May 2014

Kentucky pastor is second nominee for SBC president

Jared Moore

By Staff, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) – Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, in Hustonville, Ky., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 10-11 annual meeting in Baltimore.

In a May 5 blog post announcing his willingness to be nominated, Moore, the current SBC second vice president, stated he wants to represent rural Southern Baptists. Moore will be nominated by Paul Sanchez, pastor of Willow Baptist Church in Brooksville, Ky.


Horn calls for day of prayer, awakening

LBC President Steve Horn has called for a day of prayer and spiritual awakening at First Baptist Church, Lafayette.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn has called for a day of prayer and spiritual awakening on June 24 at First Baptist Church Lafayette.

Horn called the meeting because of what he sees as a growing hunger for a movement of prayer throughout the state, nation and world.


LC Spring Commencement: Tippit encourages graduates, offers advice for future

Louisiana College graduates parade into Guinn Auditorium for the 156th annual Spring Commencement ceremony on May 17. One hundred and ninety-nine Louisiana College graduates from 10 states and two foreign countries received diplomas and degrees.

By Hannah Boggs, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – One hundred and ninety-nine Louisiana College graduates received diplomas on May 17 during graduation ceremonies held in Guinn Auditorium on the school’s campus in Pineville. 

Families and friends of graduates filled Guinn Auditorium and, along with LC faculty and staff, were all smiles during the ceremony which also featured performances by the Voices of LC, and the presentation of an honorary doctorate.


Wayne Jenkins becomes “Dr.” Wayne Jenkins

Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard (left) bestows an honorary Doctorate of Divinity on LBC Evangelism and Church Growth Director Wayne Jenkins (center) as Jenkins’ wife Martha and Vice President of Academic Affairs Travis Wright looks on.

By Hannah Fleming, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – “When I think of Brazil, when I think of evangelism, I think of Brother Wayne,” said Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard  in presenting Wayne Jenkins, the Director of Evangelism and Church Growth for the Louisiana Baptist Convention with an honorary Doctor of Divinity.

The presentation was made during spring commencement ceremonies May 17 at Guinn Auditorium in which 199 students received degrees and diplomas.


Revival through prayer, Luter’s focus at SBC annual meeting

Pointing to this year's SBC Annual Meeting theme “Restoration and Revival through Prayer,” outgoing SBC President Fred Luter noted the return of a Tuesday evening revival service – similar in style to last year’s – that has drawn positive feedback from participants who will be attending the annual meeting June 10-11 in Baltimore.

By Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

BALTIMORE (BP) – With a desire to keep the focus on the power of revival and prayer, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter expressed excitement about this year’s SBC annual meeting June 10-11 in Baltimore. Messengers also will elect a new president as Luter wraps up his second term.

Pointing to the annual meeting theme “Restoration and Revival through Prayer,” Luter noted the return of a Tuesday evening revival service – similar in style to last year’s – that has drawn positive feedback from participants.


NOBTS names Tolbert director of Caskey Center

Mark Tolbert named director for new Caskey Center for Church Excellence

By Frank M. McCormack, NOBTS Communications

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has named a director for the new Caskey Center for Church Excellence — Mark Tolbert, professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at NOBTS. Tolbert, who has taught on the main campus since January 2007, previously directed New Orleans Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program.


Our lives would be much better off without alcohol

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

“More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption,” a little known individual recently said according to news reports. Who is the person? A) a backwoods Baptist preacher; B) a recovering alcoholic; C) an expert on chronic disease and mental health?

If you chose A or B, you are wrong. The answer is C. The person who spoke out on the negative health consequences of alcohol is none other than Oleg Chestnov, who works with the World Health Organization.


If we value God, begin each day with prayer and solitude

By Roger S. Oldham, Vice-President of Communications with the SBC Executive Committee

At a time management seminar I attended some years ago, the leader made a plea that every busy executive must begin each day with what he called “planning and solitude.”

The speaker’s premise was that those who disciplined themselves to have a daily quiet time away from the din of the daily bustle were far and away more productive than those who just rushed headlong into each day’s activities.


It appears everything is on the decline

By John Bisagno, retired pastor First Baptist Church Houston

Missiologists say the church may become unable to fulfill the Great Commission within 12 years.

Hundreds of unfunded missionaries wait in Richmond. Pastors are quitting. Churches are closing.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in America. Baptisms have spiraled downward for 14 years in a row.

Our children are shot down in grade school. Gangs are the new family.


Shout ‘Jesus’ not alcohol

By Jeff Iorg, President Golden Gate Seminary

Sports fan that I am, I have been to my share of stadiums and ballparks. For the uninitiated, football is played in a stadium and baseball in a ballpark. The reasons for this make an interesting essay – but not today!

I like to arrive early to tour a new facility, noting the architectural and historical accouterments that make every place unique. I also like to try the interesting food offerings that make each place special.