The Scoop – October 26, 2015

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Caring for Children through Adoption and Foster Care – Nov. 6-7

Love a child through adoption and foster care. Learn how at Equipped to Care: Understanding and Embracing Adoptees and Children in Foster Care, Nov. 6-7, featuring Bruce and Denise Kendrick of Embrace Texas, John Fuller of Focus on the Family, and former U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana.

The registration fee of $30 is due Oct. 30. Visit to register. Hosted by NOBTS, Crossroads Nola, and the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministry.

Facetime with missionaries a highlight of Global Missions Week (Nov. 3-5) 

Are you wondering what the big deal is about international missions? Are you curious about how you can be involved? Then mark your calendar for Global Missions Week, November 3-5.

Join us for chapel these three days to hear from Dr. David Platt, Gordon Fort, and Nik Ripken and discover what God’s Word says about missions. We will also have missionaries in some classes and in the HSC who would love to talk with you about what they do and answer your questions about missions! 

Tuesday, Nov. 3 Schedule:

Chapel with Dr. David Platt

Luncheon with Dr. Platt. Reservations are required for the luncheon and can be made at Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

Coffee with Missionaries 2-4 p.m. in the HSC. Enjoy some coffee and interact with missionaries serving around the world!

Snack Supper and Breakout Sessions The IMB is hosting a snack supper and breakout sessions for NOBTS students interested in learning more about missions and how to be involved globally. This is a chance for you to interact with current missionaries and hear from them about ministry and life on the field. The snack supper begins at 5:00 and the breakouts start at 6. Breakouts include:

  • Post-Modernism in Europe
  • Women on Mission
  • Using World Events to Share the Gospel
  • Taking Pure Light to Red Light Districts
  • How to Reach the Most Unreached
  • Career and Short-Term Missions with the IMB

Reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 30. Childcare is provided free of charge for children age 6 weeks to 8 years old, but you must be reserved by Friday! To reserve your spot, fill out the form at

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Schedule:
Chapel with Gordon Fort, Associate VP for the Office of Global Engagement and former missionary
Thursday, Nov. 5 Schedule:

Chapel with Nik Ripken


Can Science Tell Us Anything About God? 

The final session of the month-long series on Science and Christianity with Dr. Robert Stewart is Sunday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. , at Parkview Baptist Church, 6301 Camphor St., Metairie.  Dr. Bill Day is the pastor. The topic is:  “Genesis 1 and 2: Different Christian Interpretations.”

Compass Financial Small Groups

Find a path toward financial stability and success by joining a Compass Financial Small Group hosted by the PREP Initiative. The program is free. Time slots offered are: Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.; or during lunch, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  Childcare is available for the Monday evening group, by reservation. Register at or email


Recreational Events for the Family

Parents Night Out is October 30th from 6-10 pm at the REC. $5 a child, $20 max for a family. This will be a great time for you to have a date night with your spouse while the kids enjoy fun and games at the REC.

Intramural Volleyball starts October 26. Games will be Mondays, 7-10 p.m. To sign up, go to, create an account, find New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, click on volleyball, and click the green button that says “sign up” and you are good to go!

Flag Football Championship is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m., on the back field across from the Swap Shop. We would love to see everyone there!

Hike Jean Lafitte: Saturday, Nov. 14. It is free. Meet at the HSC at 9 a.m. and drive over to Jean Lafitte. Bring some good walking shoes as we will be hiking on the boardwalk (3.6 miles round trip). Everyone is invited, bring a sack lunch, as we will eat lunch together at the end of the hike. Sign up at the REC today! If meeting the group at the park, the address is: 6588 Barataria Blvd. Marrero, LA 70072. For more information, click here.

For more information on any of these events, email

Flu Vaccine Vital for all

Just get one. That’s what Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said recently about this year’s flu vaccine, right before he rolled up his own sleeve.

A unexpected mutation of one strain of flu virus last year helped mark last year’s flu season as “a bad year,” but a “recipe change” in the flu vaccine is expected to protect against the strains in the U.S. The Associated Press reports that the CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone, 6 months of age and older, and especially for pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as asthma or heart disease, and those over 65.

To reserve your flu shot, call the clinic at 504.816.8596 or email The following information will be required:  Name, NOBTS ID number, contact phone number. The cost is $25.

Christmas Photo Opportunity

New this year to the Christmas decorations that annually brighten the campus will be a festive display of lights in Bunyan Courtyard. This beautiful area will be lit from Nov. 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, through Christmas for your enjoyment. Be sure to bring your camera!

Looking for Bible software?

Accordance Bible Software, a Bible study tool used by top scholars worldwide, recently announced an agreement to offer special academic pricing to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students, staff members and professors. This powerful software is now available in Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad (iOS) formats. Contact Dr. Bill Warren,  or (504)282-4455 x3735, for pricing and ordering options.

Need technical assistance? Contact the ITC today – Email for technical questions/support requests with the site (Access to online registration, financial account, online transcript, etc.) – Email for technical questions/support requests with the NOBTS Blackboard Learning Management System – Email for general technical questions/support requests.
504.816.8180 – Call for any technical questions/support requests. – General NOBTS technical help information is provided on this website.

Information about Boy Scouts

Contact Dr. Paul Gregoire in the Registrar’s Office for information about joining the Boy Scouts. Call ext. 3337 or drop by.


Have you served as an international missionary?

If you have served as an international missionary for 6 months or longer, the Global Missions Center wants to know! Please email Sarah Cowan at


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SWAP Shop Hours, Call for Volunteers

The SWAP Shop (Surplus With a Purpose) exists to provide an economical means by which the seminary community may exchange or secure quality clothing or small household items for personal use. Contributions of new and gently-used clothes, furniture, books, household goods, gifts and toys are welcome. The SWAP Shop is a volunteer organization open five days a week, with hours based on the availability of volunteers.

For hours of operation, join the NOBTS Swap Shop Facebook page by clicking HERE. Times are listed and closures are also announced there. The Swap Shop is always looking for volunteers, especially for morning hours, Saturdays and evenings after 7 p.m. For more information, call Rhonda Smith at 504.481.3656.

Research Help Available

Starting to work on your semester papers? Search for full-text journal articles using the EBSCOHost database anywhere you have an Internet connection. Please come by the library with your student ID card for information and password codes.

Library Open to Serve You

Greetings from the John T. Christian Library! We hope you have a great semester and are looking forward to seeing you in the library. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and our Saturday hours are10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We are closed on Sunday.

Borrowing from other Academic Libraries

Did you know that NOBTS graduate students can borrow items from other graduate academic libraries in the New Orleans area? Come by the circulation desk in the John T. Christian Library and register for a LaLinc card today.

Emergency Text Messaging Service

Sign up for the NOBTS Emergency Text Messaging Service today. Click HERE. Choose one or all of the groups to receive texts related to emergency situations that affect our NOBTS campuses and families. Main New Orleans Campus, New Orleans Campus Residents, Louisiana & Mississippi Extension Centers; Florida Extension Centers; and Georgia & Alabama Extension Centers.
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