January 2012


By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor BATON ROUGE – The goal is that Louisiana become an abortion-free state. Even better, that it lead and become the first state in the nation to become abortion-free.[img_assist|nid=7852|title=Remembering the babies|desc=Gene Mills, executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum, rings a ship’s bell eight times symbolizing the 8,000 children aborted in Louisiana on average each year. Mills spoke during the 2011 Louisiana Life March, with ceremonies at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=396]


On Roe’s anniversary, remembering 50 million killed

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor Thirty-nine years ago the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade. The justices decided 7-2 that the practice of abortion in America was a right protected by the Constitution and thus legal throughout the United States. The date was Jan. 22, 1973. The specific date of the Roe decision deserves to be remembered as a day of infamy along with other tragic events such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


Louisiana is praying, pleading and preparing for revival

By Keith Manuel, LBC Evangelism Associate Louisiana Baptists are uniting to pray, plead and prepare for a movement of God. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Baptist work in our state, our theme is Awaken. When thinking about revival, there is a distinct difference between the words ‘contrive’ and ‘contrite.’ While no convention theme can bring revival, God’s people must not be remiss in begging Him for an outpouring of His Spirit.


The Christian martyrs of Lyons

By Rex Butler, Professor of Church History and Patristics at NOBTS In his book on contemporary martyrs, Faith that Endures, Ronald Boyd-MacMillan observed, “It is the devil, the demonic hatred that is behind all anti-Christian violence.” The devil is “waging his cosmic battle of spite against Jesus Christ.” The early Christians who faced persecution held that same view: that their ultimate enemy was not the Roman government or the mob but Satan.


Questions We'Ve Pondered

By Archie England, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at NOBTS Question: My question to begin this New Year comes from a well-known text, Genesis 6, in which God instructs Noah to “make an ark.” How could Noah build an ocean-worthy vessel 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall? What technology existed to fell trees, mill lumber, shape and bore beams and joints, as well as caulk and trim watertight seams? Also, how did Noah “discover” the more specific details of beam sizes (2x12s or 6x6s, etc.), from the general details of Genesis 6:14-16? Finally, how long did this take?


SACS modifies official status of Louisiana College

By Kelly Boggs, Editor PINEVILLE – Information released recently on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) website indicated that the accrediting organization’s Commission on Colleges (COC) has placed Louisiana College on warning status.[img_assist|nid=7858|title=SACS|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=98|height=100]


Landon: Preteens destined to spread the Gospel

By Brian Blackwell, Special to the Message [img_assist|nid=7861|title=Games at PreTeen Invasion|desc=Youth from 90 churches participated in games led by Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Kids Celebration, listed to high-energy music by Nashville, Tenn., recording artist Yancy, saw a performace by illusionist Drew Worsham of Pullman, Wash., and listed to a stirring message by Landon Dowden at the second annual PreTeen Invasion at Louisiana College.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=480]PINEVILLE – Landon Dowden has great hope for the next generation.


Lifted in Faith strongmen use their muscle to share God's word

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor [img_assist|nid=7863|title=Lifted in Faith Strongman|desc=A Lifted in Faith Strongman does a feat of strength to capture the crowds attention and afterwards presents God's word.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=640]BOSSIER CITY –Rolling up a frying pan?  Not exactly what comes to mind when you think of planting a ministry.  However, that is exactly how the Lifted in Faith strength team was born.  


Caskey exceeds expectations, future looks even better

By Brian Blackwell, Special to the Message PINEVILLE  The Caskey School of Divinity exceeded expectations in the fall semester and spring looks even better. When Charles Quarles Ph.D. was preparing for the launch of the divinity school’s fall 2011 classes he expected perhaps 30 students to enroll in the school, which is located on the Louisiana College campus. By the time the divinity school opened its doors, 56 students had enrolled. Attendance has now risen to about 70 and Quarles said an enrollment of 100 for the fall 2012 semester wouldn’t surprise him.