Extreme makeovers Second Baptist Griffin members build church, relationships in Brazil By Jennifer Rogers Spinola, Special to The Index Published August 30, 2007
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 By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor Published August 30, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feeding Jesus By Sherri Brown, Communications, GBC Published August 30, 2007
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 ...
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).
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 By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published August 30, 2007
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.
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.