February 2012

Abortion and the power of love and forgiveness

By Dwayne Hastings, ERLC Communications There have been more than 52 million abortions performed in the U.S. since the ignominious Roe v. Wade court decision in 1973. And for every abortion there is a woman who to some degree – knowingly or unknowingly – is complicit in the taking of her baby’s life. While those around her may have tried to convince her that it was in the baby’s “best interest” not to live and that it was good for her well-being that she abort her unborn child, the reality is that no one walks out of an abortion clinic totally whole.


Iranian pastor facing execution any day, but supporters still hopeful

[img_assist|nid=7966|title=Yousef Nadarkhani|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=438]By Michael Foust, Baptist Press WASHINGTON (BP) –The White House Feb. 23 increased the international pressure on Iran to release a Christian pastor sentenced to death, as several reports seemed to confirm his execution order had been issued. The pastor, Yousef (also spelled Youcef) Nadarkhani, was sentenced to death in 2010 for converting from Islam to Christian in a case that began in 2009. The statement from the Obama administration is its strongest yet from the White House in Nadarkhani’s case.


Pastor, churches, others repairing hearts and homes in Lake Providence

By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer [img_assist|nid=7968|title=Repairing homes|desc=In addition to repairing houses (and roofs), First Lake Providence has been blessed by God through the repairing of hearts because of its drive to save its town.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]LAKE PROVIDENCE – A battle is being waged for the soul of a town filled with broken hopes and terrible poverty.


LC, South Korea OK exchange agreement

By Karen L. Willougby, Managing Editor [img_assist|nid=7970|title=Listening to the good news|desc=A group of South Korean students listen intently as Man Chai Chang, governor of education in southwest South Korea, explains the benefit of a good education. “To be leader you have to have a good and right mind,” Chang told them in Korean. He later translated his own words for the Baptist Message.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=427]PINEVILLE – Soccer stars David Kam and Youngsup “Ron” Soh until recently were the only South Korean students at Louisiana College.


Churches reconcile, bless lake community

By Staff, Baptist Press [img_assist|nid=7972|title=Lake St. John Community Church|desc=Lakeshore Baptist Church and Lake St. John Community Church, reconciling after a 35-year split, are symbolically burying a hatchet in concrete during the 10:45 a.m. worship service March 4. Both congregations will meet as one in Lake St. John’s building, seen above.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]DELTA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION – Less than one mile but a lot of bad blood separated the members of Lakeshore Baptist Church, started in 1957,  and Lake St. John Community Church, started in 1982.


Hankins to chair state execs NAMB study committee

By Tim Yarbrough, Baptist Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP) – David E.  Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, was named chair of a special committee to evaluate relations with the North America Mission Board. The committee was appointed by state convention executive directors during the mid-February annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., of the Fellowship of State Executive Directors. State executive directors meet each year for fellowship and to discuss issues related to Baptist state convention work.


Church surmounts crisis, emerges as a CP leader

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor [img_assist|nid=7975|title=First Baptist Black Forest|desc=First Baptist Church in Black Forest, Colo., on the cusp of Colorado Springs’ urban sprawl, is a growing church, as pastor Bob Bender puts it, committed to do “what non-growing churches refuse to do: Pray and work hard.”|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=511]BLACK FOREST, Colo. (BP) – A church that dwindled to 10 families in the 1990s then rebounded by prayer, faith and diligence has become a perennial leader in Cooperative Program giving in Colorado.


Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Baptist Message Arrivals/Departures Richard (wife Norma) Arceneaux is new as pastor of Bellevue Jena. Jay Miller, new as pastor of Hopewell DeRidder. Jackie (wife Joanie) Gestes, new as pastor of First Many. Jeffrey A. Raines, new as pastor of First Shreveport. Roger (wife Carolyn) Whittington, new as transitional pastor at Pine Grove Jena. Preston (wife Kathy) Allen, new as music minister at Emmanuel Monroe. Pastor Terry Mims. Robert (wife Sheyanne) Dukes, new as pastor of Castor Leesville. Needed/Giving