Entries by Dr. Steve Horn

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 […]

It’s Been a Great Week!

I have been the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists for a little over four months now. This week was probably my favorite. The week brought a lot of firsts. In addition to preaching my first Shepherd’s Rest Sunday (our Convention’s program to offer a Louisiana pastor a month’s sabbatical) at Faith Baptist in Livonia, I […]

Praying Today for the Southern Baptist Convention

Last evening I had the great pleasure of attending a worship service that had as one of its purposes the dedication and consecration of Dr. Ronnie Floyd as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. The service was deeply meaningful to me. The service was worshipful, hopeful, and […]

A 9/11 Remembrance

Near the end of the Old Testament, we read the prophecies of Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah. Read together, these three Old Testament Prophets challenge us to think about our national enemies as we once again commemorate the tragedy of 2001 that will forever be called “9-11.” Amos, like all other prophets, prophesied of the coming […]

I’m Thinking about Getting a Tattoo

Ha! Now I’ve got your attention. People who know me well know that there is no chance that I’m getting a tattoo. I have my reasons, but among those is the simple fact that I do not like (Okay, it is more like a phobia) of needles. There is no way that I am ever […]

Labor Day Reflections

When I was kid, my dad would proudly proclaim, “We are going to labor on Labor Day.” That usually translated into using his day off to catch up on some chores that had been neglected through the summer. I’m probably exaggerating some, but my memory seems to indicate that Labor Day was all-day laboring in […]

The Defining Moment of Baptism

Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. Today, I want to explore with you the defining moment of baptism. Some years ago, I was on a follow-up FAITH (our church’s […]