When Donna Kirkland Reed, shown holding her granddaughter Hannah, passed away from a hemorrhage of irregular blood vessels in early January, her legacy lived on with one last gift – a donation of her liver, both kidneys, and her left lung. Her left lung was donated to a man who was 60, kidneys to two different 40 year old men and at Reed’s family’s request, her liver went to Louis Robertson, the father of her pastor, Philip Robertson of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville.
Still Water Baptist Church Pastor Lonnie Tucker, a church planter, is not the first African American elected as an officer of the Louisiana Baptist Convention – Franklin Avenue’s Fred Luter was the first – but he has the distinction of being elected to the highest office – First Vice-President.
The praise team from First Baptist Church Pineville lead worship at the annual Kaleidoscope Conference Feb. 7. More than 270 women were challenged to pour themselves out in service to God at the Cooperative Program-fueled event sponsored by the Louisiana Baptist Convention Women’s Missions & Ministry.
Nearly 700 students worshipped during the main sessions of the Collegiate Evangelism Conference.
The LBC's Church Planting Director James Jenkins listens intently to Lee Wesley, pastor of Community Bible Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, during the recent meeting of the Every People Group Task Force on how Louisiana Baptists can reach various ethnicities around the state.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

Even in passing, Donna Kirkland Reed’s legacy lives on with the donation of both her kidneys and a lung to three total strangers. But the donation of one final organ, her liver, was designated by her family to go to Louis Robertson, who was the father of her pastor, Philip Robertson of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville, and had been on the liver transplant list since last October.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

HAMMOND – Standing on the platform with other 2015 Louisiana Baptist Convention officers at the conclusion of last year’s LBC Annual Meeting, Lonnie Tucker couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed at the historic moment.

Tucker had just been elected to the highest office ever held by an African-American to the Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. The first African-American elected to such an office in 20 years, Tucker was “blown away” by the honor of chosen to serve as first vice-president.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – For the past 28 years, Rick Brewer has called Charleston Southern University home.

But on April 7, Brewer will write a new chapter in his collegiate administrator life when he becomes the 9th full-time president of Louisiana College -- two others have served as interims.

Trustees of the college unanimously voted for Brewer during a special called meeting on March 5 to guide the college.

By Ronnie Floyd, SBC President

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) – Christianity is alive and well in Washington, D.C., in spite of what you may read on your smartphones or watch on television.

This past week, I spent two days in our nation’s capital, where I joined thousands of our fellow countrymen at the National Prayer Breakfast. I also saw firsthand the work of Southern Baptist lawmakers in Congress.

By Bob Stith, Founder of Family and Gender Issues Ministries

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – For centuries evangelicals have been relatively united in their belief that homosexual behavior is not God’s best for His children.

By Chuck Kelley, President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – This may seem like a silly question, but do you know who Southern Baptists are?

When asked that question, many people will think in terms of our theology and doctrine. We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. We are a people of the Book and, therefore, we read it, preach it and seek to follow its teaching as we live our lives. We are theologically conservative and hold to a distinctive Baptist theology.

By Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Seminary

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) –Tucked within an otherwise humorous Super Bowl ad by T-Mobile was a supposedly comedic line when a woman handed a newborn to his mother, “Sorry, it’s a boy.” 

The line sounded like a thunderclap to me when I first heard it. The growing cultural bias against boys – really all traditional aspects of maleness – is pervasive, but usually communicated more subtly. This was a far more blatant statement than I anticipated in a Super Bowl commercial.

To the Editor

While reading the recent Baptist Message with its informative and inspiring articles, I was appalled to learn of the Henna project being discussed with such enthusiasm on college campuses UNO and ULM and endorsed by our Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

The idea of tattooing as described- even lasting only a few months -rather than permanently, astonished and saddened me.

By Message Staff

PINEVILLE – Louisiana College may be closer to choosing a new president.

The LC board of trustees will meet on March 5 for a special called meeting to discuss and vote on a candidate as president.

“We have heard from a variety of the college’s constituents, and our search committee believes we have a candidate whose impeccable academic credentials and obvious Christian commitment constitute the caliber of leader who can take Louisiana College into the future,” LC Board Chairman Tommy French said in a press release issued by the college.

By Holly Jo Linzay, Regional Reporter

“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

               II Timothy 4:6b-7

PINEVILLE – God is calling us to live sacrificially and to pour ourselves out in service to Him.

By Brian Blackwell. Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – Robby Gallaty presented students with a challenge – close their eyes and wonder about a life without sight.

“Imagine if you were born into this world blind, do you know what that would be like?” Gallaty said to 675 students during the Collegiate Evangelism Conference. “That’s the world Bartimaeus came into.”

Citing Mark 10:46-52, Gallaty challenged the students to do as Blind Bartimaeus did to receive eyesight – walk by faith and not by sight.

By Jerry Love, Director of Planned Giving

ALEXANDRIA – The Louisiana Baptist Foundation Board of Trustees met for its regular quarterly Trustees meeting on Feb. 3. 

This is the first of four meetings for the Board for this year.

The majority of board members are returning, continuing in the first term commitment or finishing a second 3 year term.  The Trustees welcomed its only new member for this year, Terry Shirley of DeRidder. 

Shirley has served the Foundation board in the past from 2002 through 2007.

By Baptist Press

HOUSTON (BP) – In a Feb. 13 verdict that left both sides claiming victory, a Houston jury handed down a decision in a lawsuit against the city and administrators for their dismissal of a petition by a coalition of pastors and civic leaders opposed to the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance.

Though the jury – in a 10-2 verdict – found nearly 2,500 forgeries among the 54,000 voter signatures, they dismissed the city’s allegations of fraud.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – The Every People Group Task Force met recently, continuing charting a plan on how Louisiana Baptists can reach those of various ethnicities in the state.

James Jenkins, church planting director for Louisiana Baptists, said the charge of the task force is three-fold:

● Evaluate the ethnic diversity in Louisiana and its implications for Louisiana Baptists,

● Create avenues for input and involvement in LBC life by non-Anglo leaders and congregations,

By Tom Strode, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptists appear to be defying the prevalent notion that young adults are abandoning the American church – at least by one measurement.

Attendance by younger generations reached a 10-year high at the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2014 meeting in Baltimore, according to an annual survey of attendees.

ON THE MOVE

Emily Carpenter new as children’s director at First Baptist Church, Jonesboro.

Everett Geis, Sr. new as transitional pastor at Ringgold First Baptist Church.

Seth Ott has resigned at Youth Minister at Watson Baptist Church, Denham Springs.

HOMECOMING

Fair Park Baptist Church, West Monroe: 66th Anniversary, March 8, Pastor: Waymond Warren.

REVIVAL