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Issue Date: 2007-12-20
Volume: 186
Number: 26

News

Aspiring novelists buoyed by conference

For most people, reading a novel is easy. Writing one can be much harder.
Churches urged to put service ahead of sermons

Jim Yelvington decided he would do something different with the launch of his new church in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – cancel Sunday worship services.
GBC Executive Committee adopts state missions budget, elects officers

When the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention met on Dec. 11, Steve Parr, vice president for Sunday School and Evangelism, spoke enthusiastically about “The Power of Ten.” He asked, “What if ten people in your church made a commitment to pray, work, and witness so that two people were saved and baptized into the fellowship of the church next year?”
Celebrating Christmas with cancer in the home

“Heather, I am afraid Kennedy Grace has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).”
Colorado shootings reflect big threats at big churches

With megachurches come mega crowds, mega money, and increasingly, mega security concerns.
Funds still available for rebuilding Gulf Coast

Although it’s been more than two years since Hurricane Katrina reshaped the landscape of this Gulf Coast town, there is still work to be done.
House approves Christmas Resolution; 9 opposed

The House of Representatives approved a resolution Dec. 11 acknowledging the significance of Christmas and Christianity.
Family and friends cope with shooting
Family and friends of the Colorado shooting victims gathered at Youth With a Mission and at New Life Church Dec. 12 to remember the lives of those they lost and to emphasize forgiveness toward the gunman’s family.
Churches push 'Advent Conspiracy' to teach real giving at Christmas

The Christmas contradiction gives Pastor Rick McKinley a headache.
We Three Kings of Orient Are ... mostly unknown

They came. They saw. They gifted.
Warner Robins church brings Christmas in song to Macon City Hall

In post-modern America, where a strong church-and-state separation mindset has become the law of the land, the likelihood of a Baptist choir singing Christmas carols in a government building is about as remote as a Ramadan service in city hall. But both events occurred in recent weeks in this middle-Georgia county seat and set a precedent for equal treatment under the law.
For the children, we must vote
Sir Winston Churchill, in another generation, warned his country of the evil of the philosophy behind Nazi Germany’s push for world domination.
Voting – regardless of emotion
Many times, people will make a statement like this: “It is not the money; it is the principle of the matter.”
Savannah church bench stands in for lowly manger
Modern-day story of newborn babe wrapped in swaddling clothes

At first glance the bundle resting on the bench outside the front doors of New Vision Baptist Church looked like a child’s plaything, perhaps “a doll baby or plastic puppy.”
New committee members named
The following individuals were appointed to serve on sub committees of the Georgia Baptist Executive Committee. The end of their terms of service are noted in parenthesis.
2008 Georgia General Assembly to convene amid pro-life issues
When the 2008 Georgia General Assembly convenes next month, there will as usual, be many new laws introduced, debated, and voted on by the House and the Senate. We will be watching very carefully a bill that our friends at Georgia Right To Life will be supporting. The Human Life Amendment, with which we agree, will be presented to the Georgia General Assembly for a vote.
Brewton-Parker coach makes Christ his priority

Sug Christopher Parker is the perfect choice to head up the woman’s basketball program at Brewton-Parker College. He recently proclaimed, “Brewton-Parker is where I received my salvation and my education; now I have an opportunity to give back to the college some of what was given to me.”

Georgia Newsbriefs

Griffin named legislative director of Georgia Right to Life
Mike Griffin, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Hart County, was recently named Georgia Right to Life’s legislative director for the 2008 legislative session.

