March 2011

Louisiana COM members vote to host 2012 National rally

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor WOODWORTH – During their recent workweek at Tall Timbers, Campers on Mission members voted to host the 2012 Campers on Mission national rally. Louisiana-based Mission Service Corps self-funded missionaries, and Baptist Builders, all volunteers, will be asked to help with the logistics of the rally, set for July 16-20, 2012, at the city-owned Rayne RV Campground in Rayne. Mission Service Corps and Baptist Builders from across the nation will be invited to participate in the national volunteers rally.


XMA grows relationship by relationship

By Karen L. Willougby, Managing Editor RAYVILLE – How did Randy Pierce get from the jungles of Honduras to the barren desert lands of central Asia? One relationship at a time. Pierce was in the air conditioning business in 1997 when he was recruited by Southern Baptist Pastor Tom Smith (now retired) of Macedonia Missions Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit construction ministry based in Rayville,  to help build a church in Honduras.


Are the lives of poor children not worth living, also

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor What is more preferable than being a child born into a poor home? According to Rep. Gwen Moore the alternative is being aborted – killed in your mother’s womb. Children in poor homes, particularly single-parent homes, are subjected to “eating Ramen noodles” and “mayonnaise sandwiches,” Moore said during a debate in the House of Representatives over a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood of federal tax dollars.


Some may need a CPA to sort out Federal and State income taxes

By Wayne Taylor, Executive Director Louisiana Baptist Foundation This year you have a few extra days to file your federal and state income taxes. The deadline to file your 2010 federal income taxes is Monday, April 18, 2011; your Louisiana income taxes are due Monday, May 16, 2011. The United States Congress waited later than usual (mid-December 2010) to pass some changes to the federal tax laws.  Most of these changes are temporary, with some tax laws only good for 2011, others extend through 2012 and a few laws are retroactive to 2010. 


The importance of biblical archaeology

By Dan Warner, Special to the Message Biblical archaeology has always been a critical tool for the study and understanding of the Bible, primarily because archaeology has been our foremost source of new information.                     For the last 150 years, biblical archaeology has continually supplied a rich array of texts and cultural materials that have assisted in the contextualization of the Bible. This is strategic, since teachers of the Bible are responsible to make sure that what they teach is accurate and true to the biblical text. There are rules for interpreting the Bible.


New Orleans ministry centers around sports, military

By Diana Chandler, Regional Reporter NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans VooDoo Arena Football team, which drew many loyal fans during its last season here, gets short shrift when compared to the National Football League. [img_assist|nid=7137|title=Ben and Cherry Blackwell|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=70|height=100]But Ben and Cherry Blackwell, founders of Lagniappe Ministries and the team’s new volunteer chaplains, see in the team opportunities for sharing family fun and modeling the love of Jesus.


Louisiana College host Drama and Music Festival

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Intern Staff Writer PINEVILLE – As he cleaned up in preparation for a lunch break, Wesley Brainard refused to let a nagging cough hinder his pleasure at what was transpiring. The ministering artist had just finished a class in which he taught Drama and Music Festival attendees about the art of miming, and he could not deny how pleased he was with both the talented members of his class and the overall direction of the festival.