November 2012

Survey reveals potential in South Louisiana

WEST MONROE – A popular game show uses the line “and the survey says.” During the recent meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in West Monroe, the “survey said” there is great potential and surprising receptivity to reach people for Christ across southern Louisiana.

The results of months of telephone surveys across south Louisiana were presented to messengers via video as part of the LBC's Missions and Ministries Team report. The survey showed unexpected openness by people in southern Louisiana to a “come to church with me” invitation by a Southern Baptist.


Thanksgiving: A significant part of our American heritage

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

Thankfully, the founders of the United States were literate. If they had been unable to commit their thoughts to writing, the rabid secular­ists that now infests our great nation would have already succeed­ed in erasing the significant role Christianity played in America’s founding. There is no more poignant reminder of our religious heritage than the national holiday of Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving’s true focus should be on spirituality

By Paul Brewster, Barlow-Vista Baptist Hampstead, NC

Few things reveal the hollowness of American Christianity with any more clarity than the collapse of Thanksgiving.

In this age of contention over the role of Christianity in the pub­lic square, Thanksgiving has survived because it has been emptied of its true spiritual and religious significance.

Many have deemed it a “secular holiday,” the blatant contradiction built into the linguistic root of “holiday” notwithstanding.


Don’t let stress sour your Christmas spirit this year

By Dwayne Hastings, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

By mid-December, you may be gri­macing when you hear Andy Williams croon, It’s the most wonderful time of all, on the radio. By then you might be yearning to hear the strains of Auld Lang Syne.

But before the Christ­mas whirlwind begins: Take a deep breath and pray for peace and hope to fill your heart.

Most of us have problems with stress sometime during the year, but the Christmas season seems to bring out the worst in all of us.


Messengers affirm six resolutions at Annual Meeting

Steve Horn, messenger and pastor of First Baptist Lafayette, indicated that he appreciated the concern over unity but believed expressing one’s opinion or feelings on a given issue should not be considered disunity.

By Staff, Baptist Message

WEST MONROE – Messengers to the 2012 annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention affirmed six resolutions, the majority of which dealt with social issues. One addressed the theological significance of a “sinner’s prayer” and another expressed appreciation for the host church, First Baptist Church of West Monroe.


Resolutions at Annual Meeting

Messengers affirmed six resolutions, including four dealing with social issues, at the Annual Meeting.


On “Same-Sex Marriage” and Civil Rights Rhetoric


WHEREAS, Marriage is a covenant relationship and an institution established by God rather than simply a human social construct (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4–6; Ephesians 5:22–33); and


WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have consistently affirmed our support of the biblical definition of marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman; and


WHEREAS, The Word of God indicates that all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful; and



Louisiana Milestones


Bubba (wife Linda) Talbert, new as music minister at Shreve City Baptist in Shreveport.

Danny Campbell, new as young adult minister at Belle Park Baptist in Haughton.

Brent Shoalmire resigned as pastor of Northwoods Baptist in Shreveport.

Trey Lewis, new as associate pastor of Calvary Baptist in Shreveport, from Kingston Road.

Church events/ac tivities

Hebron Baptist Denham Springs: Fulton and Judy McGraw in concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 25.


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.