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Issue Date: 2009-03-12
Volume: 188
Number: 6


NAMB commissions largest group ever
First Baptist Rincon hosts historic gathering

The North American Mission Board conducted the largest commissioning service in its history when 144 missionaries and chaplains were sent forth Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Rincon, about 20 miles north of Savannah.
Every child deserves a loving home

Clergyman Harold B. Lee once said, "The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes."
Pilot's family grieves, knows 'God is sovereign'

Marvin Renslow, the pilot of a commuter plane that crashed Feb. 12, left a "wonderful legacy" as his family's spiritual leader, Alan Burner, an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Lutz, told the Florida Baptist Witness, newsjournal of the Florida Baptist Convention.
Youngbloods join GBC staff
Marty Youngblood will join the Church-Minister Relations staff of the Georgia Baptist Convention in May.
Baptismal Assistance Project brings results

Keith and Shirley Fordham and Joe and Kim Stanley responded to the call for help from pastor Joey Rainwater of Campbellton Baptist Church in Fairburn. Joey needed some full-time evangelists to help his church get out of a baptismal slump.
SBC pastor killed in church shooting
A Southern Baptist pastor was killed during a morning worship service March 8 by a gunman who reportedly suffered from mental illness caused by Lyme disease.
Dove nominees announced in 43 categories
For the first time, fans will get to vote for Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year for the Gospel Music Association's 40th annual Dove Awards.
Dobson retires from ministry, but expected to keep an eye on politics

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson has resigned as chairman of the Colorado ministry he started 32 years ago, but will continue to host his daily radio broadcast and is expected to stay involved in national politics.
Maverick with a purpose
Troup's McCollough honored as associational missionary of the year

Aaron McCollough, director of the Troup Baptist Association, was recently named associational missionary of the year by the Georgia Baptist Convention.
200 years later, Lincoln's faith remains an enigma

Seven score and four years ago, Abraham Lincoln stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and said North and South alike must suffer for the sin of slavery.
Pinnacle continues cabin updates

Memories of the good old days at Camp Pinnacle will soon mean something entirely different for campers after this summer's season.
Crab-fishing pastor makes inroads on bayou

The alarm sounds at 4 a.m. in Eddie Painter's house. In the village of Jean Lafitte, a tiny fishing community just south of New Orleans, the early November sunrise is still nearly two hours away.
Dan Spencer to be nominated GBC president by Larry Wynn

Larry Wynn, pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, has informed The Christian Index that he intends to nominate Dan Spencer as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention at the annual meeting at First Baptist Church Woodstock in November.
Holy Land pilgrims donate blood in record numbers

Deep inside the bowels of the historic King David Hotel, below the luxury lounges and fine suites, a line of people is forming.
Ethnic leaders gather to network, learn about GBC resources

The third annual Ethnic Update Conference attracted nearly 60 ethnic pastors, leaders, and spouses from across the state to the Baptist Missions and Ministry Center on March 5-6. Representatives from Burndi, Hispanic, Arabic, Deaf, Romanian, Russian, Slavic, and Brazilian congregations attended.
Student track brings younger audience to evangelism conference

Baptists came from as far south as Thomasville and as far north as Rock Spring to Blackshear Place Baptist Church to attend the state evangelism conference Feb. 23-24.
Breakthrough could alter stem cell debate
A bill that would drastically expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research has been re-introduced in the Senate, but British and Canadian researchers announced a scientific breakthrough March 2 that could change the course of stem cell research and eventually make the ethical debate moot.
Harold Brown: 97 and going strong

Harold Brown, born Feb. 2, 1912, has lived a long time, but he doesn't give anyone the impression that he is old.
Lent 2.0: No Facebook, no Twitter

Most days you can find college sophomore Adan Farrah on his laptop checking in with his classmates, looking at photos and updating his personal page on Facebook.
Seeds continue to sprout despite Guido's passing at 94
For years travelers on the way to Savannah have passed under the Michael Guido Bridge. Had they pulled off I-16 into this small south Georgia town, they could also have visited Guido Gardens and taken note of the water tower inscribed with "Home of the Sower."
Suit targets control of Georgian-based ministry in FBI probe

Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia-based ministry under investigation by the FBI, is being sued by two board members who seek to remove control of the organization from its founders.

