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Issue Date: 2008-06-19
Volume: 187
Number: 13


Hunt points SBC to 'what's united us'

The priorities Johnny Hunt announced for his tenure as president of the Southern Baptist Convention are the same ones that have characterized his 32 years as a local church pastor – evangelism, discipleship, and missions.
Bio-pic on Billy Graham wraps filming in Nashville

Producers here recently wrapped filming on “Billy: The Early Years,” a new movie on the life of evangelist Billy Graham that is scheduled for theatrical release this fall.
Third prison program by New Orleans Seminary launched through North Georgia Extension
New Orleans Seminary has launched its third prison extension program to train inmates for ministry. Phillips State Prison in Buford has joined Leavell College bachelor’s degree programs at the state penitentiaries in Angola, La., and Parchman, Miss.
Storms don't dampen Crossover spirit

Heavy rain, dangerous lightning, tornado warnings, and, in some places, flooding buffeted metro Indianapolis and canceled some events during Crossover’08, but by afternoon the sun emerged and Southern Baptists were out telling others about the Son.
Royal Ambassadors race to relieve world hunger

More than 300 Baptist boys, men, parents, and mission education leaders from around the country jammed the Pioneer Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds June 7 to kick-off the Southern Baptist Convention in the first-ever Royal Ambassador National pine-car racer derby to raise money for world hunger relief mission programs.
Family breakdown costs taxpayers

High rates of divorce and unmarried childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers at least $112 billion each year, making marriage enrichment a legitimate policy concern, a first-of-its-kind study sponsored by four public policy and research groups said.
New trustee diversity reflects Page's priority

More than 90 percent of the newly elected trustees of Southern Baptist Convention entities have not served on an SBC board before.
2008 Southern Baptist Convention Wrap-up
First Woodstock's Johnny Hunt elected SBC president

Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention on the first ballot at last week’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, came in second in a field of six candidates.
NAMB unfurls National Evangelistic Initiative

We seem to have lost the vision that the Covenant for a New Century established for the denomination in 1997. Since the creation of the North American Mission Board at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting 11 years ago this month, we have not been given a consistent, cohesive, national evangelistic emphasis around which our churches could gather. Without direction from such a national agency much of our evangelistic fervor has floundered.
Single-faith chapels a dying breed at U.S. airports

Most of the 30 or so chapels at U.S. airports are tucked in a corner or on a second floor that isn’t well-traveled. And most are small and plain.
Lottie Moon gifts total $150.4 million

Despite difficult economic conditions, Southern Baptists gave $150.4 million to the 2007 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions to support the work of more than 5,300 missionaries worldwide.
WRAP-UP: Messengers elect president, view launch of evangelism initiative

Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting June 10-11 elected a new president, launched an initiative to share the gospel with every person in North America by 2020, accepted a report from the Executive Committee on child sexual abuse prevention, and adopted a much-discussed resolution on regenerate church membership.
Roland along from pastor to trucker to church planter
Effingham county minister looking for heir in trucking ministry

For years Roland Dann was a pastor like many others. He oversaw the week-to-week workings of a church. He prepared his messages and delivered them faithfully. He got out in the community where his identity was as preacher.
'Fireproof' set to be 'giant' in theaters this fall

More than 1,000 Southern Baptists attended a June 8 screening of “Fireproof,” the third film produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany.
Southern Seminary graduates five with Georgia ties
Southern Seminary held its 201st graduation commencement May 16 with five Georgia Baptists earning upper-level degrees among 272 graduates.
After alarming diagnosis, Akin better than ever

David Akin is celebrating 20 years of full-time music ministry this year. During these two decades of ministry David and his family, who are a vital part of his ministry, have seen thousands of souls saved and countless other decisions for Christ.
Pigg, Wilson elected to lead National African American Fellowship
Lithonia pastor is incoming president
Two Metro Atlanta pastors were elected to help lead the National African American Fellowship at the group’s meeting June 8 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting.
Unchurched less likely to come to church

Unchurched adults interested in finding a congregation aren’t nearly as likely to visit one in person as a church member who is shopping for a new congregation, according to several recent LifeWay Research studies.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Fountain named to lead Mulberry Association
Tommy Fountain, Sr., was called as associational missionary for Mulberry Baptist Association at Union Baptist Church in Winder June 3.
Warner Robins pastor, Quitman layman named to SBC Committee on Nominations
Two Georgia Baptists are among 70 from 35 state Baptist conventions named to serve on the 2008-09 Committee on Nominations.

