April 2014

Listening to an old song that has been made new again

By Nate Adams, Executive Director of Illinois State Baptist Association

Our youngest son, Ethan, recently mentioned to his mom and me that he had heard a couple of great new Christian songs he really liked. We asked what they were, hoping that we had been listening to enough Christian radio to perhaps recognize them.

Imagine our surprise when the songs he named were 100-year-old hymns. We couldn’t help but show our disbelief. “Have you never heard those hymns before?” we asked. “Have you not been in churches that sang either of those?”


Christians are under 24-hour surveillance and scrutiny

By Kathy Ferguson Litton, NAMB consultant for ministry to pastor's wives

During a recent spin class I introduced myself to a new, unfamiliar instructor. “Hi, I’m Kathy.” Warmly she says, “You’re Kathy Litton aren’t you?”

It’s a reminder that I am often known and observed by others. Not just in a relatively small community but on social media, in my business dealings and on airplanes.

I am watched as the pastor’s wife at church, while I am playing racquetball or opening a checking account. What I post or tweet or what’s in my grocery cart does not go unnoticed.


WMU annual meeting celebrates 125th anniversary of organization

Ladies such as these enjoyed an afternoon tea that preceded the Louisiana Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting at First Baptist Lafayette. The tea celebrated the 125th anniversary of WMU.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – The recent Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting was not just a time to reflect on missions efforts in the state – it was a time to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the organization as well as the 100th birthday of Girls in Action nationwide.


Louisiana Notables


Tom Higginbotham new as interim pastor at Don Avenue Baptist Church, Denham Springs.

Rick Edmonds from Calvary Baptist, Shreveport to Louisiana Family Forum.

Jerome Stockert from Ethnos Baptist Church, Bossier City to Arkansas St. as student pastor.


Little Pass Baptist Church, Charenton: Revival, April 27-30, Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m;   Monday thru Wednesday 7 p.m. Evangelist: Joe Aulds. Music: Little Pass Praise Band. Pastor: Chris Holloway.


OKC’s Dilbeck to be 2nd vice president nominee

Hance Dilbeck

By Staff, Baptist Message

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) -- Oklahoma City pastor Hance Dilbeck will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June, a former SBC president, Johnny Hunt, has announced.

Dilbeck has been senior pastor of the 4,600-member Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003.


ERLC, IMB, GuideStone urge court to uphold minister’s housing allowance

By Tom Strode, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three entities of the Southern Baptist Convention have called for a federal appeals court to overturn a decision invalidating the ministerial housing allowance.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the International Mission Board (IMB) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief with a diversity of religious organizations in the important church-state case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.