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Issue Date: 2008-08-14
Volume: 187
Number: 17

News

Fast facts on China
SPLASH Bartow to leave ripple effects

For three days ending Aug. 2 the Bartow Baptist Association mobilized more than 250 people from 23 churches to engage in local mission endeavors designed to impact their Jerusalem for Christ.
One percent of congregations close yearly

A new study says an average of one percent of religious congregations shut their doors each year, a lower closure rate than other organizations.
Bible printing company expands in China
As of May 18, one of the largest Bible printing facilities in the world is putting copies of the Word out by the millions – right in the heart of China.
Georgia theaters now booking September "Fireproof" screenings
45 locations already scheduled; others added daily

Georgia theaters are now reserving screen time for the fall premier of “Fireproof,” produced by the media arm of Sherwood Baptist Church. The movie’s Hollywood debut will occur Sept. 25 at ArcLight Theater, followed by its national launch the next day.
Hammond, Hunt address state leaders
GBC recognized as one of four conventions increasing baptisms

In one of the North American Mission Board’s largest summer leadership gatherings in its history, 515 Southern Baptist leaders converged in Atlanta July 27-31 and heard NAMB President Geoff Hammond say “this is not your father’s North America anymore.”
The church, and its freedom, varies across China

To take a single picture of the church in China would be tough – in fact, it would be nearly impossible.
Arkansas pastor aims to be half his former self

Harold Chandler ain’t half the preacher he once was.
Avoiding pitfalls, finding stepping stones
Mike Dann leading a triumphant ministry at Rosemary Baptist Church

Rosemary Baptist Church is representative of hundreds of churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention. For many years the small, rural church had a rich and noble heritage, but a tentative and uncertain future.
NAMB's Meacham to work with Baptist associations

The North American Mission Board has appointed David Meacham as senior strategist for associations. Previously, Meacham served as NAMB’s senior strategist for church planting.
Heisman winner declines spot in Playboy lineup

One year after winning college football’s highest honor, University of Florida star Tim Tebow was pulled from consideration for Playboy’s pre-season All-American team because the magazine conflicts with his Christian beliefs, a school official confirmed.
A link to the Father

When I was in elementary school, our teacher would often have students make a paper chain link. In order to make this paper chain link, the teacher would instruct the students to take construction paper, cut it into strips, make a loop out of each paper strip, and connect them. These paper chain links were often the decorations for our class Christmas tree each year.
Baptists have long history, vibrant presence in China

When most Southern Baptists think of Baptist history in China, they think of Lottie Moon, the beloved missionary to China for whom the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is named. Lottie Moon arrived in China in 1873, but the history of Baptist missionary work there goes back even further.
Georgia Baptist Chinese Churches

As the eyes of the world remain fixed on athletes through August 24 for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the eyes of many of the state’s Chinese Christians remain firmly fixed on reaching their fellow countrymen who live in the Peach State.
Emir Caner elected president at Truett-McConnell

Emir Caner, founding dean of The College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas, was elected eighth president of Truett-McConnell College on Aug. 8.
Police find dead woman in evangelist's freezer as he preaches

While Anthony Hopkins was leading a revival in a small church on the outskirts of Jackson, Ala., on July 28, his wife’s body was stuffed in a freezer at his house in Mobile, waiting to be discovered by police.

Baptist News Summary

LifeWay cutbacks reflects 'tough times'
LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, announced Aug. 1 that it is reducing its workforce by approximately 5 percent and cutting expenses in other parts of its operations.
Criswell president Jerry Johnson resigns
Jerry Johnson, president of Criswell College in Dallas, resigned Aug. 5 after a controversy went public about the direction of the College and its relationship with First Baptist Church of Dallas, which founded the school and maintains active ties through trustee selection.
Baylor regents fire John Lilley
John Lilley, president of Baylor University was terminated July 24 by the school’s board of regents after less than three years in the position.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Anniversaries
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Student Achievement Awards
Outstanding students to attend Georgia Baptist colleges

This fall, 26 outstanding college freshmen will receive scholarships through the Georgia Baptist Student Achievement Award program.

Bible Study

A Confident Life

Heb. 10:19-29, 32-36
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Aug. 24
A Consistent Life

Heb. 12:1 - 15
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Aug. 31

Columns

Adjusting the Bible to our philosophy doesn't work

There are some hard sayings in the Bible. Most of us who are conservative actually believe more than we obey. For example, it’s really hard to turn the left cheek to the ogre who has just smacked you on the right cheek (Matt. 5:39).
The office of the New Testament evangelist

This article is not written to be critical or judgmental, but to humbly deal with a biblical principle. It is not written by a novice, because God has given me the honor of serving Him as one of His God-called and God-gifted evangelists for some 41 consecutive years, conducting crusades across America and in several foreign countries.
The Open Door

Last week the Board of Trustees for Truett-McConnell College offered an invitation to Dr. Emir Caner to become the new president. This is a great decision for the future of Truett-McConnell. Dr. Caner is a truly outstanding man of God, a very fine preacher of the Gospel, an excellent educator, and family man.
Children's television exposure must be limited

Letters

Thoughts on creation

I appreciated J. Robert White’s Open Door article in the July 31 issue.
Churches in Clayton County

I wanted to comment on the coverage of the challenges facing the churches in Clayton County. This is a very good article … the portion on First Baptist Forest Park got my attention because Bro. Reed Crumbliss is a close personal friend who God used to bring me to Christ at the age of 42, nine years ago on Sept. 19.
Denominational slide

Southern Baptist baptisms are down in the states, yet they are up an amazing 28.4% abroad. We’ve labeled it a lack of passion here at home and are treating it as such.
NAMB's evangelism initiative

After reading the interview with Ken Weathersby, there must be more to religion on the national level than I understand. Two years to roll out a national initiative?