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Issue Date: 2009-01-01
Volume: 187
Number: 27

News

Navy chaplains' requests yield Bibles, books

Two Navy hospitals and a new ship are among the latest global points of contact for Holman Bible Outreach International, a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources.
All those letters to God find a home

Once a year, usually just before Hanukkah and Christmas, a handful of Jerusalem postal workers leave their dreary letter-sorting station for a few hours and head to the Western Wall.
Stone Mountain, Eastman churches continue to recover from fires

Three Georgia Baptist congregations continue to recover and look at the next steps after fires displaced them last November.
Man carries gospel coast to coast in covered wagon

Randy Boehmer’s ministry is powered by mule, sun, and the Son of God.
Views of Cooperative Program explored in latest study

The large majority of Southern Baptist pastors believe strongly in the Cooperative Program (CP) – the Southern Baptist Convention’s unified approach to missions support – because it allows congregations to accomplish more together than they could achieve by themselves.
Douglas County youth respond to '7Project' event

Evangelist Mike Holt and “7Project” swept through the middle schools and high schools of Douglas County with amazing success Oct. 10-23 according to Kevin Maples, pastor of Dorsett Shoals Baptist Church.
Eastside hosts Central Asia missions conference

Set against the scuff-marked walls of a church racquetball court, Ken Hemphill paused before dozens of sepia-toned photographs of people from Central Asia. On the floor a candle flickered among hundreds of unlit tea lights.
Russian missions part of Executive Committee report

The GBC Executive Committee approved the re-election of Jerry Speer, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Columbus, as chairman and Fred Evers of Northside Baptist Church in Tifton as vice chairman Dec.16.
The merging of two creeks

For a long time there have been two Stone Creek churches in Dry Branch, just east of Macon. Except for the saving gospel they preach, surface appearances have them as different as black and white. Beginning on Mother’s Day last year it took a storm to bring them together.
Oldest IMB emeritus missionary dies at 102
The International Mission Board’s oldest emeritus missionary, Howard McCamey, was honored in a memorial service in Dallas Dec. 5. He died Nov. 26 at age 102.
A honeymoon inspiration

J.R. Moreno and his wife, Cathy, were on their honeymoon in Biloxi, Miss., 30 years ago when they saw the artistic work of a college student. The student was airbrushing T-shirts. Moreno was so impressed that he purchased two of the shirts and commented to his new bride, “I can do that.”
Hebron's Gift of Hope blesses pizza man and many others

The music ministry of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula presented a Christmas musical for years, but in 2007 they broke tradition and dared to do something different.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Howe to lead South Metro
Glen Howe will begin his tenure leading South Metro Association Jan. 19.

Baptist News Summary

NAMB calls men to focused prayer
Recognizing the power of prayer and urgent need for men to pray, the North American Mission Board is issuing a call for Baptist men to be in focused prayer in January.
Gay activists oppose Warren invite
President-elect Barack H. Obama has invited Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama’s inauguration ceremony Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., and homosexual activists have reacted with outrage.
Names in the News
Cutbacks announced at Southern, Southwestern
Two of Southern Baptists’ larger seminaries recently announced measures to scale back in budgeting due to the worsening economy.
Southern Baptist aid assists Indian Christians under persecution in Orissa
About 2,100 Christian families driven from their homes in India’s Orissa state are receiving needed relief supplies from Southern Baptists’ world hunger and general relief funds.
Canadian church honored for service
From handing out coffee and hot chocolate at intersections to cleaning up after the local Christmas parade, Sequoia Community Church members have made service an integral part of their mission since the Ottawa-area church was born about nine years ago.
Church suffers second fire
Bethany Baptist Church in Keokuk, Iowa, a congregation affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Iowa, was struck by fire Dec. 13, less than three months after most of the historic building was devastated by arson.

Religious Newsbriefs

Palin's church seriously damaged by fire, sustains $1 million in damages
The Alaska evangelical church that former Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin calls home was severely damaged Dec. 12 by a fire that has been ruled suspicious by authorities.
Father/son differences lead younger Schuller to resign from Crystal Cathedral
Robert A. Schuller has resigned as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California after his father, Robert H. Schuller, said his son would no longer be the sole preacher on the church’s “Hour of Power” television program.
Odetta, folk singer who gave voice to Civil Rights Movement, dies from heart disease
Odetta, the folk singer whose deep and powerful voice became a soundtrack for the civil rights movement of the 1960s, died Dec. 1 in New York after a decade-long fight with heart disease. She was 77.
School allows American Indian boy to keep hair braided for religious reasons
An American Indian boy who wears his hair in a braid as part of a religious custom will be allowed to remain at his school after school officials reversed an earlier decision that the child would have to cut his hair or wear his braid in a bun.

People and Places

Honors
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Full circle training led to full time ministry

Brenda Gail Baldwin loves her job. She is confident that God trained her for it – it just took a decade or so for Him to do it.

Bible Study

Discover Fresh Hope

Psalm 42:1-43:5
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan 11
Show Fresh Respect

Genesis 4:1-16, 25-26
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan 18

Columns

What will you do with the next 8,760 hours

This issue of The Christian Index is dated Jan. 1. That doesn’t happen often, but all of us on staff at your Georgia Baptist state paper want to wish for you and yours a very blessed and prosperous new year.
No fear of the inconceivable

It is a fact that a person will not fear that which he cannot conceive.
HPV epidemic plagues young people

The Open Door

The world may be divided into two separate groups, givers and takers. We can see this from our own personal experiences. Certainly, I saw this on my recent mission trip to Russia.

Letters

Follow God's Word

In response to the Nov. 20 editorial (“The hour is late and the situation is desperate”) the men of Sodom (Gen 19:4-9), like some today in California, Massachusetts, and elsewhere in America, also had an open agenda pushing sodomy (modernly referred to as “homosexuality”) as a public way of life.