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College trustees revise textbook selection policy

PINEVILLE, La. (BP)--Louisiana College trustees have approved a policy change designed to establish accountability regarding selection of classroom textbooks and other instructional materials.

Answering the telephone can be weak link in church’s ministry

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–It happened several years back, but he still remembers the day. And why not? It was a really bad day. But that is not the part he remembers most. The part he remembers is walking the downtown streets of his adopted city, trying to figure out what he needed to do. His walk […]

State’s 400 advocates to underscore value of Baptist cooperative givi

.ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–As far as many Baptists are concerned, things could not be better for the Cooperative Program. After all, receipts in recent years have continued to set record after record. Budgets continue to grow. Ministry and evangelistic efforts around the world continue to expand. Even so, Louisiana Baptists’ Doyle Bailey sees trouble on the […]

Scriptures memorized as a youth buoyed her post-coma recovery

LEESVILLE, La. (BP)–When Ruth Ann Westmoreland recently saw an announcement about a children’s Bible drill class in her church newsletter, it brought back poignant memories.The memories date back many years. Westmoreland and her husband, Bob, had built their home near Leesville, La. Actually, the home was located 15 miles from town — and five miles […]

Consensus candidate Anderson re-elected by Louisiana Baptists

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP)–For the second year in a row, Louisiana Baptists unanimously elected a consensus candidate as state convention president.In a meeting long on inspiration instead of business, convention messengers also elected two church staff members as vice presidents in close votes, adopted a record Cooperative Program budget and approved denominational committee and trustee […]

Parents await reunion in eternity with daughter killed in auto mishap

PINEVILLE, La. (BP)–John Hebert had a Sunday evening off — rare for a pastor. However, Unity Baptist Church in Pineville had celebrated homecoming services the morning and afternoon of Oct. 15, 1995, so evening services had been canceled. Hebert’s second-oldest daughter, Katie, was using the evening to prepare for homecoming activities at her high school […]

Settlement reached in La. lawsuit profs filed against conservatives

PINEVILLE, La. (BP)–After months of negotiation and extended deadlines, the lawsuit of four Louisiana College professors against the “conservative resurgency” group in the state has been settled. The out-of-court settlement comes about 20 months after the suit was filed. In the suit, the four professors charged that letters distributed in 1995 by Leon Hyatt of […]

Gambling affecting children, according to Louisiana study

SHREVEPORT, La. (BP)–Children in Louisiana aredeveloping gambling problems as early as 11 years of age,according to a study by the Louisiana State UniversitySchool of Medicine in Shreveport. “Sixth-grade gamblers already exhibiting addictivebehavior — that was astonishing to us,” said JamesWestphal, an associate professor in the medical school’sdepartment of psychiatry. In an extensive survey of 12,066 […]

China native recounts ‘God’s plan for me’

LAFAYETTE, La. (BP)–Keng Deng came to the UnitedStates with $40 in his pocket and belief in only one thing –– that whatever he wanted he would have to strive for on hisown, without the help of others. Caught on the wrong side of the communist takeover ofChina, Deng and his family ended up near the […]

10/22/97 Missionary widow recounts comfort from Bible, friends

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–It has been several months since Sherry Blackwell’s missionary husband died after an automobile accident on an isolated Brazil highway, the night Blackwell was left on her own after 28 years of marriage to raise five teenage children. Well, not entirely alone. Blackwell, whose Louisiana family made Brazil their home in 1981, experienced […]