February 2012

Thousands participate in Louisiana Life March

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter [img_assist|nid=7878|title=2012 Life March|desc=More than 3,500 people from across Louisiana participated in the 2nd annual Louisiana Life March on Saturday, Jan. 21, in downtown Baton Rouge. Despite occasional rain, the march stretched for five blocks from the Old State Capitol to the present State Capitol building.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=422]BATON ROUGE – When Phyllis Clark was pregnant in 1978, she was tired and ill, so her doctor suggested an abortion. She ignored his advice and her son Jeremy, now 34, was born healthy and normal.


Boggs: Accepting a new mantle of responsibility

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor As I write this column, I do so with a new mantle of responsibility. On Jan. 23, the Baptist Message Board of Trustee voted unanimously to approve a proposal that will place me over the public affairs work of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. See article on page 8 for more on this. I accept this new capacity because I believe it is needful and necessary. We live in a republic that is predicated upon a participatory democracy. One of the ways we participate is by voicing our concerns to our elected representatives over issues important to us.


“America’s Preacher” now has a new name ... or, so says Oprah

By Andy Johnson, Pastor Crossroads Baptist Church Farmerville, La. Recently on her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) show titled “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” the 57-year- old talk-show icon interviewed the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas: Joel Osteen, and his wife Victoria. Lakewood Church is recognized as the largest church in America, meeting in what used to be the Compaq Center in downtown Houston. The building seats more than 16,000.


When pastors wonder if they’re loved

By Argile Smith, Louisiana College The account of Paul’s journey to Thessalonica in Acts 17 warms and breaks our hearts all at the same time. A fountain of joy floods our hearts as we read about the way Paul started the church there (17:1-5). As soon as he arrived in Thessalonica, he visited the synagogue and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen to him.


Questions we've pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS Question: What did Jesus mean in Matthew 16 when he talked about the rock, building his church, and binding and loosing stuff? Bill Warren responds: In Matthew 16:16-20, after Peter proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus congratulates him for this divine insight, followed by the statements related to your question. In verse 18, Jesus declares “you are Peter” (“Peter” in Greek = “rock”), and then says “on this rock I’ll build my church.”


21 Bienville Association churches gather to pray for Spiritual Awakening

By Randy Hales, Special to the Message GIBSLAND – One hundred and fifty members of churches in Bienville Baptist Association gathered recently at historic Mount Lebanon, where Charles Middleton is pastor, to bring to a climax 21 days of prayer. Each of the 21 churches in Bienville Association were encouraged to choose a day to pray specifically for a spiritual awakening. All the churches were invited to end the emphasis at Mount Lebanon.


Board votes for Boggs to fill public affairs role for LBC

By Staff, Baptist Message ALEXANDRIA – The Board of Trustees of the Baptist Message met in a special session on Jan. 23 and voted to enter into an agreement with the Louisiana Baptist Convention that will place Kelly Boggs over the LBC’s public affairs work.  Boggs status as editor of the Baptist Message will remain unchanged. The addition of the new role will see Boggs function in a dual capacity whereby he will continue the public affairs work that John Yeats initiated when he served as the LBC Director of Communications.


John Kyle named LBC Communications director

By Staff, Baptist Message [img_assist|nid=7888|title=John Kyle|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=70|height=100]ALEXANDRIA – John Kyle of Nashville, Tenn., and formerly of Lake Charles, La., was elected LBC Communications Director Jan. 23 by the executive board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. The board convened to meet John and Kathy Kyle, and to vote on his selection. “I think John will take our communications to a whole new level,” said LBC Executive Director David Hankins. “He’s always been on the cutting edge of technology.”


Louisiana Baptists honored for years of service

By Staff, Baptist Message ALEXANDRIA – Twenty-one Louisiana Southern Baptists recently received awards for five or more years of self-funded missionary service. Theme for the Jan. 13 appreciation banquet for the self-funded missionaries was “renewing our focus as missionaries.” The Mission Service Corps (MSC) missionaries who received service awards for consecutive years of service – five or more – include:  Jim and Ivy Wyble Baptist Builders – 5 years Barbara and Michael Kopp Church Strengtheners/ Truck Stop Ministry – 5 years Jerry and Sherry Haws  Church Renewal – 5 years