May 2014

Letters to the Editor

To The Editor

Like most Louisiana Baptists, I have followed the recent events at Louisiana College with much concern and a certain degree of embarrassment. 

I had not intended to enter the ‘fray,’ but feel compelled to respond to the May 8 issue of The Baptist Message. 

The priesthood of the believer is basic to Baptist belief and tradition.  If a brother differs on a doctrinal position, we disagree ‘agreeably’ and continue to fellowship and work together. 


Here are 10 reasons we should be involved in a church

By David Roach, Chief National Correspondent for Baptist Press

According to a recent newspaper report, only 8 percent of British men attend church regularly, though 53 percent identify themselves as Christians.

And the situation is similar in other Western nations, with more than 40 percent of U.S. evangelicals not attending church weekly and more than 60 percent of American mainline Christians not attending weekly, according to Pew data. In short, millions who consider themselves Christians limit their church attendance largely to holidays, weddings and funerals.


Q&A with outgoing SBC President Fred Luter

SBC President Fred Luter

By Staff, Baptist Message

NEW ORLEANS – It was called ‘the most significant event to happen at the time in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention’s history by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary president Daniel L. Akin.

On June 19, the Southern Baptist Convention, in a historic vote, elected Fred J. Luter Jr., senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans as the convention’s first African-American president by acclamation.


LBC Executive Board declines motions, conducts Q & A

By Philip Timothy, Managing Editor

WOODWORTH – First, they tackled the agenda and then the questions.

At its annual spring meeting on May 6 at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center, the Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Board dealt with a number of agenda items which dealt with reports from board committees and LBC entities to responding to a pair of motions made at last year’s 2013 annual meeting.


Louisiana has strong turnout for National Day of Prayer events

Fifty eight people representing 14 churches – seven of which were Louisiana Baptist – participated in a noontime prayer walk around the city of Many on May 1.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

DEVILLE – In a day when God is being removed more and more from American public life, Ricky Belgard believes Christians unifying to proclaim they are one nation under God is more important than ever.


Foundation has quiet, productive quarterly meeting

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

ALEXANDRIA – The Trustees of the Louisiana Baptist Foundation (LBF) met on April 29 for their regularly scheduled quarterly board meeting at the Louisiana Baptist Building in Alexandria. 

In what proved to be a quiet meeting, the Investment and Operating Committees met during the morning hours.

During the investment committee meeting, reports were heard from the staff on the returns of the assets under the management of the Foundation.


Carter-Spivey named new LC women’s coach

Former Louisiana College standout Patrece Carter-Spivey has been selected as the new head coach for the Lady Wildcats. She was introduced at a recent press conference.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Louisiana College has chosen one of its own for the next head women’s basketball coach.

Patrece Carter-Spivey, a guard for LC from 2000 to 2004, was hired recently to lead the school’s women’s basketball program. She replaces Jason Tinsley, who left in April to become head men’s basketball coach at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.

Spivey said returning to LC is like coming back home and she said that she hopes to build upon the tradition of the program.


LC names Dunn athletic director

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Dennis Dunn is now pulling double duty at Louisiana College.

The head football coach of the school for the past seven seasons, Dunn was named athletic director in April. He will remain as football coach and replaces Darrell Payne, who stepped down as athletic director  after three years to return to practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Louisiana Notables



Michael (wife Abby) Wood new as lead Pastor at First Baptist Church, West Monroe.

John (wife Jackie) Bodine new as education/missions pastor at Cypress Baptist Church, Benton.

Max (wife patty) Hutt new as music minister at Mooringsport Baptist Church.

Tommy Hicks new as pastor at Antioch Baptist Church, Tickfaw.