January 2012

Louisiana College confers degrees to 117

By Al Quartemont, Special to the Message

[img_assist|nid=7834|title=Happy grads|desc=Members of LC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates for 2011 take time to celebrate their accomplishment. Louisiana College conferred degrees on 117 graduates.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=567]PINEVILLE – For Louisiana College Theater Arts major Chris McDowell of Deville, graduation meant one thing.

“It means adulthood is here,” he said. “I’m a grown- up now.”

McDowell and 42 other undergraduate and 74 graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at LC began that next stage of life Saturday, Dec. 10, when the college hosted its 151st commencement ceremony.


Four new year assumptions

By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor

While researching the subject of New Year’s resolutions I came across the following quote: “He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.”

The person from who made this quote is obviously as much a pessimist as a cynic when it comes to making a fresh start on Jan. 1.

G.K. Chesterton had a different take on the making of resolutions. “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes,” wrote the English author. “Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”


You shouldn’t be fooled by those high interest rate ads

By Wayne Taylor, Executive Director Louisiana Baptist Foundation

I recently opened a checking account for my son, and we looked at the interest rates being paid by the bank.

They offered 0.01 percent on checking accounts and .25 percent on a one-year CD.

I explained to my son that for many years the common passbook savings rate was 5.25 percent, and rates were higher if your money was locked in for a period of time. I explained to him that people save money all their lives in order to retire and live off the interest or earnings from their investments.



By Rex Butler, Professor of Church History and Pastristics at NOBTS

“The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.”

These famous words were written around 200 A.D. by Tertullian, an early church father who lived in Carthage, North Africa. This adage proved true over and over during the first centuries of the church as Christians demonstrated their faith in Christ by delivering the ultimate witness: their martyrdom. In fact, the word “martyr” comes from the Greek word martus, which means “witness.”

When many of those living in the Roman Empire saw that Christians were willing to die rather than renounce Jesus Christ as Lord, they ceased jeering and began seeking after such a faith that could change their own lives.


Questions we've pondered

By Bill Warren, Professor of New Testament and Greek at NOBTS

Question: What Do We Know About Jesus’ Family? What happened to them after Jesus was born and later after he was crucified?

Bill Warren responds: You’ve asked a question that Christians have puzzled over from the second century onward. Unfortunately, we don’t know as much as our curiosity desires, but there is some information in the New Testament and other early sources.

In the New Testament, Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:56 mention Mary as Jesus’ mother, Jesus’ sisters (not named) and brothers James, Joses, Jude (or Judas), and Simon. The most natural reading of this text is that these are actual brothers and sisters, not simply “cousins,” and no indication is given that they are children of only Joseph and not Mary.


New Hope film addresses the issue of suicide

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

MONROE – Rodney Ray didn’t start his latest screen venture planning to address the issue of suicide.[img_assist|nid=7841|title=Movie: New Hope|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=373]

What the owner of R-Squared Productions had in mind was a film about teen-age angst that could be shot during the summer, when most students are out of school. The film was to follow the success of 2010’s Flag of my Father, which took first place at the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. last May.

But at least four high school students committed suicide in Ouachita Parish during the 2010-2011 school year, and when he heard that, Ray’s script-writing flowed in a new direction.


Louisiana Baptist Convention planning a busy January

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

STATEWIDE – Jan. 2 started the first of 21 days of praying and fasting for members and pastors/leaders of Louisiana’s more than 1,600 Southern Baptist churches.

The act of confessing private and corporate sins, and the personal recommitment to walking in obedience to God’s direction, was to take place before the start of the 2012 Louisiana Evangelism Conference, themed “Return” and set for Jan. 23-24 at First Baptist Church of Pineville.

This focus pointing Louisianans toward being prepared for God to send a spiritual awakening to the state that spreads out to the nation and world is the joint venture of the entire LBC team that serves Louisiana Baptist churches, led by Executive Director David E. Hankins and President Waylon Bailey, pastor of First Baptist Church of Covington.


Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Baptist Message


Jeff Pate, Todd (wife Megan) Strain, Matt (wife Cassie) Hubbard and Dean (wife Kimberly) Rivers, are to be ordained to the gospel ministry Jan. 18 at Calvary Alexandria. Pastor: David Brooks.


First Broussard has orange pews to donate: 29 pews at 13.6 ft, and 13 pews at 16.6 ft. Call 337.837.1125 or email secretary@fbcbroussard.com.


NOBTS trustees unanimously approve new apartments

By Gary Meyers, NOBTS Communications

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The executive committee of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees has unanimously approved the location of a new student apartment building.

"This opens up housing space for us in the most in-demand housing unit we have, which is the two-bedroom apartment," NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said regarding the Dec. 6 action that clears the final hurdle for the project. "We are thrilled about it. It will give more families a chance to be here and experience seminary and the life of the community."

The new building, which will include eight two-bedroom apartments for student families, will be built on Providence Place in an open space near the intersection of Mirabeau Street. The location is near many of the other family housing units and the main seminary recreational areas.


GBO: Goal missed, but excitement abounds

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer

STATEWIDE – Numbers don’t lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story.

The Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Missions and Ministry Division’s goal of $1.8 million for the 2011 Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering fell $79,000 short. While most would consider this to be disheartening, such, though, isn’t the case. Instead, the leaders in the division are excited – extremely excited.

So, what gives?