Entries by Dr. Steve Horn

Re-Thinking Our Lottie Moon Giving

Some years ago, our church hosted an International Mission Board speaker to speak to us about his work and the importance of giving to this year’s offering. As I introduced him, I challenged our church to erase whatever we thought we were going to give and be receptive to hearing from God. At the very […]

Southern Baptists, Lottie Moon, and Christmas

For Southern Baptists, Christmas season and missions are inextricably linked by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. In short, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is the major funding source for our overseas missions effort as Southern Baptists. Lottie Moon, the missionary to China of the 1880s summed up best our reason for giving […]

Four Steps to Solving Most Any Relationship Issue

Many New Testament scholars give the educated guess that the book of James is among the earliest, if not the earliest, written New Testament books. If this widely-held thesis is correct, then with James, we have a good look into the issues that the earliest believers in Jesus struggled with in their discipleship. We then […]

A Quick Look Back at Our Annual Meeting

To those of you who came to the annual meeting of Louisiana Baptists, thank you. We had about forty more registered messengers than last year. An increase is better than a decrease. We will need to work hard to have an even better participation next year in New Orleans. Overall, I think we had a […]

Pastors Need to Be Encouraged

And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. (1 Samuel 23:16 NIV) When I accepted the position of Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists, I made this promise: Pastors will be encouraged. Churches are essential to our work, and spiritually healthy pastors are essential to healthy churches. I have been a […]

Helping Your Pastor Find His Strength in God

James Stewart was a pastor’s friend. James is the kind of man that every pastor needs one or two, or five of, if he is going to survive. Our memories of James are many. He lived across the street from us in our first pastorate. We cut grass together, ate many meals together, went to […]

Thoughtful Encouragement

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24 NIV) Miss Mary Olive McPhaul, Dean McPhaul, as most called her, was a faithful member and Sunday School teacher of First Baptist Church, Lafayette, until her death. Dean McPhaul came to Lafayette, and to the university there, as […]

Three Significant Numbers for Louisiana Baptists

Jaromir Jagr is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He always wore the number 68 in remembrance of his late grandfather. His grandfather, also named Jaromir Jagr, was killed in the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia during the Spring Rebellion in 1968. Though young Jaromir was not born until 1972, his grandmother told […]