June 2013

Donations surely would fix a lot of LC’s problems

By Leon Hyatt, Jr., LC Alumnus, former LC Trustee

Recently Mr. Larry Burgess, an Louisiana College alumnus from Spring, Texas, wrote a column that appeared in the Baptist Message (May 23) in which he declared that donations are not the solution to Louisiana College’s problems. 

Mr. Burgess congratulated Louisiana College for securing a $10 million donation to contribute toward Louisiana College’s most pressing needs.  Then he insisted that 10 or 60 million dollars is not enough to fix Louisiana College’s problems. 


Another moral effect of pornography: a warped worldview

By R. Albert Mohler, President Southern Seminary

The moral effects of pornography are, by now, well attested.

The scourge of pornography has brought ruin and harm into the lives of millions of our friends and neighbors, destroying marriages, distorting sexuality and poisoning minds.

Even so, the pornography industrial complex continues to grow, representing one of the most lucrative segments of the Internet economy.


Questions We've Pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS

Question: Which church in the New Testament is the ideal church that we should be like?

Bill Warren responds: A beginning point on this topic is that we need to realize that there is no perfect church this side of heaven even among those depicted in the New Testament – all of them had problems as well as positive qualities.

As the adage goes, if you find a perfect church, don’t join it or you’ll mess it up since we’re not perfect!  There will never be a perfect church as long as real people are part of the church.


When worship becomes difficult

By Argile Smith, Louisiana College

Wayne and Al were old friends who both loved to collect rare books. Their friendship had grown through the years as they rummaged through yard sales, antique galleries, and used book stores together in search of treasures that would warm a bibliophile’s heart.

One day Wayne asked Al if he could borrow a book. He told Al that he wanted to read it whenever he had some spare time on his hands.

Of course, Al let him borrow the book. He had no doubt that his friend would take care of it and return it in due time.


NOBTS confers degrees to 52 inmates at Angola ceremonies

NOBTS President Chuck Kelley presents a diploma to one of the 52 inmates who received Associate Degrees in Christian Ministry at graduation ceremonies conducted May 20 at the Joan Horner Center on the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

ST. FRANCISVILLE – The spirit of celebration was palpable in The Joan Horner Center on the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as New Orleans Theological Seminary conferred academic degrees during graduation ceremonies conducted on May 20.

The commencement service recognized and honored that hard work and dedication of 52 inmates who completed the necessary requirements to receive Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Christian Ministry from Leavell College of NOBTS.


State churches using 4th as tool to reach out to community

Volunteers from the Bridge Church in Madisonville give out watermelon during the community’s July 4th celebration in 2012.

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing DirectorSTATEWIDE – Instead of celebrating the 4th of July soaking up the sun at the beach or driving hundreds of miles to spend time with relatives, those from the Bridge Church in Madisonville plan to spend Independence Day ministering at a festival in their own community.



Calvinism team addresses question: What next?

Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, leads a panel discussion with members of the President’s Council on Calvinism June 10 in the exhibit hall at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press

HOUSTON (BP) – Members of an advisory committee on Calvinism say that with their report now issued, the “next step” in cooperation and unity is up to individual Southern Baptists.

Twelve of the 19 members of the committee appeared together on June 10 in the exhibit hall’s Cooperative Program booth, answering questions from messengers. The 3,200-word report, which urged Southern Baptists to “grant one another liberty” and “stand together” for the Great Commission, was unanimously approved and released in late May.


Moving annual Pre-Teen Invasion to August getting positive feedback

Brent Gambrell of Nashville, Tenn., will be the main speaker at Pre-Teen Invasion 3.5 while the band Broken Vessels of DeRidder will lead the music at this year’s celebration for pre-teens, which will be held at Louisiana College’s Guinn Auditorium.

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

PINEVILLE – Louisiana Baptists teens will get a double dose of Pre-Teen Invasion this year.

Held in January, the statewide evangelism conference for children in the upper grades of elementary school will take place again in 2013, this time on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Held at Louisiana College’s Guinn Auditorium, the late summer conference will be called Pre-Teen Invasion 3.5.


Louisiana Milestones


 Brandon (wife Christine) Gill is new as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Forest Hill.

Scott “Scottie” Allen Gray, new as pastor of Harmony Baptist Delhi,  is to be ordained to the gospel ministry at 6:30 p.m. June 23 at Crockett Point Baptist Church.

Jared Little, pastor of Crews New Salem Baptist Montgomery, was ordained June 2 at Westside Baptist Natchitoches.

Larry Carr resigned as pastor of Yankee Springs Baptist Goldonna.

Stan Foster, new as pastor of Weston Baptist Jonesboro.


Emergency contraception: “It’ll be like buying Tylenol”

The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order permitting immediate, unrestricted over-the-counter sales of all two-pill emergency contraceptives.

By Staff, World News Magazine

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Abortion rights activists celebrated outside the federal appeals court in Manhattan in early June after the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order permitting immediate, unrestricted over-the-counter sales of all two-pill emergency contraceptives.

Unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step contraceptive are still on hold until the court decides the merits of the government’s appeal.