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  • Hankins announces retirement plans

    November 13 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Hankins announces retirement plans

    David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC), announced his plans to retire Nov. 12 during the pre-convention meeting of the convention’s Executive Board in Ruston, La. “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. 

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  • NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    October 3 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Charles S. “Chuck” Kelley Jr., announced his plan to retire at the end of the current academic year during Founders’ Day chapel Oct. 2. Kelley will continue to lead the seminary through July 31, 2019. “This is the biggest decision of my life in a lot of ways,” Kelley said in an interview.

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  • ‘Cemetery’ displays collegians’ pro-life stance

    March 29 2018 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    ‘Cemetery’ displays collegians’ pro-life stance

    Nearly 500 flags in a “Cemetery for the Innocent” covered a section of Louisiana College’s quad as a memorial to the unborn on March 20. Each flag represented five of the lives aborted daily in the U.S. Chaz Morgan described the Cemetery for the Innocent as a visual picture of the battle ...

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  • Members of 117 churches urged to ‘rise up, build’

    January 31 2018 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    Members of 117 churches urged to ‘rise up, build’

    Nearly 700 members of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association came together to cry out to God to bring revival during the fellowship’s third annual “Call to Prayer.” The gathering brought together Christians of various ages and ethnicities to pray for law enforcement, the persecuted church, missionaries serving around the world, pastors and other church leaders.

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  • Students’ GenSend experience energizes church’s giving

    January 2 2018 by Alexandra Toy, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Students’ GenSend experience energizes church’s giving

    In the summer of 2016, college students from Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La., traveled to Chicago and Calgary to learn to live on mission. That experience not only changed the lives of the students, it also impacted the church.

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  • Campus shooting prompts call for prayer

    October 26 2017 by Baptist Message staff | with 0 comments
    Campus shooting prompts call for prayer

    An early morning shooting Oct. 25 at Grambling State University, La. – that left two men dead, one of whom was a student at the school – has prompted a call for prayer from Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins.

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  • Millennial and bivocational: church’s intentional DNA

    July 26 2017 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Millennial and bivocational: church’s intentional DNA

    As both a crew member at Trader Joe’s and a minister at Progression Church in Baton Rouge, La., Joe Handy gets to pastor two locations – his “Trader Joe’s campus” and his “Progression Church campus.” At Trader Joe’s, Handy rubs shoulders with coworkers from a wide range of backgrounds, most of whom have no interest in visiting a church. ...

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  • Louisiana sued for its pro-life laws

    July 7 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Louisiana sued for its pro-life laws

    The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge last week targeting Louisiana’s abortion facility licensing law and other health and safety regulations. The group sued on behalf of abortionists who say the Louisiana laws run counter to last year’s Supreme Court decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

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  • Baptisms, outreach to military, draw church’s focus

    February 10 2017 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    Baptisms, outreach to military, draw church’s focus

    Sherry Slaydon gave her family a priceless gift – the opportunity to celebrate her new life in Christ by being present at her baptism. “I pray watching their grandma proclaim her love for God was an inspiration to them,” said Slaydon of her baptism at East Leesville Baptist Church in Louisiana.

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  • Seminary professor reflects on pleas to flip vote

    January 20 2017 by Marilyn Stewart, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Seminary professor reflects on pleas to flip vote

    A raucous presidential election year turned personal for Lloyd Harsch, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary history professor, when his seminary inbox filled with more than 90,000 emails from distraught voters. Harsch is a member of this year’s Electoral College.

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  • Child finds victory physically, spiritually

    January 13 2017 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    Child finds victory physically, spiritually

    Just two years ago, little Hayden Heaberlin was facing the fight of his life, one that no 4-year-old should have to face – a battle with cancer. But family and friends affirm those days of darkness were pierced by the light of God’s mercy and provision.

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  • 8-year-old tallies $7,000 for flood recovery

    November 4 2016 by Brian Blackwell, Louisiana Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    8-year-old tallies $7,000 for flood recovery

    When 8-year-old Taylor Henry saw the devastation from flooding in south Louisiana, she wanted to do something. What she did not foresee is how her desire would turn into an effort that raised more than $7,000 for those affected by record flooding in August.

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  • Baptist flood recovery aid slated through 2017

    September 19 2016 by Josie Rabbitt, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptist flood recovery aid slated through 2017

    The North American Mission Board is facilitating a recovery effort to help Louisiana flood survivors rebuild and to assist churches and individuals who want to serve. The initiative, under NAMB’s Send Relief ministry, will begin Oct. 1 and continue at least through the end of 2017.

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  • Eternity meshes with flood relief in Louisiana

    September 8 2016 by Baptist Message & Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Eternity meshes with flood relief in Louisiana

    Floodwater stopped two feet short of the church building where Bethlehem Baptist was sheltering 350 survivors of the onslaught of south Louisiana’s flooding. The reprieve gave student minister Jase Shawley a chance to deliver a Sunday sermon, the day after the survivors’ sudden evacuation – a reprieve that affected eternity for some of the evacuees.

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  • Disaster Relief volunteer dies while serving in Louisiana

    September 6 2016 by The Alabama Baptist staff | with 0 comments
    Disaster Relief volunteer dies while serving in Louisiana

    Working as part of his church’s disaster relief team, Sonny Ellis died while doing what he did best – serving people. “He was showing the people of Denham Springs, La., an example of what Jesus would do,” said Roy Hill, pastor of First Baptist Church in Satsuma, Ala.

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