Thousands of pro-life marchers stream across the Long-Allen Bridge from Bossier City into Shreveport on Jan. 17 to support the right to life movement during the second annual Louisiana Life March North. Nearly 7,000 people from various denominations, ages and races turned out for the march on a mild January morning. Photo by Douglas Collier/Shreveport Times
LBC Executive Director David Hankins reflects on the challenges, opportunities and blessings of the last decade.
Serving as pastor of Coax Baptist Church in Winnsboro is only one job Paul Perry holds. A funeral director since 1998, Perry’s secular job compliments much of what he does as pastor, whether that be prayer with each family member, comforting a hurting person or preaching a sermon.
Ergun Caner
Kimberly Myers, international collegiate ministry coordinator for the UNO BCM, interacts with a student while drawing her a Henna tattoo. She came away encouraged by the reception her students got. She said the BCM plans to do another such Henna event this Easter.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer SHREVEPORT – Some held up colorful signs that read “Stop Abortion Now” and “Defend The Defenseless.” Others just simply walked alongside their spouses, children and friends during the 1.2 mile journey from Bossier City to Shreveport. But despite their method of getting across their emotions, their message was all the same – stand up for those who have yet to be born. Nearly 7,000 people from various denominations, ages and races turned out for the second Louisiana Life March North on a mild January morning.

By John Kyle, LBC Communications Director Upon assuming the position of Executive Director on Feb. 1, 2005, David Hankins knew his new responsibilities would present challenges and opportunities – he just didn’t know they would come so quickly as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated much of south Louisiana during his first year. Hankins was elected unanimously by the Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Board to be the Executive Director of the LBC in October, 2004. He officially assumed his duties on Feb. 1, 2005.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer Editor’s Note: January is human trafficking month. Kay Bennett believes the power of prayer can transform Interstate 10 from the highest-rated corridor for sex trafficking to one of the least trafficked, one interstate mile at a time.

DENHAM SPRINGS – Farmers and missions enthusiasts from across the state will gather to learn how missions and agriculture work together during the Agricultural Missions Fellowship Annual Meeting. Scheduled for Jan. 31 at Amite Baptist Church, topics include the challenge to feed earth’s growing population, agricultural missions needs in Bosnia, Haiti and Uganda and agricultural missions’ importance. For more information contact Gene Baker at 225-665-6515 or bakergene@att.net.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer WINNSBORO – The third song on the order of service at Coax Baptist Church is about to start and the pastor has just arrived inside the sanctuary. However, Paul Perry has a good reason for walking into church after the service has begun. Only 45 minutes earlier, Perry was wrapping up a burial 35 miles south of Winnsboro which he oversaw as director of Gill First National Funeral Home.
MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Ergun Caner has stepped aside as president of Brewton-Park College. Speaking to a packed room of trustees and others, Caner informed the board that the suicide of his 15-year-old son, Braxton, was still taking a toll on his ability to lead in his role. Caner said he plans to move back to Texas to continue healing with his wife and 10-year-old son, Drake.
By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS – Caroline Fontenot chose to spend her lunchtime on the University of New Orleans campus recently not eating a sandwich with friends but rather making tattoos on fellow students with the mindset of reaching them for Christ.
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary hosted its fall commencement ceremony Dec. 13 in Leavell Chapel on the school’s main campus. NOBTS President Chuck Kelley was the featured speaker. Of the some 250 students who received undergraduate and graduate degrees, the following master’s and doctoral level graduates of NOBTS boast ties to the State of Louisiana: Ronald Harold Thompson of Natchitoches received the doctor of ministry degree. Thompson is the assistant to the coordinator of missions and ministries at the District Eight Baptist Convention in Natchitoches.
By Ronnie Floyd, President Southern Baptist Convention SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) – This is the State of the Union season, where our president has already addressed the nation, governors will address their respective states, and mayors will address their respective cities. They will unveil their dreams for today and hopes for tomorrow. Questions worth asking Who is addressing the spiritual state of our nation? Are we really trusting only in governmental powers and processes to heal our land?
By John Yeats, Executive Director of Missouri Baptist Convention Who wants to come to the end of something and say, “Oops!” Or, “I really messed up!” Or, “If only I had....” Whether you are talking about closing out an event, a career, a year, a life or a chapter in your life, you want to glance back over your shoulder and see that you finished well. Years ago, an author/speaker challenged me to consider my birthdate and the reality of my end date. Then he said, “What are you going to do with the middle?” He went on to say that no matter how you start, be determined to finish well.
By Zach Cook, Pastor Friendship Baptist Church in Weathford, Texas It only takes a cursory glance at the state of cultural morality here in America can be somewhat disheartening. The Defense of Marriage Act has been labeled unconstitutional and same-sex marriage is being legalized in states all over the nation. If we can be honest for a few moments, we can realize that we now live in a post-Christian culture. The 1950s have come and gone and they aren’t coming back.
By Virginia Burkett, Member First Baptist Church in Many “They cling to deceit…  The pen of the scribes has mishandled the law….  ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.  Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?  No they have no shame at all.” Christians, Jews, and many Muslims recognize these words of warning from the prophet Jeremiah. The lawgivers of our Nation have made it legal to murder unborn children in the womb, though our Constitution states that all Americans have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 
By Staff, Baptist Message ALEXANDRIA – College students and those soon to be are invited to the annual Collegiate Evangelism Conference, set for Feb. 6-7 at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria. “What sets CEC apart from other conferences is the incredibly quality of the program personalities,” said Mark Robinson, director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Collegiate Ministries team, host of the Cooperative Program-sponsored event. “The worship leaders, speakers and venue is always amazing, but the distinguishing factor has historically been the quality of seminar teachers.
By Staff, Baptist Message PINEVILLE – Nearly 300 women will be challenged to pour themselves into Christian service during the upcoming Kaleidoscope women’s conference. Keynote speaker Jaye Martin of Houston, Texas, will base her messages off that topic, found in 2 Timothy 4:6-7. “Our desire is that women will be equipped to impact our world for Christ,” said Janie Wise, Louisiana Baptists women’s missions and ministry strategist. “We are to pour ourselves into serving God, which she will speak to. She wants them to have the equipment at hand, ready to go.”
ON THE MOVE Charles Hugonin new as pastor at First Baptist Church, Cameron. Gil Arthur new as pastor at First Baptist Church, DeQuincy. Jered Thomas new as pastor at First Baptist Church, Lake Arthur. Brandon Smith new as pastor at First Baptist Church, Raceland John (wife Donna) Sparks new as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Florien. Pat Lofton new as interim pastor of Forest Baptist Church.   REVIVAL