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Issue Date: 2007-10-25
Volume: 186
Number: 22


Howard Giddens: a champion of the faith

Howard and Gladys Giddens never had children of their own, but loved, nurtured, and cared for countless “children” through the years. Jimmy Elder, pastor of First Baptist Church in Columbus, refers to him as his “father in the faith.”
Literacy Missions Conference set for Oct. 26-28 at Toccoa
The 2007 Literacy Missions Conference will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and conclude at the same time on Sunday. The annual event is a time of instruction, fellowship, and inspiration for both the newcomer seeking initial training and veteran seeking refresher courses.
Embattled Oral Roberts University president taking leave of absence
The embattled president of Oral Roberts University will take an indefinite leave of absence but expects to return to the post “in God’s timing,” he said Oct. 17.
Welch, in new role, sees CP at work overseas

Bobby Welch, during a recent overseas trip as SBC Executive Committee strategist for global evangelical relations, said his heart was moved to see how Southern Baptists are connected through the Cooperative Program to what God is doing around the world.
Salaried English teachers sought for South Korea
Georgia Baptists who would like to teach English as a fulltime employee overseas are being encouraged to apply for positions being offered in South Korea.
Retired ministers, missionaries, spouses plan annual fellowship at Augusta meeting
The annual breakfast meeting of the Georgia Baptist Retired Ministers, Missionaries, and Spouses Fellowship will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
NAMB commissions Hammond as president
Installation was part of missionary commissioning service

Only the second president in the North American Mission Board’s 10-year existence, Geoff Hammond – along with 125 new missionaries and seven chaplains – was charged and commissioned during ceremonies at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church here Oct. 8.
Case of praying football coach heads to court

A federal appeals court was asked Oct. 3 to decide whether a New Jersey high school football coach violated the Constitution by taking a knee and bowing his head during pre-game prayers.
Music leaders look for solid theology behind new Baptist Hymnal
GBC state music director Duncan is committee leader

Singing is an integral part of a church service, but the hymns and worship songs are much more than words and music. They are teaching tools that help a group of believers grow in their relationship with Christ and His church.
White discusses GBC health, vision, Cooperative Program
Interview with state executive director

J. Robert White, executive director for the Georgia Baptist Convention, shared some pertinent information with the GBC staff at a recent meeting of Convention employees. Index Editor Gerald Harris thought much of what the executive director shared would be good for all Georgia Baptists to hear and the following interview provided the forum for White to share that information.
Where voodoo and Christianity collide

The subtle or blatant presence of idolatry and debauchery abounds in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Yet, a beacon of hope is nestled snugly just off Bourbon Street – Vieux Carre Baptist Church.
Q & A with GBC music director Jon Duncan
Jon Duncan, state music director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, led the theological review process for the 2008 Baptist Hymnal during an Oct. 1 summit at Southwestern Seminary.
Counseling services need not be a last resort
Pastors, laity can both benefit

“I feel stuck. I don’t know how to get better. Sometimes I wonder if I’d be better off dead.”
50 years later, 'In God We Trust' still mints controversy

It’s been 50 years since “In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. paper currency, and those four little words have proven to be the source of big debate in the courts.
Man takes the Bible literally for a year – and lives to tell

Imagine spending a year of your life without telling a single lie, coveting thy neighbor’s iPhone, or touching women.
Seeking counseling still an uneasy first step

Jim Gant admits that his position as a staff member at First Baptist Church can be a bit difficult to explain.
Gaza leader known for bold faith slain amid tensions

Believers in Gaza are mourning the loss of a Baptist leader killed during the Oct. 6-7 weekend.
Camp Pinnacle Wellness Center dedicated in October ceremony
Camp’s first infirmary named in honor of Joe Moss

On a crisp fall afternoon in mid-October, Camp Pinnacle moved into a new phase of providing better healthcare for future campers with the dedication of the Joe Moss Wellness Center.
Hammond unveils his Dream Team for NAMB's second decade
Upper management to model servant leadership

NAMB President Geoff Hammond, just concluding his sixth month as head of the North American Mission Board, unveiled his Dream Team of upper level management during the Oct. 9-10 Board of trustees meeting.
Study: Young people see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

Young people have graded Christianity, and so far, the report card doesn’t look good.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Cutoff date for GBC gifts to Convention is Jan. 11
The cutoff date for 2007 gifts to the Georgia Baptist Convention is Jan. 11, 2008.
Jerry, Bayne Pounds returning to New Orleans
Jerry Pounds, former president of Truett-McConnell College, was recently appointed as professor of discipleship and assistant to the president at New Orleans Seminary.

Baptist News Summary

Evangelism prof Roy Fish honored at Southwestern Seminary
One name is synonymous with evangelism at Southwestern Seminary: Roy Fish. The seminary designated Oct. 10 as “Roy Fish Day” and honored the distinguished professor emeritus in chapel and at a reception in his honor.
Names in the News
Midwestern trustees affirm Roberts, Downing after two-day meeting
Trustees of Midwestern Seminary meeting in Kansas City, Mo., October 15-16 affirmed seminary President R. Philip Roberts and trustee board chairman Gene Downing, a businessman from Oklahoma City.
Acts 1:8 Challenge adds new resources
New leadership seminars and a revamped website are among the new resources under development as part of the Acts 1:8 Challenge.
Charleston church honors emergency responders four months after blaze
Four months after nine local firefighters were killed in a furniture store blaze, members of Charleston Baptist Church honored emergency responders with special services featuring a guest speaker who knows what it’s like to lay his life on the line to save others.
NOBTS adds second Islamic studies prof, increases online initiatives
Trustees at New Orleans Seminary added an Islamic studies instructor and increased online initiatives during its Oct. 10 trustees meeting.
Southeastern Seminary track focuses on oral societies
Trustees for Southeastern Seminary approved a new track in orality studies for the master of arts in intercultural studies degree during their Oct. 15-16 meeting at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus

People and Places

Staff additions
Ministerial Moves
Homecomings and revivals

Cooperative Program Stories

Expanding mountain ministry

Every now and then, Keith Ivey will pick up his cell phone at work and call his wife, Amy, to say something like, “I can’t believe these mountains are my office.”

Bible Study

Seeking Your Father's Approval

Matthew 6:1-18
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 4
The Cure for Anxious Care

Matthew 6:19-34
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Nov.11


Is our national sovereignty in jeopardy?

Australian Prime Minister John Howard got the world’s attention when he recently told Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law to leave the country.
Worship, like Alice's Wonderland, is truly 'curiouser and curiouser'

We live in strange times in how we “do” church.
Rambunctious toddlers not suited for church

The Open Door

Who will win this Eskimo child to faith in Christ? Sitting atop her Daddy’s four-wheeler alongside the Kobuk River where she lives in Ambler, Alaska, this Eskimo child is one of a population of 307 in this remote village of North Alaska. If she comes to faith in Christ it will likely be through the ministry of a Georgia Baptist couple, Paul and Glenda Worsham.