April 2012

State cooperative agreements: A change is needed

By R. Albert Mohler, President Southern Baptist Theological Seminary LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Reaching the people of North America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been a primary purpose of the Southern Baptist Convention since its beginning in 1845. Over the last 150 years and more, Southern Baptists have been working together to evangelize and plant churches throughout this continent.


Judge rules in favor of LC in faith-based teaching suit

[img_assist|nid=8043|title=Lawsuit Press Conference|desc=Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard comments at a April 4 news conference at the school on a judge’s favorable ruling for LC in a lawsuit over the school’s faith-based teachings. Photo by Al Quartemont.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=427]By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor PINEVILLE -- After almost seven years, the Ninth Judicial District Court has ruled in favor of Louisiana College and defended the school’s right to determine the content of its faith curriculum.


Wave of Prayer intensity builds as it draws near April 29 finale

[img_assist|nid=8045|title=Prayer under the Oaks|desc=LBC Executive Director David Hankins (right) addresses a small crowd under the stately oak trees that surround the St. Martin Parish Courthouse in St. Martinville before leading them in prayer. As the Wave of Prayer rolls through the state, it is building in intensity toward the April 29 finale on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=360]By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor


LC receives largest gift in school history from alumnus family

[img_assist|nid=8047|title=Memorable Gift|desc=Louisiana College’s Randall Hargis, Vice President for Business Affairs, and Luana Cunningham, Director of Alumni and Foundation Relations, hold a $2.5 million check from the Carl and Helen Vogel Trust. It is the largest financial gift in LC history. Photo by Al Quartemont.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=427]By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor PINEVILLE – Louisiana College announced April 5 at a news conference held on its campus that it has received the largest single gift in the history of the school. 


What ‘Reason Rally’ lacked in reason, it made up for it in attacks

By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor The “non-religious” from across America gathered in Washington D.C. for what was dubbed as the “Reason Rally.” Self-identified atheists, agnostics, secular humanists came to a meeting that had been promoted for months as “the largest secular event in world history.” While the event was touted as emphasizing reason, it seemed that some participating in the rally believed ridicule and bullying were the preferred ways for combating religious belief and spreading the joys of atheism.


Sacrifice: Is 2.56 percent really all we love Jesus?

By Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor Cross Church in Arkansas Imagine what your life would look like if you only committed 2.56 percent of yourself to the things you do. How healthy would your marriage be if you told your spouse, “I love you with 2.56 percent of my heart”? Where would your career be if you performed at only 2.56 percent of your capability? We wouldn’t dream of doing such things. Yet, this is exactly the attitude the average Christian has when it comes to financing the work of the church.


Should Christians boycott Starbucks? Is this the right way?

By Russell Moore, Dean at SBTS A respected pro-family organization has announced a boycott of Starbucks coffee. The group, which supports legal protection for traditional marriage, launched the “Dump Starbucks” campaign after a national board meeting in which the Seattle-based coffee company mentioned support for same-sex marriage as a core value of the company. Some Christians are wondering whether we ought to join in the boycott. I say no.


One step closer to Heaven and what do we have to show for it

By Craig Beeman, Pastor First Baptist Winnsboro As we participate in the Annie Armstrong Mission Offering, one of our three major missions offerings in which we participate as Louisiana Baptists, many thoughts come to mind. “How much will we raise?” “Will we give sacrificially this year?” “It sure is nice we can sit in a padded pew and reach out to the rest of the world through someone else who is called as a full-time missionary.” Ouch.


Preparing for summertime mission work

By Jason Hiles, Associate Dean of Caskey School of Divinity As spring gives way to summer, folks in many of Louisiana’s churches will embark on short term mission trips in the United States and overseas. In carrying the gospel to those who do not yet know Jesus as Savior, they will participate in a work commissioned by Christ and carried out initially by his apostles. For generations now believers have responded to this Great Commission with concern for the glory of Jesus’ name and diligence for the sake of those who live apart from Christ and under the wrath of a holy God.


Questions We've Pondered

By Archie England, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at NOBTS Question: How can I live confident that my life is pleasing to God? Archie England responds: To answer this, let’s investigate Proverbs 3, which concludes with two possible outcomes: blessing or cursing. Those living wisely will be rewarded with blessings, honor, and grace; those who don’t, will be cursed, mocked, and shamed (as fools).