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Hurricane Katrina

On the terrible August day in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, the daughter of a friend of mine was living in Waveland, Miss., and decided she would ride out the storm at home. After all, she lived a few miles from the water and no storm, at least since Hurricane […] Read More

Hurricane Katrina made landfall four years ago in August. I left New Orleans just a few days before landfall and within a few days following, the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention was communicating throughout our network to help move supplies to Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Our network was generous beyond belief.   Our primary […] Read More

Officials at Baptist-affiliated William Carey College aren’t commenting about allegations by four former students expelled for using a college-owned generator after Hurricane Katrina claiming they were singled out for punishment because they are black. According to media reports, seniors Jeremy Irby and Dante Hardy and juniors Marvin Flemmons and Jeremiah Blackwell–all African-Americans and current or […] Read More

Evangelist Franklin Graham said Monday that Hurricane Katrina could spark a revival in New Orleans, cleaning up its image as a city of sin. “There’s been satanic worship. There’s been sexual perversion,” Graham said in an address at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Thomas Road Baptist Church’s Super Conference 2005, being held at […] Read More

What Was The Sin Of Sodom?

Wiley Bennett, pastor of Woodland Hill Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, welcomed Katrina evacuees into his community with these words on the message sign in front of his church: “The Big Easy is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.” It is standard practice to call up the image of the biblical city of Sodom as […] Read More

Prominent Christian leaders and evangelists have argued that Hurricane Katrina’s destruction and its aftermath are signs of God’s punishment on America. Franklin Graham, Hal Lindsay, Chuck Colson and Pat Robertson each suggested they knew God’s purposeful reasons in sending the hurricane. While other Christians have made similar comments, these individuals represent the most well-known and […] Read More

In 430 A.D., as Augustine lay dying in Hippo, waves of Vandals came crashing on the city gates. Augustine and his city clung to life by a thread. Leading the defense of Hippo was Augustine’s old friend, the Roman general Bonifatius, Count of Africa. Dying, and with the very culture that had nourished him throughout […] Read More

Texas Gov. Rick Perry remained mum after sharing the podium at two get-out-the-vote rallies with a black Southern Baptist preacher who wondered if God sent Hurricane Katrina “to purify our nation.” “I’m raising the question,” Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, said last week at meetings of the Texas Restoration […] Read More

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the southeastern United States cut two ways. It rallied Americans in showings of compassion and national unity rivaling, if not surpassing, those following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet it also exposed the country’s lingering racial divide and the disparity between the rich and poor. Katrina made […] Read More

America needs a government as good as the best of the American people—the police officers, firefighters, soldiers, civic leaders and volunteers who showed courage and gave sacrificially to meet human needs in an overwhelming crisis. What America has is a badly flawed government, a government where spin counts for more than substance, where country club […] Read More