New Orleans Baptist Seminary Underwater

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  1. preachinjesus

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    Up in Atlanta, we've been getting word that NOBTS has been evacuated and is pretty well submerged under 10 feet of water. They are moving their administrative offices to the Decatur extension here in the ATL metro area.

    Praying for God's blessings in this troublesome time!
     
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    This is a shame because that is such a great school. I pray that whatever happens that God will see that seminary to continue.

    Martin.
     
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    Can anybody tell us if the library is on the same level with the rest of the school? Or by God''s grace might it be on a hill???
     
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    Pipe,

    The library is on the same level as most of the school.

    They will need volunteers to try to help with preservation ...

    We do need to pray that they will be able to turn out more preachers!
     
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    Steel and bricks are easy enough to find, but those rare books are another story.

    And I guess that there are hundreds of thousands of similar stories down there now ...
     
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    Earlier today they posted some info on the school's website.

    http://www.nobts.edu/

    I have a friend who graduated from NOBTS and said the library will be devasted.

    A tragedy no matter how you look at it.
     
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    I'm truly sorry for NOBTS and the people of New Orleans, but I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would build a city below sea level.

    As to "why" something like this happened. It used to be understood that events like this were God's judgment on a people.

    In New Orleans, the gay pride festival was not able to commence as it usually does the week of labor day. Also, the casinos bring in $500,000 per day into the coffers of Mississippi as tax revenue. Grandparents throwing away their children's children's inheritance.

    When the righteous don't hold back evil, God's wrath falls on both the good and the evil. Is New Orleans modern day Sodom and Gomorah?

    The wickedness of this region has come up before the Lord. At least, that's how the Puritans would have looked at it.
     
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    NOBTS' library was one of the best of all the seminarys. Also, one of the largest librarys in the south eastern U.S.
    It is two floors high, perhaps there moved the bottom floor up one.
    Bro Todd
     
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    As myself being an avid book collector and reader I found my first thoughts on the flood to be "save the books, forget the buildings."

    I can't help but wonder as Paul spoke of ... is this God's judgement against New Orleans? I lived in Lafayette, LA for 23 years and I can say that a lot of South Louisiana is very sinful with no reguard to God. The motto of my home town is "Let the good times roll." There is a fesitival for every weekend of the year, which is just an excuse to get as drunk as you like. S.Louisiana devots an entire week to partying and loose living(they call it Mardi Gras.) Most of the state is catholic from what I can tell ... live like you want during the week and then on the weekend go to the priest. I would not be surpised if it was God's judgement, only God knows.
     
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    I have a sisternlaw that is a student at the seminary who evacuated to our house. She heard that the library was under about 10 feet of water and devastated. The administration is supposed to be having a meeting today to discuss what to do and have an announcement on Friday. Quite frankly I do not know what other option there is but to cancel the semester and look to the future ... it is really sad.
     
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    I have noticed that a college in my area is taking students from UNO and other NO colleges. What are the odds of a good portion of the students at NOBTS being transferred to SBTS or SWBTS? Would anyone want to just be shifted around like such?
     
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    One of the truly remarkable strengths of NOBTS is its extension center system. Thanks to Dr. Chuck Kelly, Dr. Jimmy Dukes, Dr. Steve Echols and others, I believe that you will see a well conceived plan to utilize a combination of extension center campuses and other facilities used to take up a considerable amount of slack this semester. Anyway, we will find out tomorrow.

    There go the parking spots on Columbia Drive.
     
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    very sad.
     
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    I'm no expert on topography, but if memory serves from my last trip to NO, I believe most of the city is consistently flat, and, for the most part, below sea level. In other words, no hills. Places not affected are those that are near the sea level mark, or in an area where the home is raised enough for the first fllor to be spared or at least damage kept to a minimum.
     
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    Just about every aspect of Louisiana is flat. I think it gets a little hilly up north and I think there is also a mountain up north. I hope the Theology books were on the second floor of the library.
     
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    This is info on the seminary from Al Mohler's site at
    http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=249

    Excerpt:
     
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    Certainly there must be a lot of rare books there. It is my understanding that the main original collection came from the church historian, John T. Christian, who gave the school his personal library of around 18,000 volumes.
     
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    Or a nation. Remember the story about the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike?

    I've wondered about the levees in New Orleans. As I understand, they were built to withstand storms up to Category 3. Katrina was at 5 in the Gulf, and came down to 4 by the time she hit land. The lake rose 4.5 feet and then the storm so churned the water as to erode the soil beneath the concrete footing.

    I imagine this conversation long ago:

    Engineer: We could build this levee for a C-4 storm, or just a C-3. New Orleans has never seen a C-4, so it probably never will.

    Bureaucrat: Lemme get this straight--if we build it for a C-3 storm, we'll save trainloads of money; but if we ever have a C-4 storm, the city will be destroyed in the greatest disaster in America's history?

    Engineer: Yeah, that's about right.

    Bureaucrat: Go for it! C-3 sounds good enough to me.
     

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