August 2013

Evangelist tells Pre-Teen audience they can be next Christian heroes

Tennessee evangelist Brent Gambrell was the featuredspeaker at this year’s PreTeen Invasion 3.5 sponsored by the Louisiana Baptist Convention at Louisiana College.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Brent Gambrell believes heroes of the Christian faith such as evangelist Billy Graham are fast becoming a rarity and that students could fill those shoes if they are willing to take a bold stand for Christ in their world.

“Where is the next Billy Graham going to come from, if not from this generation?” Gambrell told about 750 youngsters and adults during the recent PreTeen Invasion 3.5 at Louisiana College. “I won’t be the next Billy Graham but I hope someone in this room will be.”


Contemporary Crossgate starts third cowboy church - Cross Creek

More than 30 people bring lawn chairs and horses to the services at Cross Creek Cowboy Church on Sundays.

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

ROBERT – Crossgate Baptist Church has a long-term vision to plant 10 cowboy churches.

They’re now on number three and two more are already in the early stages.

The vision has resulted in God calling out men from the church to lead as pastors or lay preachers, and in spreading the gospel far beyond the city limits of Robert, located between Baton Rouge and Covington.


Luter draws overflow crowd to First Zachary

Fred Luter, Jr., senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church of New Orleans and SBC president, preached on the will of God at First Baptist Church of Zachary on Aug. 5.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional ReporterZACHARY - First Baptist Church was packed to overflowing on Aug. 5, when SBC President Fred Luter, Jr., senior pastor of Louisiana’s largest SBC church, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church of New Orleans, preached the final service of the second annual “Mondays for the Master” summer sermon series hosted by Reggie Bridges.



Don’t miss the La. Renewal Project, Sept. 26-27

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

There are many observers who believe The United States is rapidly approaching a point of no return in terms of moral decline, cultural decay and fiscal irresponsibility.

Those who believe America is streaking toward a godless, secular abyss believe that if something does not happen soon, if God’s people do not fervently pray, if revival tarries, there are dark days ahead for our nation.


SBC President Luter wants churches to look like Heaven

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

Fred Luter, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana’s largest SBC church with an average worship attendance of 4,800, preached at First Zachary, on Aug. 5, for the final service of the second annual “Mondays for the Master,” summer sermon series.

Before the service began, when he preached on the topic, “In the Master’s Hands,” based on Jeremiah 18:1-6, he graciously agreed to a brief interview.


Military chaplains weathering ‘front wave’ of culture shift

Doug Carver (right), executive director of the North American Mission Board’s chaplaincy team, leads a discussion of religious freedom issues with 55 Southern Baptist senior military chaplains. NAMB President Kevin Ezell (second from right) participated in the conference call along with Russell Moore (far left), president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

By Mike Ebert, Baptist Press

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – “We are proud of you. You are heroes to Southern Baptists.”

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, spoke those words to about 55 Southern Baptist senior military chaplains from across the armed services during a conference call that included Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Doug Carver, the retired Army major general who leads NAMB’s chaplaincy efforts.


Fishing trip helps LSU BCM reach international students

Arthur Ruan, a Chinese grad student at LSU, carries the first fish he ever caught to shore during a recent trip to a private lake sponsored by LSU BCM for international students.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

BATON ROUGE – Fishing may be a part of life in Louisiana but it is not in China.

So when Arthur Ruan, an LSU grad student, caught his first fish, he shouted and jumped around like a little kid.

Ruan was one of two dozen international students from half a dozen countries who got to experience America beyond the campus during a recent evening fishing trip sponsored by the LSU BCM to a private lake owned by a Baptist family, the Harrisons.





Greg Wilton resigns as pastor of First Baptist Church Wilton to accept assignment with IMB.

Andrew (wife Charlotte) Donaldson new as pastor First Baptist Church White Castle.

Matt (wife Hannah) Duff is new as Associate Pastor of Worship and Creative Ministries of Vidalia First Baptist Church.




Clark Springs Baptist Church in Eros seeks a full-time pastor. Send resumes to Clark Springs Baptist Church, Attn: Pastor Search Committee, 139 Clark Springs Road, Eros, La. 71238.


Dirty, nasty, strange? N.0. church planters says he wants in

New Orleans church planter Page Brooks shares with a neighbor of Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community.

By Tobin Perry, NAMB Communications

NEW ORLEANS – When Page Brooks first visited New Orleans on a 1997 mission trip, the city didn’t impress him.

“It was dirty. It was nasty. People talked funny, and they were strange,” said Brooks, who felt called to pastor and was considering seminary options. “I liked the food. But the city was sinful, and I didn’t like the French Quarter. I got all of those impressions Christians get of New Orleans on the first visit.”