November 2012

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers minister to areas affected by Sandy

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers pray Saturday morning, November 3rd, before leaving to minister in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Those units consisted of the Louisiana Baptist Convention feeding unit, Mount Olive Baptist Association shower unit and Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association chainsaw unit. Some of the volunteers of the feeding unit have now transferred to cleaning and sanitizing flood homes in Staten Island, NY while nine members returned to Louisiana today.


'Cross'ed Off: ‘Painted Posse’ forgives LSU for air-brushing crosses out of photo

The Painted Posse is a group of Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses for home games. LSU officials sent out this photo of the students in an email about the LSU game against South Carolina on Oct. 13. The crosses on their upper left torso, however, had been digitally removed.

By Mark H Hunter, Regional Reporter


Annual Meeting to celebrate 200 years

By Staff, Baptist Message


WEST MONROE – Louisiana Baptists will celebrate 200 years of ministry as they gather for their annual meeting, Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church in West Monroe. Former SBC President Johnny Hunt, pastor of Woodstock (Ga.) Baptist,  will serve as one of the keynote speakers.


Latest episode doesn’t have to be end for LSU’s Honey Badger

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

When college football standout Tyrann Mathieu entered drug rehabili­tation after being kicked off the Loui­siana State University football team in August for violating the school’s substance abuse policy, I wrote positively about the young athlete.

Reports from his family indicated that Mathieu, also known as the Honey Bad­ger, would enter drug rehab in Houston on Aug. 17 and would not return to LSU or any other college for the fall semester.


Will Southern Baptists be able to rise to the challenge?

By Tom Elliff, President IMB

One billion is a big number. It would take you 37 years to count to one billion at one number a second.

Seven billion is an even larger and more significant number. That is the number of people currently inhabiting the globe. In 1804 the world reached its first billion in population. Now we are adding about one billion to our population every 12 years.

This is the harvest Jesus wants us to lift up our eyes and see: 7 billion people, 330 million in the U.S. and 6.67 billion outside our borders.


Banning reparative therapy just isn’t a good idea

By Penna Dexter, columnist/radio commentator

California teenagers who experience same-sex attractions and wish to seek professional help in trying to

overcome them can no longer do so. The reason: California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a disturbing bill that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from using what’s come to be called

“reparative” therapy in counseling teenage homosexuals who have expressed a desire to change their sexual orientation or behavior.


Martyrs Mirror: Remembering the AnaBaptists

By Rex Butler, Associate Professor New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

In 1660, a thousand-page tome was published in the Netherlands with a long title: The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians – “Who Baptized Only Upon Confession of Faith, and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus, Their Saviour, From the Time of Christ to the Year A.D. 1660.” The author, Thieleman van Braght, compiled this book to cast a bright reflection on Christian martyrs, not only those from the beginning of the church, but especially the Anabaptists.


Harvest Day provides focus on honoring, thanking God

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

RURAL LOUISIANA – Harvest time has come for many farmers in Louisiana.

And while farmers are bringing forth their cotton, corn, sweet potatoes and other crops to harvest this month, some rural churches will do the same with large monetary offerings.

Known as Harvest Day, Louisiana Baptists will celebrate with worship, prayer, food and a special offering above and beyond church members’ tithes.