Baptist News Summary

Federal judge approves Charleston Southern settlement in fraud case
A federal judge has approved a $3.9 million settlement shielding Charleston Southern University from further liability in the $90-million fraud case of Al Parish, a former economist and professor at the Baptist-affiliated school.
VBS continued its impact in 2007
The numbers are in for 2007 Vacation Bible School, and once again they show that VBS is the most effective evangelistic strategy for most churches.
Record numbers ready for student PowerPlant
A record 2,200 students will gain real-world experience in Southern Baptist church planting and evangelism this summer through the North American Mission Board’s 2008 edition of PowerPlant.
LifeWay Espańol extends its reach
Spanish speakers in the United States and abroad are embracing LifeWay resources, especially family Bible studies, discipleship materials, and Vacation Bible Schools, according to reports at a seminar for Hispanic church consultants in Miami May 11-12.
IMB provides $600,000, for Myanmar, China relief
Southern Baptists continue to provide relief in Myanmar and China following catastrophic disasters in the two Asian countries in May. Contributions to the Southern Baptist World Hunger and General Relief funds have made these efforts possible.
Names in the News
Gardner-Webb University faculty member Bob Carey has been elected president of the National Press Photographers Association, one of the nation’s two largest organizations of media professionals, with more than 10,000 members.
Savannah one of 80 cities for World Changers projects
More than 23,000 Southern Baptist students – from teenage to college-age – will tackle roofing, drywall repairs, painting, and landscaping in 96 World Changers projects this summer in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Crisis protocol will speed response
Southern Baptists took a major step toward responding more quickly to overseas disasters when their state disaster relief directors approved a new protocol for mobilizing “initial responders” to crisis situations overseas.

Religious Newsbriefs

Army chaplain launches 'adopt a terrorist' prayer campaign over the Internet
An Army Reserve chaplain has decided to do his individual part in the war on terror: He’s co-founded an Internet ministry to pray for terrorists.
Atlanta-based theological center calls for greater black church involvement on Darfur
The Interdenominational Theological Center, a consortium of African-American theological schools in Atlanta, has urged black churches to take proactive steps to address the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Possible Ark of the Covenant at risk in Zimbabwe post-election unrest, professor says
A British professor who claims to have found the successor to the Ark of the Covenant – or at least something like it – says he worried the artifact is at risk of damage or theft in the political chaos in Zimbabwe.
American missionaries accused of 'hate crime,' threatened in British Muslim neighborhood
Two U.S. Christian preachers say they were accused by police of a hate crime after they handed out evangelical tracts on the streets of a predominantly Muslim area in Britain.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Fastest Growing Sunday Schools

In the heat of a July afternoon members of First Baptist Lyons gathered in the parking lot for a tailgate party. There was no ball game and no real reason to celebrate – the event was just one more way to invite friends to a church gathering.

Bible Study

If Your Money Could Talk

Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24-26; 13:11; 15:16-17; 16:11; 23:4-5
Who Is Really In Charge?

Rev. 5:1-14


'Commitment of will' in marriage outlasts emotional turmoil
God, deliver us from being like 'Napoleon and Snowball'

Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary, recently stated, “The Southern Baptist Convention may be top-heavy, bloated, and unfocused, but it is premature to write its obituary.”
Observations of an evangelist … revised

We have all heard the “good news/bad news” jokes. The question is always asked, “Which do you want first?” With the recent news regarding the spiritual state of the Southern Baptist Convention coming from our denomination’s Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources, there is no good news unless your name is Pollyanna or your glasses are rose colored. I submit the following observations for your consideration.
The Open Door

Georgia has experienced some extreme weather this spring. Tornadoes touched down into areas of our state causing death, injury, damage to homes, businesses, and churches, and displacement of families. Georgia Baptist disaster relief volunteers have been on the scene, providing outstanding ministry and service to those in need.


Thanks from King family

Our family would like to take this time to thank all of you for your prayers and kind words in our time of mourning. We have finalized plans for two Celebration of Life Services for Dr. Leonard King.