January 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: The good, bad, ugly

By Wayne Taylor & Jerry Love, Louisiana Baptist Foundation

As usual the title given to a bill recently passed by congress doesn’t reflect what the legislation actually does. Most of the provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 don’t apply to all American taxpayers; most of the provisions apply to upper income earners.

The new legislation also provides very little relief to taxpayers.  It wasn’t even passed or signed in 2012. Neverthe-less, it is a legislative act and must be dealt with. 


What can the church in America expect for the next four years?

By Waylon Bailey, LBC President and Pastor of First Baptist Church Covington

With President Barack Obama’s inauguration complete and the second four years of his administration officially begun, what can Christians and the church expect over the next 48 months?

While we don’t know the specific answer in many areas like who will fill vacant cabinet positions and what policies will be emphasized, we do know what we have seen over the last four years.


Questions We've Pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS

Question: What are the differences in the words “sheol,” “hades,” and “gehenna” in the Bible?

Bill Warren responds: The word sheol is a transliteration of the Hebrew term used in the Old Testament rather than a translation of that term.

Likewise, the word hades is a Greek term that is transliterated into English rather than being translated.


For bivo pastor, each day is very full but very different

Grace Baptist Church bivocational pastor Ricky Baker days – and evenings – can be quite full and very different.

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

MONROE – Ricky Baker’s full-time job as a financial program manager at ARCO, A Community Resource, may end at 4:30 p.m. but many times his day has just begun.

Each day is different for this bivocational pastor at Grace Baptist in Monroe.

One day he might conduct a funeral in the afternoon and that evening visit with a church member undergoing surgery at the local hospital.


Pledge campaign gets started for mission training center

This is an artist’s conception of the $1.5 million Georgia Barnette Baptist Conference Center, which is to be located at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center in Woodworth.

By Staff, Baptist Message

STATEWIDE – Edith Kirkpatrick, 94, made the first donation earlier this year for the $1.5 million Georgia Barnette Baptist Conference Center, to be located at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center.

Kirkpatrick was Louisiana WMU president from 1960-63. She’s the oldest living WMU president.

“We’ve got to have it,” she said to her son when she called to tell him to write a check for her, said John Hebert, missions director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.


Pre-Teen Invasion proved to be an incredible God-moment type of day

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

PINEVILLE – The key to the very best in life is to do everything with the goal of making God smile, said Eric Thomas to 1,169 pre-teens and their leaders at the mid-January Pre-Teen Invasion.

Those who take a step of faith must keep in mind three points when faced with the decision of whether or not to “make the leap” and follow God on faith, Thomas said.


Unexpected check clears Global Maritime Ministries building loan debt

Joe McKeever, chair of GMM’s debt retirement drive, John Vandercook, founder of Global Maritime Ministries in 1963, Philip Vandercook, GMM executive director, and Larry Pridmore, pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Mansfield, prepare to shred a copy of the “Paid In Full” mortgage as a result of Southside Mansfield’s $254,924.19 gift.

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter

NEW ORLEANS – God’s answer was bigger and came earlier than Joe McKeever, debt retirement campaign chair, and team members dared hope for.

An unexpected check at Christmas for more than $250,000 cleared Global Maritime Ministries’ building loan debt and met an ambitious goal a full year ahead of campaign schedule. 

“We are now debt-free,” Philip Vandercook, executive director, said in a surprise announcement at the ministry’s annual meeting recently in New Orleans.