Entries by David Hankins

A Matter of the Heart

We’re constantly reminded that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. While men generally tend to be affected more than women, the increase of heart disease among women is startling. However, I wonder how significant heart disease is among those of us who are followers of Christ? Physically, we probably fall within the […]

Good News: You’ve Been Heard

Dear Friends, The Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention has completed its action on the referred motion from the 2016 LBC Annual Meeting concerning the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC (see here for review of the issue and the Executive Board’s determination). As you may have read in the Baptist Message, […]

When the Storms Come

In Luke 6 Jesus makes it clear that it’s not “if” the storms come, but “when” the storms come. For us who call Louisiana home, the storms have come – again. Like many of you, I watched the radars that showed storm, after storm, after storm streaming from south to north. The colors on the […]

4 Ways to Avoid a Blue Christmas

In 1957, Elvis Presley released the song “Blue Christmas” in which he crooned “You’ll be doin’ alright with your Christmas of white but I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas.” Elvis is not the only one who has experienced a blue Christmas. Counselors and researchers have long noted that the Christmas season is associated with sadness, […]

How You Can Set the Tone for the Future

Few will forget the final words of the document that sent shockwaves across the Atlantic. It was a message to a distant, controlling ruler and it began our nation’s quest for independence. The Declaration of Independence caps it’s radical message with these words, “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our […]

The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: A Response

In the days since June 26, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, I have read and heard numerous commentaries on the subject and have mulled over what I should write to the Louisiana Baptist family. There is more to think about than can be conveyed in one letter (I hope you are availing yourself of resources being provided by respected Christian leaders) but I offer a few observations about how we should respond

Ideas That Stick

In 1892, William Wrigley began placing two pieces of chewing gum in every order of baking powder purchased from his fledgling company. He hoped this “premium” would increase sales. To his surprise (and profit), the gum became more popular than the baking powder. His new brands Juicy Fruit and Spearmint became household names, and the […]

Noah’s New Year

Now that it is over, how do you rate 2013? Are you singing with Sinatra, “It was a very good year”? We like good years where there is bountiful harvest, good health, memorable experiences with family and friends, and a general sense of peace and satisfaction. Those are the years we remember with fondness. We […]