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Issue Date: 2009-06-04
Volume: 188
Number: 12


Arms wide open
South Georgia churches combine to reach Valdosta area

"He is just a country boy, but he loves the Lord more than anyone I know."
Former SBC president signs GCR 'with caveats' ... prefers to clarify some verbage in document
Index editor interviews Jerry Vines
Signers of any document, whether the Baptist Faith and Message or Great Commission Resurgence, frequently affix their signatures but are unable to explain which portions they agree with and which portions give them concerns.
Mandisa to sing for NAMB
Mandisa, the Grammy and Dove award-nominated singer who rocketed to fame during the 2006 "American Idol" season, will perform as part of the North American Mission Board's presentation at the SBC on Wednesday night, June 24.
Georgia to become 1st state with embryo adoption law

The nation's first law governing the adoption of embryos is set to take effect in Georgia after being passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.
SBC Annual meeting news
SBC Annual meeting news Summary Page
Great Commission Resurgence: Tone, focus, clarity of declaration questioned by non-signers

Reaction to the "Great Commission Resurgence" declaration in various quarters of Southern Baptist life includes questions about its tone, focus, and lack of clarity.
Southern graduates a dozen with Georgia connections
Southern Seminary held its 203rd graduation commencement on May 15 outdoors on the seminary lawn. The class included 244 graduates.
An innovative approach to GBC annual meeting
The Georgia Baptist Convention annual session to be held at First Baptist Church in Woodstock this fall will look different from past conventions. In an exclusive interview with Christian Index editor Gerald Harris, GBC President Bucky Kennedy shares his thoughts about the meeting to be held Nov. 9-10.
Georgia leads SBC in Men's Ministries participation
State posts 21 percent jump while SBC increases 6 percent overall

The Georgia Baptist Convention leads the SBC in the number of men, young men, and boys participating in Men's Ministries for the 2008 church year. And the difference between it and the next state convention isn't even close.
Students from Georgia receive degrees from Southwestern
Four students claiming Georgia as their home state graduated from Southwestern Seminary during commencement on May 8.
Hunt, Rankin urge Baptists to reprioritize

After a vote by International Mission Board trustees to suspend some short-term appointments and limit the number of new missionaries, Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt told trustees it's time "to take the gloves off."
101 new IMB missionaries appointed in Denver

During a trip to Peru, Tony Llorens looked into the eyes of the people and knew without a doubt this was where he needed to be. But his preparation for missionary service at New Orleans Seminary brought hardship to his family.
Trustees say troubled economy causes IMB to scale back missionary appointments

In response to reduced giving during the current economic downturn, International Mission Board trustees approved suspending new appointments to the International Service Corps and Masters programs during their May 19-20 meeting in Denver.
Online pre-registration available through June 20
Online pre-registration will remain open throughout Saturday, June 20, for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting here.
IMB board chairman: 'Change CP formula'
"If you will, with a broken heart, affirm the recommendation of our staff to temporarily suspend the ISC and Masters programs, and limit other new missionary appointments, please say 'aye.'" The motion passed.
NAMB adds 89 to missions service

You can't help but be drawn in by Sarah Ferguson's big smile and friendly personality.
How do you spell lust? M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Las Vegas may be known as "Sin City," but when it comes to transgressions per capita, parts of the Bible Belt may burn much hotter, suggests a new study by Kansas State University geographers.
Trustees affirm NAMB's 'crucial' role as agency
Trustees of the North American Mission Board unanimously approved a resolution describing the entity as "crucial to the weaving together of Southern Baptist partners to fulfill the Great Commission."
Crossover slated for June 20
Numerous evangelistic events are slated for June 20 as part of the annual Crossover outreach involving Baptists locally as well as volunteers from across the country.
'Most sung artist anywhere' keeps spotlight on God

With more than 44 million people singing his songs each week, Time magazine lauded Chris Tomlin as the "most often sung artist anywhere."
Missions pioneer Ralph Winter dies
Ralph Winter, a veteran missiologist who 35 years ago sparked an emphasis on unreached people groups worldwide, died at his home in Pasadena, Calif., May 20 after a struggle with cancer. He was 84.
New books by Ken Hemphill to debut
Two new books from Ken Hemphill, Southern Baptists' national strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth, are being released in conjunction with the SBC annual meeting in Louisville.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

School's in for summer, and beyond

It takes more than a pastor to grow a Sunday school.

Bible Study

You Know God

1 John 2:3-11, 15-17
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, June 14
Grounded in Truth

1 John 2:18-29; 4:1-6
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, June 21


Violent kids are often victims of poverty, abuse
The Open Door

I would like to take the opportunity of this article to express appreciation to Jim Maran, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and Kerry Armstrong, chairman of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, for honoring the Georgia Baptist Convention as a leading non-profit in Gwinnett County.
A hard look at church business meetings

One church sign revealed, "Today's sermon: What is hell like?" Underneath the sermon title were the words "Church business meeting tonight."


No appreciation for Miss California photo

As I read The Christian Index this week I was amazed that you chose to use a picture of Miss California in a dress that was so provocative. As Christians we need to be mindful that a lost world should see a difference in the way a lady who is a Christian dresses versus the way a woman of the world dresses.
Thoughts on the GCR

After reading "Toward a Great Commission Resurgence," I am convinced our greatest need is identified in point four, "A Commitment to Biblical Inerrancy and Sufficiency," and boldly declared in the final statement under this heading.
What's the point?

Was the picture of Miss Prejean in The Christian Index (May 22, page 18) appropriate for publication? I say not.