Baptist Message http://baptistmessage.com "Helping Louisiana Baptists Impact the World For Christ" Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:50:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Louisiana College thankful for growing donor base http://baptistmessage.com/louisiana-college-thankful-for-growing-donor-base/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:46:05 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39876 By Norm Miller, LCNews PINEVILLE (LCNews) — The Board of Visitors membership is growing. Individual donations are on the rise in volume and amount. And in general, Louisiana College’s donor base is growing. “As the turnaround at Louisiana College continues since 2015, alumni, donors, and friends are getting on board — and some back on board […]

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By Norm Miller, LCNews

PINEVILLE (LCNews) — The Board of Visitors membership is growing. Individual donations are on the rise in volume and amount. And in general, Louisiana College’s donor base is growing.

As the turnaround at Louisiana College continues since 2015, alumni, donors, and friends are getting on board — and some back on board — with the new direction on the Hill in Pineville,” said LC President Dr. Rick Brewer. “We appreciate the return of so many prayer partners and financial supporters.”

The College recently received a substantial gift from the Cason Foundation, and within two weeks, the Foundation doubled the gift, Brewer said. “Words fall short in expressing how grateful we are for the open-handed generosity of Edgar and Flo Cason.

“We’ve heard about the good things happening at Louisiana College,” Flo Cason said. “And when we met with Rick and Cathy, Edgar and I were convinced that LC is in the very best of hands.”

Edgar Cason told LCNews: “Our consideration for Louisiana College is two-fold: We fully endorse the College’s Vision for Preparing Graduates and Transforming Lives as we wholeheartedly support the leadership of President Rick Brewer and his Leadership Team.

Though such financial consideration of LC “is important and appreciated, I am also equally gratified that increasing numbers of our stakeholders and friends in the region endorse and support what we are attempting to accomplish at Louisiana College,” Brewer said.

Brewer noted that the Board of Visitors he launched in 2015 has grown to 187 members who contribute almost $250K annually in direct tuition support for students.

The recently established 2020 campaign seeks 20 donors who will commit to giving $20K by the year 2020. Brewer said eight already have joined.

Exclusive of the Cason gift, recent donations to LC came in amounts of $100K, $50K, $20K, and $10K.

“We are privileged to have friends like the Casons and so many more,” Brewer said. “Offering a college education is not something we can accomplish in a vacuum. We need and appreciate all the financial and prayer support we receive from an ever-broadening base.”

Brewer said he is “deeply appreciative of those who tell us they love and support Louisiana College, and pray for us, too. We value these affirmations. But when people step up and give of their means so generously and sacrificially, we are humbled as well as encouraged that the College is headed back in the right direction.”

 

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Man shot attending during double funeral at First Baptist Crowley http://baptistmessage.com/man-shot-attending-during-double-funeral-at-first-baptist-crowley/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:13:25 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39872 By Message Staff CROWLEY – A man was left in serious condition after he was shot while attending a funeral at the First Baptist Church in Crowley Saturday, Nov. 10. According to Cullen Clark, pastor of First Baptist Crowley, the incident took place ‪around 11 a.m.‬ outside the church, which was being used for a […]

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By Message Staff
CROWLEY – A man was left in serious condition after he was shot while attending a funeral at the First Baptist Church in Crowley Saturday, Nov. 10.
According to Cullen Clark, pastor of First Baptist Crowley, the incident took place ‪around 11 a.m.‬ outside the church, which was being used for a funeral for a son and his mother.
Pentecostal Bishop Aaron Wilson was leading the funeral of 26-year-old Brydon Gray and his mother when shots rang out, causing panic among the nearly 300 in attendance. Gray was fatally shot at his home in Crowley October 28, and his mother passed away from natural causes a few days later, according KATC TV.
Crowley police Chief Jimmy Broussard said a male victim was exiting the church during the procession when multiple shots were fired before the suspects fled the scene.
The male victim was taken to the hospital after being shot three times. He remains in serious condition. The shooters are still at large
In addition to the injuries to the victim at the funeral, multiple vehicles were hit with bullets, including one belonging to Wilson.
Clark told the Baptist Message his church will look for ways in the days ahead to minister to its community.
“We are not going to become insular but are committed to being a light to the community,” Clark said. “Our church is called to share Christ’s love especially during a time like this and we will remain committed to having our building as a place to minister.”
Rayne Today reported that Ronald Lathers Jr. of New Orleans was arrested in connection with the death of Gray. In addition to a charge of second-degree murder, Lathers is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
“It took a lot of courage because it was so noisy in there, but they were able to compose themselves as much as they could, but at the same time, they were terrified because they didn’t know if any of their children got hit because they didn’t know where the bullet went,” Wilson told KATC.

