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Issue Date: 2008-12-18
Volume: 187
Number: 26

News

A real opportunity for those who like to dig in the dirt

Those who are interested in being part of an archeological dig in Israel should look into joining Alan Hix and James Scarry of Shorter College in the late spring of 2009.
Conyers First Baptist Church maximizes its opportunities

Hope Baptist Church in Conyers, trapped in a transitional community on Highway 20 and struggling to survive, decided to give their property to Conyers’ First Baptist Church.
Church recovering from youth minister murder

Counselors affiliated with the workplace of a murdered youth minister have been available to members of Pendergrass Baptist Church the past few weeks, said Pastor Kevin Burgess.
Tori Heard Park dedicated at Mabel White Church

Tori Heard Park, located at Mabel White Baptist Church, was completed in November and has been dedicated in memory of the seven-year-old girl for whom the park is named.
Acclaimed preacher Frank Pollard dies
Frank Pollard, longtime preacher on the former “Baptist Hour” radio broadcast and president of Golden Gate Seminary from 1983-86, died Nov. 30 at his home in Anselmo, Calif., in the San Francisco area.
'Wonderful Life' actress sees faith in the midst of tragedy

It is an iconic moment in American holiday life: The little girl tells her father at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life” that “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
Newman warns of casino talk
A Georgia Baptist Convention leader warned of lawmakers looking toward gambling as a way of bringing revenue during the economic crisis.
Seventeen conventions heighten SBC missions support
Over the course of a three-month period, the state conventions affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention have held their annual meetings.
WorldCrafts gives hope to Afghan families

Amid the arid lands of Afghanistan, where hills and snow-capped mountains surround deserts and poppy fields, a cloud of war hovers over the terrain and all who inhabit it. But there are those who, with the help of WorldCrafts, are finding a measure of hope.
These gifts keep giving

Often, a picture in the mail was all it took.
National WMU cutbacks include unpaid furloughs
Measures won’t have immediate impact in Georgia, says state leader
With the United States’ economy projected to worsen in 2009, Woman’s Missionary Union SBC has announced a series of measures to ensure the organization can retain its staff and stay focused on its mission of involving children, youth, and adults in the Great Commission.
Evangelism leaders plan, pray for GPS

National and state Southern Baptist evangelism leaders from across North America met in New Orleans Dec. 2-4 for their annual evangelism winter meeting, which this year was focused on the new “God’s Plan for Sharing” (GPS) denomination-wide evangelism emphasis.

Religious Newsbriefs

Archaeologists sketch out Herod's desert palace
Archaeologists who have analyzed artifacts discovered at Herodium, an ancient Judean palace built by King Herod, are more convinced than ever that the famed monarch was buried high atop the complex outside Jerusalem.
National Cathedral to make slashes in staff, budget
Washington National Cathedral announced dramatic cuts to its budget, programs, and staff Nov. 19.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Anniversaries
Obituaries
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Lost without translations

LifeWay is in the process of translating some of its most popular material into 50 different languages – and then planning to give it all away.

Bible Study

Wanted: Missionaries

Acts 13:1-3; 14:26-27; 26:15-19; Gal. 2:6-10
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Dec 28
Gain Fresh Perspective

Psalm 19:1-14
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan 4

Columns

"Reason's Greetings" or "Season's Greetings"

In 2006 officials in the state of Washington refused to permit a private citizen to put up a nativity scene in the state Capitol building next to a menorah (the candelabrum that marks Hanukkah) and a holiday tree approved for display.
Letting go of kids is hard, but has many rewards

Calling an 'undeniable' force

Calling, to me, is a funny thing.
The Open Door

This has been a tough year financially. Not since The Depression have Americans felt such pressure regarding their investments, and in particular, their retirement accounts.

Letters

People trump buildings

This is in response to Gerald Harris’ enlightening article about pastor Frank Mercer and Rolling Hills Baptist Church’s decision of “selling brick and mortar in favor of flesh and blood.”
NAMB evangelism story: news content or editorial?

I am saddened that our state paper published its recent article titled “Going, Going, Gone” as a real article and did not acknowledge it as the opinion piece that it is.
Solution to NAMB funding dilemna

Your Nov. 22 issue raised many concerns about NAMB’s lack of funding for evangelism.