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Issue Date: 2009-01-15
Volume: 188
Number: 2


Survey: Large majority favors abortion limits and limitations

More than 80 percent of Americans believe abortion should be either prohibited or limited, according to a new survey.
These prayers are made for walkin'

A prayerwalking initiative started by a Southern Baptist youth pastor in Kentucky has spread to Georgia, with a pair of high schools in Emanuel County joining the grassroots effort.
New Congress reflects overall U.S. religious landscape

The religious makeup of the 111th Congress roughly matches the overall American religious landscape, with overrepresentation among Jews and Mormons, according to new analysis by the nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Survey: Pastors preach stewardship but unaware of members' debt

While nearly two-thirds of Southern Baptist pastors have preached on stewardship in the past year, a new study shows that some of those pastors may have a disconnect with the financial struggles of America’s families.
Tony Nolan: shooting straight with today's students

You have heard all the demographic data before, but according to the best statistical information available we are doing an embarrassingly poor job of reaching the high school/college age group for Christ.
Exec recounts Hobby Lobby's ministry

Steve Green’s father, David, started his retail career in high school through the DECA program.
A village looking to complete, restore homes

A collection of individuals put it together. Like one of those large puzzles where several pieces seem to fit but sometimes don’t, the process can be frustrating and complicated.
Seven Southern graduates have links to Georgia
Seven with ties to Georgia Baptists were among the 209 graduates at Southern Seminary’s 202nd graduation commencement Dec. 12. The number of graduates was a record for the winter event.
Rose Parade outreach yields Kingdom results
Georgia Baptists take part in California outreach

Abi, a young Hispanic woman, was one of thousands of people camped out on East Colorado Boulevard New Year’s Eve, waiting to see the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Exhibit hints at U.S.-Russia thaw

In this sleepy former mill town, where geopolitical tensions seem a world away, Americans are getting a fresh look at Russia through a lens that’s seldom made available on U.S. shores: the Russian sacred icon.
Leonard Quick: serving the Lord at midnight, noonday

Four years ago Leonard Quick, one of Georgia’s most venerable and valuable servants of God, was having difficulty with his vision. He was classified as legally blind and slowly losing what little sight he had in both eyes.
Firm helps missionaries with documentaries, websites

A group of five former Auburn University students has started a nonprofit organization that helps mission groups by making documentaries, offering graphic design, producing websites, and creating other media to highlight the work of missionaries.
Black churches struggle to remain downtown

A fading sign at the corner of East 79th Street and Golden Avenue announces the Last Stop Bonanza Inc. as “the stop that has your everyday needs” – even though the gate is locked and the space is filled with trash.
Children from religious intact families fare better, study says

Children living with both biological parents or adoptive parents who attend religious services regularly are less likely to exhibit problems at school or at home, a new analysis of national data shows.

Baptist News Summary

Southern launches spirituality Ph.D.
Southern Seminary has introduced a doctor of philosophy degree in spirituality, which seminary officials believe is among the first, if not the first, such degree offered at a Protestant institution in the United States.
Billy Graham joins FBC Spartanburg
Evangelist Billy Graham has moved his membership to First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C., the church’s pastor told the congregation Dec. 28.
CP giving 4.99% behind '08 pace
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program are 4.99 percent behind the same time frame at the outset of 2008, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
Pharmacy school case reaches Kentucky high court after appeal
The case involving state funding for a new pharmacy school at the University of the Cumberlands has reached the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Third generation student earns doctorate at New Orleans Seminary
Jerry Barlow, dean of graduate studies at New Orleans Seminary, called it “the story behind the story” of the 91st commencement ceremony at the school Dec. 13.
Southwestern wraps up centennial celebration
Southwestern Seminary celebrated the final commencement ceremony of its centennial year Dec. 12 at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
Settlement allows church to use former Wal-Mart for worship
Carlinville Southern Baptist Church and the city of Carlinville, Ill., have reached a settlement in the church’s year-long fight to use a former Wal-Mart building for worship services.
Gaza Baptist Church damaged in air strike
An Israeli air strike at Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip seriously damaged Gaza Baptist Church on New Year’s Day.

Religious Newsbriefs

Atheists file suit to block inaugural prayer
Led by a California atheist who has tried to remove the phrase “under God” from the pledge of allegiance, a group of atheists filed suit in federal court Dec. 30 to block prayers and mentions of God at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan 20.
Dalai Lama talks of complete retirement
Chennai, India (RNS) The Dalai Lama said Dec. 17 the movement he has led for nearly five decades should now be guided by the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Michigan man sues on religious grounds to stop bailout funding of AIG
A Michigan man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the government bailout of American International Group Inc. is illegal because the insurance company offers financial products that promote Islam and are anti-American.
Gallup poll reports jump on religious influence waning among Americans
Two-thirds of Americans think religion is losing its influence on U.S. life, a sharp jump from just three years ago when Americans were nearly evenly split on the question, according to a new Gallup Poll.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories


The annual Youth Evangelism Conference, held in December, attracts thousands of Georgia Baptist youth with its program of music and speakers.

Bible Study

Pray Confidently

Psalms 86:1-13
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb 1
Receive New Life

Acts 16:13-18; 25-34
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan 25


Spend more time around the dinner table

Is the family dinner table a reality or a dream at your house? Most moms agree it can be difficult to find time to plan and produce a meal night after night.
The Open Door

I recently received this brief email from Doug Couch, specialist in Youth Ministries for the Georgia Baptist Convention: “Greetings from Macon, Georgia.
Woman struggling to accept husband's reserved behavior

Burn, baby, burn

Is president-elect Barack Obama’s extravagant inaugural the equivalent of Nero fiddling while Rome burned?
A graveyard that would stretch around the world

On Aug. 9, 2005 Caylee Marie Anthony was born to Casey Anthony of Orlando, Fla. Caylee’s birth certificate never listed a father.


Admires honesty in Index editorial

I admire Editor Gerald Harris’s honesty in admitting that he does not know many lost people (Jan. 1 Index editorial). It is a sad commentary that many Christians possibly share Dr. Harris’s admission.