May 2014

Baptist health clinic opens in N.O. Ninth Ward

Dr. Hannah Pounds, director of the Baptist Communities Health Services Clinic, greets patient Barry Sims. The clinic, which will be staffed by full-time, licensed medical personnel, will provide quality family healthcare in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward.

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter

NEW ORLEANS – In New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, blocks from where he grew up in poverty, Fred Luter, Jr., Southern Baptist Convention president and pastor of New Orleans’ Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, spoke at the grand opening of Baptist Communities Health Services, a full-service, primary care health clinic, and for many, a long-in-coming dream come true. 

“We are here because of our love for Christ,” Luter said. “We are here because of our love for the Lower Ninth Ward community.”


25 Louisiana families begin process to adopt children from state foster care at adoption conference

The Heart Gallery, a display of photographs of Louisiana children available for adoption out of the state foster care system, attracted attention at the “Wait No More” adoption conference held at Istrouma Baptist Church on May 10, in Baton Rouge.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

BATON ROUGE – More than 300 children in Louisiana state foster care are waiting for adoption and almost that many people attended a “Wait No More” conference to do something about it.

Dewayne and Sharon Smith of Slidell want to foster and/or adopt a little girl while Billy and Tessie Grigg of Gonzales want a baby. Buford and Lisa Quick, also of Gonzales, are praying about an older child or a teenager.


LC to start ROTC program in Fall

Pineville – Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, Louisiana College is partnering with Northwestern State University’s Army ROTC in order to provide LC students the opportunity to serve our country as commissioned United States Army officers. 

 Lt. Col. “Macky” Underwood, professor of military science, said, “ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the world at preparing young people for long term success.


Message Books has 2 books moving toward publication

By Philip Timothy, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA – The first products of the Louisiana Baptist Message publishing arm Message Books are finally moving toward publication.

Two books will be available by the end of the year, one by Joe McKeever and a second representing contributions by a variety of authors, many from Louisiana, led by Adam Harwood, McFarland Chair of Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

McKeever, is well known to Louisiana Baptists as a preacher, director of missions and cartoonist.


‘Hook-Up Truck’ – sinking to a new low in America

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

Just when you thought American pop culture could not sink any lower comes the introduction of the “Hook-Up Truck,” a mobile hotel room on wheels designed to allow people to engage in sex while the vehicle is parked on the street.

Described on its website as “a modern dating solution for safe sex adventuring,” the “Hook-Up Truck” took to the streets of California’s Bay Area for the first time on the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd.


Learning to live for others

By David Jeremiah, Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church

Just as a frame of reference for this article, let’s step back from the American cultural forest and identify four distinct varieties of trees that have grown up in post-World War II America:

Baby Boomers: born from the mid-1940s to mid-1960s; grew up in a prosperous post-war society; sometimes referred to as the “Me” Generation.

Generation X: children of the Baby Boomers, born from the early 1960s to the late 1970s; raised in post-Vietnam, unsettled society; looking to find their way.


Uncool? Just deal with it

By Erich Bridges, IMB Global Correspondent

I had to sympathize with rock singer Bono when he discovered he was uncool.

Uncool? The frontman for supergroup U2, one of the biggest bands in the world? The activist who travels the globe and meets with kings and presidents? The guy so hip he probably wears his trademark designer shades in the shower?

Yep. Uncool. He learned the hard truth a few years ago from his teenage daughters.


How the Sterling mess has been confronted has implications

By Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Seminary

Donald Sterling, owner of the National Basketball League’s Los Angeles Clippers, was recently banned from the NBA for making racist comments to his mistress.

This action by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been widely applauded in popular media. I work in a pluralistic, multi-ethnic environment (we have been called the most multicultural seminary in the world), so I have followed the whole episode with considerable interest.