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Issue Date: 2008-05-22
Volume: 187
Number: 11


Black workers' journal focuses on evangelism
The sixth volume of The Journal of African American Southern Baptist History will be presented during the 13th annual meeting of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network June 8.
An exit interview with Frank Page
Southern Baptist Convention President • 2006-2008

Representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination for two years gives an individual keen insight into the workings of the denomination. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at how efficiently the SBC works and where there is room for growth.
'Gimmick' worth spreading the gospel, says pastor
First Baptist Snellville gas, car giveaways garner media attention

First came the calls from drivers along Main Street that borders First Baptist Church. Then from local media outlets. Soon enough, others around the country wanted to know about the sign in the church parking lot emblazoned simply with FREE GAS and a phone number.
Korean Southern Baptists to meet in Los Angeles
A record number of Korean Southern Baptists are anticipated June 16-19 at the 27th annual meeting of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America.
Have Southern Baptists joined the evangelical decline?

SBC President Frank Page’s recent prediction that Southern Baptists could lose half of their churches by 2030 may have been based on his private observations, but statistics show his cause for concern may be well-grounded.
Seminary luncheons on June 11 at Indiana Convention Center
Donna Gaines to speak at wives' conference
“Knowing God” will be the theme for the annual Pastors’ Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference June 9.
Bigger sandbox needed as giving continues
Covington ministry began as one-time event

Four years ago Virginia Pearson didn’t think she’d find herself managing a non-profit group.
Fulfilling the mission the theme of SBC annual meeting
Fulfilling the mission Christ gave His followers – bringing lost souls into God’s Kingdom – will be the focus of the 151st session of the Southern Baptist Convention when it convenes June 10-11 at the Indiana Convention Center.
Florida pastor Forrest Pollock and son killed in plane crash May 12
Florida pastor Forrest Pollock and a 13-year-old son were killed May 12 when the single-engine plane Pollock was flying crashed in North Carolina.
Georgia Baptists nominated to serve on committees at Indianapolis annual meeting
Georgia Baptists were among nominees selected to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, three of the four denominational boards (International and North American Mission boards, LifeWay Christian Resources), Southeastern and Midwestern seminaries, and the Committee on Order of Business by the 2008 SBC Committee on Nominations.
Hispanics gear up for Indianapolis outreach
“Evangelistic Victory” will be the theme of Hispanic events June 7-9.
Truth for Revival ministries launched by First Baptist Lilburn members
Teaching materials prepared by lengendary Southern Baptist missionary to China Bertha Smith

Ben and Cathy D’Amico were married on Jan. 8, 2000 and in February of the next year he was called to become the pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Quitman. The church was prospering under D’Amico’s leadership, but in 2003 his Crohn’s Disease, which he had battled in varying degrees for 20 years, began to give him serious problems resulting in multiple surgeries.
Observers say new Korean president a man of 'strong' faith

Some say it is a new day in South Korea. After a landslide election in November, Myung-Bak Lee was sworn into office on Feb. 19. In defeating Dong-Young Chung of the liberal United Democratic Party, Lee provided the conservative Grand National Party with its first presidential election win in 10 years.
Oconee Heights pastor to be nominated for SBC first vice president
H. Crist Camden, pastor of Oconee Heights Baptist Church in Athens, will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the annual meeting next month, said a statement released by former church member and curent Midwestern Seminary student Andrew Higginbotham May 13.
Pennsylvania pastor admits stealing church members' identities

A Pennsylvania pastor has pleaded guilty to stealing church members’ identities to obtain credit cards and cash advances for personal purchases totaling nearly $30,000.
African-American Fellowship to aid 7 churches in Crossover
Outreach will be a hallmark of the June 8-9 meeting of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Georgia Baptists respond to Mother's Day tornados around the state

“It looks like a war zone,” explained Norm Yukers. The pastor of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Macon made his observation as he surveyed the damage in east Macon in the aftermath of the tornadoes that ripped through his community in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day.
Nobles, Patterson nominated for Committee on Committees
Appointments to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Committees have been announced by SBC President Frank Page.
Dottie Rambo killed in bus accident
Gospel music legend Dottie Rambo died May 11 when her tour bus veered from a Missouri highway and struck an embankment.
Evangelists plan 'Hall of Faith' youth event
The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists will honor its founding generation and reach out to a new generation during its 50th anniversary celebration June 6-9 in Indianapolis.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Bryan named to new Cooperative Program post
Cooperative Program support will get a boost through the appointment of a new specialist to that ministry area.

Baptist News Summary

Two Rivers members reverse ouster vote of senior pastor one week later
Members of Two Rivers Baptist in Nashville, Tenn., voted May 11 to not accept all the ballots cast the previous Sunday on removing 71 dissidents from church membership. Their vote reversed the outcome of that balloting and the dissident members will now be removed from the congregation’s rolls.
Names in the News
Daughter of Baptist reps dies in Indonesia from bicycle accident
Nine-year-old Anna Borger, daughter of Southern Baptist representatives Todd and Timberley Borger, died in Indonesia May 7, apparently from head wounds caused by falling off a bicycle.
IMB regional leader resigns over baptism and prayer policies
Rodney Hammer, the International Mission Board’s regional leader for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for the past eight years, resigned effective May 5 after challenging policies of the board of trustees.
Arab seminary safe after Beirut fighting
The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary located outside Beirut, Lebanon, sustained no damage after fighting broke out between Hezbollah militia and the Lebanese government May 8.
WMU names National Acteens Panelists
Woman’s Missionary Union has chosen six National Acteens Panelists based on their involvement in missions and Acteens, along with their leadership in their school, community, and church.

People and Places

Revival Report
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

The Deep, Dark Aroma of the gospel

Black leather and chrome were in abundance at Royal Baptist Church on a recent Sunday night as dozens of motorcycle-riding Christians gathered to be commissioned to use their bikes as a witnessing and ministry tool.

Bible Study

Your Ticket to Real Success

Proverbs 1:1-7; 2:4-8; 3:5-6, 11-12
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, June 1
Three Rules for Working Smart

Prov. 6:1-15
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, June 8


Why I am not running for president of the SBC

In the May 25, 2006 edition of The Christian Index I wrote an editorial entitled “Bring it on – your nomination, that is.” In that editorial I wrote, “I understand that constant vigilance must be maintained to preserve the victory of the Conservative Resurgence, but I think we have come to the time when we need to see multiple nominations for each convention office both on the national and state level.”
RA pledge lasts a lifetime

The changes our nation has seen over the past 100 years are mind-boggling. Transportation, communication, and education barely resemble what existed at the turn of the previous century.
The Open Door

Mother’s Day weekend brought surprisingly powerful storms into Georgia in which numerous tornados ripped through houses, churches, and other structures. Within a very short time, Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief teams, under the direction of Stuart Lang, were hard at work helping Georgians to clean up in the aftermath.
Parents need to reply 'yes' as often as they can


Dangers in Catholocism

I would like to address the page 8, May 8 article titled “Police say rosaries are newest gang symbol, others call it a stretch.”
A reasoned response to hysteria, political manipulation

Thanks for publishing the article by David Hankins (Why I Will Not Sign “A Southern Baptist Declaration on … Climate Change,” April 10)
The heart of giving

I am writing in response to Al Rahn’s letter about Oprah’s bad theology and great generosity. While in agreement with Mr. Rahn that Ms. Winfrey has a generous spirit, I believe we have many in our churches that out-give her every week.
Pray for an eye-opening

I just read Gerald Harris’ article regarding Oprah Winfrey and want to thank him for speaking the truth. If Christians that believe the Bible from cover to cover would stop watching her programs, ratings would plummet.