Tommy French and Jay Adkins
Pastors pray with Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn during a special called day of prayer at First Baptist Bossier City on Sept. 11. Horn, who also serves as pastor of First Baptist Church of Lafayette, was among several pastors who offered thoughts and prayers that day. Prayers included spiritual awakening, the nation, parents, repentance, revival in churches, Louisiana College, the next generation, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the President’s 2020 Commission.
Trustee Resignation Letters
Phil Robertson may have been the headline speaker of the evening but Jesus was the main topic of the Duck Commander’s message during the recent Outdoor Extravaganza in Bossier City. The outreach event was primarily sponsored by First Baptist Bossier City and Cypress Baptist in Benton, though many other churches and businesses in the area also helped out with the evening.
Since Fairbanks Baptist Church in Sterlington became a multi-site campus of First Baptist Church West Monroe in January 2012, the church has baptized 64 people. The name of the Sterlington church was changed to First West Fairbanks when the merger took place.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

PINEVILLE – An anticipated contentious fall meeting on Sept 16 of the Louisiana College Board of Trustees never materialized.

While the proceedings did begin with some measure of drama with the resignations of three of its members, it quickly transitioned into a deliberate discussion of LC’s probationary status and reports dealing with the current state of the school.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – On a day when the nation remembered the events of Sept. 11, 2001, more than 40 Louisiana Baptist pastors and laymen gathered for a focused day of prayer for the nation and much more.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

PINEVILLE – Three Louisiana College trustees resigned from the board during the Sept. 16 meeting held on the Pineville campus. Two others tendered their resignations shortly after the meeting.

The five resigned, in part, in response to the trustees re-election of Tommy French, trustee from Baton Rouge, as chaiman of the board.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, some Louisiana Baptist churches in that area lost important historical and financial printed documents.

However, all was not lost as those churches were able to contact Louisiana Baptists business office to retrieve identical information that was stored in the archives through the Annual Church Profile, or ACP.

The affected churches were then able to submit the information to various entities as part of the claims process.

By Staff, Baptist Message

Pastor Appreciation Month is just around the corner and the Louisiana Baptist Pastoral Leadership Team is providing church members with a list of ways to encourage their church staff and their families.

Held every year in October, Pastor Appreciation Month is a time set aside to honor ministers during that period. Louisiana Baptist Church Administration Strategist Stacy Morgan said encouragement is something ministers need and Pastor Appreciation Month allows church members to show that gratitude.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – Duck Commander Phil Robertson, wife Kay and son Alan returned to Bossier City for a homecoming of sorts recently, complete with duck calls and a call to salvation before more than 8,000 people.

By Staff, World News Magazine

BATON ROUGE – A federal judge on Aug. 30 temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

District Judge John deGravelles said he will hold a conference in 30 days to evaluate the progress toward obtaining admitting privileges and set a court date for his ruling on a preliminary injunction.

Three of the state’s five abortion facilities filed suit, represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR). 

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

Quick, name a player who is on a National Football League practice squad other than Michael Sam. Unless you are a professional football geek, or a player from your college alma mater is on a 10-member scout squad, you don’t know any.

Now ask yourself this question, “Why do you know Michael Sam?” It is because he publically announced his homosexual lifestyle following his senior season at the University of Missouri. It was reported that Sam told his teammates prior to the beginning of the 2013 season.

By Matthew Fowler, Pastor in Kentucky

I was in the first year of my first pastorate when things unraveled. I had experienced a few rough patches in previous ministry roles, but nothing to kill my dreams and make me question my calling.

I was familiar with stories of petty pastoral terminations and “difficult deacons,” but I was convinced that it wouldn’t happen to me, at least not at this church. A phone call changed all of that.

I was out of town performing a friend’s wedding when a man from my church called very troubled about an issue.

By Darrell Girardier, Digital Strategy Director Brentwood Baptist Church

As a kid I grew up listening to preachers on the radio like John MacArthur and Charles Stanley. It wasn’t a weekly thing, but occasionally on the weekend you might find one of their sermons on the house stereo. If I wanted to listen to more of their sermons, I had to either tune in at a certain time or order their sermons on cassette or CD.

By Chuck Lawless, Grad Studies, Ministry at SEBTS

Our Southern Baptist Convention president, Ronnie Floyd, has called us to pray for spiritual awakening. This call is the right one for a convention that exhibits marks of decline even as we seek to determine the best steps into the future.

The fact that our president must call us to pray for awakening says something about us, however. We do not readily recognize the need for an awakening, and our track record says we need to pray fervently for a mighty move of God.

By David Jeremiah, Pastor Shadow Mountain Community Church

Do you believe Jesus Christ is going to come to earth a second time? There are many so-called Christians who either don’t know or are apathetic about the subject – something that never ceases to amaze me.

How can we believe what Jesus said about the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life if we don’t believe what He said about His ultimate return to earth one day?

And he said much about the subject.

By Jeff Pate, Associate Pastor Canal Street Church, New Orleans

In 1 John 3:11-12 we read, “For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. 

And for what reason did he slay him?

Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.”

Continuing we read that if the world hates us for our love, we know we have passed from death into life, while “he who hates is a murderer and does not have eternal life in him,” but rather death.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

Judging by the schedules of two Louisiana Baptist singing groups, there’s a whole lot of singing going on through early 2015.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

Each month approximately two Louisiana Baptist churches close their doors.

According to former Fairbanks Baptist member, and current member of First West Fairbanks, Cheryl Spence, they were faced with the question, “How do you close God’s church?”

However, one West Monroe-area church and another Baton Rouge area church didn’t want to be a part of that statistic. Recently, Fairbanks Baptist and Broussard Grove Baptist decided that rather than die, they would allow a nearby church to become their supporting church.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

WOODWORTH – God’s grace is ever-present, a concept that Louisiana Baptist women’s missions and ministry strategist Janie Wise feels is a concept important enough to center an entire conference around for minister’s wives in the state.

“Where Grace Abounds” will be the theme for this year’s Louisiana Baptist Minister’s Wives’ Retreat.

Based off the biblical passage 1 Timothy 1:14, the annual conference will take place Oct. 17-18 at Tall Timbers Conference Center in Woodworth.

ON THE MOVE

Brandon Pool new as pastor at Good Pine First Baptist Church, Jena.

REVIVAL/HOMECOMING

Alto Baptist Church, Alto: Homecoming service, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. Speaker: David Shirley. Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. Pastor: Alan Miller.