LOUISIANA BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
A Word from the Dean: Dr. Steve Pettey
LOUISIANA BAPTIST September 2013
Thinking about Violence, Death and the Hope that Overcomes
A recent news headline declared that the United States is raising a nation of savages. The writer of the article cited recent acts of violence by “bored” teenagers directed at a 21 year old college athlete in Oklahoma, teens in Georgia who shot and killed a 13 month boy in his stroller along with his mother as she pleaded she didn’t have any money to give the would-be armed robbers; they shot the infant between the eyes. The writer didn’t mention, but could have included an 89 year old War World II veteran beaten to death in Spokane, Washington by teenagers for no apparent reason.
In the nation’s third largest city, Chicago, the murder rate has skyrocketed recently while laws restricting guns and gun violence have made the city one of the most restrictive in the nation insofar as gun possession is concerned. But Chicago is definitely not alone in its struggle against gun violence or youth aggression in general.
The media and several prominent public figures have made much of the racial under-tones of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, but often ignore the fact that the leading cause of death for African-American males between the ages of 15-24 nationwide is homicide. What makes this disturbing fact even more troubling is that the perpetrator of homicide is generally another African-American male. The implication of the media circus in Trayvon Martin’s death is that the deaths of all the others who die at the hands of their fellow African-Americans are insignificant. The death of an African-American male is only significant when he dies at the hands of a Hispanic, white or a person from some other race. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The Bible declares, “So God created man [all humans of every race and gender] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen 1:27). Every life is significant and every death is tragic because every person has an eternal soul that will spend eternity with God or separated from Him.
Our culture has seen but not acknowledged several things that don’t work. Restricting guns hasn’t stopped violence. Preaching the gospel of racial equality has not brought about the fairness, social justice, and certainly not the unity our nation wants and needs so desperately. Maybe it is time to redirect our efforts and call on Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton to redirect their efforts by delivering a message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to blighted neighborhoods overrun by violent gangs in Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, and other large cities where murder rates are outrageously high and peaceful citizens live in constant fear?
Instead of cursing the darkness by blaming police, government, substandard schools and housing or other factors—why not challenge these ministers (and others) to light a candle of hope by organizing great revival meetings in these troubled cities? Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton are both ordained Christian ministers who often rush to the defense of those they believe have been wronged in some way. Surely these Christian ministers would be most concerned about those who are outside any hope of eternal life in Jesus. As important as the message of racial justice and civil rights might be, surely no Christian minister would elevate that message or any other above the good news of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ!
Further, is there a place where the message of hope is needed more than among America’s youth, and particularly African-American youth? Anyone of these young people might die a violent death on the mean streets of Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Houston tonight! Or they might sink in despair and resort to violence unless they enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Should we not call on those who can gain the attention of America’s youth and challenge them to use their influence to share the most important message of all—the message of hope and of life, eternal life in Jesus Christ? I believe we should and we must call on those who can reach this generation.
Seminary & Bible Department Modular Courses for 2013
2013 Year of the Eternal Word of God
"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."
Fall Pastor’s Workshop at LBU
October 23 – 25, Thurs – Sat led by Dr. Steve Pettey & Dr. David Keeny
Title: Voice of God — Proclaiming the Pure Message of God through His Servants
Subject: Biblical Proclamation
God Proclaimed His Holy Word through His Prophets
prjhthV “prophatas”(prof-ἀ-tays) divine messenger or spokesman for God, prophet, seer
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. “
II Tim 4:2
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
September 2, 2013 Labor Day- LBU Office closed
September 9, 10, 12 Fall on-campus/ E-campus Semester begins
September 23, 24, 25 Last day to drop/add classes for On-campus/E-campus
October 23 – 25 Modular: Fall Pastor’s Conference-Voice of God at LBU
December 16, 17, 19 Week of finals for On-Campus/E-campus students
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The Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary welcomed thefollowing new students during the month of August:
Jesse De La Cruz
Michael Cory Mullins
Distance Students are required to complete 1 class (3 hours) and can complete up to 7 classes (21 hours) per semester. The distance semesters are as follows:
Jan 1 through 1st week of May
2nd week of May through 1st week of September
2nd week of September till end of December
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty
thoughts on teaching....
Read through the Gospels, and you quickly conclude that Jesus was a dynamic, remarkably effective teacher. Never boring, always stimulating. Never obtuse, always clear. Never pompous or distant, always personal and lovingly concerned.
Teaching as Jesus Taught, Baker, 1995, p. 10.
The fact is, there is a “course” that addresses every issue we will ever face. The Teacher loves to meet one-on-one with His students, so that He can tailor the course to our needs. He is willing to hold class every day that we are willing to meet. We already have the Textbook, which was written by the Teacher Himself. Parts of it can be difficult to grasp. But the Teacher is always available – twenty-four hours a day – to help us understand.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss
A Place of Quiet Rest, Moody, 2000, p. 62.
Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other.
The mark of a good teacher is that what is difficult and complicated becomes simple to understand.
Derek Prime and Alistair Begg
On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 132.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The greatest teacher inspires
William A. Ward
The following students are celebrating their Birthday this month:
Timothy Paul Bower
Chi Yin Chung
Elie Barakat- pray for the safety of him and his family as they are missionaries
In Lebanon and are dealing with the dangers of the Syrian war. Posted 7/13
David Foster- Pray for his wife June as she has been dealing with seizures. Pray the
Lord will heal her body and help the doctors to give her the best treatments available.
Danny Mitchell- Pray for him as he is having some serious health issues. Pray
for healing and for the Doctors who will be treating him. Posted 5/13
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