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Hankins announces retirement plans http://baptistmessage.com/hankins-announces-retirement-plans/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:20:30 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39869 By Staff RUSTON, La. (LBM) — David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced his plans to retire during the pre-convention meeting of the Convention’s Executive Board in Ruston Monday afternoon. “At the close of this annual meeting, I will be giving Dr. Bailey, president of the Executive Board, official notice of my […]

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RUSTON, La. (LBM) — David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced his plans to retire during the pre-convention meeting of the Convention’s Executive Board in Ruston Monday afternoon.

“At the close of this annual meeting, I will be giving Dr. Bailey, president of the Executive Board, official notice of my intention to retire,” said Hankins.

His retirement will be effective June 30, 2019.

“The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Marking the Next Generation,’” Hankins told the board. “I have great confidence in the future generation of leaders God will choose to lead Louisiana Baptists.”

According to the Convention’s by-laws, Hankins announcement will initiate a process in which the Executive Board will form a search committee. Once formed, the search committee will elect its own chairperson to begin a search for a new executive director.

Hankins has served as executive director since 2005.

He is a California native who was reared in Texas. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University as well as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned both a masters and doctoral degree.

In a statement on his resume, Hankins indicates he was exposed to Christianity all of his life. His father was a Baptist deacon – and a grandfather was a Baptist preacher. Hankins made a profession of faith in 1963 – at age 13. Four years later, he committed himself to the Gospel ministry and now is an ordained minister.

Hankins served a pair of Texas Baptist churches from 1971-85. He then traveled to Louisiana, where he grew Trinity Baptist Church from 2,500 members to nearly 3,500. He also baptized more than 900 persons during that time.

Hankins also was heavily involved in state and national denominational life during that time. He served as president of the state Pastors’ Conference in 1995 and as chair of the LBC Committee on Committees from 1989-92.

He chaired the 1991 Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee and was chair of the SBC Executive Committee in 1991-92 as well.

Upon leaving Trinity in 1996, Hankins became vice president for convention policy with the SBC Executive Committee. He was named vice president for the Cooperative Program in 1998 to expand Southern Baptists’ involvement in supporting world missions and ministry. He began his tenure as executive director with Louisiana Baptists on February 1, 2005.

David and Patty Hankins have been married since 1969 and have three grown sons – Andy, Eric and Adam. He and she are members of the Philadelphia Baptist Church, Horseshoe Drive, in Alexandria.

Based on a press release by John Kyle, Louisiana Baptist communication director, and prior reporting by the Baptist Message.

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Louisiana Baptists celebrate unity in Christ during bi-lingual Pastors Conference opening session http://baptistmessage.com/louisiana-baptists-celebrate-unity-in-christ-during-bi-lingual-pastors-conference-opening-session/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:27:17 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39757 By Message Staff RUSTON – Louisiana Baptists came together with their Hispanic brothers and sisters to celebrate their unity in Christ during the opening session of the Pastors Conference, Nov. 11 at Cook Baptist Church in Ruston. In step with the conference theme “Whole: Equipping the church to love the whole church,” the session featured […]

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RUSTON – Louisiana Baptists came together with their Hispanic brothers and sisters to celebrate their unity in Christ during the opening session of the Pastors Conference, Nov. 11 at Cook Baptist Church in Ruston.

In step with the conference theme “Whole: Equipping the church to love the whole church,” the session featured music led by Fellowship Church in Prairieville and Istrouma Espanol in Baton Rouge, and a message shared by Louisiana Baptist Church Planting Strategist Carlos Schmidt.