Baptist News Summary

Tornadoes, floods make 2008 busy year for SBC Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief staff and volunteers had barely closed the books on 2008's myriad of natural disasters when January's ice storms across America's midsection kicked 2009 off to a fast start.
Seminary and city partner to fight crime
Leon Cannizzaro Jr., district attorney for Orleans Parish, noted the power of prayer during his first community outreach prayer breakfast, held at New Orleans Seminary Feb. 12.
Golden Gate scholarship named for missionary who died of cancer
"Theresa Thompson was a dedicated young woman with an incredible passion for the nations," Golden Gate Seminary President Jeff Iorg said as he presented her parents, Gene and Marilyn Thompson, and her sister, Sheila Wilbanks, with a commemorative plaque Feb. 14 announcing the Theresa Thompson Endowed Scholarship for Career Missions.
Hunt announces meeting theme; registration open
Registration for messengers and local hotels is open for the June 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Developer drops Gulfshore offer
The proposed developer of the former Gulfshore Baptist Assembly has dropped an offer to purchase the beachfront property, citing a halting regulatory process and the declining economy.
Graham organization trims staff 10%
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is reducing its staff by 10 percent, laying off 55 employees, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.
Partnership allows churches discount for 'Fireproof' license
Churches that purchase a movie license for the film "Fireproof" between now and the end of March can get a 10 percent discount thanks to a partnership between Outreach, Inc., and the North American Mission Board.
CP giving below '08 pace by 3.27%
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 3.27 percent below the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.

Religious Newsbriefs

Soda made from cow urine in final stages to hit India soon, company says
A new soft drink made from cow urine - considered sacred by many Hindus - is now undergoing laboratory tests in India and may hit store shelves soon.
Holy Land Christians angered by TV skit
Holy Land Christians are in an uproar over a comedy skit that aired on Israeli television and portrayed the Virgin Mary as promiscuous.
Religious group joins fight to strip atheist provision from Arkansas constitution
A religious liberty watchdog group has joined a campaign to strip the Arkansas Constitution of a provision that prohibits atheists from holding office and testifying in court.
Poll says religion now overtakes race as Great Britain's most divisive issue
A government-sponsored opinion poll in Britain has found that religion has displaced race as the most divisive issue facing the nation.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Offering a lifetime of learning

If there's a little extra time in the day, James Mann heads for a nearby Books-A-Million for a cup of coffee and a stroll down the aisles and aisles of books.

Bible Study

Clear the Air

Neh. 5:1-16
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 22
Hang in There

Neh. 6:1-16
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 29


Stimulus package dooms the elderly & the chagrin of Mr. Penn

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that an assisted suicide sting had resulted in the arrest of four individuals connected with the Final Exit Network.
The Open Door

I wish to express a very special "Thank You" to Dr. Steve Parr and all of the Evangelism and Sunday School Ministry team for another outstanding Evangelism Conference.
Moving back home brings new, yet familiar, challenges


Interest grows through adoption testimony

I am writing in reference to an article you published Jan. 1titled "The Merging of Two Creeks" by Scott Barkley. As pastor of the church I wanted to write to thank you for telling our story.
Not a fan of evangelism 'raffle'

This is in response to your article dated Feb. 26th concerning how evangelist Ronnie Hill gave away a new Chrysler 300 LX in a gospel raffle to a Methodist woman who, along with 10,300 others, took the time to sign up for the raffle by listening to Hillís online three-minute evangelistic presentation.
Who will disciple?

I join with many readers to express excitement about 3,200 professions of faith in your Feb. 26 issue as a result of the vehicle giveaway.