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Issue Date: 2008-09-11
Volume: 187
Number: 19


Seven years later, New Yorkers still searching

“But Grandmother, why did the men fly the airplanes into the two buildings?”
Pause and think

It is said that Martin Luther’s favorite psalm was Psalm 46.
RTVC building sale closes final chapter on Southern Baptist radio, television efforts

The North American Mission Board has sold its historic broadcast building here, closing a chapter on Southern Baptist involvement in broadcast media.
Simple plant battles malaria and gives hope

Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies of malaria.
Harry Moore: champion of creationism

Harry Moore is a mild-mannered, sincere Christian gentleman who has spent the last twenty years deepening his faith in the Creator God. He shares his views on “Creationism” as a knowledgeable proponent of that fundamental truth.
City Uprising
Next summer Georgia Baptists will have two opportunities to bring their faith and muscles to two locations for four days of community outreach sponsored by Gallery Church. Congregations should place the dates on their calendars now to be sure the dates are not overlooked.
Cameron hopes people see themselves in 'Fireproof'

Actor Kirk Cameron calls divorce “the big elephant” in the room – the subject few want to address.
First Baptist Snellville's Men of Praise in third year

Those who enjoy hearing a choir of men will surely enjoy the group known as the Men of Praise from First Baptist Church of Snellville directed by Lawton Roberts. One Sunday evening each month the Men of Praise make themselves available to sing in other churches.
Julian and Sarabelle Pipkin: 70 years married, ministering

Michael Phelps, the United States Olympic swimming sensation, is a remarkable athlete, but Julian Pipkin is no less remarkable to those who know him best.
Be a responsible Christian and register by Oct. 6

Eric Gorski of the Associated Press reported the results of a survey conducted by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in a recent article. The survey indicates that from the 35,000 adults surveyed 57% of evangelical church attendees say they believe many religions can lead to eternal life.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgia Baptist Convention minutes listing
Lists of ordained ministers who are not serving in the pastorate at the present time and full-time evangelists in fellowship with a church in cooperation with the Georgia Baptist Convention will be published in the 2008 Georgia Baptist Convention Minutes.
Shorter College rises in annual rankings report
Shorter College has rung up its eight consecutive year among the top baccalaureate colleges according to U.S. News & World Report.

Baptist News Summary

Union opens new student housing
Union University students recently moved into 14 new student housing buildings when they returned to the campus for the fall semester, less than seven months after a tornado destroyed much of the university’s existing student housing.
Baptist schools listed in colleges rankings
Forty-two member institutions of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU) have been listed in the 2008 rankings of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report and
Zambian president's death mourned at Southwestern Seminary
Southwestern Seminary is mourning the death of Zambia’s president, Levy Mwanawasa, on Aug. 19 at the age of 59.
Prayer vigil for revival to begin Sept. 24
A call for Southern Baptists and other believers to engage in 40 days of prayer beginning in late September has been issued by the SBC’s North American Mission Board and Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Minimal Gustav damage at NOBTS
New Orleans Seminary suffered only minimal damage as Hurricane Gustav pushed through about 70 miles southwest of the city Sept. 1.
Southern Baptist Native American churches launch new organization
Native American churches virtually have been a silent segment of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Emerson Falls believes it’s time they start beating their own drum.
Hunt's first months focus on challenges
In his first months as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Johnny Hunt has met with more than 500 Southern Baptist leaders, discussing ways to tackle challenges facing the SBC – issues such as baptism-less churches, declining membership, and a generation of pastors disconnected from the broader fellowship of churches.

Religious Newsbriefs

New Jersey court says faith no laughing matter
Making jokes and comments about a person’s religion can create a “humiliating and painful environment” and be a form of on-the-job discrimination, New Jersey’s highest court ruled July 31.
Atheists come up short in funding ads on buses
A band of atheists warring with Christians over advertising space on London’s traditional red buses have lost their fight.
Hamas leader's son declares faith in Christ
The son of a prominent leader in the Hamas terrorist organization has publicly declared his faith in Jesus Christ and warned that Israel can never be at peace with the “wicked and cruel” men who lead Hamas.
Tennessee poultry plant reinstates Labor Day with Muslim holiday after public outcry
Responding to intense criticism, a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee that deemed a Muslim holy day one of its eight paid holidays has changed its stance.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Merging ministry and muscle

It was a bit risky taking a group of teenagers used to trips to Six Flags and the beach to a place where they worked hard all day for a week – and didn’t even swim.

Bible Study

No Time Like the present

Matt. 25:1-13
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Sep 21
Use It or Lose It

Matt. 25:14-30
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Sep 28


Afraid, ashamed, or aglow?

This issue of The Christian Index is coincidentally dated Sept. 11 – the date that will live in infamy because of the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
Perfect marriage is too much to ask for

A tradition we can't afford to abandon

I was recently reminded of a problem that many churches, like mine, probably have in common. During a conversation with a fellow church member, he asked the question: “So what is the Cooperative Program? I’ve never heard of it.”
The Open Door

Relentless Pursuit: Reaching the Next Generation” is the theme for this year’s State Missions Offering. There is no greater need right now than to reach the next generation. This is one critical area of ministry that is affected by this offering.


CP - to be or not to be?

The Cooperative Program is vital to the success of the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, our six seminaries, and to all the other entities of Southern Baptist life. We have all been blessed by the many ministries supported by and through the Cooperative Program.
Looking for former pastors, descendants of members

Stokesville Baptist Church in Atkinson County is seeking the descendants of the charter members of the church.