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Issue Date: 2007-08-30
Volume: 186
Number: 18

News

Extreme makeovers
Second Baptist Griffin members build church, relationships in Brazil

Most members of Second Baptist Church in Griffin can quote Acts 1:8 by heart. But 23 volunteers had the chance to experience it personally by partnering with Christian Missions Unlimited (CMU) to build a church building here July 17-24.
Rural ministry, resort setting
New partnership with Yucatan Peninsula provides mission opportunities close to home

The first hurricane of the season to hit Mexico in general and the famous Yucatan Peninsula in particular will not put a damper on Georgia’s newest partnership.
Nazi translator a last living witness to history

Most people know what they know about high-ranking Nazi leaders from books, articles, and documentaries. Richard Sonnenfeldt, an American Jew who now lives on Long Island, learned about them face-to-face.
Newman called as senior pastor of Snellville's First Baptist Church

On Sunday, Aug. 19, Rusty Newman preached in view of a call as pastor of First Baptist Church of Snellville. The members of the church voted at the conclusion of both of the morning worship services and Newman received an affirmative vote of more than 95 percent of the church body.
Group scraps 'Left Behind' video games for U.S. troops

An evangelical entertainment troupe has abandoned plans to send a controversial video game in care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq.
WMU to vacate North Carolina offices
The Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina has voted to move out of the state convention offices, citing a disagreement over hiring practices and a desire to serve other groups including churches affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Coffee hour at church takes on a new twist

Messiah Lutheran Church’s drive-through coffee cafe – the first such venture in Michigan’s Saginaw Valley – is the latest twist on reaching the masses.
Falwell's planning leaves Liberty University debt-free
Liberty University is now debt-free, thanks to the financial planning of its late founder, Jerry Falwell.
Two September workshops scheduled for ESL training
Georgia Baptists who want to learn how to reach speakers of other languages with the gospel have two opportunities during September.
A year after war in Lebanon, the 'real work' begins

Ruined buildings, their walls peppered by bullets and shrapnel, still mark Lebanon’s landscape a year after the 34-day conflict with Israel ended. Where homes and schools once stood, empty lots remain.
Book looks to debunk megachurches myths

They’re big, nondenominational, homogenous churches that are all show with little spiritual depth.
Atlanta ranks in top 50 of volunteering
Those who feel connected to their communities, have more education, own their own homes, and spend less time commuting are more likely to volunteer, according to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Billy Graham's Oval Office access has spanned 11 presidents

It doesn’t take long to make a list of religious leaders who’ve made personal connections with each of the last 11 U.S. presidents. There’s really just one name: Billy Graham.
Hungry in the Valley

For Juan Samuel, the Good News – wearing khaki slacks and a blue shirt – arrived under the shade tree where he was sitting with two other friends from Mexico.
Family members go 'on mission' together in New Orleans

For the 32 families battling the sweltering heat and humidity of New Orleans this summer, the inaugural Families On Mission project in the “Crescent City” was more than a mission trip. It was a chance to pass on a legacy of missions service, evangelism, and faith to a younger generation.
At Sturgis, gospel penetrates biker culture
Georgia Baptist Convention a significant contributor to outreach effort

“I could see it in his eyes,” said Russell Evitt, a deacon at First Baptist Church in Williston, N.D. “He got it.”
Minister with Cerebral Palsy critiques Word-Faith movement

When Justin Peters was born in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1973, the doctors knew right away that something was wrong. They decided not to tell Peters’ parents, who proudly took their first-born son home. It wasn’t long before they, too, noticed something was different about their baby boy. At the age of 1, Peters was formally diagnosed as having cerebral palsy.
Reighard putting Piedmont Church on the comeback

In the book, Comeback Churches, Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson state the obvious: “Reliable data shows that the North American church is, in fact, shrinking .... Large church buildings that were filled in the 1950s and 1960s now hold a fraction of their capacity .... Overall, our churches are stagnant, in need of a return to healthy evangelistic growth.”
Houston health fair provides inroads for Hispanic church start

More than 80 people received free dental and medical assistance through a health clinic sponsored by Houston Association and its Hispanic mission, Primera Iglesia Bautista, here Aug. 4.
China set to be next for 'mass evangelization'
Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, and by mid-century the People’s Republic of China may be home to the world’s largest concentration of Christians – a prospect that holds serious political implications for the entire world.

