Thundering new voice for Southern Baptists

A New Orleans preacher, preaching to a New Orleans crowd, can expect a few "Amens!" if he quotes lyrics from Billie Holiday's bluesy "God Bless the Child" while talking about God's love for sinners who get saved.But what if he's preaching at the pastors' conference before the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention?All the people said, "Amen!"What really mattered was that the preacher was the Rev. Fred Luter and his turbo-charged call for salvation and social change was one of … [Read more...]

Why God loves New Orleans

Wherever they go, preachers are asked to stand up and pray.The Rev. Joe McKeever is the missions director for a Southern Baptist regional association, which is rather like being bishop of a flock that doesn't believe in bishops. This means that he gets asked to pray even more than the next guy with a Bible.McKeever says yes -- on one condition. Before the prayer, he insists on delivering a mini-sermon he calls, "What New Orleans and Heaven Have In Common." McKeever, you see, leads the Baptist … [Read more...]


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