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Issue Date: 2008-03-27
Volume: 187
Number: 7


Where are we headed as a state?
As this article is being prepared there are a few days left in this General Assembly session under the Gold Dome.
Running On Empty
Rising fuel prices, declining dollar crimping missions on state, national, international levels
Missionaries have always been known for being a creative breed and have excelled in making bricks without straw on occasion.
Georgia Baptist pastors: CP giving can't be compromised

Ben Foxworth has experienced the benefits of the Cooperative Program. It’s a big part of why Ellaville Baptist, where he’s pastor, will continue to give 18% to it despite a slow economy and rising prices.
Evangelism, missions, membership discussed at Executive Committee meeting

Jerry Speer, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Columbus, presided over his first meeting as chairman of the Executive Committee on March 11.
Georgia Baptist Missions
Mission trips are still on the agenda but some may cost more than before

Jimmy Weaver is counting the cost of ministry, and it continues to rise.
Turning a negative into a plus

NAMB missionary Louis Spears has learned to see a silver lining behind the dark cloud of rising gasoline prices.
Baptists prepare medical supplies to aid Zimbabwe hospital

Because Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe – a high-profile ministry of Southern Baptist international missions since the 1950s – is the only source of health care available for many of the 90,000 people, a lack of medical supplies and water has become critical.
Man samples a different church every weekend for a year

Two years ago, Kyle Dodig wasn’t sure he believed in God.
North American Missions
NAMB personnel are striving to cut costs as good stewards as fuel prices pinch ministry

Tommy Stevens is combining ministry trips in his car in Arizona order to save fuel.
New Baptist Hymnal song titles include new and old classics

The mystery is over. The songs going in the new Baptist Hymnal have been chosen.
School district to modify Bible class

The attorney for a Texas school district has called a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union “a great victory” involving an elective Bible course curriculum.
China harasses Christians ahead of Beijing Olympics

With increased frequency, the Chinese government is persecuting house churches and banishing foreign Christians from the country, presumably to squelch voices who might draw attention to the plight of religious minorities in the nation surrounding the Beijing Olympics.
New board members appointed for Truett-McConnell
Eight new members joined the Board of Trustees for Truett-McConnell College, meeting for the first time Dec. 6-7. The new board members were elected at the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting in November.
International Missions
What’s good on the domestic market hits missionaries hard as the dollar loses value

“For us, it’s all about the dollar.”
Pro-lifers should avoid 'Idol Gives Back,' leader says

“Idol Gives Back,” the charity program of “American Idol,” is not worthy of support from people who regard unborn life as sacred, a pro-life leader says.
This time, Jena makes spiritual headlines

“You don’t have to explain to the nation where Jena is,” said Dominick DiCarlo Jr., pastor of the Louisiana town’s First Baptist Church.
NBA's Wade sponsors 3 New Orleans homes through Baptist project

When the NBA came to New Orleans for the All-Star break, thousands of eager recovery volunteers came as well.
Cost of living adjustments not the same for NAMB, IMB field personnel

Churches have slightly more leeway when it comes to dealing with a budget shortfall when inflation impacts a congregation’s ministry. The church can either scale back on its ministry, reduce staff in more dire circumstances, or collect a special offering.
Feeding units, chainsaw crews bring relief in tornado sites

Georgia Baptist disaster relief crews ministered in three locations in areas hit by a string of tornados that rolled across the state March 14-15. Downtown Atlanta was hardest hit in the first round of storms with nearly $150 million in damages.
Add Value: Life Over Death
The culture of death currently surrounds this generation of entitlement thinking. There was a time in our not too distant past when the safest place to be on earth was in your mother’s womb or at your mother’s knee.
Golf decline opens door for outreach

A nationwide drop in the number of people playing golf raises serious issues for the game – and creates opportunities for churches to minister, according to Southern Baptists deeply invested in both.
Virginia students understand life's uncertainties, Proffitt says

The passion that grips North American missionaries David and Shirley Proffitt is winning the next generation to Christ by planting churches near college campuses – and their passion has turned into a family affair.
Proudly Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
All of my life I have found myself involved in events that were known as traditions. For example, when there is a covered dish meal at the church somebody is going to bring fried chicken. You can’t find a time when the church in a business meeting voted that having fried chicken at a church covered dish meeting was required but you would always find fried chicken at the meal.
Banners at New Orleans Seminary designed by late member of First Baptist Cairo

Standing in the chapel at New Orleans Seminary March 4, Patty Duke couldn’t help but be proud of her baby sister.

