April 2013

Thibodaux wins 2013 Baptist Golf Fellowship

Mike Thibodeaux, Grand Champion

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

ALEXANDRIA – Picture a vast spread of open fields dotted with a few trees and bushes; the new grass working hard to push the winter cover of brown away.

Scattered about are club-wielding men swinging mightily, at times quietly waiting to approach their target and other times yelling loudly as they move quickly across the undulating expanse.

A volley of cheers erupts over here, a quiet groan can be discerned over there ….


At governor’s prayer breakfast, Bowden tells guests to make themselves available

Former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden, who was the featured speaker at the 49th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, joins the large audience in welcoming Gov. Bobby Jindal April 11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

BATON ROUGE – The 1985 murder of a Florida State University football player brought an assistant coach to salvation in then-head Coach Bobby Bowden’s office.

Pablo Lopez, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound tackle, was shot in the chest with a shotgun at a party, Bowden told more than 1,000 people gathered in the Crowne Plaza Hotel April 11 for the 49th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.


Louisiana Milestones



Rick (wife Jonann) Byargeon, pastor of Temple Baptist Ruston, died April 4.

Colin Trisler was ordained to the gospel ministry April 14 at First Baptist Winnfield. Pastor: Stephen Laughlin.

Jerry (wife Dianne) Penfield, new as pastor of First Baptist Zwolle.

Alex Davis, new as youth pastor at Summer Grove Baptist Shreveport. Pastor: Aaron Burgner.

Jeff (wife Barbara) Feibel, new as pastor of Woodland Hills Baptist Shreveport.


Breaking the mainstream media’s Gosnell blackout

Kermit Gosnell

By Staff, World News Briefs

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., recently led a Special Order hour before Congress to raise awareness about abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial and the mainstream media’s refusal to cover it. 

Smith was joined by nine other representatives: Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.; John Fleming, R-La.; Joe Pitts, R-Pa.; Scott Garrett, R-N.J.; Andy Harris, R-Md.; Keith Rothfus, R-Pa.; Roger Williams, R-Texas; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; and Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.


Luter names Committee on Resolutions for 2013 SBC

By Staff, Baptist Press

HOUSTON (BP) – SBC President Fred Luter has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 11-12 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston.

Luter, pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.

Luter named Steve Lemke of Louisiana as committee chairman.


99-year-old M.O. Owens remembers the birth of the Cooperative Program

M.O. Owens

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- M.O. Owens Jr. was still in knickers on May 13, 1925, the day his parents took him to a pivotal session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. That was the day the Cooperative Program was born.

Now 99, Owens recalls the vote that ushered in the CP as a system of financial support for the missions and ministries of Southern Baptists within state conventions and throughout the nation and world.