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Issue Date: 2009-02-26
Volume: 188
Number: 5


New Orleans Seminary's S.W.A.P. Shop reopens
Georgia Baptist gift makes new building possible

New Orleans Seminary students and student families have a new place to "shop" on campus. Best of all, it is a place without price tags.
Health Care Ministry Foundation distributes $4.2 million to 58 recipients

Christmas may have come two months ago for most individuals, but 58 grant recipients of the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation received their long-awaited gifts the week after Valentine's Day.
Research explores immigrants' faith

The largest Southern Baptist study ever conducted on ministry among first-generation immigrant groups is being undertaken by the North American Mission Board and LifeWay Research.
Walking through shaky economic times

To date, the North American Mission Board, three of the SBC's six seminaries, Woman’s Missionary Union, LifeWay Christian Resources, and GuideStone Financial Services have announced budget cuts and staff reductions.
Before you buy your teen a cell phone ...

If someone in your family has a new cell phone on their wish list, you might want to think twice about granting it.
New Chinese New Testament is now reality

An answered prayer for LifeWay Christian Resources is about to become a dream come true for potentially millions of Chinese Christians: a modern translation of the New Testament in their own language.
A little bird told me

Admittedly an old(er) dog about to close out his seventh decade of life, Carl Marshall is absolutely giddy about a new trick he's learned.
Vehicle giveaway attracts 10,300; 3,200 profess Christ
Last fall, when Carol Gray entered the drawing to win a new vehicle at, she said she prayed “selfishly” to win before confessing her selfishness to God.
Sour economy tests 'for better for worse' marriage vows

Money has gotten so tight for Mary Brown and her husband that she has taken a part-time job as a stripper.
GuideStone becomes latest entity to downsize
GuideStone Financial Resources is downsizing its workforce by 10 percent through projected attrition and a hiring freeze as part of a reduction of its 2009 budget.
Willie and Ozzie Jacobs share Christ in Memphis Delta Region

Six people were found shot and stabbed to death in a mass murder in Memphis' dangerous Binghamton neighborhood. Three children who survived the attack were hospitalized in critical condition.
'Fireproof,' 'Love Dare' near top of charts again

The movie "Fireproof" and its companion book "The Love Dare" were surprise hits in the mainstream market late last year, and with the film's DVD recent release, the tandem is back high on the charts.
Sisters Who Care
Summit builds missions awareness/involvement among African American women

Stirring testimonies, topical workshops, and spirited worship services marked the annual Sisters Who Care Summit, held at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta Feb. 7.
NAMB gains in missionaries, church plants

As North American Mission Board trustees looked toward the 2009 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, they celebrated news that NAMB's missionary count topped 5,600 at the end of 2008 and Southern Baptist church plants increased 6 percent over 2007.
At-risk children benefit from hunger outreach

Principal Shawn Haralson knew he could count on one thing each day as he greeted his students: the last child off the bus would be Tom.
Proposed postal cutbacks have church newspapers worried

Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night is supposed to keep the postman from his appointed rounds, but Bob Terry still doesn't understand why it takes four days for his copy of The Alabama Baptist newspaper to travel the 10 miles between the post office and his mailbox.
Evangelicals say stimulus bill will discriminate

President Obama signed a massive economic stimulus bill Feb. 17 amid a range of protests about a move toward rationed health care, unwise and exorbitant expenditures, and religious discrimination.
Brewton-Parker College welcomes new trustees

Brewton-Parker College's Jan. 15 meeting of the Board of Trustees welcomed four new and two returning members to the college's governing board, reported BPC President David R. Smith.
Volunteers help sustain medical center in Ghana

Villagers line up outside the Baptist Medical Centre in northern Ghana as soon as the sun peeks over the mountains of this mud-hut town.
George Beverly Shea turns 100
George Beverly Shea, the legendary soloist who ministered alongside evangelist Billy Graham for decades, celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 1 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

Baptist News Summary

SBC entities, WMU present economic open letter to Southern Baptists
Despite the nation's financial upheaval, "the generosity of countless numbers of men and women in the pews of our churches" is evident, leaders of the SBC's 11 entities and its women's auxiliary noted in an open letter to Southern Baptists released Feb. 16.
First Baptist Orlando hosts memorial service for Caylee Anthony
A memorial service for Caylee Anthony, a 2-year-old whose murder has been in the news since her disappearance last July, was hosted by First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 10.
Rick Warren, Reader's Digest launch partnership
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has launched a quarterly magazine called "Purpose Driven Connection," along with a bundle of personal growth tools designed for small group implementation.
LifeWay unveils music downloading
LifeWay Worship unveiled the next generation in digital music Feb. 5 in Nashville, introducing "SongMap" to Christian and mainstream music industry executives, worship and music ministers, and government and civic leaders.
GuideStone Financial releases annual tax guide
Ministers can receive additional help in preparing their federal income tax returns from GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Midwestern offers D.Min. in Spanish
Spanish-speaking students now can pursue doctoral studies in their own language at Midwestern Seminary in March.
Glorieta seeks volunteers for terms of one month April-October
Glorieta Conference Center, owned by LifeWay Christian Resources and located outside of Santa Fe, N.M., is seeking volunteers to serve a minimum one-month term between April and October.
Executive Committee postpones determination on Texas church status
The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee unanimously agreed Feb. 17 to continue to study whether the convention should remain affiliated with Broadway Baptist Church, a historic Fort Worth, Texas, congregation that was involved last year in a controversy over whether homosexual couples should be pictured in a church directory.

Religious Newsbriefs

Multiple polygamy cases may test limits of Canadian same-sex marriage statutes
A landmark court case will test whether Canada's decision to legalize same-sex marriage also justifies the practice of polygamy.
Vatican launches its own YouTube channel
The Vatican extended its digital communications capabilities Jan. 23, when it launched its own video channel on the website YouTube.
Hindus given a replacement cow
A year-long dispute between the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and a Hindu temple has come to an end with the gift of a cow.
Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity founder, dies unexpectedly at 74 after brief illness
Millard Fuller, the man who founded Habitat for Humanity and whose name was synonymous with volunteer faith-based efforts to build houses for the poor, died suddenly Feb. 3 after a brief illness.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Making inroads ITP
Church planter reaching those in east Atlanta

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Kirkwood the sidewalks are filled with people walking their dogs - and a few dogs walking their people.

Bible Study


Neh. 2:1-8; 11-18
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 8
Don't Despair

Neh. 2:19-20; 4:1-14
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 15


Daughter's bad attitude will get better as she matures

I'm calling Representative Bruce's hand

Roger Bruce, who represents parts of Douglas and Fulton counties in the Georgia House of Representatives, is pushing his proposal to permit casino gambling in Georgia.
Rick 'n Jesus

Both Billy Graham and Rick Warren are ordained ministers in the Southern Baptist Convention, but their ecumenical import and stature as worldwide ambassadors for Christ have far exceeded their early success as a brash youth evangelist and a colorful church planter.
The Open Door

I am deeply honored to have been invited to have a part on the program of the North American Mission Board's Missionary Commissioning Celebration to be held at First Baptist Church of Rincon, Georgia.