CARROLLTON - Beyond the bypass, the two-lane snakes out of Carrollton into the West Georgia countryside. It loops among gentle hills, past farms and a small factory. A smaller road breaks off to the right, rattles across railroad tracks, pauses at the four-way marking the crossroads community of Clem, then dips into a bottom. Capping the hill on the other side is a large white structure- Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
The Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention met at the Baptist Center in Atlanta on December 16. Convention President Tony Dickerson of Columbus reported, "Good things are happening in the Georgia Baptist Convention." Using an alliterative outline the President indicated that he saw much good in the Convention personnel, the people, the preachers, the progress and the possibilities.
In 2001 Georgia Baptists forged a new missions partnership with Moldova, once a part of the Soviet Union. The Republic of Moldova is strategically located at the crossroads between Central, Southeast and Eastern Europe. It borders Romania in the west and Ukraine in the east and south. Moldova occupies a territory of 13,000 square miles (about one-half the size of South Carolina) and has a population of nearly 4.5 million people.
Wade Gayler is heading up the disaster relief ministry for the Salt Lake Association in Utah. Wade was traveling to Cottonwood, Idaho on a mission trip in July of 2001 when Dan Walker, director of missions for the Association, asked him if he would consider taking the leadership role in this ministry.
(RNS) President Bush said Dec. 16 that he could support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but also said "whatever legal arrangements people want to make" should be permitted if approved at the state level.
Welcome to 2004! Yes, I have made some resolutions. It is a ritual. Every year at the beginning of January most of us look at our lives and see things that need improvement or change and we make resolutions for the New Year. Statistics show that most resolutions are sincerely made, enthusiastically initiated, half-heartedly maintained and eventually abandoned.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published January 1, 2004
Recently Tim Millwood, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Warner Robins, shared with me a wonderful poem that he has written. The poem blessed my heart and inspired me as I anticipate a new year of ministry among Georgia and Southern Baptists. I asked Tim for permission to share it with you so that you would have an opportunity to be blessed and inspired for your ministry in building Christ's Kingdom in 2004.