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Issue Date: 2008-02-14
Volume: 187
Number: 4


Georgia Baptists creating a catalyst for student achievement

Once an arcade, students now enter the building to learn more about life, relationships, and responsibility.
Union University continues cleanup amid tornado damage

Angela Abbamonte had only a few seconds to run to cover as an F-4 tornado bore down on the campus of Union University Feb. 5. But as she and 20 fellow students emerged from the rubble of the Dodd dormitory complex into the dark night she quickly saw how fortunate she was to be alive.
Diverse congregations celebrate common ground
Newton Corner Worship Center is the new name for a historic New England building that is home to six different congregations, including people from Arabic, Brazilian, Greek, American, Philippine, and Russian-Jewish backgrounds.
Cox added to list of possible SBC presidents
Evangelist Junior Hill to make nomination

Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC’s June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis. He will be nominated by Alabama evangelist Junior Hill.
Iraq-based Army chaplain, '07 giving highlight NAMB trustees meeting
The Feb. 6 meeting of the trustees of the North American Mission Board ended the way it began, by celebrating how God has used Southern Baptists through giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American Missions.
Summit encourages missions among African American women
Sisters Who Care in its sixth year

“You have made my day so special. I will never, ever, ever forget you,” said the small elderly woman emphatically. Confined to a wheelchair and living in a nursing home, “Ruby” pointed directly at each woman surrounding her in a semi-circle and continued, “I love you and you and you …. I love everyone of you, and I will never forget you or this day.”
Health Care Ministry Foundation awards $6 million
Grants distributed statewide

Georgia Baptists’ growing impact on health care ministries took another step forward in early February as the Health Care Ministries Foundation awarded $6 million to 54 organizations.
North American missions boosted by record $59.3M offering
Georgia natives among missionaries assisted by giving

Southern Baptists’ gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions exceeded the national goal for the second consecutive year, with $59.3 million received, the most ever in the history of the offering.
Kenyans tell of surviving the violence

The run-down minibus taxi rattles diligently up the rocky, potholed road. Inside, the mood is somber and tense. No one dares talk. All are too busy looking out the window for would-be attackers.
Jon Hodge leads NAMB's World Changers ministry in five states

For nine years now, Jon Hodge has been in the neighborhood-changing business, and while doing that, he’s also working – with God’s help – to change hearts, minds, and souls.
Shorter named to host 2008, 09 NAIA Football National Championships
Officials with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Jan. 3 that the stadium where Shorter College plays its football games will host the 2008 and 2009 NAIA Football National Championships.
Communication with Christ key to leadership, says GBC's Williams
Ethics and Public Affairs hosts sixth annual legislative breakfast

J. Michael Williams, assistant executive director and vice president for the Georgia Baptist Convention, reminded state leaders that confidence in leadership comes from confidence in Christ at the sixth annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Jan. 30.
Jimmy Carter aglow over New Baptist Covenant Celebration

Atlanta was the host city for the New Baptist Covenant Celebration held at the World Congress Center Jan. 30-Feb. 1
Wade Burleson resigns as International Mission Board trustee
Wade Burleson of Oklahoma resigned from the board of trustees of the International Mission Board Jan. 30.
Brewton-Parker welcomes new members to Board of Trustees
Brewton-Parker College welcomed 12 new members of its Board of Trustees during its Jan. 17 board meeting.

Baptist News Summary

IMB trustees appoint 36, hear need to fund more workers
International Mission Board trustees appointed 36 missionaries during their Jan. 28-30 meeting in Gainesville, Fla.
Names in the News

Religious Newsbriefs

Birmingham churches with significant civil rights connections on potential heritage sites list
The National Park Service announced Jan. 22 that two Birmingham churches significant to the civil rights movement are under consideration as World Heritage sites.
Mormon president Gordon Hinckley dies at 97
Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was credited with creating a more global, more visible church, died Jan. 27 at age 97.
Mosque agrees to allow training dog
Because it salivates less than usual for canines, a retriever that is being trained for a blind Muslim will become the first dog in Britain to be permitted inside a mosque.
Supreme Court rules against Muslim inmate
An inmate claiming widespread harassment of Muslims in U.S. prisons cannot sue prison guards who he says took his Qurans and prayer rug, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Revival Reports

Cooperative Program Stories

Three minutes for eternity

Ronnie Hill has found a sure-fire way to get people to listen to his story about salvation. Now he’s giving that same opportunity to churches and individuals to use.

Bible Study

Living 3:16 - By the Book

2 Timothy 1:8-12; 3:14 – 4:4
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar. 2
The Model

John 4:4-10, 14-18, 24-26
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 24


The religious test failed by voters and candidates

For the past several decades, we Americans have evinced more than passing curiosity about the religious views of our presidential candidates, and they feel obliged to talk about their faith.
The Open Door

On November 14, 2007, Governor Sonny Perdue conducted a prayer meeting at the State Capitol as he called upon all Georgians to pray for rain. The response of the media and the pooled spiritual disbelief and ignorance of some respondents to newspaper articles and TV news reports was nothing less than astonishing.
Courtship, not dating, can foster proper teenage behavior


Mudslinging has become as much a part of the American political landscape as shaking hands and kissing babies. In fact, some candidates seem to spend more time telling voters how bad the other candidates are instead of expounding on their own principles and platforms. They only try to convince voters that they aren’t quite as bad as their opponents.


Memories of checks and boxes

I enjoyed the editorial in this week’s Christian Index and wanted to tell you that you have a reader who has not forgotten the church offering envelopes of my youth. The eighth point of the record system was daily Bible readings.
Open letter to Southern Baptists

My name is John. For the past two-and-one-half years I’ve introduced myself as Refugee, since I was one of several hundred thousand displaced by Hurricane Katrina.