ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- In addition to electing officers, passing a budget and other business, Louisiana Baptists celebrated 250 new church plants since 2010 at their annual meeting Nov. 11-12. Eddie Wren, LBC president, gave a sermon challenging messengers to wait on the Lord and not lose hope in the current age.
METAIRIE, La. (BP) -- Vintage Church, a Louisiana Baptist congregation, has filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and Jefferson Parish in a dispute over sound levels during Sunday worship services in a tent serving as the congregation's temporary meeting area. The tent, erected in August, is intended to be a short-term arrangement while the church expands attendance capacity in its permanent building -- a project estimated for completion in nine or 10 months.
GREENVILLE, Miss. (BP)–-Football legend Archie Manning and his NFL quarterback sons Peyton and Eli always have been special to Mark Kelly.
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--In what he called his last sermon, Billy Graham voiced a message of thanks and encouragement during the March 11-12 “Celebration of Hope” at the New Orleans Arena.
“This is probably the last evangelistic sermon I’ll ever preach,” the 87-year-old evangelist told an overflow crowd of 17,800 people on Sunday. “But it’s been wonderful to be here. Thank you.
“I’d like to thank my friends George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows for all these years we’ve been together,” Graham continued as he sat on a special chair that raised him to the wooden pulpit’s appropriate height, as thousands of cameras flashed throughout the arena.
|Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder perform for the “Celebration of Hope” featuring Billy and Franklin Graham in the New Orleans Arena.Photo by Jerry Ward/Genesis 2006
“I look forward to a big reunion one day in heaven,” Graham said. “God bless you all.”
Graham’s last visit to the city was a six-week crusade 52 years ago. This time, he delivered a single 22-minute message of hope to a city desperately in need of encouragement.
Graham said he watched in shock as Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans’ levee system, flooding much of the city.
But days later, he said, “We saw the great men and women who helped carry people [to safety] in helicopters ... and we knew the God of love was watching over us. God loves you.”
|Pastor Thomas Glover Jr. of New Covenant Community Church in Harvey, La., loads boxes of food, as a local policeman looks on, as part of an outreach to residents in the New Orleans-area Woodmere neighborhood. Photo by Brian Blackwell |
Glover believes prayer, coupled with Southern Baptists’ efforts through the Cooperative Program, made the difference for New Covenant Community Church during its darkest hour.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we probably wouldn’t have been able to continue without the Cooperative Program,” said the pastor of the Southern Baptist African American congregation.
Bass, however, resisted the arrest and fatally wounded the parole officer. Bass then fired six shots at Hobbs, who retaliated with nine rounds. Hobbs suffered only a minor wound to his wrist and missed a week of work.
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SBC President Bobby Welch (left) unloads some of the relief supplies on a jet that brought him and Greg Clark to Baton Rouge, La., Photo by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message
While some people may view the city as a hopeless situation, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch sees an excellent chance for a great revival
BATON ROUGE, La. (BP)--God wants to use Louisiana Baptist churches in ways they never imagined in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rick Warren said Sept. 6.
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary student Kenneth Foy says prison was the best thing that ever happened to him.