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Issue Date: 2009-02-12
Volume: 188
Number: 4


Page named to White House faith-based initiatives team

Frank Page, former Southern Baptist Convention president and pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., has been selected to serve on President Barack Obama's 25-member Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
North American Mission Board planning 2010 GPS national media buy

The North American Mission Board plans to invest up to $1.2 million in 2010 on a strategic national media buy during that year's implementation of the Southern Baptist Convention-wide evangelism emphasis, God's Plan for Sharing (GPS).
Facing the Future

The lone stoplight in Sardis swings over the intersection of highways 23 and 24. The only culinary choice is the Our Family Café. A single grocery story - Jenkins IGA - serves its just-over 1,000 residents.
Those with disabilities - a part of God's tapestries

"Before a car accident last year, I was in blissful ignorance about what it was like to get around ... as a disabled person," explained Kelly Pelton.
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church baptizes 228 in one day

Spectacular days are not uncommon at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, but Sunday, Feb. 1 was far from ordinary according to Jill Warbington, communications director.
GBC restructures MRC ministry to save funds, build efficiency
Cutback will save $500,000 in CP dollars

The Georgia Baptist Convention has restructured its Ministry Resource Consultant program to reduce overhead and build greater efficiency into the ministry.
Survey finds God big in Mississippi, but not so much in Vermont

Want to be almost certain you'll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi.
No slowdown in the redemption business

Ralph Delgado woke up around 5:30 this morning before going to work as a mechanic. Later he'll be at his second job operating a forklift.
Fireproof takes top Indie film honor of 2008

Fireproof, the third big-screen production of Sherwood Baptist Church, continues to gather national recognition five months after its late September rollout in Hollywood.
A machine requiring all parts
Georgia Baptists in public service part of Legislative Prayer Breakfast

Terry England takes his role very seriously. Options are placed before him. He measures each one carefully, lining it up with his faith and how Scripture speaks to the subject. He calls it "an informal litmus test," but it works.
State representative warns of sex classes being taught at taxpayer expense
No one questions the right of Georgia university students to learn history or economics. But special interest classes that deal with "male prostitution, "Queer Theory," and "Oral Sex" may be pushing the envelope at taxpayer’s expense.
Paul Biswas: Reaching Hindus, Muslims for Christ in New England


Georgia Newsbriefs

Index seeking Great Depression feedback
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the stock market crash of 1929 and The Index is seeking to interview older Georgia Baptists who lived through the Great Depression.
Georgia Baptists help in ice storm cleanup
Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Unit 13R from Noonday Association arrived here Feb. 5 to aid in cleanup from recent ice storms, according to state director Stuart Lang.
Shorter joins international college council
Shorter College has been approved as the 111th member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The membership was made official during CCCU's Presidents Conference held Jan. 29-31.

Baptist News Summary

Names in the News
Ice storm relief encompasses 100 units in stricken areas
As 100 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief crews from a dozen states continue to mobilize, more than 160,000 people remain without electricity as of last week in Arkansas and Kentucky, the two states hardest hit by recent ice storms.
One year after tornado destruction, Union University sees recovery
In the early morning hours of Feb. 6, 2008, Union University President David S. Dockery drifted through the wreckage. Only hours before, an EF-4 tornado had ripped its way through the campus, leaving injured students and piles of rubble in its wake.
Appeals court panel upholds '08 Windermere Center ruling
An appeals court panel has declared that the Missouri Baptist Convention cannot legally prevent the breakaway of Windermere Baptist Conference Center because of the contents of a charter filed by the convention's former executive director in 2000.
Gaza relief effort underway
Southern Baptist food relief is making its way into the Gaza Strip to help people suffering in the aftermath of a three-week Israeli military offensive earlier this year.
January Cooperative Program giving ahead of pace for month, year
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 0.81 percent ahead of the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
'Bible Bee' offers $260,000 in prizes
A new competition is providing another opportunity for churches to encourage Scripture memorization among their children.

People and Places

New Additions
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Energized for a large impact

When volunteer youth leader Nira Seiber from Knoxville, Tenn., decided to attend Conclave, she expected to enjoy it. By the second day of meetings, she was ready to take on the world - or at least a room full of teenagers.

Bible Study

Pray for Others

John 17:9-19
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb 22
Be Aware

Neh 1:1-11
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 1


Headed for a perfect storm

President Obama has been in office for just over three weeks and we are already beginning to see the kind of "change" his administration is orchestrating.
Unrealistically high expectations threaten new marriages

The Open Door

These are the toughest economic times that I remember in my lifetime, an observation shared by most people.
During times of economic turmoil, who you gonna believe?

These days some economic experts appear to have started believing financial concepts that sound vaguely familiar - perhaps even biblical.