November 2012

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.


Friendly competition creates ‘win-win’ for church, school, LBCH

Memorial Baptist Church and Preschool, and Memorial Baptist Christian School in Metairie, collected all these food items, hygiene products and cleaning supplies for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home annual Fall Food Roundup. They also donated $850 to support day-to-day needs of the Home.

By Marc Eichelberger
LBCH Communications.
METAIRIE – God works through the annual Fall Food Roundup to bless the children at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.
Every year, hundreds of Louisiana Baptist churches collect groceries and other needed items to share with the Home. This literally helps to feed our children for the entire year!


2012 Fall Food Roundup has near record-breaking year!

For decades, Louisiana Baptists have been sharing their groceries with the children living at their Children’s Home. This year was no exception. In fact, it was a near recordbreaking harvest of groceries!
“The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14
Louisiana Baptist churches literally help to feed the children at the Children’s Home for an entire year through their faithful participation in the Roundup. Their expression of God’s heart for His children makes a difference in their lives every day.


29 churches reached ‘Manchuria’ level of LMCO giving

By Staff, Baptist Message

STATEWIDE – Southern Baptist Missionary Lottie Moon died of malnutrition Dec. 24, 1912, on a ship named the Manchuria.

She had given everything, including her own food, to her beloved Chinese people. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is named in her honor.

The “Manchuria” level of giving to the offering is the highest of four given for per-capita giving, based on average Sunday morning worship attendance.