The U.S. Justice Department recently disclosed a 2007 ruling by its Office of Legal Counsel that permitted the relief agency World Vision to keep a $1.5 million grant despite its policy of hiring only Christians.
The sexual abuse of children is a growing problem in nearly every area of society – including churches and ministry organizations. To ensure children’s safety, many congregations and organizations are taking a closer look at adults who interact with children.
Millions of evangelicals have become more environmentally conscious in the last year, according to a study by The Barna Group dubbed as the most comprehensive look at the Christian community and environmental issues.
“Fireproof” opened its sixth weekend in nearly 900 theaters across the country Oct. 31. In its fifth week, the movie produced out of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany passed the $23 million mark, losing only 17.1 percent from the previous weekend, according to studio estimates.
It has been called to the attention of The Index that the 2008 Annual Church Profile contains the statement: “Please indicate the number of people baptized this year by immersion for salvation and/or for Southern Baptist affiliation.”
Your turn to serve? Texas cleanup underscores manpower challenge By Scott Barkley, Production Editor Published November 6, 2008
Even before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike finished tearing up eastern Texas, Jimmy Harris had made plans to be away.
Bastions of patriotism First Baptist Hinesville and Fort Stewart: By J. Gerald Harris, Editor Published November 6, 2008
First Baptist Church is viable and dynamic. It is filled with committed as well as transient church members.
Americans spent nearly twice as much on first-day sales of the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” as would be needed by the Southern Baptist Convention to share the gospel with all the world’s “unreached people groups” by 2010, according to a new report on church giving.
A conversation with a religious leader is not protected from being revealed in court unless it occurred in private and the leader was acting as a spiritual adviser, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Aug. 20.
Baylor University’s vice president for marketing and communications told Baptist Press Oct. 16 the school regrets offering students cash incentives for retaking the SAT, a program he said was motivated by a desire to permit students access to additional financial aid.
For the first time ever in Alaska, the International Mission Board conducted a missionary commissioning service. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the state convention’s annual meeting Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at First Baptist Church in Palmer.
After being hired as a driver for UPS Freight, Nieland Bynoe, a Rastafarian, attended an orientation last year and was told he would have to shave his beard and cut off his dreadlocks to comply with the company’s grooming policy.
Rom. 14:1, 10-13, 19-21; 15:1-6
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Nov 23
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published November 6, 2008
In just a few days, Georgia Baptists will be gathering at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro for our annual meeting. I look forward to this great event every year. I am particularly pleased to see the Convention return to a church facility after many years of annual meetings in civic arenas.
By the time you read this editorial America’s voters will have gone to their polling places throughout the nation and cast their ballots for the candidates of their choice from the office of president of the United States to the office of the local school board.