Georgia Newsbriefs

TMC Day set for April 5 on Cleveland campus
Truett-McConnell College will observe TMC Day on Saturday, April 5. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in Nix Student Center.
Shorter College's website honored with award of excellence for overall design, implementation
Shorter College’s website,, received a district honor from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the international professional organization for public relations, fund-raising, and alumni relations personnel in education.

Baptist News Summary

Judge dismisses Klouda suit against Southwestern Seminary, Patterson
A federal judge has ruled in favor of Southwestern Seminary and its president, Paige Patterson, in a lawsuit by a former theology professor who claimed she was wrongly dismissed from a tenure-track position because she is a woman.
Four NAMB church planters recognized
In the past two years alone, Willie Jacobs Jr. has been the primary strategist for developing 18 new African-American church starts through the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, and he has four more on the drawing board for 2008.
Preschool, children’s registration opens for SBC annual meeting
Registration is now open for families planning to enroll their children in June 8-11 preschool childcare or the children’s conference in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.
SBC compensation survey still open
At the midpoint for the 2008 Compensation Survey for Southern Baptist churches, more than 6,000 ministers and staff members have completed the online questionnaire.
March 30 is 'Planting New Congregations Sunday'
The Southern Baptist Convention has designated March 30 as “On Mission Together: Planting New Congregations Sunday” – a day to emphasize the need for SBC churches to plant new churches throughout North America.
Mohler recovering from surgery
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, has undergone successful surgery for the removal of a pre-cancerous tumor from his colon.
Golden Gate announces scholarships for mission volunteers to get training
Additional scholarship assistance for qualifying Southern Baptist mission volunteers to receive seminary training has been announced by Golden Gate Seminary.
GuideStone releases Ministers Tax Guide
Ministers can find help in preparing their 2007 federal income tax returns from GuideStone Financial Resource’s annual Ministers Tax Guide.

Religious Newsbriefs

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to teach religion course at Yale University
ormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair has accepted a one-year appointment at Yale University to participate in a course on the connection between religion and globalization.
'Living goddess' of Nepal gives up divine role
A young Nepali girl who is worshipped by many Buddhists and Hindus as a kumari, or “living goddess,” has renounced her divine role following a request from her family, an official in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, said March 2.
Church of England leaders vote to ensure that churches are making Bibles available
The Church of England has discovered a shortage of a basic piece of equipment that it really cannot afford to do without – an adequate supply of Bibles for its churches.
Hasbro apologizes for removing 'Israel' from Monopoly game after slew of complaints
Toymaker Hasbro Inc. has apologized for deleting the word “Israel” in an online contest to determine which cities will be featured in its World Edition of the board game Monopoly.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Revival Reports

Cooperative Program Stories

Building more than offices

On a stormy Thursday night last March, tornadoes ripped across South Georgia killing nine and leaving destroyed homes, church, and businesses in its wake.

Bible Study

Exploring New Directions

Gen. 12:1-8, 13:5-9, 14-16
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, April 6
Exploring Devotion

Gen. 22:1-14, 17-18
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, April 13


Reasons why you need to consider long-term care insurance

Due to better health-care options, medical technology, and more healthful lifestyle choices, Americans are living longer.
Be wary of Oprah's gospel

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most visible and successful women in the world.
Ten 'excuses' for new Sunday School classes

At a conference held last year at LifeWay, Rich Smith, minister of discipleship at First Baptist Church in Ellisville, Mo., asked for input on starting classes that match teaching and learning styles. As I thought about it, it occurred to me that just about any excuse to start a new Sunday School class is probably worth trying.
The Open Door

Georgia Baptists are blessed with three very fine colleges, Shorter College in Rome, Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, and Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon/Ailey.
Marital troubles outside bedroom harm sexual relationship