January 2013

New faces front Louisiana Baptist Agricultural Missions Fellowship

David and Christina LeMay are the parents of two children: David III and Aubrey.

By Robert Lemoine, Regional Reporter

HOMER, LA – The Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Agricultural Missions Fellowship is to feature feature a change of leadership as David and Christina LaMay take the reins.

It also will feature, as guest speakers, Jeremy Palmer, former missionary to the Miskito people; Doug and Becky Neel, director of Agrimissions; and David Bryant, executive director of the Mexican Indian Training Center.

 

Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Louisiana Baptist

Arrivals/Departures

B.K. Miller, new as interim pastor of First Baptist Dubach.

Bruce (wife Mistie) Stephens, new as minister of music at Emmanuel Baptist Minden.

Jimmy Pitson, resigned as pastor of Temple Baptist Springhill.

Jeremy Spurling, new as pastor of New Ramah Baptist in Castor.

Ben Browning, new as pastor of youth and young adults at Oak Park Baptist in New Orleans. Pastor: Bobby Stults.

 

Obama pushes for gun-control measures in aftermath of Sandy Hook

By Staff, World News Magazine

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to put his “full weight” behind the push for new gun control legislation in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.

During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, the president said he would make the new legislation one of his top priorities in 2013. The president appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head a committee that will make recommendations about gun-control measures, and other safety initiatives, in January.

 

Churches urged to join Louisiana/Haiti Partnership Missions in 2013

By Jay Johnston, Special to the Message

STATEWIDE – On January 12 it was three years since a devastating earthquake took place in Haiti. Louisiana Baptist churches were quick to respond to the relief efforts including Buckets of Hope, Disaster Relief and Prayer for Haiti.

Two churches that were first responders to the earthquake recovery efforts were First Baptist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Lafayette. Since that time these two churches along with other churches from Louisiana have continued to share the love of Jesus in Haiti.

 

Iowa college presents Luter with Carver Medal for faithful ministry

Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, honored Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter with the Carver Medal, named in honor of the late George Washington Carver. Luter (second from right) is shown with (from left) Simpson College President John Byrd, Simpson senior Elijah Knox and Carolyn Dallinger, Simpson associate professor of social work and criminal justice. Photo by Luke Behaunek.

By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

INDIANOLA, Iowa (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President and Louisiana Baptist pastor Fred Luter has been awarded the Carver Medal of Simpson College.

The Iowa school hailed Luter, who serves as pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist in New Orleans, as exemplifying the commitment and service of the late agricultural scientist, inventor and Christian, George Washington Carver.

 

Luter expresses disappointment in Boy Scouts' possible decision to reverse gay leader policy

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press

IRVING, Texas (BP) -- The Boy Scouts of America is seriously considering lifting its ban on gay and lesbian troop leaders and could make the change official the first few days of February, a move that likely will disappoint Southern Baptist churches and many faith-based organizations that comprise a majority of all sponsors.

About 70 percent of all Boy Scout units are chartered by faith-based organizations, and the Boy Scouts national organization just six months ago reaffirmed its policy on homosexual leaders following a two-year review.

 

Churches, non-profits could receive money from BP settlement

STATEWIDE – Louisiana Baptist churches and other non-profit organizations could be eligible to receive money as part of the court settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

They are encouraged to apply for funding soon, though claims are to be accepted through April 2014.

 

Thousands march against abortion

Women from the interdenominational “Silent No More” campaign stood as public witnesses to the private pain of abortion at the third annual Louisiana Life March, which took place Jan. 12 in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

BATON ROUGE – Little Jeremiah was so full of energy his mother had a hard time keeping up with the 3-year-old as he darted through a forest of adult legs near the State Capitol steps.

The youngster was among the crowd of 1,500 to 3,000 people estimated by various officials to be participating in the third annual Louisiana Life March on Jan. 12.

 

Churches, non-profits could receive money from BP settlement

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

STATEWIDE – Louisiana Baptist churches and other non-profit organizations could be eligible to receive money as part of the court settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

They are encouraged to apply for funding soon, though claims are to be accepted through April 2014.

 

Giglio’s sermon on homosexuality was right on all counts

By Kelly Boggs, Editor Baptist Message

Georgia pastor Louie Giglio was pressured to step down from offering the benediction at President Obama’s upcoming inauguration due to what has been deemed by some as unacceptable remarks made in a sermon almost 20 years ago.

Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta and founder of Passion Conferences geared toward college students, delivered a sermon at a conference in the mid-90s titled “The Christian’s Response to Homosexuality.”

 

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