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Loves ‘being able to share the Gospel’

Associated Press file photo -- Aeneas Williams, recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, preaches in a suburban St. Louis church in 2008.  ORG XMIT: NY426

In a dark high school auditorium, hundreds gather every Sunday to listen to a former St. Louis Ram who has traded in an athletic career for a life of coaching. Aeneas Williams is specifically interested in coaching souls. Williams is pastor of… Continue reading →

Broadmoor United plans first Day of Compassion

Broadmoor United Methodist Church will hold its first Day of Compassion from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. As many as 20 volunteer teams will be working on 17 different projects throughout Baton Rouge on this day, the goal of which is to serve the community and give back to the neighborhoods surrounding… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Sept. 13, 2014

Rev. S.C. Dixon

Baton Rouge Saturday women’s ministry conference: 8-9 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St. Theme is “Spiritual Warfare.” Speakers are the Rev. Mary Moss, of St. Alma Baptist Church; and Sister Tonya Granville, of True Light Baptist Church. Fee is $20, includes breakfast, lunch and door prizes. (225) 383-2913. Tribes of Israel Tribal Encounter: 9… Continue reading →

Momentum gathers for men's ministries

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- The Rev. Mark Lubbock, executive director of Gulf South Men, prays for the more than 160 men gathered at Istrouma Baptist Church for the 2014 Iron Sharpens Iron conference in March. Lubbock says he sees a growing momentum of ministries to men around southern Louisiana, especially in Baton Rouge.

If the growing number of conferences, meetings and groups geared to helping men become more godly husbands and fathers is any indication, a wave of positive spiritual promise seems to be gathering momentum across southern Louisiana. Several hundred men of all denominations attended an Iron Sharpens Iron conference at Istrouma Baptist Church in March… Continue reading →

Stockstill’s latest book a model for men

'Model Man,' a new book by the Rev. Larry Stockstill, is the cornerstone of an upcoming men's conference and 50-week course to restore godly integrity to men individually and to America as a whole.

The Rev. Larry Stockstill, already well known for his ministries to men, has authored a new book, “Model Man: From Integrity to Legacy,” and along with a six-week lesson plan wants to “kick start a movement that will see a million men saved in the United States,” he says in a video posted at “Model Man’s” website.… Continue reading →

Fixing the ‘brokenness’ of sports

Associated Press file photo -- Lance Armstrong has become on of the most prominent faces of what's wrong in sports today. The legendary cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

The impact of sports on the American culture stretches from the NFL, Major League Baseball and NBA all the way down to pee-wee football, Little League baseball and church basketball and softball leagues. But sports also reflects the culture. Newspaper headlines and TV news often report the criminal behavior of professional and college… Continue reading →

Church reaches thousands with year-round program

Photo provided by Istrouma Sports Organization -- Istrouma Sports Organization volunteer flag-football coach Rhett Brown gives his players certificates for their performances.

Istrouma Baptist Church of Baton Rouge is scoring big with its faith-based, year-round sports program. Thousands of people of all faiths — or no faith — participate in sports, including little kids’ T-ball and flag football, international soccer and softball, baseball, extreme sports, basketball for teens and basketball, pickleball and fitness classes… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Aug. 30, 2014

Rev. Emma Woods

I CAN, GIFTED & BLESSED: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian Fellowship, 201 Sherron Ave. Free. WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: 9 a.m., Greater Divine Missionary Baptist Church, 6045 Hooper Road. Sisterhood Ministry will host. (225) 354-0459. 14TH ANNUAL PASTORAL PRAYER BREAKFAST: 9 a.m., New… Continue reading →

Interfaith prayer breakfast set Sept. 16

The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will hold its annual Community Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. The theme for this year’s breakfast is “Let Peace Begin With Me.” Tickets, which are $20, are now on sale at the federation office, 3112 Convention St., Baton Rouge. The event will be held… Continue reading →

Leaving politics at the Capitol door

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -  The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wood explains how each time he comes to the State Capitol, he goes to the observation deck at the top and prays over the state, the city, LSU, industry and commerce on the Mississippi River.

The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wood was driving through Baton Rouge on a hunting trip with two of his sons in January 1993, when, he says, God quietly spoke to him about his next step in ministry. He had just finished a seven-year pastorate at Trinity Church in Covington. “As we passed by the Capitol, suddenly… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Biblical boost for marriages

Russ Taff

The Bible remains the best source for helping a troubled marriage, said Zachary minister and author Gwendolyn Perry Honore. It’s the wisest advice Honore said she can offer women with marital questions. “I use the Bible. I always go back to the Bible to help them out,” Honore said. “Women are really anxious to give me… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Aug. 23, 2014

Rev. Demetria Jones-Smith

Baker Sunday USHER MINISTRY ANNIVERSARY: 11 a.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. The Rev. Sam Williams will be the guest speaker and the Holly Grove Baptist Church of Zachary will be the guest ushers. All are invited. Baton Rouge Saturday RELIGIOUS CLASSES: 8 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222… Continue reading →

BR Mormon missionaries get new leaders for next three years

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER --  The new President of the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Reed H. Hansen and his wife, Mary Anne Hansen, look over a map of the area where they are overseeing more than 180 missionaries. The couple, from Boise, Idaho, will be in Baton Rouge for the next three years.

