March 2012

Bayou Vista Easter production helps change lives

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

[img_assist|nid=8008|title=The Greatest Story Ever Told|desc=Chad Hebert depicting Jesus and John MacDougal depicting Anthony recreate that fateful day when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]MORGAN CITY – Bayou Vista Baptist Church members are praying for a harvest of souls when they present, “Bow the Knee,” an Easter-themed production that last year drew a thousand people and more than 20 reported decisions for salvation.

The dramatic musical portraying the death and resurrection of Jesus, will be presented at the Bayou Vista Civic Center on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at 7 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee on Palm Sunday, April 1. It is free but an offering will be accepted.

“Presenting it in a separate place besides the church gives us an opportunity to reach the community – beyond these walls – and that’s the whole point,” said Robert “Bobby” Powell, the church’s music and education minister. “Another point is that it involves a lot of people in our church and gives them an opportunity for ministry, like building props, sewing costumes and painting the sets.”


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A sinful lifestyle is not acceptable in the eyes of God

Dear Editor

I wonder if Jesus’ confrontation with the Scribes and Pharisees was “frustrating and hurtful.” Jesus didn’t downplay anybody’s sin. He called it what it is – sin.  Homosexuality is the only sin referred to as an “abomination” to God.  If there is a hierarchy of sins, it was made by God, not man. 

As stated by Pastor Goeke (Why homosexuality is different – the reality in the March 15th issue of the Baptist Message), “Homosexuality is the only sinful behavior that has a cultural identity and movement surrounding it. What other sin is encouraged to be cele-brated? What other sin has a “pride” movement attached to it?” 


The New York Times having trouble being objective again

[img_assist|nid=8016|title=Being Objective|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=495|height=640]By Kelly Boggs, Editor Baptist Message

The New York Times on March 9 published an advertisement carrying the headline “It’s Time To Quit The Catholic Church.”.

Placed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ad was a scathing attack on the Catholic church and encouraged liberal and nominal Catholics to abandon their faith.

“We invite you to free yourself from incense-fogged ritual, from ideas uttered long ago by ignorant men, from blind obedience to an illusory religious authority,” the FFRF ad urged.


A first person’s view: Turning from revelry to revival

By Keith Manuel, Evangelism strategist for the LBC

I read recently this from a small town pastor:

The people of our area are good people, clear-headed and orderly. They are as industrious and as kind as any people who live in our area. We are fortunate to be free from the crime the bigger cities seem to have. It is a good place to live and raise a family.

Don’t let me mislead you, we aren’t without our problems.


New Orleans and Southern Baptists – A fond affection

By John Hebert, Team Leader for LBC's Mission and Ministries

[img_assist|nid=8013|title=New Orleans|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=528|height=640]Contrary to conventional wisdom, the city of New Orleans and Southern Baptists have a fond affection for one another especially since the days following Hurricane Katrina.

In general New Orleans has the reputation of being indifferent to all evangelicals, especially Baptists. However in November of 2011, the Louisiana Baptist Missions and Ministries Team retained Turner Research to test the components of the new Cooperative Church Planting Strategy developed in 2010.

Based on common “Baptist” practices such as knocking on doors, personal witnessing, Bible studies and prayer meetings, many churches have been planted using these methods.


Questions we've pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS

Question: A website said Jesus was crucified on a Thursday, not on Friday as I’ve been taught. Which day is right?

Bill Warren’s response:  In more recent history especially, some have indeed suggested Thursday or even Wednesday for the crucifixion instead of Friday. The main argument against the traditional Friday date centers on Matthew 12:40 where Jesus says, for just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, likewise the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

The argument is that a Friday crucifixion may allow for three days, but it doesn’t allow for three nights. The three days are based on the Jewish day of 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. (For example, Genesis 1 depicts the days as evening and then mornings), so part of Friday is day one, Saturday (starting at 6 p.m. Friday) is day two, and Sunday is day three. But only two nights are then included. Of course, exactly three days and three nights requires starting specifically at the turn point from one day to the following night, a very unlikely scenario.


Ignatius: A Martyr’s call for faithfulness, unity

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

“From Syria even to Rome I fight with wild beasts, by land and sea, by night and by day, bound among ten leopards and a company of soldiers, who only grow worse when they are treated kindly .... Now I am just beginning to be a disciple. Nothing visible or invisible shall prevent me from reaching the presence of Jesus Christ. Come fire, cross, and packs of wild beasts; come cutting to pieces, tearing to bits, dispersion of bones, mangling of limbs, crushing of my whole body; come all the evil tortures of the Devil upon me – if only I attain the presence of Jesus Christ!” Ignatius, Letter to the Romans, 5

In the early part of the second century, the church at Antioch had a leader named Ignatius, whom the early fourth-century church historian Eusebius says was the third bishop of the church there (Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, III.22).

As persecution episodes broke out in various parts of the Roman Empire, Ignatius was taken prisoner during the reign of the Emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117) and sentenced to death because of his Christian faith.


Greer-Heard explores life after death on April 13-14

By Gary Meyers, NOBTS Communications

NEW ORLEANS – Is there life after death?

The question was a hot topic during Jesus’ ministry in the first century, and it remains so today. Evangelical Christians see Jesus’ teaching on life after death as an essential part of biblical Christianity and find great hope in His promise of eternal life for those who believe in Christ. Skeptics, atheists, agnostics and proponents of naturalism either reject the idea outright or argue that the existence of an afterlife cannot be known.

This year’s Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum – set for April 13-14 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary – will explore that same question.


Apologetics in the local church set for April 13

By Gary Meyers, NOBTS Communications

NEW ORLEANS – In today’s increasingly secular and pluralistic society, Christian apologetics isn’t just an option in the local church. It’s a necessity. Christians must know what they believe, why they believe it, and they must be prepared to give a reasoned response to questions from those with opposing worldviews.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to host a training event April 13 designed to help pastors and church leaders integrate apologetics into their churches.

The “Apologetics in the Local Church” conference is co-sponsored by the seminary’s Institute for Christian Apologetics and Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry.


Kingsville Baptist Church scores big with Upward Soccer

[img_assist|nid=8020|title=Upward Soccer|desc=Upward coaches make sure no child sits on the bench and everyone gets equal playing time while teaching the basics of the sport.|link=none|align=left|width=480|height=640]By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Springtime usually means its time to play ball: baseball.

From central Louisiana throughout the country, parents are busy outfitting children of all ages for the approaching ball season.

These would-be “stars of the future” don their brand new uniforms, squeeze their feet into a pair of year-old cleats, search their rooms for their gloves and bats and head to the backyard to hone their skills with mom and dad before the summer leagues kick off.