February 2014

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor

I was pleasantly surprised as I read Dr. Jeff Iorg’s article about the “Power of the Pulpit.” I have been preaching for fifty one years and I’ve never been able to understand why the pulpit is disappearing from the platform.

I know what the pat answer is, “the pulpit is a barrier in communication, which hinders my ability to dialog with the congregation.”

 

Women encouraged at 2014 Kaleidoscope

Heather Messick of Saraland, Ala., leads worship at First Baptist Church Pineville for the annual Kaleidoscope sponored by Women’s Mission and Ministry. More than 240 women attended the event.

By Philip Timothy, Managing Editor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

PINEVILLE – If you are going to live your life for God, do it whole heartedly.

“I don’t know about you but I never do anything in life halfway,” Susanne Hughes told the crowd of women before her. “Likewise, Jesus does not want you to devote half your life to Him or to love Him half-heartedly.

“No, Jesus wants all of your love,” Hughes said. “He wants you to devote all of your heart to Him.”

 

Irvine given SB Distinguished Service award for his commitment to DR work

Louisiana Baptist Convention State Disaster Relief Director Gibbie McMillan stands with Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer James Irvine. For his commitment to disaster relief work, Irvine was among four recently awarded the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Distinguished Service Award.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

James Irvine and his Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief trailer have a lot in common.

Since first driving the trailer down to south Louisiana to respond to his first disaster days after Hurricane Katrina impacted the area in 2005, Irvine and his trailer have traveled thousands of miles across the US to respond after hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires with one mission in mind – giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.

 

Saeed Abedini moved to new prison ward as health deteriorates

EDITOR’S NOTE: World News Briefs are copyrighted by World Magazine and are used with permission.

 

Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini has cancelled plans to pray in front of the White House during a March protest of her husband’s detention.

Abedini announced her decision the same day her lawyers revealed her husband has been moved to a less dangerous wing of the Iranian prison where he’s being held. 

 

The Butterfields: A Foster Family's Journey

Will and Bethany Butterfield are foster parents for Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. They live in Central Louisiana and have two biological children. Shortly after being certified, the Butterfield family welcomed two siblings into their home as foster placements. In the fall of 2013, the children were freed for adoption. The Butterfields are currently in the process of adopting them.

Will and Bethany Butterfield are foster parents for Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.  They live in Central Louisiana and have two biological children. Shortly after being certified, the Butterfield family welcomed two siblings into their home as foster placements.  In the fall of 2013, the children were freed for adoption. The Butterfields are currently in the process of adopting them.

“For He who calls is faithful.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

 

Voyage 2014 Conference will encourage, challenge teens to grow strong in their faith

By Staff, Baptist Message

WOODWORTH – Hands-on ministry and challenging messages from a church planter and missionary are among the highlights of the upcoming Voyage 2014 conference for junior high and high school students.

Scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22 at Tall Timbers Conference Center, Voyage will allow youth to learn how they can find their own place in missions according to God’s plan for their life.

 

Louisiana Notables

ON THE MOVE

 

Jerry (wife Debra) Pipes new as executive pastor at First Baptist Bossier City.

Kevin Willis new as pastor at Indian Village Baptist Church Kinder.

Landon (wife Summer) Robin new as youth minister at South Bossier Baptist Church.

Kristian Brown new as student/education minister at Trees Baptist Church.

Jerry (wife Sandra) Martin has retired as pastor at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Castor after 37 years.

David (wife Reta) Keeny new as minister of music at Koran Baptist Church, Haughton.

 

Minister’s housing allowance ruling appealed by DOJ

By Staff, Baptist Message

DALLAS (BP) – A federal judge’s ruling that the ministers’ housing allowance is unconstitutional has been appealed by government lawyers who argue the allowance should be upheld. The appeal will be heard by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

The November decision by federal Judge Barbara Crabb was stayed pending appeal, meaning it had no immediate impact on ministers. The court challenge to ministers’ housing allowance was brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

 

Dedication, hard work earns Glen Harrigill Exemplary Bi-Vocational Pastor of the Year

Bi-vocational Pastor Glen Harrigill and his wife Penny teach together but also serve together at Riverside Baptist Church in Vidalia.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

RIDGECREST – The 3 o’clock hour has arrived at Concordia Parish Academy of Math, Science and Technology and Glen Harrigill is preparing to teach his weekly guitar lesson. 

“Try this bar,” Harrigill tells his attentive student on this January Tuesday afternoon. “I know you can get it right.”  A few minutes later, and to Harrigill’s delight, the student reproduces the note.

Mission accomplished.

But Harrigill is much more than a guitar man.

 

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