August 2013

How to confront modern-day slavery in America

By Trilla Newbell, ERLC Writer

News outlets across the nation recently reported on the rescue of more than 100 teenage victims of sex trafficking.

From a statement from Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, NBC reported that the sting resulted in the arrest of 159 “pimps” from San Francisco to Miami; the youngest victim was 13 years old. For many, this may be the first news of such atrocities occurring in these United States, the land of the free.


Jenkins-led Louisiana mission trip to Brazil makes a tremendous impact

Louisiana Baptist Convention Evangelism Director Wayne Jenkins (left) and another member of the 130-member Louisiana team pray with this young Brazilian boy after he surrendered his life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The team led 4,400 people to faith on the recent trip to Brazil.

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

MONTES CLAROS, Minas Gerias, Brazil – Serving the Lord sometimes involves walking up and down nine flights of stairs for three days because the hotel’s elevator is broken, as is the hot water heater, which means no hot showers to comfort aching bones.

Serving the Lord sometimes means a delayed flight from Alexandria, which means missed connections in Dallas, Miami and Sao Paulo, in turn, only to find at journey’s end a resilient people eager to hear the truth of God’s love for them.


Louisiana DR teams bring physical, spiritual help to Colorado fire victims

A chainsaw team from Eastern Baptist Association cut down a burned-out tree in fire-ravaged Black Forest, Colo.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BLACK FOREST, Colo. – The words of Isaiah 61:3 were the battle cry of Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief teams ministering to hundreds of people who lost their homes from a massive wildfire.

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”


Gifts to Georgia Barnette Offering benefit ministries

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

As the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering approaches, reaching Louisiana continues to be a challenge – not only because of the changing culture, but also due to the changes coming from the North American Mission Board.

Under a new agreement with NAMB, money normally given to Louisiana for various missions causes will be redirected to efforts primarily in new-work areas. Specifically this means Louisiana will redirect $50,000 annually for the next seven years for a total of $350,000.


David Uth to headline ’13 E4 Preaching Conference

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Former First West Monroe pastor David Uth is returning to the state, this time as the keynote speaker for this year’s E4 preaching conference.

Uth – who is pastor at First Baptist Orlando, Fla. – will present the message “Blessed … It’s Not What You Think” over the course of three main sessions at the conference, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at First Baptist Pineville.


ACLU joins New Orleans street ministry in unlikely alliance

By Staff, World News Magazine

NEW ORLEANS – When the City of New Orleans passed a ban that kept Troy Bohn’s ministry from preaching in the famous French Quarter, the group found an unlikely ally – the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Months after the ministry’s initial run-in with New Orleans police, city council members recently lifted the ban. Raven Ministries has worked on Bourbon Street since 1960. But in October 2011, the city passed a ban on disseminating “any social, political, or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”


Four reasons parents should apologize to their children (when they’re wrong)

By Michael Foust, Writer Nashville, Tenn.

One of the greatest moments as a father is walking into the house and seeing your smiling children jump in joy at your mere appearance.

My youngest son, at 19 months, will blare out “Daaaaad!” at the top of his lungs, often winning the “loudest” and “biggest smile” contest. His brown-eyed twin sister, just as excited, will run to me, ponytail swaying back and forth, wanting me to pick her up and kiss her.


Letter to the Editor

To the Editor


Many Christian publications use the term “gay” as a synonym for homosexuality. Phrases such as “Gay marriage” and “gay rights” appear frequently. 

Christians should thoughtfully consider using the proper term “homosexual” in their discussion of this subject.

The word “gay” means “joyful”, “carefree” or “happy”. The last decade of the 19th century was “The Gay Nineties” due to the perception of this an era as a time of prosperity and freedom. 


Questions We've Pondered

By Archie England, NOBTS

Question: Why is Abigail, the wife of the wealthy businessman Nabal, praised for going behind her husband’s back, defying his publicized intentions, and concealing her actions (until it suited her)?


Atheists in the pulpit - the sad charade

By R. Albert Mohler, Southern Seminary

“It is hard to think of any other profession which it is so near to impossible to leave.” That is the judgment of Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world’s most famous living atheist, as he welcomes unbelieving pastors to join the Clergy Project, a group designed to help unbelieving pastors make their way out of the ministry. Apparently, some are not moving out very fast.