Episode 290

Incident Leads NOBTS Students to Prayer, Inserra Challenges Christians to Teach & Send Relief Offers Help

Feb 13, 2023

James Thomas, church planter at Epic Church in New Orleans and a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, was moved by the timing of an NOBTS chapel message calling on believers to pray for the city that coincided with a violent incident occurring nearby. Dean Inserra wants to help his church talk about an issue that permeates culture but Christians may find intimidating to discuss – a biblical view of sexuality. And, SendRelief, the SBC’s compassion ministry, is working to get help to the front lines of Turkey and Syria. So far, workers have delivered thousands of bottles of water and blankets to those affected by last week’s earthquakes that killed and injured tens of thousands.

Transcript

James Thomas, church planter at Epic Church in New Orleans and a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, was moved by the timing of an NOBTS chapel message calling on believers to pray for the city that coincided with a violent incident occurring nearby.

Unknown to all in the chapel audience Feb. 7, a shooting took place near the campus that claimed the life of one victim.

The chapel speaker that day was Thomas Strong, the seminary’s vice president for spiritual formation, who drew from Matthew 5:4 and challenged listeners not only to “grieve” over their own sin but to mourn over sin’s impact on the city and community.
Thomas, admitting that it is easy to grow weary of the world’s sin, saw Strong’s message as a call to action.

The result was an early morning prayer walk and vigil Thursday (Feb. 9) that Thomas helped organize near the campus. The prayer walk drew in a local TV station and a crowd of about 200 that knelt in prayer for the city.

“It’s sin. The solution is Christ,” Thomas said in an interview.
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Dean Inserra wants to help his church talk about an issue that permeates culture but Christians may find intimidating to discuss – a biblical view of sexuality.

Inserra pastors City Church in Tallahassee, Fla. Last year he released his fifth book, Pure: Why the Bible’s Plan for Sexuality Isn’t Outdated, Irrelevant, or Oppressive.

In a recent episode of Baptist Press This Week (BPTW) he discussed how the culture has a wrong view of sexuality.

“We live in a culture right now … where sex is expected,” he said.

Inserra believes relationships with growing disciples of Jesus who are ready to walk with someone struggling in sexual sin is the right way to go.
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SendRelief, the SBC’s compassion ministry, is working to get help to the front lines of Turkey and Syria. So far, workers have delivered thousands of bottles of water and blankets to those affected by last week’s earthquakes that killed and injured tens of thousands.

Jason Cox with SendRelief asks believers to, “Pray for those needing shelter in the freezing weather conditions, which endanger survivors and complicate rescue and recovery efforts. And pray for so many grieving over this unimaginable tragedy,” Cox said.

Learn more about their work at SendRelief.org.

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