As of today, there are three less board members of Louisiana College’s trustee board. The board met this morning in response to the SACS letter that was received this past June. The letter wasn’t made public until the college posted it on their website.
You can view it here; lacollege.edu
As Leigh Guidry reported for The Town Talk, “Jay Adkins, Lonnie Scarborough and Roxane West resigned after the vote to keep Tommy French as chairman of the board of the private Baptist school in Pineville.”
Adkins reported to Guidry that he resigned (early) and left the meeting because of the board’s decision to not change anything in regards to the SACS letter.
One can only speculate if the accrediting agency will send a letter of response back to the college. I assume they will but then again, it is just an assumption. I have no clue what will happen now for our Baptist school. This is truly unfortunate. Many LC students have chosen to keep quiet about this issue, to the media, and that’s understandable.
Even though I am a student at Louisiana State University of Alexandria, I feel great sorrow for LC as a Louisiana Baptist. My church ministers and serves the students there. I have many friends who go there and I love them dearly. I feel for them and they don’t deserve this kind of leadership that the school has.
I write this blog out of love. Out of love for our Baptist school and for my friends. We, as Louisiana Baptists, should not remain blind to what is going on at the LC. This is serious. We need to continue to remain in prayer for our school.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has sent another letter to Louisiana College about the previous issues that have plagued the college for the last few years.
This letter was made public this week but it is dated back in July. One source has said that it has been received before this week and yes, even before “Joe Day” that was held during chapel last week.
SACSCOC points out nothing new in this letter, just continually reminding the college of a few items on their agenda.
You can read the letter, in it’s entirety, by clicking on the link below;
An excerpt from Trip Lee’s book, The Good Life.
…Jesus took Paul, who was an enemy of the gospel and persecutor of Christians, and turned him into a servant of the gospel. And God has taken sinners like you and me, who spurned the gospel, and has made us ministers of the gospel as well. That is a testimony to God’s one-of-a-kind, unique grace and transforming power.
God doesn’t need us, yet He has allowed us to participate in His sovereign plan to reconcile sinners to Himself. We get to be a part of His grand plan of redemption, and that is a privilege. Not because we deserve to, but because He is gracious. (The Good Life; p162-163)
A proposed resolution calls on the denomination’s Lifeway bookstores to stop selling “Heaven is for Real,” the best-selling book and film about a child’s description of meeting Jesus, angels and deceased relatives while he underwent surgery. The resolution’s sponsor cites theological objections.
A related resolution that passed Tuesday didn’t specifically mention “Heaven is for Real,” but stated that people can be led astray by popular books and movies that contain “personal testimonies that cannot be corroborated” and often conflict with what the Bible teaches.
The broader resolution reaffirms what it calls “the sufficiency of biblical revelation over subjective experiential explanations” about heaven and hell. - One News Now
There has been reports over the last couple of days that someone made a motion, during one of the sessions, asking for a proposed ban on the popular “Heaven is for Real” books at all Lifeway stores. A pastor, who was there at the convention, made a comment (on social media) that according to the Convention’s bylaws, no such proposal would stand a chance.
Here are the bylaws that support this;
- A messenger may speak in debate for longer than three minutes only with the permission of the Convention granted by a two-thirds vote.
- A messenger may introduce a second motion during a business session only if no other messenger is seeking the floor who has not made a motion during that session.
- Presentation of Outside Causes: Causes other than those provided for in the regular work of the Convention may be presented to the Convention upon authority of officers of the Convention in conference with the Committee on Order of Business in such ways and at such times as may be dictated by the courtesies of the case and the necessities of the program.
Regardless of sidesteps our leaders took on this issue, the adopted resolution does call for us to be careful with these accounts of people that deal with the afterlife.
