January 2013

2013 Prayer Journals prepare hearts for LBC Evangelism Conference

STATEWIDE – New Hope Baptist Church in Delhi is still talking about the difference it made in the lives of church members to participate in last year’s 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

"It’s faded some, and it’s continuing some," said Pastor Kelly Clark. "We’re still excited about it. ...

"It was a great help to our church and we’re planning on doing it again this year," Clark continued. "We’ve already ordered our books."


10-year-old Emma battles child slavery

Emma LeCompte

 HOUMA – Fifth-grader Emma LeCompte recently was asked to sell World’s Finest Chocolate as a fundraiser for her elementary school band.

But she had learned last summer in Vacation Bible School at Mulberry Baptist Church about child slavery.

"Yes, slavery still exists," wrote Church Secretary Haley Kraemer in an email to the Baptist Message. "In fact, it is so pervasive that it touches much of what we purchase. One example is on cocoa plantations in Africa.




* Donnie Lee, new as bivocational minister of music at Southside Baptist Denham Springs. Pastor: Don Hoy.

* Brett (wife Cathy) Fuller, new as worship pastor at Summer Grove Baptist Shreveport. Pastor: Aaron Burgner.

* Abbey Allison, new as childrens ministry director at First Baptist Shreveport. Pastor: Jeff Raines.

* Jeffrey West, new as youth ministry director at First Baptist Shreveport. Pastor: Jeff Raines.


LBCEA preps for open table discussion session, annual ‘March 2013’ retreat

Louisiana Baptist Christian Education Association officers for the current year include from left to right) Rick Ellis, Vice-President, Trinity Baptist Church Lake Charles; Henry Richerson, President-Elect, Emmanuel Baptist Church Shreveport; Jeff Ingram, LBC Representative, Alexandria; and Clif Smith, President, First Baptist Church Covington. The LBCEA is seeking input for its open table discussion at the Evangelism Conference and is preparing for its annual retreat, which is to take place in two different locations in March.

By Jeff Ingram, LBC Adult Ministry Strategist

"Journey On is not a one-time campaign or program. And it’s not a Bible study or small group. Rather, it’s a church-wide strategy designed to meet you right where you are on your spiritual journey, help make you a disciple of Jesus, and move you forward to a Christ-centered life."


NOBTS Angola Prison extension mentioned on Jeopardy! episode

This trivia question, which was asked on the popular TV show Jeopardy! recently, refers to New Orleans Baptist Seminary’s undergraduate program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

By Frank McCormack, NOBTS Communications

NEW ORLEANS – For casual and competitive Jeopardy! fans alike, it’s not unusual to know at least a hand full of correct questions to the show’s answers. (Note: Jeopardy! poses statements or answers, and contestants respond with questions like "What is …?" or "Who is …?")

Some are easier than others. And for the really difficult questions, usually featured in "Final Jeopardy," the show gives contestants a few extra seconds to respond, accompanied by the famous Jeopardy! theme song.


Carry the Gospel amid tragedy, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary grads urged

Venise St. Hiliaire receives congratulations from Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Seminary, upon receiving her master of arts in marriage and family counseling degree.

By Frank Michael McCormack, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Although commencements at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are joyous events, both for the new graduates and faculty and administration who helped them along the way, the Dec. 15 ceremony for NOBTS and its Leavell College took on a solemn yet resolved tone in light of the previous day's tragedy in Newtown, Conn.


LBCH president pleased with extension of Adoption Tax Credit

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP) – The president of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries said he’s pleased with the extension of an Adoption Tax Credit that was part of the “fiscal cliff” bill signed into law earlier in the week.

“It will certainly help many more children find forever families,” said Perry Hancock, president and CEO of the entity. “The most positive aspect of the new ATC is that it is now permanent rather than an extension of past legislation.


New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Florida Baptist Convention help give hope to Haiti seminarians

During a commencement service in Haiti, 145 students received pastoral ministries certificates, persevering while their nation was in chaos from the 2010 earthquake to complete a three-year theological education program offered by New Orleans Seminary and the Florida Baptist Convention. Photo by Ken Touchton/Florida Baptist Convention.

By Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist Convention

TITANYEN, Haiti (BP) - Chrisner Hyler, a Haitian in his early 20s, loves music, plays the keyboard and serves the Lord at a congregation in Port-au-Prince.

And he has earned a Certificate in Pastoral Ministries after three years of studies offered in Haiti by New Orleans Theological Seminary and the Florida Baptist Convention.


Hobby Lobby finds short-term way to avoid fines

Hobby Lobby's website reports that the company has 525 stores in the US, including six in Louisiana. The company is facing possible fines of $1.3 million each day, though lawyers for Hobby Lobby say they have found a short-term way to avoid the fines from the federal government over its decision not to comply with a plan for its employees that covers abortion-inducing drugs.

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hobby Lobby says it has found a way to avoid for "several months" being penalized by the federal government for not covering abortion-inducing drugs in its employee health care plans.


Roe v. Wade helped awaken, renew Southern Baptists

In this photo, pro-lifers in Washington hold signs showing the number of abortions performed each year. On Jan. 22, America will reach the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion. There will be little to celebrate though, as Roe v. Wade has caused the death of millions of children who were aborted by their mothers.

By Tom Strode, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision not only awakened Southern Baptists eventually to the gruesome reality of abortion but helped power what came to be known as their convention’s Conservative Resurgence, two longtime observers say.