Baptist News Summary

Church's Lottie Moon offering honors retired missionary and church member
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has a special meaning for Earlewood Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., as their gifts pay tribute to the memory of retired missionary and Earlewood member Sara Frances Taylor.
International Mission Board trustees report 600,000 baptisms recorded in '06
Southern Baptists face the challenge of joining their missionaries in “whatever it takes” to make disciples of all peoples, International Mission Board trustees were told during their Nov. 6-7 meeting in Springfield, Ill.
Baptist pastor prays at D.C. tree lighting
When Baptist pastor Roger Freeman last visited Washington, D.C., it was far from a normal trip.
New Term Life options available through GuideStone Financial Resources
GuideStone Financial Resources will offer enhancements to its Term Life Insurance coverage beginning Jan.1.
London newspaper places Southern Baptists on top 200 'most influential' list
A London newspaper recently published a list of the most influential conservative and liberal Americans, and Southern Baptists on both sides of the political spectrum made the cut.
Southern Baptist Disaster relief units activated following Midwest ice storm
Disaster relief feeding units were activated and chainsaw teams called in as millions of residents from Oklahoma to Wisconsin were without electrical power following a widespread ice storm earlier this month that overwhelmed the Midwest.
Names in the News
SBC groups join to open emergency homeless shelter in New Orleans
Responding to yet another ripple effect of Hurricane Katrina, Southern Baptists are building a new homeless shelter through a cooperative effort involving First Baptist Church in New Orleans, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and the SBC’s North American Mission Board, plus the partnership of the New Orleans Mission as well as financial assistance from Mayor Ray Nagin’s office.

Religious Newsbriefs

Labor group alleges crucifixes made in sweatshops sold in prominent New York churches
Some crucifixes sold in the United States are made under “horrific” conditions in a Chinese factory, a labor rights leader said Nov. 20 in front of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Senior clerics at Indian Islamic seminary issue fatwa against Hajj farewell parties
A leading Islamic seminary in northern India has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against pompous farewell parties for Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Israel claims artifacts dating to First Temple
Israeli archaeologists who have been inspecting maintenance work done by Muslims on the Temple Mount have discovered what they believe are artifacts dating back to the time of the First Jewish Temple.
Jews call on Hungary to combat far-right extremists in the mold of Nazi fascists
The World Jewish Congress has called on Hungary to do more to fight the rise of far-right extremist groups that they say are eerily reminiscent of Nazi fascists.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Anniversaries
Obituaries
Groundbreakings
Homecomings
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Finding the win-win
Churches need youth workers, students want a place to serve

A few years ago, when University of Georgia student Andrew Donaldson thought God might be calling him to youth ministry, he decided to try it out. He applied as a summer youth worker and was assigned to New Hope Church in Ambrose.

Bible Study

Bowing before the Savior

Matthew 2:1-12
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 30
Breakthrough in Focus

Psalm 145:1-21
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 6

Columns

Child's discovery: leads to parents' discomfort

'Tis the season to be politically correct

For 25 years Christmas trees had graced the Seattle Airport, but two years ago a decision was made to remove the trees from the airport. The politically expedient decision was made because a local rabbi threatened to sue the Port of Seattle if an eight-foot menorah wasn’t erected to “balance” out the Christmas trees.
The ghosts of atheism past, present, and future

And lo, I awakened from a dream during this most blessed Christmas season.
The Open Door

God gave our family an early Christmas gift. Grace Katherine Millage was born to our daughter Jennifer, and her husband Aaron, in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, November 29, at 3:37. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured nineteen inches long. Janice and I had the inexpressible joy of being in the birthing room when Gracie was born.

Letters

Encounter questions in Compass

I appreciate the Nov. 8 article in reference to The Golden Compass. I have to confess that I did go see the movie to see what the hype was about. The truth is that the movie is everything that people have warned it to be.
Edwards on target with Willow confession

I read the article “One pastors response: Willow Creek Confession” in the Nov. 22 issue of The Christian Index. It was a blessing to me!
A missionary's response to Willow Creek commentary

What a disappointing report in your Nov. 22 issue. No, I’m not referring to the item from “Reveal: Where Are You? co-authored by Cally Parkinson and Greg Hawkins” that pastor Wayne Edwards mentioned in his guest commentary. I’m referring to the portrayal of the report as made by Edwards. Now that’s a scary report.
Different churches appreciated

On Dec. 9 I had the joy of worshiping in two of our great Georgia Baptist churches. In the morning I attended Oasis Faith Baptist Church in Social Circle. They are a small congregation of approximately 50 people. The pastor’s message was excellent. It was expository in nature, well organized, and passionately delivered. I dare say there was none better preached anywhere in our state. I went away blessed.