Paul makes this clear in 2 Corinthians in dealing with false prophets;
For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false prophets, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corithians 11:4-6, 12-15 ESV)
This goes for everything that comes to us through the entertainment industry and even from the pulpit; movies like Heaven is for Real, Son of God, and Noah; we have to come at these ready in defense of our faith. The Bible is the authoritative and inerrant Word of God. That is our guide in life. We have questions? Let’s go to the Scriptures for those answers.
This is one of the many prayers that Bonhoeffer wrote while in prison at Tegel to encourage other prisoners;
Early in the morning do I cry unto thee.
Help me to pray,
And to think only of thee.
I cannot pray alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with thee there is light.
I am lonely, but thou leavest me not.
I am feeble in heart, but thou leavest me not.
I am restless, but with thee there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with thee there is patience;
Thou knowest the way for me.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This is a perfect example of how marriage and the Gospel is intertwined. Just as Spencer did not deserve someone like Taylor and vise versa, God still used this to pull them together and make them one just as He did with Christ on the cross to reconcile us to Him.
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by Spencer Harmon
Today is the day of my wedding. And I am not marrying the girl of my dreams.
If you would have told me when I was a teenager that my wife would have seven tattoo’s, a history in drugs, alcohol, and attending heavy metal concerts I would have laughed at you, given you one of my courtship books, and told you to take a hike. My plans were much different, much more nuanced with careful planning, much more clean-cut, and much more, well, about me.
You see, it wasn’t my dream to marry a girl that was complicated. I never dreamed that I would sit on a couch with my future wife in pre-marital counseling listening to her cry and tell stories of drunken nights, listing the drugs she used, confessing mistakes made in past relationships.
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“Well, that escalated quickly” LC names Argile Smith interim president; places Aguillard on emeritus status
Ron Burgundy, of the hit movie, ‘Anchorman,” said it best to summarize the events of today on the small Baptist campus that is Louisiana College.
Dr. Joe Aguillard has been removed from the title of “President,” but he was placed on emeritus role, beginning August 1, 2014. He is not totally removed from any of this roles. Meanwhile, Dr. Argile Smith, Vice President for Intergration of Faith and Learning and the Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity, has been named the interim president of the school.
I am not surprised by any of this. It is hard to not consider that undue influence could’ve been used in these decisions. If any of you follow LC closely or know what is going on, you know that Dr. Smith sides with Aguillard. He will have no problem having Aguillard assist him in various roles as the Board of Trustees will continue a new search for an official president to lead the college.
This also shows that the problem is not just in the realms of the small Baptist college but also spawns into our Louisiana Baptist Convention, whether you want to hear that or not. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Louisiana politics holds no barriers. It is both corrupt on both the religious and secular sides of the coin.
The Board also voted, 18-14, to approve a new confidentiality agreement with the board members to pretty much keep everything behind closed doors that needs to stay behind closed doors.
So much for transparency and integrity.
A representative for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has stated to The Town Talk, that the agency’s Principles of Accreditation does not require member institutions to have confidentiality agreements like those of LC’s.
Johnson said SACS requires governing boards of member institutions, like Louisiana College, to have conflict of interest policies. He said that “could be stretched” to include an issue like confidentiality agreements but that conflict of interest policies often refer to financial obligations or family members who are employees. – Leigh Guidry, The Town Talk
Twitter has been abuzz with emotions, responding and reacting to the latest move at LC. Some students are shocked and dissapointed in this kind of move that the Board of Trustees made (or was pretty much forced to have made).
Others, associated with the college, in the past, and national bloggers, pastors, and constituents, in the Southern Baptist Convention, have also voiced their displeasure for the latest move.
Some have said that “only in Baptist life, can a scandal-ridden official be removed by trustees while being given Emeritus status.”
Ken Fryer, an elder from Heritage Baptist Church, in Shreveport, had this to say;
The despicable actions of the Louisiana College Board of Trustees, today, solves nothing and actually makes the situation worse.”
Indeed, today’s results have solved nothing and have the distinct possibility of making things worse, not only for our Baptist college but also for our convention as well.
God have mercy on our souls.