You’ve seen them riding their bikes or even talked to them after they knocked on your door, a pair of clean-cut young men wearing white shirts and ties or modestly-dressed young women who introduce themselves as “elder” or “sister.” They are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and more than 180… Continue reading →

Theologian to speak on role of activism

Author Matthew Fox, a spiritual theologian and Episcopal priest, will speak Aug. 22 and 23 at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. Fox, who has authored more than 30 books, will speak from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, on exploring spirituality that integrates contemplation with social justice, and blends spiritual practices from various… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Aug. 16, 2014

Rev. Emma Woods

Baton Rouge Saturday Fall Rally: 8:30 a.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd. Presbyterian Women of South Louisiana will hold their annual fall rally, which includes worship and an overview of the new study book used in women’s circles. Reports will also be given on the Living Waters of the World in Cuba and the Presbyterian Children’s… Continue reading →

Apostle came from vilest of sinners

Apostles pictured in Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper are, from left, Bartholomew, James Minor, Andrew, Peter (also called Simon Peter), Judas Iscariot, John, Jesus, Thomas, James Major, Philip, Matthew, Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite (also called Simon the Zealot).

Matthew was a shakedown artist before meeting Jesus. The Matthew who would eventually write the first Gospel in the New Testament, who would be proclaimed a saint, whose name means “gift of Yaweh” or “gift of God” in Hebrew, that Matthew was a tax collector, who tacked on extra fees for personal profit,… Continue reading →

Concert aims to start Breakthrough

Shaquille O. Davis

Ministers at Baton Rouge’s St. Mary Baptist Church want to break through to their community. They envision a youth group traveling to nursing homes and prisons and women’s shelters, playing music, serving communion and ministering to people in need. To jump start the program, they are having a concert, says Chris D. Plant, a… Continue reading →

Faith Matters for Aug. 9, 2014

Photo provided by FREDERICK JONESThe Jones siblings include, from left, Anna, Lucy, Sylvester, Tammi, Louise, Elmer, Marie, Joyce, Georgia, Geneva, Emma, Mary, Leroy and Carl.

Prayer — and a weekly teleconference — has kept the Jones family connected. The 14 siblings (nine women and five men) and a host of other family members from five to seven states gather at 7 a.m. each Saturday for the prayer line and “minichurch” service. “It brings us closer. It bonds us,” said sister Anna… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Aug. 9, 2014

Circuit Judge John Michael Guidry

Baton Rouge Saturday Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. Program is for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic church and combines talks with personal reflection and couple dialogue. diobr.org. Day of Renewal: 9 a.m., Our Lady of Mercy Activity Center, 445 Marquette Ave. Catholic Charismatic Renewal… Continue reading →

Homegrown leader finishes first year at Healing Place

Photo provided by Healing Place Church -- Pastor Mike Haman, of Healing Place Church, visits with church members before a weekend service at a local church campus. Haman became senior pastor of the large nondenominational church a year ago, following the resignation of the Rev. Dino Rizzo.

When Mike Haman was attending Louisiana College in Pineville 21 years ago, he’d come home to Baton Rouge on weekends to do what needed to be done at the newly established and very small Trinity Christian Center. Now, Haman, 40, is the senior pastor of what that little church has grown into — Healing Place Church,… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Aug. 2, 2014

Circuit Judge John Michael Guidry

Baker Sunday I Can, Gifted & Blessed: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian Fellowship, 201 Sherron Ave. Free monthly showcase. Baton Rouge Saturday Youth Taking Jesus Back-to-School Workshop: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway. Herman Brister, associate superintendent for student support services at East Baton Rouge Parish school system,… Continue reading →

‘Spirituality & Sexuality’ discussions set for Broadmoor church

Broadmoor United Methodist Church is kicking off a three-week conversation titled “Spirituality & Sexuality” on Sunday, Aug. 10. This series will cover a variety of issues related to human sexuality, including the sexualization of children, human trafficking, homosexuality and various viewpoints within the United Methodist Church regarding these issues, according to a news release. “Spirituality… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Ex-Tiger Clayton considers ‘what makes a man good’

Photo provided by DAVID K. CLARK JR. -- Former LSU great Michael Clayton talks about how his faith got him through his tough days in the NFL at First Emmanuel Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Michael Clayton has always been a good football player. The Baton Rouge native was a star wide receiver at Christian Life Academy and helped lead LSU to the 2003 national championship. It wasn’t until a tumultuous NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that Clayton got a better understanding of what it meant to be a… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for July 26, 2014

Rev. Fred Jeff Smith

Baker Sunday Homecoming Worship Service: 11 a.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. The Rev. Robert Lee Chandler Jr., associate minister of St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, will speak. Monday-Friday Vacation Bible School: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rock Zion Baptist Church, 1768 Alabama St. Theme is “Building Disciples for Christ.” All… Continue reading →

New garden honors Adult Learning Center founder Bahlinger

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER --  The St. Paul Adult Learning Center's new Memorial and Educational Garden, dedicated to the late Sister Kathleen Bahlinger, provides students and parishoners a place to pray and pick fruits and vegetables.