“Since we are all in Christ, all ethnic, social, economic and gender barriers have crumbled,” Schmidt said during his message. “He does away with it. Christ is all in all. We can truly say we are one family in Christ.

“Therefore, in our relationships with one another, they should be saturated with kindness, mercy, humility and forgiveness,” he continued. “There is no place for un-forgiveness in the Christian life. As you have been forgiven by Christ, therefore you should also forgive one another.

“All of us might be different but the scripture says there is none good enough, there is none righteous,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are white or Hispanic in God’s eyes, we are all sinners and Christ paid the penalty for that sin.”

“People enjoyed the unity and seeing diversity in music, prayers and the message,” said Kirk Jones, pastor of Prairieville Church. “This night served as an encouragement for our people to see what God is doing in the convention.”

Alfonso Morales, a member of Broadmoor Hispanic Mission in Shreveport, said the evening allowed him to meet a diverse segment of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

“The night was about unity between the Americans and Spanish which I thought was reflective that God is equal for all people,” he noted.

Guillermo Mangieri, pastor of Spanish of Istrouma Espanol in Baton Rouge, enjoyed worshipping in both English and Spanish.

“Tonight we were reminded  we are one church who is about Jesus,” he said. “Singing together was an experience that all of us in this room will remember for a long time. Carlos Schmidt got it right when he said we need to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

The conference continues at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 12.

Those scheduled to preach are John Meador, lead pastor of the First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, Jeff Wallace, executive director of Lift Tour and Youth Pastor Summit in Orlando, Florida, Bill Dye, lead pastor of North Monroe Baptist Church in Monroe, and Jon Bennett, senior pastor of Belfair Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

The conference will feature breakout sessions on such topics as leading worship services that unite, developing diversity in leadership and loving those with mental health issues.

Spouses will have the opportunity to attend a Ministers’ Wives lunch at noon featuring Amanda Taylor Walker, author of “Discovering God’s Design:  A Journey to Restore Biblical Womanhood.” Walker’s husband, Chris, is university and missions pastor at Cook Baptist. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of her book.

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Revival at Washington Baptist Church http://baptistmessage.com/revival-at-washington-baptist-church/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 19:49:51 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39734 Washington Baptist Church, Washington: Revival, November 16-18, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Dinner on the grounds will follow morning worship. Evangelist: Lyndon Longoria. Special Music: Brad Mount. Pastor: Louis Charrier.

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Lyndon Longoria

Washington Baptist Church, Washington: Revival, November 16-18, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Dinner on the grounds will follow morning worship. Evangelist: Lyndon Longoria. Special Music: Brad Mount. Pastor: Louis Charrier.

Brad Mount

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MSNBC’S Maddow organizing street marches to protest Sessions firing https://news.grabien.com/story-msnbcs-maddow-organizing-street-marches-protest-sessions-fir Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:48:11 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39732 The post MSNBC’S Maddow organizing street marches to protest Sessions firing appeared first on Baptist Message.

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First-ever Amazon printed toy catalog stirs nostalgic feelings among parents https://www.wptv.com/lifestyle/amazon-toy-catalog Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:45:40 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39730 The post First-ever Amazon printed toy catalog stirs nostalgic feelings among parents appeared first on Baptist Message.

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AAA: More than 54 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/11/thanksgiving-travel-forecast-2018/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:43:15 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39728 The post AAA: More than 54 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz invites new teammate Golden Tate to church after trade from Lions https://www.christianpost.com/news/eagles-qb-carson-wentz-invites-new-teammate-golden-tate-to-church-after-trade-from-lions-228383/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:40:31 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39726 The post Eagles QB Carson Wentz invites new teammate Golden Tate to church after trade from Lions appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Oldest cave painting found to be at least 40,000 years old https://www.upi.com/Oldest-cave-painting-found-to-be-at-least-40000-years-old/3291541620367/?rc_fifo=1 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:35:25 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=39724 The post Oldest cave painting found to be at least 40,000 years old appeared first on Baptist Message.

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