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Issue Date: 2009-03-26
Volume: 188
Number: 7


French physicist wins Templeton Prize

Bernard d'Espagnat, a renowned French physicist whose research has centered on hidden realities that are 'beyond our possibilities of description,' has won the 2009 Templeton Prize, valued at $1.42 million.
A pint-sized political pundit

Jonathan Krohn may be small of stature, but he packs a powerful punch in conservative politics. And national media and politicians are taking note.
State convention presidents, Hunt dialogue
Meeting at Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center believed to be the first of its kind

For the first time in history Baptist state convention presidents were called together for a special meeting to dialogue with the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. The meeting was the brainchild of Bucky Kennedy, president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Pastors weigh their attitudes toward same-sex temptation

Standing before a room of about 20 pastors and ministry leaders in Alabama, Bob Stith introduced a topic he said most Southern Baptists don't want to deal with - homosexuality.
Graham grandson formally named to Coral Ridge pulpit

Tullian Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham, has been formally chosen to succeed the late D. James Kennedy as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Annual Church Profile shows GBC posting numerous gains
State convention remains on a plateau but not declining

The latest report card on the Georgia Baptist Convention shows substantial gains in most ministries and a drop in only three areas.
Anti-porn groups target evangelical Christians

Every February, SouthPoint Foursquare Church reminds its younger members here that "True Love Waits," part of a global evangelical Christian campaign that stresses abstinence until marriage.
Obama signs stem cell order

President Obama overturned March 9 a prohibition on federal funding of stem cell research that destroys embryos, drawing protests from supporters of the previous policy who said his action is both unethical and unnecessary.
Rincon pastor recounts first trip as Georgia Baptist disaster relief chaplain

John Prader, director of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief chaplaincy, began calling for the first wave of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief chaplains to help with our teams on Feb. 4.
Widow points to 'celebration day'

Cindy Winters, widow of slain Illinois pastor Fred Winters, told 1,900 people who attended his funeral that Sunday, March 8, was "celebration day" for her husband and that she refuses to harbor hatred.
Survey shows U.S. growing less religious, less 'Christian'

As Georgia Baptists evaluate how well they ministered in 2008, a new national survey shows even fewer Americans consider themselves to be religious.
In downturn, workers and execs turn to corporate chaplains

Behind the crashing numbers on Wall Street and the failing finances of once-thriving business are the stories of people facing pay cuts, unemployment, family worries, and crises of faith.
Socially inept?
Shorter professor, others note media impact

The way we communicate recently hit a milestone, according to a study released by The Nielsen Company March 9.
'Every child deserves a loving home'

I cannot imagine what it would be like to grow up in a home lacking love and compassion. My recollections of home include happy mealtimes, family vacations, bedtime devotions, and lots of love.
How safe is your church? Security expert offers tips

At times, pastors may stand in their pulpits and fear for their jobs, but its rare they fear for their lives. In light of recent tragedies at U.S. churches, pastors and church members have become more aware of security issues.
Executive Committee gives land to Truett-McConnell

On March 10 the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention voted to make an unrestricted gift of 33.34 acres of land to Truett-McConnell College.
First Woodstock's conference attracts 12,000
Annual event adds second weekend to accommodate record crowd
More than 12,000 men from 30-plus states attended a two-day conference at the Atlanta-area church where Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is pastor.
Georgia may pass nation's 1st embryo adoption law

Georgia could become the first state in the nation with laws governing embryo adoptions under a bill that passed the state House and is now before the Senate.
PBS digs into world's most contentious real estate

Pick up a newspaper on any given day and you're likely to encounter a story about Jerusalem. Usually, it's about fights between or among Jews, Muslims and Christians.
Cartersville First Baptist hosts Re-employment expo

Unemployed people of all ages and demographics attended the first-ever Bartow Together: Re-Employment Resources Expo March 17 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Cartersville First Baptist Church.

Baptist News Summary

'What if?' focuses Pastors Conference on Great Commission
Ed Litton believes that in a time of seismic cultural changes and economic uncertainty, Southern Baptists face both danger and opportunity.
Authority, historicity of 'Gospel' of Thomas debated at Midwestern
With the Easter commemoration of Christ's resurrection coming up, two Christian origins scholars took to the stage at Midwestern Seminary to evaluate the Gospel of Thomas as a means of better understanding the historical Jesus.
Lifeway, Saddleback partner for small group ministry conferences
For some congregations, small group ministry is an answer to a lack of space in the church building. For others, it's an answer to inviting seekers or new believers into a relatively stress-free setting.
NAMB Church Planting Village website streamlined, updated
It takes a "village" to plant a church. And the "village" has undergone an extreme makeover.
Land: Climate bill may get Senate push
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is warning that Senate Democrats appear to be preparing to push climate-change legislation, which the ERLC says would further burden the economy.
Lima native now a missionary
Gary and Nancy Green celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in an unconventional way - serving God on a short-term mission trip to Nancy's hometown of Lima, Peru.
Former SBC president admits frustration as Obama advisor
Southern Baptist Convention immediate past president Frank Page, a member of President Obama's faith-based advisory council, says he has been "frustrated" at the administration's policies concerning life issues and he plans on seeking clarification as to whether the president opposes all or only certain types of human cloning.

Religious Newsbriefs

Paul and Ringo to reunite for meditation
More than 40 years after they traveled to India to study transcendental meditation, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite for the cause.
Religious 'switching' increases, but less so for Jews than Christians
Jews are less likely than Catholics or Protestants to change faiths, though religious switching nationwide has increased since 1965, according to a study released this week by the American Jewish Committee.
Court sides with church over free speech
The free speech rights of a Montana church were violated when it was told to register as a political committee after hosting an anti-gay marriage event in 2004, an appeals court ruled Feb. 25.
Supreme Court declines appeal for praying high school football coach
The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a high school football coach who was banned from bowing his head during student-led team prayers.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Leading others into the presence

Along the highway going into Oak Ridge, Tenn., is a community it's not big enough to be called a town - called Claxton. An elementary school, the Bull Run Steam Plant, and Edgemoor Baptist Church, but no post office.

Bible Study

Delusional Dreamer or God's Messiah

Luke 23:33, 35-49
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, April 5
Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Fiction

Luke 24:1-8, 36-40, 44-46
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, April 12


Manipulative children are driven to be their own boss

Do "Standing Orders" mean anything anymore?

At the most recent Executive Committee meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention, I condemned the revised version of our nation's history that is being taught in many of our public school classrooms.
The Open Door

If perhaps you have contemplated taking some folks from your church on an international mission trip, but have been prevented due to distance and cost, I have a suggestion for you.


Appreciates Lincoln story

The March 12th Index article about Abraham Lincoln is good food for thought.
Questions theology of GBC presidential nominee

I have had the privilege of knowing Dan Spencer. I pastored in the same association as Brother Dan and believe he loves Jesus. I am impressed with all the giving accolades that Pastor Larry Wynn lauded upon Brother Dan [regarding his intentions to nominate Spencer as GBC president later this year].