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Decisions for Christ highlight campus revival

PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Louisiana College's final session of its fall revival ended on a high note when 30 students surrendered their lives to Christ Sept. 13. Louisiana President Rick Brewer said he was overcome with emotion as he watched the students walk forward to make their decision public. "We rejoice with the news of at least 30 LC students who asked Christ to step out of Heaven and step into their hearts on this final day of our fall semester revival," Brewer said. "We prayed for a spiritual awakening on campus this year and we ...

Baton Rouge shooting stirs nearby churches

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Though heartbroken from Sunday's deadly attack on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, the community has hope for the future through Christ, said the pastor of a church mere feet away from a police barricade of the incident, which left three law enforcement personnel dead and three others wounded. "In the midst of our sorrow there is hope that God will redeem even this for His good purpose," said Jeff Ginn, pastor of Istrouma Baptist Church. "What Satan intends to destroy and divide, God will use to unite."

2nd VIEW: Luter reflects on presidency, remains hopeful for future

NEW ORLEANS (BP) –- On the cusp of completing his two-year presidential tenure as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastor Fred Luter sat down for a question-and-answer session with the Baptist Message, the newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

Luter reflects on presidency, remains hopeful for future

NEW ORLEANS (BP) –- On the cusp of completing his two-year presidential tenure as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastor Fred Luter sat down for a question-and-answer session with the Baptist Message, the newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. "My prayer and hope is that this diversity will continue once my term ends at the Baltimore convention," Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. "I truly feel strongly that it will." President Luter's answers to Baptist Message questions MESSAGE: Would you reflect on being president of the Southern Baptist Convention for the past two years? LUTER: It has truly been overwhelming to serve in such a position. On one hand, you are doing your best to visit as many churches, associations, state conventions, seminaries, colleges and entities as your time and schedule permit. On the other hand, you are getting phone calls, emails, texts from people all across the country making all kinds of requests from book endorsements, writing letters for all types of events, to media requests for interviews on current events happening in our country as well as throughout the world. Then, to add to that I have to still maintain my most important roles as a husband, father and pastor. Whew! MESSAGE: What do you think you were able to accomplish during your time as president? LUTER: I have been truly proud to visit a lot of smaller churches, associations and conventions where it is the very first time an SBC president has been there. I also think I was able to accomplish more diversity in meetings across the country and our convention. There is more participation from ethnic groups getting involved in the SBC. Finally, I believe I was able to remind our churches and convention of how important revival and prayer are to us carrying out the Great Commission. MESSAGE: What were the greatest challenges you faced during your terms? LUTER: My greatest challenge was trying to accommodate all of the requests for speaking engagements. I could have used at least three more of me the past two years. MESSAGE: In your opinion, what is the state of the SBC at this time? LUTER: I believe the state of our convention is good; however there is a saying that goes, "We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go." We as a convention have to address our declining numbers in church attendance, baptism, reaching our young people and CP giving. Until we can do better in those areas there will always be room for improvement. That is why revival and prayer are so critical at this time. MESSAGE: Does the Cooperative Program remain strong and viable today? How do you see the CP's future shaping up? LUTER: The Cooperative Program is not only viable but also critical to this convention if we are going to impact our world with the Gospel. Because of our CP giving we are able to put missionaries all over the world to share the Gospel with unreached people groups.