North American Mission Board trustees approved a $133.8-million operating budget for 2009 during their joint fall commissioning service and Oct. 8 board meeting in Metairie near here. The new total is an increase of $3.4 million, or 2.6 percent more than the agency’s current $130.4-million budget.
Distortions, stretches, half-truths, and omissions are familiar features of political campaigns. But independent fact-checkers and analysts say that outright falsehoods in candidates’ ads may be reaching a level not seen since TV commercials entered presidential politics more than a half-century ago.
Voters have a lot on their minds as they ponder which candidate to support in the upcoming presidential election – a shaky economy, the war on terrorism, the energy crisis, increasing pressure to redefine marriage as something other that what the Bible says it should be.
International Mission Board missionary Eric Reese taps on the interior ceiling light, illuminating the cab of his Chevy pickup. He doesn’t need to see inside his vehicle. But after six years of working with the urban poor in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he knows those outside the cab need to see in.
This summer the Board of Trustees of Shorter College approved a new four-year contract for Harold Newman as president. Recognizing the significance of the new contract, The Index interviewed Newman on his vision for the college and views on issues of interest to Georgia Baptists.
A Southern Baptist family in Alabama hosted two unruly British teens for a week as part of a BBC reality show “World’s Strictest Parents,” and the family gave a positive portrayal of a Christian approach to child rearing.
Index editor Gerald Harris interviewed new Truett-McConnell president Emir Caner to acquaint Georgia Baptists with his vision for the college and provide some visibility to his personal beliefs and heart-felt convictions. Caner was named the Cleveland school’s eighth president Aug. 8.
Do you have a story about how Billy Graham’s ministry has impacted your life? If so, his friends and family members would like to hear it – and then deliver your story to the evangelist, who turns 90 on Nov. 7.
The Southern Baptist Convention finished its Oct. 1 – Sept. 30 fiscal year 1.89 percent ahead of budget, but Cooperative Program receipts for the year were down .65 percent and combined giving for the year was down .87 percent, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
Declaring “you have been sent by the Father,” North American Mission Board president Geoff Hammond and other NAMB leaders commissioned 108 missionaries and chaplains to the North American mission field during a celebration service at First Baptist Church in New Orleans.
We are soon coming to a day when politics will be devoid of any conflict over moral principles. In our postmodern culture Christianity is being marginalized in our educational institutions, in the commercial and business sectors of our society, in the mainstream media, and most certainly in the political arena.
For perhaps the first time in my life since the final exam, I wish I had paid more attention in Economics 101. About all I can now recall is that economics has something to do with guns and butter and that my ex-hippie professor plainly thought more butter was better.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published October 23, 2008
Every year about this time the Healthcare Ministry Foundation Board meets to review grant applications that have been submitted for awarding in February. Frank Upchurch, President and CEO, and his outstanding staff spend many hours reviewing the applications in preparation for this very important board meeting.
In the area of politics and the pulpit there has not been a more controversial year on record. One group recently challenged the 1954 IRS ruling and defied the “gag” order on pulpits by the IRS and openly endorsed a candidate.
I realize that you haven’t endorsed either presidential candidate, but the chart that appeared in the latest edition (Oct. 9, page 7) looks like an endorsement. Unfortunately the chart is incorrect, and anyone using it could find that they voted for the wrong candidate.
Regarding pastor Jody Hice’s involvement in a national dispute over political endorsement, I don’t understand why this law should apply to some and not to others. It’s well rumored that certain ethnic churches have pastors that have been instructing their congregations on how to vote for many years.
Recent events, including the “Gospel Today” magazine controversy which featured women pastors on its cover and was pulled from LifeWay (Southern Baptist bookstore) shelves, have again highlighted the differences of opinion on women pastors.