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Issue Date: 2007-11-08
Volume: 186
Number: 23


Temples in, churches out?
Metro Atlanta: City of Churches, Mosques, Temples, and Wards

Metropolitan Atlanta has been hailed as the home of nearly five million people and more than 137,000 businesses. The chamber of commerce proclaims that Georgia’s capital city has drawn more in-migration than any area in the nation over the last two decades. Expansion Management Magazine ranks Atlanta second in the nation for business expansion and relocation.
Economic orphans in Moldova receive Baptist nurture

Crawling all over the moving tire swing, Constanta lets out a giggle – the kind that only comes from a 10-year-old girl. She and her friends won dominion over the swing from the boys and are not about to give it back.
Pastor recounts close call with fire

Around 4 a.m., Rik Wadge, pastor of First Baptist Church in Poway, Calif., received a call from a church member telling him his street was on fire.
Newnan church turned InsideOut for reaching locals

In order to lead members of Northside Baptist Church to reach into the community, pastor Brian Carroll encouraged them to not show up for church one Sunday.
Don Aderhold: scholar, teacher, pastor, mentor, friend

Don Aderhold, retired pastor of Columbia Drive Baptist Church in Decatur, is one of the most committed Christian gentlemen and winsome personalities anyone would ever want to meet.
Missions Impossible for Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

John Stott, a British Christian statesman, said, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”
NAMB commissions 125 missionaries, 7 chaplains in Georgia ceremony
Georgians among those entering service

The North American Mission Board commissioned 125 missionaries and seven chaplains from 32 states and two Canadian provinces during the board’s fall commissioning service.
Upcoming children's fantasy movie has a dark motivation, say leaders

An email making the rounds questioning the value of an upcoming Hollywood release for children is actually very accurate in drawing attention to the anti-religious sentiment which deals with a child who kills God.
Ministry to soldiers in its fourth year
Operation Sandbox born out of Park Place Baptist Church in Gwinnett County

Slim Jims. Peanuts. Chewing gum. Shaving cream. Foot powder. Gatorade. They are everyday conveniences for Americans, unless you’re one of the nearly 200,000 serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After escaping death, he finds life

Alexander Popov, senior pastor of Baptists in the Russian region of Udmurtia, isn’t in a hurry.
Called to go, prepared to serve, willing to sacrifice

Let’s suppose you decided to become a missionary. Where would you want to spend your life in service to God? Some industrialized nation? Some place where your creature comforts would not be significantly altered? Perhaps a region of the world where there would be an opportunity for fellowship with scores of other missionaries?
Iraqi Christians must choose: live in fear or flee

Nabil Comanny and his family endured the dead bodies left to decompose along the road in their southern Dora neighborhood.
Convention sessions to be held Sunday through Tuesday in Augusta

Messengers will gather for three days in this East Georgia locale to worship, conduct business, and renew friendships at the 186th annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Two locations will serve as the gathering places for pre-convention and convention sessions, which are scheduled for Nov. 11-13.

Georgia Newsbriefs

New student apartments at Shorter named after president
The Shorter College Board of Trustees voted Oct. 26 to name the college’s new student apartment building Newman Hall in honor of the college’s president, Harold E. Newman.
Perryman named to lead Georgia Association
Andy Perryman began his tenure as associational missionary at Georgia Association Nov. 1. He previously served in the same role at Mount Vernon Association since September 1998.
Bartow Baptist Association to be led by former Macon pastor
David Franklin was recently named the new Associational Missionary for Bartow Baptist Association. Previously Franklin served as pastor of Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church in Macon. He also has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Opp, Ala., and as associate pastor of evangelism and discipleship at Piedmont Baptist Church in Marietta.
Former New York executive director to lead Appalachee Association
J.B. Graham, longtime leader at the North American Mission Board and former executive director for the Baptist Convention of New York, was named interim associational missionary for Appalachee Association April 12.
Western Association will be led by Helton
Bobby Helton started his tenure as interim associational missionary for Western Association Oct. 15.

Baptist News Summary

Watchman Fellowship places library at Southwestern
Watchman Fellowship, a Texas-based nondenominational research and apologetics ministry, has placed its unique library of materials with Southwestern Seminary. The collection was dedicated during the seminary’s chapel service Oct. 25.
Baptist General Convention of Texas elects first female president
The Baptist General Convention of Texas elected its first female president Oct. 29.
Names in the News
Sam Pace, a former chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, died Oct. 23 at the age of 80 at a hospital in Paris, Texas.
NAMB completes FamilyNet sale to In Touch ministry
Charles Stanley, founder and president of In Touch Ministries, and Geoff Hammond, president of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, signed documents Oct. 25 finalizing the sale of NAMB’s FamilyNet television network to In Touch.
SBC church planting noted by Christianity Today magazine
Church planting by Southern Baptists, and California Southern Baptists in particular, has caught the attention of Christianity Today magazine.
NAMB gives first apologetics certificate, plans to certify 500 more
Mark A. Rathel, associate professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Fla., is the North American Mission Board’s first certified apologetics instructor (CAI).
Crowd at Kentucky church moved minutes before tornado struck
The sanctuary of Third Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky., was severely damaged Oct. 18 when a tornado caused the church’s five-story bell tower to collapse into the building.
NOBTS journal examines implications of Katrina for first time since destruction
The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry is the first issue published by the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Seminary since Hurricane Katrina struck. Edited by Steve Lemke, the seminary’s provost, the journal focuses on God’s goodness in the face of tragedy and on the Baptist response to the crisis.

Religious Newsbriefs

Episcopal Church wants IRS apology after probe into 2004 anti-war sermon
A prominent liberal Episcopal church wants an apology and clarification after a two-year Internal Revenue Service probe that threatened the church’s tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon just before the 2004 elections.
Canadian Muslims apply for sharia banks
Canada’s federal government has received its first requests to start up sharia-compliant banks.
MIT installs first campus chaplain
An iconic temple of scientific inquiry embraced a new relationship with organized religion Sept. 30 when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology installed its first chaplain in the school’s 146-year history.
Communist government exerts pre-Olympic pressure on Chinese house churches
China’s communist government is exerting more pressure against unregistered house churches as the country prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Coating North Korea
Georgia Baptists called to provide warmth for children overseas this winter

North Korean winters can be brutal and this year it will be even colder for the nearly 200,000 people left homeless after devastating floods swept across western provinces and the capital city, Pyongyang.

Bible Study

Make Up Your Minds

Matthew 7:13-29
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, Nov. 25
20/20 Vision

Matthew 7:1-12
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, Nov. 18


Parents question future with strong-willed child

The church of the comfortable

Vance Havner, a preacher’s preacher of the last generation, used to say, “It is the responsibility of the preacher to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
For every challenge there's an opportunity

I figured the Lutheran Church of Finland didn’t fly me across the ocean to tell fairy tales to their church communicators. So I described this challenging new world in which mainline churches find themselves.
The Open Door

This year, Janice and I celebrate the completion of fifteen wonderful years of ministry with the Georgia Baptist Convention. I want you to know that these years have been the most thrilling of my ministry. You have been so generous in inviting me to preach in your churches and at association events.