Little League Coach, Major League Ministry
The twelve-year-old boy steps to the plate in the bottom of the last inning, his team down two runs. His first-base coach calls time and motions the batter aside. "This is the kind of game your mother would have liked," he tells the boy. The coach, Stan Allcorn, should know. He is also the little […]
Consensus nominee elected as La. convention president
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–In an action that many longtime Louisiana Baptists described as “unprecedented,” messengers to the 150th Louisiana Baptist Convention elected Bob Anderson of Baton Rouge as president by acclamation during the group’s annual meeting, Nov. 10-11 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. The action was a departure from the fiercely contested presidential elections of recent […]
10/14/97 Pastor sees rewards, lessons from little-league coaching
DeRIDDER, La. (BP)–The 12-year-old boy steps to the plate in the bottom of the last inning, his team down two runs. His first-base coach calls time and motions the batter aside. “This is the kind of game your mother would have liked,” he tells the boy. The coach, Stan Allcorn, should know. He is also […]
89-year-old’s business cards tell people, ‘God Loves You’
MONROE, La. (BP)–Most any day, you can find Jim Breland standing in the atrium of Pecanland Mall, passing out cards and warm smiles. The 89-year-old layman is not a politician, but a campaign worker of another kind — for Christ’s kingdom.“I always felt like there was something more I could do that the Lord would […]
7/17/97 She never could say no; ‘I had a promise to keep’
SHREVEPORT, La. (BP)–For nearly 50 years, Ruth Barnes has worked for a church or denominational agency. She could not say no. Her reasons had nothing to do with money or benefits or even working conditions. “Everything I have been asked to do, I have done,” says the 81-year old Barnes. Barnes’ inability to refuse a […]
7/14/97 Needn’t ask this evangelist for a promotional brochure
DALLAS (BP)–Standing on stage in a dark suit and wing tips, he could have been mistaken for an investment banker. Mike Gilchrist was on the platform at First Baptist Church, Dallas, to receive one of several plaques from the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists for “Outstanding Achievement in Evangelism,” a recognition much deserved after more […]
25 years later, churches’ gifts still appreciated in S. Korea
SULPHER, La. (BP)--It had been 25 years since Olivet Baptist Church in Sulphur, La., had given an offering to help start a new church in South Korea. Few Olivet members remembered the offering and present pastor Mark Broussard knew nothing about it.
Persevering at 73, he figures God still wants him around
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Seventy-three-year-old Joe Floyd figures God is leaving him around for a purpose. He points to a list of happenstances -- including missing Pearl Harbor and falling backward off a 12-foot ladder in 1995 -- that confirm his opinion.