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Issue Date: 2007-11-22
Volume: 186
Number: 24

News

Greater calling draws mafia-connected businessman

Genady Krechin preaches with quiet earnestness to the 20 worshippers crowded into his cramped third-floor apartment.

His voice fills the room with God’s Word. His eyes flash with intensity and soften with warmth as he appeals to his listeners to follow Christ.

Burleson censured by fellow IMB trustees

The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board has censured board member and blogger Wade Burleson, saying he “repeatedly failed” to follow the board’s standards for appropriate conduct.
82 new missionaries answer God's call
Martinez minister and wife among those appointed

Her face is etched in Michael’s* mind.
Thankful for Georgia Baptist roots

Janet Wicker recently reminisced about her Georgia roots and stated, “Thank you Georgia Baptists for the investment you made in my life.”
Reaching teens must be intentional says Blackshear Place minister

Sterling Lynn was on a mission trip to Bethlehem, Pa., in the summer of 1991 when his world was rocked by two words. A young girl was standing in front of Lynn’s youth pastor and asked, “What is your group doing here?”
Georgia governor leads service to "pray up a storm"

Barely a week before Georgians began their Thanksgiving holidays more than 250 gathered on the steps of the state’s Capitol to reflect on a blessing which many had taken for granted – cool, clean, drinking water that has become an increasingly scarce commodity during the past several months.
15 years of Cooperative results

J. Robert White has seen a lot of growth in the GBC in the past 15 years and the Convention, under his leadership, is now recognized as the strongest of the old-line Conventions.
GBC annual meeting marked by business, inspiration, fellowship, and celebration

Messengers to the 186th annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention adopted a new Cooperative Program budget, welcomed 62 new churches and missions, approved the distribution of funds previously allocated to Mercer University, and accepted the invitations of two churches that offered to host the annual sessions in 2008 and 2009.
GBC annual meeting wrap-up
2007 Report of the Committee on Resolutions
Resolution on Blogging
2007 Report of the Committee on Nominations

Georgia Newsbriefs

GBC church music leader McCommon dies
Paul McCommon, longtime director of the Church Music Department for the Georgia Baptist Convention, passed away Nov. 17.
Pastor of Summit Baptist in Loganville to lead New Church Development
Butch Butcher, pastor of Summit Baptist Church in Loganville, was named the specialist for New Work Development for the Georgia Baptist Convention Nov. 6. He will begin his position Dec. 3.
Shorter Chorale releases Christmas CD
The Shorter Chorale, the performing ensemble of Shorter College, has released a Christmas CD
Site to be dedicated for Truett-McConnell
A bronze plaque will be installed at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the location of the building where Truett-McConnell College operated for its first decade in existence.

Baptist News Summary

TBC, Belmont reach $11 million split

The Tennessee Baptist Convention and Belmont University have reached an out-of-court settlement that ends their 56-year relationship and requires the Nashville school to pay $11 million to the convention over the next four decades.
Junior Hill OK after health scare
Names in the News

People and Places

Honors
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Obituaries

Bible Study

Recognizing the Savior

Isaiah 53:1-12
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 2
Getting Ready for a Savior

Luke 1:5-7, 11-13, 57-60, 65-66, 76-79
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 9

Columns

Family relationships defy scientific study

Don't waste the drought

The dry grass around our house crackles under my feet when I walk across the lawn. The Chrysanthemums in our flowerbed have wilted and are dying for lack of water. The creek near our neighborhood that was once too wide to hurdle was reduced to a narrow trickle of water in late summer and has recently dried up altogether.
Re-Think or Repent?
One pastor’s response: Willow Creek confession

A little more than twenty years ago the “seeker sensitive” movement was introduced to the American Church through what appeared to be a very successful “church growth” strategy used by Willow Creek Church in Chicago, Ill. The leader of that philosophy of ministry was Bill Hybels, who, through his annual “church growth” seminars, books, tapes, and other forms of media, encouraged pastors to abandon everything they had been taught about how to “do” church and to accept this new paradigm.
The Open Door

I learned the 100th Psalm as a child and have never forgotten it. It’s amazing how quickly a child can memorize scripture, and even more amazing, is the fact that it never leaves you.

Letters

Appreciation for Don Aderhold

Thank you so much for the article about Don Aderhold. He is truly one of God’s greatest servants. His kindness and humility have been an inspiration and a blessing to me for many years. His loving care for Miss Gerry has inspired many of us to try to treat more kindly the spouses God has given us. I am grateful to him for this and for his many years of teaching for us at New Orleans Seminary.
Annual meeting emphasized missions, evangelism

We can do more! God is blessing in these days as we seek to go outside the walls of our churches. These words seem to echo the stance of Dr. Robert White as well as the entire leadership of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Perhaps the wind is beginning to blow to awaken a spiritual whirlwind among Georgia Baptist churches. How refreshing it is to see the strong focus on missions and evangelism.