Kyle Williams of First Baptist Bossier witnesses to a young Brazilian woman in the park in Montes Claros, Brazil. A group of 115 men and women spent 11 days on mission in Brazil as part of 30th annual Louisiana Baptist led evangelism outreach in that country.
The Clothes Closet at Life Point Church in Mansura, where Jacob Crawford is pastor, is one of many compassion ministries operated by Louisiana Baptist churches and associations. Without resources from the Georgia Barnette Offering for State Missions, some of these ministries would not be possible.
Julianna Schober (pictured right) recently won second place for Youth Division Bible Drill at the 2014 National Invitational Tournament in Helen, Ga. Participants from 12 state conventions showcased their speaking and Bible skills at First Baptist Church in Helen, Ga. Schober is a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport. Photo courtesy of Georgia Baptist Convention.
Mark Jones, children’s pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla., holds a cow tongue for a youngster to touch during a game at PreTeen Invasion at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston on Aug. 16. Jones was the main speaker for the one-day evangelism conference for fourth through sixth grade students at Temple Baptist and the following Saturday at First Baptist Lafayette.
Former Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

MONTES CLAROS, Brazil – A record number of decisions made for Christ in the 30th year of an annual mission trip to Brazil saw the group of 115 do more with less.

“Only one other time when we had had almost 200 go on the trip did we see right at 5,000 saved,” said Wayne Jenkins, evangelism and church growth director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. “This year our theme was do more with less. God did more with less this time.”

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

MANSURA – Robert Davis was a college graduate working his way up the ladder in the hospitality industry until he lost everything to a drug addiction.

Given a choice by a judge to either spend six months in a state prison or perform community service at Life Point Community Church’s clothes closet to gain his freedom, Davis picked the latter – a choice that would not only set him free from an earthly sentence but an eternal one as well.

By Joe McKeever,  retired pastor, author, New Orleans

Michelle Singletary writes a financial advice column for the Washington Post. Our New Orleans Advocate runs it a day or two later.

Ten years ago, a fellow wrote Ms. Singletary for advice. He was planning to marry his fiancée of 18 months as soon as they dealt with her spending habits which were clearly out of control.

Her closet contained 400 pairs of shoes, many still new, and was overflowing with clothing. She justified her spendthrift ways by saying she works two jobs and looks for bargains.

By Erich Bridges, IMB Global Correspondent

ROCKVILLE, Va.—David Platt, one of the most passionate and influential voices for missions among evangelicals, was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees, meeting at the IMB’s International Learning Center in Rockville, Virginia. 

David Platt is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is disciple-making — the simple, biblical model of teaching God’s Word, mentoring others and sharing faith.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

PINEVILLE – Joe Aguillard, former president of Louisiana College, recently contacted the Baptist Message to inform the publication a judge agreed with a motion, filed by Aguillard, that he be dismissed from a lawsuit filed by Timothy “Tim” Johnson, a former LC vice-president.

Johnson’s lawsuit was filed on March 11 in the 9th District Court in Alexandria. The suit named both Aguillard and LC as defendants.

By Philip Timothy, Managing Editor

PINEVILLE – A federal judge has ruled in favor of Louisiana College in its 2012 lawsuit filed against the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which is commonly called Obamacare.

Obamacare requires non-exempt employment-based group health plans to provide cost-free coverage for all contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Four of those methods may prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall, which LC officials said opposes the religious beliefs of the college.

By Philip Timothy, Managing Editor

PINEVILLE – Louisiana College’s H.O. West Fieldhouse is getting some much needed TLC.

Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, contractor Gentry and Holder Floors Inc. of Shreveport has already begun work on replacing the lower set of bleachers and putting down a new floor. The cost of the project is $300,000.

By Hannah Boggs, Message Staff Writer

JONESBORO – It was a four-night, energy-filled event in which the Holy Spirit showed up and showed out.

A ministry of  North Central Baptist, Shady Grove Baptist Associations and area churches, the 5th Annual Youth Explosion is designed as a regional event with a high-energy evangelistic thrust says Michael Brakefield, First Jonesboro student minister and event coordinator.

By Staff, World News Magazine

PORTLAND, Ore. – Liberal groups in Portland, Ore., are taking an evangelical children’s camp to task for talking to the city’s youngest residents about Jesus.

The camps, which operate like a traveling Vacation Bible School, have endured protests, negative advertisements in local newspapers, and accusations of being a fundamentalist sect.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

Unless you have been vacationing somewhere in the Tibetan Plateau region of East Asia, you are more than likely aware of the suicide of Robin Williams. The comedian/actor took his own life Aug. 11 at his home in Marin County, Calif.

Almost from the moment Williams’ death was announced media talking-heads began to parse the circumstances of his suicide. Speculation has been rampant as to how the man who made millions smile could despair enough to take his own life.

James B. Law, Pastor First Baptist Church Gonzales

On a cold November night in the early days of my ministry, I received a panicked call from a family in the church I pastored. The request in between sobs was simple, “Come now.”

As I raced to their home and pulled into their driveway, I was stunned by the sight of a young man who had hanged himself in the family barn.

The young man had been residing in their home to attend a local community college, and for a reason unknown to anyone decided on that day to end it all.

By Russell Moore, President of the ERLC

It is one of the most disturbing articles I’ve ever read. The current issue of Esquire magazine profiles the “abortion ministry” of Willie Parker, a doctor who flies in and out of my home state of Mississippi to perform abortions at the state’s only abortion clinic.

The word “ministry” isn’t incidental. Dr. Parker says he aborts unborn children because Jesus wants him to.

Parker, the article says, preached in Baptist churches as a young man, before going into medicine.

By Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Research

Those of you who read my blog or listen to my podcasts know I am a strong proponent of social media. I have seen many good things take place on the various platforms available. I have seen the Gospel clearly shared and embraced on social media.

By Elizabeth Luter, wife of former SBC President Fred Luter

Revival and restoration will begin when we lean on the everlasting arms of Jesus. Most of us ministry leaders, if not all of us, are exhausted from providing our finite arms to hold up the flock.

Destruction, devastation and disasters are all around. The load of ministry responsibility is getting heavy. We are sacrificed beyond our means.

By Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Seminary

American feminists have decried the treatment of women in our country for the past 50 years. They have used the phrase “the war on women” to describe how they have been treated.

Examples of their complaints include economic discrepancies, educational limitations, career obstacles, and restrictions on birth control choices.

Some of their complaints are valid issues and legitimate debate could be made on the relative merits of each. But has there really been a war on women?

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

RUSTON – Of the hidden traps that exist today among pre-teens, the tongue is among the most damaging.

“The very same mouth that sings praises to God can bring harm to other people,” said Mark Jones, children’s pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla. “And we must be very, very careful. I want to challenge you about the hidden traps of your words.”

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – The ministry can take its toll on a pastor and his family, leading in some cases to harmful addictions, isolation, separation from a spouse or termination from a church. But those results don’t have to happen, thanks to counseling sessions provided through Cooperative Program gifts and a partnership with Louisiana Baptists’ Pastoral Leadership Team and Granberry Counseling Centers.

ON THE MOVE

Jeremy (wife Tami) Bullock new as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Mangham.

REVIVAL/HOMECOMING

Red River Baptist Church, Benton: 165th Anniversary Celebration, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. Speaker: Wayne Dubose. Music: Richard Beeman. Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. All former members and pastors are invited. Pastor: Don Fletcher.