The St. Paul Adult Learning Center has for 30 years billed itself as “an oasis in the midst of poverty, crime and hopelessness” in a high-crime area of the city. Now, thanks to the hard work of a team of volunteers and donors, the school, which has helped more than 5,000 area… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for July 19, 2014

PRAY St Paul center story, photo by mark h hunter, This sign in the entry of St. Paul Adult Learning Center welcomes students who want to learn how to read and write and solve math problems.

Baker Saturday Nursing home visit: 10 a.m., North Ridge Community Nursing Home, 3612 Baker Blvd. The First Love Missionary Baptist Church Nursing Home Ministry will visit the home. The Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. and Elder Maxine Williams will speak. Baton Rouge Saturday Building Healthy Communities Health… Continue reading →

Local volunteers shot award-winning project in Baton Rouge

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Brock Kaufman and David Coleman Mills, from left, show off two of the nine awards 'My Choice is Clear' earned at the Louisiana Independent Filmakers Awards Benefit. Kaufman took top actor honors and the film won Best Faith-based film and the audience choice award.

A few miles south of Baton Rouge along the side of Interstate 10, a homemade, white cross adorned with red hearts, plastic flowers and photographs reminds passing motorists of a fatal accident. What’s the story behind that cross? And what if that terrible situation and other tragedies could be divinely altered so they never happened?… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Denham Springs pastor passionate about serving at home and abroad

Photo provided by EDITH CARLIN -- Edith Carlin, copastor, left, Glory of God Worship Center in Denham Springs, visit with Toks Adejuwon, director of the Rhema Nigeria bible college in Port Harcourt, Kenya, and his wife, Dr. Akuna Adejuwon.

Once Edith Carlin gave her life to Christ, she became passionate about serving — at home and abroad. “When you’re willing to serve, there’s always an opportunity to grow and expand,” said Carlin, co-pastor with her husband, Cary, at the Glory of God Worship Center in Denham Springs. Carlin’s personal ministry has expanded beyond the walls… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for July 12, 2014

Cathy Moffitt

Albany Friday Divorce Workshop: 6-9 p.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 30300 Catholic Hall Road. “Return to Life,” a four-part series to help those who have been or are going through a divorce. Marianne Skrobiak, the series developer, will administer a Day of Healing on the last day. Cost is $50, which includes all materials and lunch. For… Continue reading →

‘Save Our Cities’ Day of Prayer scheduled July 19 for La. cities

The “Save Our Cities Now” Day of Prayer will be held Saturday, July 19, starting at 8 a.m. It will begin with a march from the Governor’s Mansion to the State Capitol. The goal of the event is to connect clergy and churches, government and community leaders, businesses and concerned citizens throughout the state in prayer for… Continue reading →

Churches partner to improve lives in north Baton Rouge

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- The Rev. Donald R. Hunter Sr., pastor of New Beginning Baptist Church in north Baton Rouge, watches a crew from Premier South Roofing finish installing a new steel roof on his church. The project was funded through a partnership with The Chapel near LSU, which dedicated its Easter Sunday offering to New Beginning and several other local projects.

The roof of New Beginning Baptist Church needed repairs, but the small congregation couldn’t afford to fix it. The roof of Glynnitra Ellzey’s house on Oaklon Avenue sagged in spots, but she didn’t have the money to repair it, and she said her insurance company wouldn’t pay for it. Down the street and… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for July 5, 2014

Cathy Moffitt

Baton Rouge Saturday International 78th Anniversary/Homecoming: 9:15 a.m., Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Center, 4555 Fairfields Ave. Theme is “Eyes on the Prize for Christ Jesus.” It begins with Bible study, followed by an 11 a.m. service featuring Pastor Helvius Thompson as speaker and a fellowship dinner in the Wellness Center, 5100 Osborne Ave. HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge-Chronic… Continue reading →

Summer Sounds returns for St. James Concert Series

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is bringing back its popular Summer Sounds at St. James series of musical concerts for a fifth year. Concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in July at St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of Convention and North Fourth streets in downtown Baton Rouge. Admission is $10;… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for June 28, 2014

Pastor Shannon J. Warner

Baton Rouge Saturday Evangelistic Rally: 8 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St. Rally begins with class for all ages, followed by a trip to the streets of south Baton Rouge to speak to those lost and/or unchurched. They will be invited to Magnolia where Pastor J. Bertell Davis will speak. Dinner, prayer, singing and counseling… Continue reading →