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Issue Date: 2008-08-28
Volume: 187
Number: 18


In Greece, Georgia Southern students work and witness

Tourists snap pictures and shoot video as 60 International World Changers hold an impromptu praise and worship service atop Mars Hill in Athens, Greece. As the students’ voices carry across the crowd, an Iranian man on the fringes presses forward to ask for a copy of the song’s lyrics.
Spreading a message of moderation
New Muslim televangelists speak out

In the conflict-ridden Middle East, a new breed of moderate Muslim televangelist is challenging Islamic fundamentalists, preaching a blend of piety and modernity over the airwaves of satellite TV.
At forum, McCain & Obama differ sharply on abortion, judiciary

Evangelical leaders say presumptive Republican nominee John McCain made significant strides toward attracting the votes of social conservatives Aug. 16 during a presidential forum in which he and Democrat Barack Obama differed sharply on abortion, “gay rights,” and the judiciary.
Do you believe?

You may ask why we need another prayer conference. The Speechless Prayer Conference is needed now to help God’s people overcome prayerlessness and unbelief so that the power of God might be unleashed across our world. Let me explain.
Beijing summer Olympics
Olympics a God-given second chance for 'Lost Boy' runner
Lopez Lomong, the 1,500-meter runner who carried the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony in National Stadium, is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and the providence of God.
Script mirrors life, wins award for Georgia Baptist

The script of her life embodied the American dream. She was a successful attorney; her husband, a successful banker. They had three healthy children and, seemingly, not a care in the world.
Summer of ministry, summer of love - Overview
Baptist Collegiate Ministries enjoying banner year
Every year GBC Collegiate Ministries dispatches scores of students to minister around the world.
Study: Pastor raises barely beat inflation

Inflation didn’t eat away all of the average Southern Baptist pastor’s pay increase over the past two years, but it came close – and churches may have a more difficult time keeping staff members ahead of inflation in 2008.
Summer of ministry, summer of love

When asked what he did for summer missions this year, Jeremy Lavender didn’t have to think twice.
Brewton-Parker a distinctly Christian school, say students

Georgia Baptists want to know about the kind of education our Baptist colleges are providing for their students. An article appeared in the July 3 issue of The Christian Index entitled “Will your student go to a college that has a biblical worldview?” Three professors from Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland were interviewed and their responses to the questions asked revealed a strong commitment to a biblical worldview.
Georgia-Canada missions partnership worthy of prayer and participation

Georgia Baptists have just entered into the second year of a five-year missions partnership with the Canadian National Baptist Convention.
Court: University of California can reject Christian school classes

A California federal judge has ruled that the University of California had a “rational basis” for rejecting science and history courses taught at Christian high schools.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Blosch named director of missions for Mercer, Thomas County associations
William D. Blosch began as director of missions for the joint program of the Mercer and Thomas County Baptist associations July 14.
Shorter College receives grant that will benefit residents of children's home
Shorter College has received a $23,160 grant from TG for a scholarship program to help neglected or abused children.

Baptist News Summary

LifeWay announces Fuge Winter Camp
Fuge isn’t just a hot weather event anymore.
Relief workers monitor needs in Georgia/Russia conflict
Southern Baptists are organizing an overseas assessment team to evaluate relief needs in the Black Sea country of Georgia in the aftermath of fighting between Georgian and Russian troops and allied militias in the region.
Names in the News
Gunman entered Baptist building
A gunman shot Arkansas Democratic Party chairman Bill Gwatney at the state party’s headquarters in Little Rock at about 11:50 a.m. Aug. 13.
Brazil missionary dies after brief illness
Elaine Lambach, 49, a missionary serving in Brazil through the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, died after a brief illness July 14.
Olympian to teach at Baptist school
Jeremy Knowles, a member of the Bahamas Olympic swim team, will start a new job as a fourth grade teacher at Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School in Charlotte, N.C., when he returns to the United States from Beijing.
Canadian Baptists approve new name
Messengers to the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists annual convention overwhelmingly voted to change the convention’s name to the Canadian National Baptist Convention, culminating a process that began four years ago.
2008 Baptist Hymnal makes debut
The new 2008 Baptist Hymnal made its official debut during a morning worship Aug. 8 at LifeWay Christian Resources’ home office in Nashville, Tenn., and again that evening at the city’s renowned Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Religious Newsbriefs

Arizona tribe says border fence restricts access to sacred rites and religious practices
Calling it an affront to religious freedom, representatives of an Arizona Indian tribe have asked the federal government to halt construction of a border fence across the tribe’s Arizona reservation.
Fourth-century Bible now available online
The Codex Sinaiticus, thought to be one of the world’s oldest Bibles, is now online in a project led by the British Library to reconnect all its 1,600-year-old parts that are spread across Europe and Egypt’s Sinai desert.
Creator of shirtless Mormon calendar excommunicated, no plans to appeal decision
The creator of a controversial calendar featuring shirtless Mormon missionaries has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after meeting with a disciplinary committee on July 13.
Student apologizes for swiping Obama's prayer
An Israeli yeshiva student has apologized for removing a personal prayer that Sen. Barack Obama inserted into the Western Wall during a recent visit to Israel.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Baptizing behind bars

With 118 baptisms in 2007, it’s no surprise that Mike Barnes has seen significant growth at his church. He estimates that at least 40 percent of the people he baptized are still attending his church.

Bible Study

Forgive Early and Often

Matt. 18:21-35
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Come One, come All

Matt. 22:1 - 14
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Couples' contrasting assumptions lead to nasty arguments

Christ needs an Olympic-sized effort from His team

The 2008 summer Olympic games are over and in the last three weeks Michael Phelps has become a household name. Phelps is the United States Olympic swimmer who won a record-breaking eight gold medals in Beijing. Combine the gold he garnered in China to the medals he gathered in Athens four years ago and it is amazingly apparent that he has amassed an unprecedented sixteen Olympic medals, of which fourteen are gold.
Young leaders: Is there another Criswell out there?

Last week I read an article entitled “Twenty something Entrepreneurs” on The editors of the website had surveyed the tech landscape to identify some of the industry’s most promising entrepreneurs age 30 and under.
The Open Door

Michael Phelps, a name perhaps not known by many prior to the Olympics in Beijing, is a name now known throughout the world.


Back to the basics

Vernon T. Vaughan, Jr. of Waycross hit the nail on the head in his recent letter (July 31) titled “Getting back to building up needed in SBC.” All four of his points were excellent. I couldn’t agree with you more Vernon.
A problem of the heart

The problem with the decline in our churches is not as the July 31 letter to the editor indicates. The heart of the problem is not new or old methods and music. The heart of the problem is our hearts.