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Issue Date: 2008-06-05
Volume: 187
Number: 12

News

SBC pastors, average Americans view national issues differently

A majority of Southern Baptist Convention pastors believe the media has overstated the threat of global warming and that SBC resolutions have not been “too timid” when they addressed global warming, according to a recent study on global issues by LifeWay Research.
Buddhists claim bad karma cause of cyclone, earthquake

After a natural disaster strikes in the United States, the question almost immediately arises: Where was God? Or, did God allow this to happen?
North Metro pastor calls for new urgency in evangelism, missions, church planting

The Christian Index conducted the following interview with Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, prior to his expected nomination as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.
NAMB trustees review evangelism initiative

North American Mission Board trustees heard plans for a new national evangelism initiative and elected Tim Patterson as their new chairman during a May 20-21 meeting in Portsmouth, Va.
Index restores book reviews
Back by popular demand

Georgia Baptists have never been shy about sharing their thoughts and opinions with others, and that has gotten easier in the last couple of years due to breakthroughs in the publishing industry. The Index is responding to that by bringing back a column in which it reviews recently published books.
Woodstock pastor calls for Baptists to 'Love Loud!' in reaching the lost

Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, has been announced as a candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. His autobiographical, life-changing story is explained in the book, “From the Poolroom to the Pulpit.”
Ten with ties to Georgia Baptist churches receive master's, doctoral degrees at New Orleans Seminary
New Orleans Seminary held commencement services May 17 with nine graduates with Georgia ties receiving master’s degrees.
Georgia church planters among 119 commissioned

Just a little more than 10 years ago, Todd Briggs didn’t know what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ. Today, he’s pastoring EPIC Village Church in midtown Atlanta and telling others how they can know God personally.
Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter killed by car
Maria Sue, the 5-year-old daughter of Christian musician Steven Curtis Chapman, died May 21 after she was struck by an SUV driven by her teenage brother in the family’s driveway south of Nashville, Tenn.
Operation Rooster launched at Ten Mile Baptist Church

The recent Annual Church Profile indicates that while there are 1,391,499 Georgia Baptists, less than 39 percent of them are in church on any given Sunday.
More than 10,000 coats gathered for North Korea children

Children in North Korea enjoyed a warmer winter due to the generosity of Georgia Baptists and their Coats for Christmas project.
Presidential candidate Puryear responds to questions on theology

On May 12 Baptist Press announced that Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, would nominate Les Puryear, senior pastor of Lewisville (N.C.) Baptist Church, for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Mulkey to be nominated for 2nd vice president
Wyman Richardson, pastor of First Baptist Dawson, will nominate Doug Mulkey, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Canton, for 2nd vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the upcoming annual meeting June 10-11 in Indianapolis.
Rural Dodge County church opens Internet café

Although it sits in an area more akin to Green Acres than Silicon Valley, Empire Baptist Church here recently opened up a new avenue of ministry via the information superhighway.
Fort Benning Chaplain shares Christ with Army Rangers

Even on a warm day, the water in Ranger Lake at Fort Benning is so cold it hurts. Chaplain (Capt.) Jeff Struecker steps in wearing black running shorts and a RANGER-emblazoned T-shirt. He even flashes a bright grin.
GBC president calls for repentance, renewal
An open letter to Georgia Baptists

In Ezekiel we can read of a time when this prophet of God witnessed what had to be one of the most incredibly dark times in the history of Israel. Former Life Action Ministry leader Del Fehsenfeld Jr. in his book “Ablaze With His Glory” comments on the events of Ezekiel 9-11:

Georgia Newsbriefs

Online journal chronicles Shorter international missions and study
Students and faculty of Shorter College traveling the globe this summer will be providing accounts of their experiences online. Excerpts are updated regularly and can be found through the Shorter College website www.shorter.edu.
Jones named a consultant in New Church Development
Galen W. Jones was named North Region Church Planting consultant for New Church Development of the Georgia Baptist Convention May 12. In his position he will be helping develop church plants as well as recruit and train church planters.

