March 2013

Situation at LC unfolds

A controversy has emerged at Louisiana College in reference to President Joe Aguillard’s articulation in a “President’s Pen” column that the theology known as Calvinism would not be advocated on the Pineville campus.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

PINEVILLE – The Louisiana College Board of Trustees gathered for a special called meeting on Feb. 25. The purpose of the meeting, which was conducted in Executive Session with only trustees in attendance, was never disclosed.

Convened in Granberry Hall on the campus of LC, the meeting, according to a variety of observers, lasted more than four-and-a-half hours. When the meeting adjourned, no statement was issued by the Board explaining the nature of the meeting.


Please, just the facts

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

“What’s happening at Louisiana College?” I’ve been frequently asked this question over the past few weeks. My answer is always the same, “I don’t really know for sure.” Some people act as if they don’t believe me, but it is the truth.  What I know to be absolute fact is very little. 

Each time I am asked the aforementioned question, I am reminded of a quote from one of my favorite movies. The statement to which I refer is on the bulletin board that overlooks my desk and it stares at me as I write this column.


Why all the buzz? Further thoughts on the present Calvinism Conversation

By Earl Blackburn, Pastor Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport

Southern Baptists are people of deep conviction, fiery passion, and great heritage, which formed us into a working consensus of cooperation. Sometimes, these traits have caused divisions.

Calvinism has been one of the controversial issues, but definitely not the most divisive. For the past 75-80 years there has been a détente between non-Calvinists and Calvinists. From time to time, skirmishes erupted, but eventually we settled down and went back to fulfilling the Great Commission.


Operation Auca: Martyrs of the Ecuador Mission

By Rex Butler, NOBTS

On Oct. 28, 1949, Jim Elliot wrote in his journal a statement of faith that has inspired all who have read it in the decades since: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” (The Journals of Jim Elliot).

Not many years later, this young man and four other missionaries indeed gave their lives in an attempt to share the Gospel with an unreached people group called Aucas in Ecuador.


Questions We've Pondered

By Archie England, NOBTS

Question: Is a person born a sinner, or does he or she become a sinner once the first act of sin occurs? In the later 4th century of the early church, Pelagius argued the latter – asserting Adam’s sin harmed only himself. So, Adam’s original sin did not taint the remainder of humanity. Like Adam, every person becomes a sinner by a first act of sin. Pelagius’ views (humanity was uninjured by the sin of Adam (no original sin) and thereby had a will totally free to choose good or evil) were condemned as heretical in AD 418 (though not so in AD 416).


Messages on revival, prayer highlight OneCry Conference at Louisiana College

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

PINEVILLE – Promoted as “a nationwide call for spiritual awakening,” a OneCry Conference took place Feb. 21-22 in the Granberry Conference Center on the campus of Louisiana College.

The conference, which marked one year of ministry for the OneCry movement, was a joint venture between the Louisiana Baptist Convention, Life Action Ministries and the Joseph Willis Institute, which is housed at LC.


Big Creek Evangelism Rally has an impact on those in attendance

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

DRY PRONG – “God is not going to bless America as long as we kill our babies,” said Richard Land, referring to the practice of abortion in the United States.

“Fifty-five million babes have been killed in their mothers’ wombs since the passage of Roe v. Wade [the Supreme Court decision which made abortion on demand legal in the U.S.]  in 1973,” said the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.


First Bossier helps to establish mission for the people of Myanmar – First Zo

By Robert Lemoine, Regional Reporter

BOSSIER CITY – A new church has been founded to meet the needs of immigrants from Myanmar.

A need has been met by First Baptist Church Bossier to serve spiritual food to immigrants from the country formerly known as Burma.

 A Christian welcome by Ken Hansen, a member of First Bossier, has grown into a new church in North Louisiana: First Zo Baptist Mission.