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Issue Date: 2007-09-27
Volume: 186
Number: 20

News

Hiawassee church grows up with mountain community
McConnell Memorial celebrates 125 years of ministry

McConnell Memorial church historian Walter Berg did not expect to become a small part of the church’s history when he agreed to research the congregation’s past, but that’s how things turned out.
Applauding the two-party system
Many years ago on election night, I had been invited to the victory party for the mayor in our town. His reputation as a man of honesty, integrity, and openness had served him well in business. However, there had been some questions in my mind as to whether those three character traits would serve him as well in public office.
Home-cooked meals show Alabama pastor's gratitude

Over the past 15 years, hundreds of friends, neighbors, church members, and even prisoners have shared Sunday lunch at pastor Alvin Sullivan’s home.
GBC Executive Committee recommends flat budget for 2008
Softening national economy affecting several state conventions

Georgia Baptist Convention ministries will be in for a little belt-tightening in 2008 as the slowing economy provides fewer funds for statewide evangelism and church planting efforts.
Semester-long Africa missions available for students
Georgia student among those piloting new missions program

While serving as a short-term missions volunteer in West Africa, 22-year-old Dusty Allen, a member of Old Toccoa Baptist Church in Toccoa, realized his dream of teaching could be used on the mission field.
Clayton County commissioners first to sign on to historical display
Ten Commandments placed alongside historical documents

On July 1, 2006 Governor Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law that permits local governments to erect historical displays that include a copy of the Ten Commandments.
Retired missionaries celebrate living history

When you’ve served for more than 26,000 years, you deserve to celebrate.
Amish say animal ID system goes against the Bible, is equal to mark of the beast in Revelation

Amish farmers complain that the state Department of Agriculture is insisting they tag their cattle with electronic chips in violation of their religious beliefs.
Seeds for future sowers
Brewton-Parker, Guido Evangelistic Ministries partner for school of evangelism

“Ask and ye shall receive.”
Those with Georgia ties among new International Mission Board missionaries

Mike Campbell testifies to the way God changes plans.
Toilet company turns the other cheek after church complains
The toilet company that burned the backside of a New York City megachurch with plans to post a billboard with naked buttocks on a building where the church rents space has replaced the ad with a less cheeky version.
A lifetime of behind-the-scenes service

As evangelist Wayne Hamrick nears the completion of his second term as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, it is important for Georgia Baptists to know that he has had significant and substantive help from the lady in his life, Joan King Hamrick.
NOBTS North Georgia hub dedicated at Johnson Ferry

New Orleans Seminary was greatly impacted by Hurricane Katrina when it passed east of the Crescent City on Aug. 29, 2005. The winds were in the Category 3 range, but the tidal surge was equivalent to that of a Category 5 hurricane. The storm surge caused levee breaches and flooded much of the city including the seminary property.
Prof: Baptists need to take care of their 'temples'

Southern Baptists are 30 times more likely to be obese than non-Christians and are the most obese of any denomination studied in the United States, according to a study released by Purdue University in 2006.
Do ends justify the means?

As an ethicist, I have long been interested in the research regarding human stem cells. I am on record as being in opposition to embryonic stem cell research because it requires the destruction of a human embryo. Last week I had a visit from a relative who is three years post adult stem cell implantation. As a young man he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Medical missionaries, professionals examine unique methods to reach world

By lunchtime her first day at the Global Medical Alliance, Brandi Bhimji already felt excited – and a bit overwhelmed.
Second chance churches
Pastors using various methods to re-instill evangelism

In 1966, Robert Jackson oversaw the completion of the new worship building for Beth-El Baptist Church in Doraville. Not a trained architect, Jackson nevertheless had an eye for design, structure, and how the proper pieces should work together – depending on the other’s strengths for a solid foundation.
Preying upon the weakness of another being
The only reason Daddy would go into the “pool room” was to buy the most delicious hot dog available anywhere. I remember once, after I was old enough to drive, my daddy let me drive him for that Friday afternoon purchase of the hot dogs for the family. As daddy exited the “pool room,” I saw a man talking to him.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Eddy Oliver named specialist for GBC Communications
Eddy Oliver, consultant for GBC Cooperative Program, Stewardship, and State Missions Development for the past ten years, has been named specialist for GBC Communications.
Shorter College ranked among best
Shorter College has been ranked a “Best Southeastern College” and a “Best Value College” as named by the Princeton Review in their 2008 rankings. This marks the fourth year Shorter has been included in the Princeton Review’s best-of lists.
Truett-McConnell to host visitation days
Truett-McConnell College will be hosting opportunities for prospective students and their families to visit the campus on Nov. 10 and April 5.
Clarification
An article that appeared on page 24 of the Sept. 13 edition of The Index needs clarification.