Baptist News Summary

ERLC partners with others on "We Get It!" environmental initiative
Through a new “We Get It!” campaign, the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity is partnering with other organizations to demonstrate that evangelical Christians support what they describe as a more biblical, fact-based approach to global warming.
Iowa Baptists aid tornado victims
Iowa Baptist disaster relief volunteers began feeding operations May 27 in northeast Iowa, where the town of Parkersburg sustained extensive tornado damage Sunday evening, May 25, and six people were killed.
Baptists respond to hunger crisis
As a growing global food crisis stirs uncertainty and generates hostility around the world, International Mission Board missionaries are finding ways to help sustain both the physical and spiritual needs of the people they serve.
Names in the News
SBC media campaign to launch in Indy
Leading into a soon-to-be launched National Evangelism Initiative (NEI) in the Southern Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board has launched a comprehensive media campaign through June 14 in Indianapolis, site of the SBC’s June 10-11 annual meeting.
Training bolsters Myanmar relief
A Baptist Global Response assessment team sent to set the stage for Myanmar relief efforts never set foot inside its borders, but their ministry is stretching deep into the Asian country battered by Cyclone Nargis.
Glorieta launches summer camps for boys and girls in Rocky Mountains
Expanding on the success of Ridgecrest Summer Camps near Asheville, N.C., which are running at nearly 100 percent capacity, LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center is preparing to hold its first summer camps in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains.
Southeastern Seminary professor to launch school in El Salvador
A new Bible institute and master’s-level school in El Salvador is being initiated by a Southeastern Seminary professor.

Religious Newsbriefs

Jewish leader says seven-decade German ban on 'Mein Kampf' should be lifted
A prominent Jewish leader has called for Germany to lift a 70-year-old ban against publishing “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto on the racial supremacy of the Aryan people.
No big complaints from Hindus, but British Airways pulls beef on Indian flights anyway
British Airways has taken beef, one of the nation’s favorite dishes, off the menu this summer for thousands of economy class passengers on long-haul flights over concerns that it might offend Hindus.
Humanists launch godless Sunday School
The American Humanist Association has launched a curriculum that mirrors the “Sunday School” model used by churches and synagogues with one major omission – God.
Ted Turner joins religious groups to fight malaria
Media mogul Ted Turner has partnered with Lutherans and Methodists to launch a $200 million dollar campaign to fight malaria in Africa, telling the United Nations General Assembly “you’ve got to have faith to build a better world” and that he regrets past negative remarks against religion.

People and Places

Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Obituaries
Honors

Cooperative Program Stories

A movement not from tradition

From the sidelines, Dennis Phillips watched as an elderly woman prayed publicly for the first time in her life.

Bible Study

How to Storm-Proof Your Home

Prov. 23:22 – 24:4
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, June 15
Word Power Made Wise

Prov. 17:27-28; 18:20-21; 25:11-12; 26:20-22, 28
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, Jun 22

Columns

Television has power to destroy civility, society

Rain in Indianapolis

Messengers from across the nation and around the world will gather in Indianapolis June 10-11 for the 151st session of the Southern Baptist Convention. For the third time Indianapolis will be the host city for the SBC Annual Meeting. Previous such gatherings in the Indiana capital city were 1992 and 2004.
The Open Door

The Southern Baptist Convention will be meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana a few days after you receive this edition of The Index.

Letters

Holy Spirit needed to reverse SBC decline

Drs. Page and Watke are right on with their predictions of the rapid declines (see May 22 Index, pages 1 and 2) forecasted in our SBC churches, but few seem to be willing to lead into a brave and bold new future. My research has identified essential biblical illiteracy among our every-Sunday-church-going-members.
Thanks for 'Ethnic Diversity'

I read with a great deal of interest the article in the May 8th issue entitled “Embracing Ethnic Diversity” and I applaud Ken Hall and First Baptist Lilburn. They have done what many Baptist churches are failing to do, reach out to our changing communities where God has brought people from many countries to our doorsteps.