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.
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.
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.”
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding the win-win Churches need youth workers, students want a place to serve By Sherri Brown, Communications, GBC Published December 20, 2007
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.
Bowing before the Savior By Bryan Cribb, Assistant Professor of Christianity, Brewton-Parker College Published December 20, 2007
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 30
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.
And lo, I awakened from a dream during this most blessed Christmas season.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published December 20, 2007
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.
Different churches appreciated By Milton L. Wood, Retired pastor, First Baptist Social Circle, Interim associational missionary, South Metro Association Published December 20, 2007
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.
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.
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.