Baptist News Summary

BP journalism conference registration open
Students will be challenged to attain “Excellence in Journalism” with a biblical worldview at the 7th annual Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference Oct. 11-13 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Southeastern, Founders to sponsor conference on Calvinism in November
Calvinism, a frequent topic within the Southern Baptist Convention and beyond, will be the theme of a Nov. 26-28 conference sponsored by Southeastern Seminary and Founders Ministries. The conference, titled “Building Bridges: Southern Baptists and Calvinism,” will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.
Huckabee endorsement draws complaint
A church-state watchdog group is urging the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a top Southern Baptist pastor and radio personality, saying that he violated tax laws by endorsing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Arsonist's family joins church in rebuilt sanctuary
Hundreds of people filled the seats inside the new sanctuary of Galilee Baptist Church Aug. 12 to celebrate the church’s rebirth more than one year after arsonists burned it to the ground.
'Urgency' the theme among attendees at NAMB summer leadership meeting
A record number of state Southern Baptist leaders were encouraged to “live with urgency” during the North American Mission Board’s annual summer state leadership meeting earlier this month.
Names in the News
Critics question Southwestern Seminary homemaking program
A new undergraduate homemaking program at Southwestern Seminary “is raising eyebrows among some Southern Baptists,” according to an Associated Press article circulated nationally Aug. 10.
Seminary presidents talk about faith with Druze leaders in Israel
The presidents of two Southern Baptist seminaries were the guests of leaders, or sheiks, of one of Israel’s largest Druze communities in mid-July.

Religious Newsbriefs

Nigerian tribal chief accepts Christ
Nigeria’s Idoma people group, which numbers approximately one million people, now is led by a Christian chief.
Trust in organized religion at near-record low
Americans trust the military and the police force significantly more than the church and organized religion, a recent Gallup Poll says.
Remodeling of Ukranian church into a casino begins despite protests
Ukrainian Catholics are fighting to stop a U.S.-owned company from turning a 19th-century church into a casino, according to international reports.
Cuban believers receive 200,000 Bibles
The largest shipment of Bibles in the history of Cuba has been delivered by the American Bible Society and WorldServe Ministries, a missions organization with offices in Texas and British Columbia.

People and Places

Obituaries
Homecomings
Honors
Special Praise
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Feeding Jesus

Bill Thomas vividly remembers the day Jesus ate dinner on his porch. He was about six years old when an older, bearded man knocked on the door of his family’s row house and asked for food. Thomas’ mother told him to sit down on the steps and she would feed him. “I just knew that was Jesus eating at our door,” Thomas said ...

Bible Study

Feeling Anxious About the Future

Daniel 2:1-3, 27-29a, 36-44
Related Sunday School Lesson - Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 9
Facing the Fiery Furnace

Daniel 3:1-2, 4-6, 8, 12-14, 16-18, 24-26, 28
Related Sunday School Lesson - Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 16

Columns

The one hope for the spiritual restoration of our society

I have been accused of using this editorial page to “preach” to the readers of The Christian Index. As Adrian Rogers used to say, “If that offends you, then you can come and apologize and I will forgive you.” There are some things I am very passionate about and like Jeremiah I can say, “But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire, shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jer. 20:9b).
Breakfast is for everyone

Growing up in North Central Texas in the ‘70s afforded me the privilege of watching Icky Twerp and Slam Bang Theatre each school day during breakfast. Notice I said, “during breakfast.” There was no such thing as skipping breakfast in my home. My mother called it “brain food.”
The Open Door

Last February I was in a meeting of state executive directors when Jim Hamilton, executive director of the Dakota Baptist Convention, expressed an appeal for help in ministering at the Sturgis Biker Rally.
ADHD is a lifelong condition that must be managed

Letters

Questions accuracy of Bay St. Louis photo

Regarding pictures shown of FBC Bay St. Louis, Miss., in Robert White’s July 19 column, it should be noted that the church chose to demolish their existing sanctuary.
Don't miss evangelistic window

Is your church missing what George Barna calls the “greatest evangelistic window available?”
Mourning the loss of a faithful member

We at First Baptist Church of Thomaston had a woman named Myrtle Perdue who worked here for many years. She was better known as “Miss Myrt” throughout the community.
Clarification of CAMEL theology approach to evangelism

I am writing in response to the Aug. 16 letter written by David Mills regarding the CAMEL method of pre-evangelism used by some IMB missionaries. I have observed this way of leading Muslims to a point of interest in reading or hearing the gospel in several countries of Asia, and very recently again have talked with a number of missionaries as well as local evangelists who are using some form of this approach.