February 2012


By Staff, Baptist Message Arrivals/Depatures Randall (wife Tanya) Gill, new at Bayou Baptist Association in the areas of multi-housing ministry, compassion ministry, evangelism, church renewal and mission volunteer groups. DOM: Joe Arnold. Brad (wife Kristen) Hornback, new as youth minister at Northwoods Shreveport. Jeff (wife Darcie) Raines, new as pastor of Shreveport First. Cindy (husband Jonathan) Hardin, youth minister at Westwood Keithville. Anne (husband Kenneth) Myers, music minister at Westwood Keithville. Frank Eppinette, new as interim pastor at Bethany in Bethany


First Blanchard uses Cross-Brand Cowboy Church as a ministry

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer BLANCHARD – It’s perhaps an understatement to say that First Baptist Church of Blanchard is passionate for God’s work. Pastor Doug Allen and his congregation have involved themselves in several projects that have allowed them to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people from different walks of life. “The whole point of the Great Commission is to reach all people, not just certain ones,” Allen said.  “That’s why we aim at so many different people.”


La. College files suit over birth-control mandate

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press [img_assist|nid=7951|title=LC President Joe Aguillard|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=71|height=100]PINEVILLE (BP) – Louisiana College was the first of what is now a list of schools and universities suing the federal government in opposition to the Obama administration’s contraceptive/abortion mandate, making it clear the issue is not simply a Catholic one.


Adoniram Judson: A mustard seed that was well sown

By Jim Law, Pastor First Baptist Gonzales Much has been written in recent weeks on the life and work of Adoniram Judson and rightly so. It was  in February 200 years ago that Adoniram Judson and his wife Ann set sail from Salem, Mass., in route to India (later arriving in Burma). Many of those on the wharf that day no doubt thought that their departure was merely a small deposit, with little hope of bearing anything substantial.


Jefferson & the Danbury Baptists: Giving context to religious liberty

By Kelly Boggs, Editor Baptist Message The “principle of context” is an idea that stated simply declares, “Nothing is meaningful without a context.” A statement, action or reaction must be considered within its immediate circumstance in order for it to be completely and accurately understood. I have found the principle of context to be immutable and universal. That said, it is often neglected and even ignored – many times on purpose in an attempt to gain an advantage or manipulate reality.


Christian Accountability: 40 martyrs of Sebaste

By Rex Butler, Professor of Church History and Pastristics at NOBTS “Lord, we are forty who are engaged in this combat; grant that we may be forty crowned, and that not one be wanting to this sacred number” (quoted by Alban Butler, The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints, vol. 3, 560). This prayer, which was offered up by Roman soldiers threatened with execution for their faith in Christ, is part of the story of the forty martyrs of Sebaste. It’s a story that features courage, inspiration, and Christian accountability.


Hope Church’s Mardi Gras outreach effort stopped by lack of permit

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional reporter [img_assist|nid=7957|title=Water from Hope|desc=The bottles of water being given away by volunteers from Hope Baptist Church in New Orleans during Mardi Gras had the church’s logo, email address, and a simple message – Happy Mardi Gras.|link=none|align=right|width=478|height=640]METAIRIE – Hope Church of Metairie, a Louisiana Baptist Convention church plant sponsored by First Baptist Church of Kenner, was ordered to cease and desist by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office while distributing free water bottles at a Mardi Gras parade in mid-February. 


Impact Your World Conference coming to Baton Rouge

By Mark H. Hunter, Special to the Message [img_assist|nid=7961|title=Impact Your World|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=220]BATON ROUGE – Pastors, missions directors and other church leaders from across Louisiana will be gathering at Istrouma Baptist Church for the first annual “Impact Your World” missions conference to take place Thursday and Friday, March 22–23. Sponsored by the Louisiana Baptist Convention in partnership with the International Mission Board and five Louisiana Baptist associations, the conference’s theme is “From South Louisiana to the ends of the earth.”