davis, Special to the Message DELHI – Pastor Kelly Wayne Clark of New Hope Baptist Church in Delhi received his Awaken 2012 information in early December. It came from the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Evangelism and Church Growth team, which sent a sample copy to each of the LBC’s 1,600 affiliated churches. “I immediately made a challenge to the deacons and congregation to participate,” Clark said. “We set a date on the church calendar for this special prayer emphasis.” Clark encouraged New Hope members to pray, fast and gather for 21 consecutive nights.


Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Baptist Message Arrivals/Departures Gary (wife Alexa) Ashworth, resigned as minister of families at Simpson Baptist. Pastor: Jeremy Blocker. Bill Calloway, new as Associate Pastor of Glenmora Baptist. Pastor: Falis Holloway. Terry Rutherford, new as music director at Glenmora Baptist. Pastor: Falis Holloway. Andrew “Andy” Johnson, new as senior adult pastor emeritus at First Ruston, following his retirement after 18 years on the church’s staff. Pastor: Chris Craig. Ed (wife Tracy) Manning, new as music and outreach minister at First Vivian, from NOBTS.


Music and Drama Festival attendees praise the Lord

By Holly Jo Linzay, Special to the Message [img_assist|nid=7999|title=Drama instructions|desc=More than 200 participants attended the two-day Music and Drama Festival held at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria recently. Music and drama workshops, such as the one pictured above, were offered throughout the event.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]ALEXANDRIA – High-energy drama, choreography and uplifting music stirred the hearts of the attendees at the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s recent Music & Drama Festival.


Alaska church reaches the world via the CP

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor [img_assist|nid=8004|title=FBC Delta Junction|desc=A layer of snow and the bluish look of a cloudy day in Delta Junction, Alaska, fail to hide the readiness of First Baptist Church members to share the Gospel through missions and ministries supported by Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=442]DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska (BP) – “We’re a small town in a remote area,” Alaska pastor Dave Becker says of Delta Junction, where he leads First Baptist Church.


Santorum: God called me to be president

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter BATON ROUGE – Presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum told several Louisiana Baptist congregations that God called him to run for the presidency. Santorum, a Republican from Pa., spoke to packed sanctuaries at First Baptist Church in Bossier City and Calvary Baptist in Shreveport the morning of March 18, and then again that Sunday evening to more than 1,400 crowded into Greenwell Springs Baptist in Central, near Baton Rouge.