Baptist News Summary

Former missionary killed in collision
Dorothy “Dot” Pettit, a former Southern Baptist missionary, was killed Sept. 10 in Black Mountain, N.C., when a train at a railroad crossing struck the car she was driving.
SBTC initiative: child abuse prevention
With the goal of providing “safety for children and integrity for ministries,” the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has reached an agreement with Child Guard Systems of Richardson, Texas, to recognize it as a service provider to assist SBTC churches in this critical area.
Breakaway entity trial moved to Feb. '08
A trial over the legality of Windermere Baptist Conference Center breaking away from the Missouri Baptist Convention has been moved from Oct. 12 to Feb. 1, 2008, after Windermere and two other breakaway entities filed a motion for a summary dismissal of the Missouri convention’s case Aug. 22.
GuideStone given clearance by Executive Committee for subsidiaries
The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee approved legal documents Sept. 18 to allow GuideStone Financial Resources to set up five new subsidiaries providing, among other things, investment financial advice, its own property and casualty insurance, and its own life insurance.
Names in the News
Judge continues Klouda suit against Southwestern Seminary, Patterson
The judge in a federal employment lawsuit against Southwestern Seminary and President Page Patterson has ruled the case may proceed with an amended complaint against the school.

Also, in court documents filed Sept. 14 in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Judge John McBryde noted that due to the additional complaint, the Texas seminary’s request for dismissal of the case is moot – a move that drew different interpretations.

Profs seek change in Evangelical Theological Society doctrine statement
Citing insufficiencies with the current doctrinal basis of the Evangelical Theological Society, two Baptist college professors are spearheading an effort to amend it.

Religious Newsbriefs

IRS clears Dobson, Focus on the Family
The Internal Revenue Service has cleared Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson after an investigation into charges that he had violated IRS rules by being involved in prohibited politicking.
TSA responds to Sikh screening concerns
Officials of the Transportation Security Administration pledged Aug. 30 to continue discussions with Sikh leaders who expressed concern that revised airport screening procedures discriminate against people wearing turbans.
Christian group at Savannah State University fights expulsion for footwashing
An evangelical Christian campus group that was expelled from Savannah State University is in a legal battle with the college over the question of whether the practice of foot-washing can be considered hazing.
Evangelist Rex Humbard dies at 88
Evangelist Rex Humbard, known for his worldwide television ministry, died Sept. 21 of natural causes. He was 88.

People and Places

Honor
Ordinations
Barkley, Index production editor, and family welcome newest addition
Ministerial Moves
Homecomings

Cooperative Program Stories

Staying on course with missions

That’s the message that Geoff Hammond, newly elected president of the North American Mission Board, had for those who attended the Do Missions Now! conference.

Bible Study

Quality is Job One

Matthew 5:1-12
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 7
High-Impact Believers

Matthew 5:13-20
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 14

Columns

Is the day of righteous indignation a thing of the past?

I am angry, very angry! Don’t be alarmed. The Bible allows Christians to be angry. In Ephesians 4:26 the Apostle Paul wrote, “Be angry, and sin not.”
Responsibilty training best prepares children for life

The Open Door

I request your prayers for me as I prepare to preach a revival at the First Baptist Church of Kotzebue, Alaska. First Baptist of Kotzebue is located approximately 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the western side of Alaska. This church has a rich history of ministering to Eskimos and others.
Navigating Christianity and culture with C.S. Lewis

Recently, I sailed the Irish Sea with 80 Americans on a C.S. Lewis Study Cruise. That C.S. Lewis is still in vogue is a minor miracle.

Letters

Help for exchange student

I was blessed and touched by the article “Arkansas exchange student accepts Christ, loses family” in the July 19 issue of The Index. I wanted to send something to support the boy so I went on the Internet and found the following from the Arkansas Baptist News, where the article originally appeared.