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Issue Date: 2008-07-03
Volume: 187
Number: 14


Alma Hunt, longtime WMU leader, dies

Alma Hunt, a passionate leader who served as Woman’s Missionary Union executive secretary for 26 years, died June 14. She was 98.
CBF presenter questions Christ's deity at General Assembly

Salvation once meant belief in a series of doctrines about Christ, but the advance of society has caused it to become a quest for self-fulfillment, John Killinger said June 19 in a workshop at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Memphis, Tenn.
Ten lessons from the most effective churches

The number of people baptized in Southern Baptist churches fell in 2007 for the third year in a row. The 345,941 people baptized last year represented a five percent decline over the number baptized in 2006 and was also the lowest number to be baptized since 1987.
You've got [spiritual spam] mail

The messages are simple enough.
Mudding out a major part of Midwest disaster relief effort

Disaster relief mud-out work inside a flooded home is dirty work. The stench of mold and rotting food can be unbearable. Even so, crews of Southern Baptist men and women are on site following the devastating floods in the Midwest.
When missionaries go to the doctor
Cooperative Program gifts keep missionaries healthy while on the field

Lying in a hospital bed overseas in October – for the second time this year – I wondered what I had done to deserve, first, a bout of food poisoning and, now, an aching appendix.
Kindling hope among Mexico City's homeless

The police were standing around a grimy box on a street in Mexico City.
Campers exchange hot dogs and hamburgers for chipati, jalfrez ... if only for a day

Ally Mabry of Fayetteville is used to eating hot dogs and hamburgers at summer camp but one day in late June she found herself sitting cross-legged on the floor and eating traditional Indian food.
Royals' Hillman holds on to faith

The new manager of the Kansas City Royals is a Southern Baptist who has been walking with the Lord for more than three decades.
Will your student go to a college that has a Biblical worldview?

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is a set of presuppositions and beliefs that someone uses to interpret and form opinions about his morals, purpose in life, interpretation of truth, view of social issues, etc.
Summer fun mixes with Bible study at Camp Kaleo

Camp Kaleo campers are used to making friends from distant regions of the state during their week at the central Georgia facility, but this year they are getting to know characters from thousands of miles away.
Slow sales force closure of LifeWay's downtown location

LifeWay Christian Resources will close its only bookstore in Atlanta July 12. The store was opened in November 2006 to maintain a downtown presence but failed to realize a profit for that location at the revitalized Lindbergh Plaza Shopping Center on Piedmont Road.
Son: Falwell's pro-life goal close to reality

For the first time since social conservatives helped send Ronald Reagan to the White House in the early 1980s, Jerry Falwell will not be around for a presidential election.
Pakistan's kite ban pits Islam against popular tradition

Iqbal Aslam and four buddies meandered through the narrow alleyways.
Hotel offers pool for Second Memorial Perry baptism

Given the way Ann Duffell gets to services each Sunday at Second Memorial Baptist Church, it was only fitting her baptism had the same hint of determination.
Illusion, ventriloquism used to share the gospel
Georgia Baptists use a variety of ways to share their faith, and magic and comedy are two of the more innovative approaches that quickly engage audiences of all ages. Two Georgia Baptist illusionists use their skills to weave the message of redemption into their gospel presentations.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Contract approved for Shorter president
The Executive Committee of Shorter College’s Board of Trustees voted June 20 to accept Harold Newman’s new contract as president of the school. The four-year agreement went into effect July 1.
Mileage rates increased by IRS
The Internal Revenue Service announced June 23 an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008.
Atlanta pastor named VP of Korean group
Sin K. Baik, pastor of Atlanta New Way Baptist Church in Marietta, became first vice president of the Council of Korean Baptist Churches in America during the group’s meeting June 16-19.

Baptist News Summary

Hefley papers archived at Southern Seminary
The research files of the first key chronicler of the Southern Baptist Convention’s conservative resurgence have found a home at Southern Seminary.
F.A.I.T.H. Riders' numbers grow
F.A.I.T.H. Riders has grown to 54 chapters in 10 states since its launch in February 2002 in Lakeland, Fla., at First Baptist Church at the Mall.
Southeastern professor withdraws from ethics society for its 'honoring of sin'
Southeastern Seminary ethics professor Daniel Heimbach has withdrawn his membership from the Society of Christian Ethics after the group took a stand in what he calls “honoring sin over Scripture” regarding homosexuality.

Religious Newsbriefs

World's oldest church believed found in Jordan
Archaeologists excavating in Jordan believe they may have uncovered the world’s oldest church.
Report: Judaism faces gender imbalance 'crisis'
Non-Orthodox Jewish men are becoming alienated from their faith, a “crisis” that foreshadows a rise in interfaith marriages and secular generations, according to a new study from Brandeis University.
News anchor becomes full-time pastor
After 12 years at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., Chris Justice left his post as evening news anchor earlier this year in order to devote his attention to pastoring Lee Park Baptist Church in Monroe, a Southern Baptist congregation he helped grow from 50 to more than 500 people while serving as the church’s part-time pastor for two years.

People and Places

Staff additions
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

A good feeling for the future
Bible drill, speaker’s tournament participants set a high standard

A second chance changed Laura Meinschein’s life – and telling about it brought her high honors in the national student speaker’s tournament competition.

Bible Study

What about the Antichrist?

Rev. 13:1-10; 16-17
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, July 13
What's Up with Christ Coming Down?

Rev. 19:6-9; 11-16, 19-21
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, July 20


Spanking is responsible discipline for unruly children

The Open Door

In a recent Baptist Press article, Dr. Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board, reported on the 2007 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. In case you did not see the article, I want to share some of the highlights.
Some pastors become Universalists at funerals

As a pastor for many years I discovered there were certain things that were extremely difficult to do. It was difficult when I had to tell young women (or men) in the churches I served that I could not perform their wedding if they insisted on marrying an unbeliever (I Cor. 6:14).
Making your pocketbook sick

Unhealthy lifestyle choices can reduce your quality of life, but they can also drain your bank account. From obvious costs to more subtle ones, the price tag of an unhealthy lifestyle can put your financial well-being at risk.


Believers need 'want to' before 'how to'

I read with interest Jerry Drace’s guest commentary on “Observations of an evangelist ... revised” in your June 19 issue.
Grumpy old men?

There are few conventions like a Southern Baptist Convention. Many things are voted on, but our nonbinding resolutions will not enslave its members.