November 2013

2013 LBC Annual Meeting: Encouraging and Challenging

LBC President Waylon Bailey will give his President's Commission 2020 report to begin the LBC annual meeting on Monday evening.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – After nearly a year of countless meetings and planning on a seven-year ministry strategy for Louisiana Baptists, the affirmation of a final report from the President’s 2020 Commission could be just days away.


James Jenkins to direct state church planting efforts

John Hebert (left), the Director of the Missions and Ministry Team for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, congratulates James Jenkins on being named the new Director of Church Planting for the state. Jenkins will officially start his new position in January 2014.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – When James Jenkins came on board with the Louisiana Baptist Convention as state director of African-American ministries in 1999, he envisioned a day when hundreds of new churches would be planted in the state.

That day is almost here, Jenkins believes.

From 2014 to 2020, as part of an emphasis on church planting through the President’s 2020 Commission, Louisiana Baptists will seek to start 300 new congregations, including a goal of 230 new churches in South Louisiana, – something Jenkins believes can happen.


Sadie Robertson will be a featured guest at this year’s YEC

Sadie Robertson, the daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, most widely known from the Duck Dynasty television show, will be a special featured guest at this year’s 26th annual Youth Evangelism Conference.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – Duck Dynasty fever is coming to this year’s Youth Evangelism Conference.

Ducky Dynasty reality television show daughter Sadie Robertson is the featured guest during the Sunday evening session of this year’s Youth Evangelism Conference.


New Creation museum fossil points to global flood

By Staff, World News Magazine

PETERSBURG, KY – A Christian foundation recently gave the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., the fossil of a large predatory dinosaur similar to a Tyrannosaurus rex, which offers evidence of the Old Testament global flood.

The fossil is believed to be one of the four best-preserved Allosaurus skulls ever discovered, according to a Creation Museum press release.


Abortion is life and death, tattoos are just aesthetics

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

The possible physical and psychological scars of one industry are potentially so traumatic that the Washington, D.C., Health Department is proposing regulations designed to protect the health and well-being of its citizens.

“We’re making sure when that decision is made that you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning saying, ‘Oh my ... what happened?’” a variety of news reports quoted D.C. Health Department spokesperson Najma Roberts explaining the need for the proposed regulations.


STRONGER TOGETHER: State Baptist Conventions and the SBC

By Al Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Seminary

Fall brings the opening of the new school year, the energy of the season of autumn and, for Southern Baptists, the meetings of the state Baptist conventions.

In the fall, most of the state conventions hold their annual meetings. Pastors and laypeople gather from local churches and assemble as a convention of Baptist churches.

There is a glory in these meetings, and they affirm our need for the state conventions and their ministries.


Letters to the Editor

To the Editor

Earlier this year, the SBC’s “Calvinism Advisory Committee” released a statement which was praised by Calvinists and non-Calvinists within the SBC for it’s charitable tone and unifying impulse.

The statement recognized the theological differences which exist within the SBC while affirming the need for friendly conversation rather than contributing to a spirit of divisiveness.

 In light of this encouraging statement, I was disappointed to read “Calvinism is not Baptist theology” in the October 10, 2013 edition of Baptist Message.


When dying is a gain for Christ followers

By Raleigh Sadler, NAMB Missionary, Pastor of Gallery Church, New York City

It’s been a year since I moved to New York with the desire to fight human trafficking and lead the local church in recapturing a passion for freedom.

The funny thing is three years ago I made it known publicly that I would NEVER 1) visit New York City or 2) raise support. So how did I end up raising support to serve as a Christian abolitionist in NYC?


Questions We've Pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS

QUESTION:  How can I understand the Bible better when I read it?  Part 4 Revelation

NOBTS’ Bill Warren responds: Where can hope be found when the world is in chaos and there seems to be no hope for the future? Is there really any sense in being faithful to God when the future looks so bleak for God’s people and causes?

Apocalyptic writings minister to people in these worse case scenarios, with Revelation being such a writing: Rev. 1:1