May 2014

Smith, LC officials meet with ArkLaTex alumni April 29

Argile Smith, executive vice president at Louisiana College, talks to members of the Louisiana College ArkLaTex chapter. Smith will become interim president of the college on Aug. 1.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

SHREVEPORT – Building trust with Louisiana College alumni and other Louisiana Baptists is key for the state’s only Southern Baptist college to move forward, Louisiana College Executive Vice President Argile Smith recently said.



Louisiana Baptist Bible Drill winners turn in the ‘most amazing’ performances

Participants in the State Bible Drill practice before competing. First Baptist Pineville hosted the event which drew students from throughout the state.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff WriterPINEVILLE – Chaz Morgan believes in a day when scandals and cover-ups are too common for elected officials, that adopting biblical qualities such as honesty, humility and prayerfulness could lead to statesmen once again leading the nation.



Aborted babies as medical waste – where is the dignity?

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

It came to light recently that a waste-to-energy plant in Oregon was burning the remains of aborted babies along with other medical waste to produce electricity, according to a variety of overseas news sources.

The waste material was being shipped to the plant from the Canadian province of British Columbia.


Mother’s Day – Honoring God’s indispensable gift

By Barrett Duke, Vice President of Public Policy and Research at the ERLC

“God couldn’t be everywhere, so He made mothers.” While not theologically accurate, this old Jewish saying describes beautifully the significant role mothers have in our lives.

Motherhood is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity.

A loving, committed mother is an indispensable person in our development.

Just imagine a world without mothers. It would be a sterile place indeed. Mothers instill powerful social and nurturing characteristics in each generation.


Twelve ways pastors can go from burnout to vision

By Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources

There are few vocations that can engender burnout like the pastorate. The demands on a pastor’s time, emotions and energy can be overwhelming. When I was a pastor, I often felt at least the symptoms of burnout.

I recently spoke with 17 pastors who had experienced burnout, or who felt they came precariously close to burnout.

The good news about these pastors is that they moved out of burnout, and now they are re-engaging in exciting and visionary ministries.


Mourning man’s inhumanity toward man

By Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary

Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed on April 27. The internationally recognized date comes from the Hebrew calendar and corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on that calendar.

Each year it marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, where an outnumbered and out-armed remnant of Jews resisted for a time the Germans’ attempts to transport them out of the Polish city to Nazi extermination camps.


Worldviews: What they are and why they matter (Part 3)

By Robert Stewart, Director Institute for Christian Apologetics, NOBTS

So how do we get our worldview?  Initially we inherit it, we are taught it by our parents, teachers, television, etc. 

We acquire our worldview without consciously thinking about it.  So long as it works well enough, we will see no reason to change it. 

This does not mean that worldviews can never change.  Although they are more like computer operating systems than software programs, they are not like Read Only Memory files that can never be changed. 


Multi-site church movement picking up steam in state

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

STERLINGTON – Early 2011 was a critical time for Fairbanks Baptist Church in Sterlington.

Faced with the reality of not having enough young families to sustain, the congregation reached out to First West Monroe for help in surviving in one of the fastest growing areas of the state. The result was a merger in January 2012 to form a multi-site campus known as First West Fairbanks.


Alumni group pens letter to ‘LC decision makers’ about direction of college

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

A group concerned about the future of Louisiana College has sent a letter emphasizing key points it believes “decision makers” for the college must consider if LC is to have its reputation restored and its future enhanced.

The letter, dated April 25 and signed by 90 individuals, was from a group identified as “Concerned Friends and Alumni, Louisiana College” and addressed “To the Decision Makers for Louisiana College.”