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Issue Date: 2009-07-16
Volume: 188
Number: 16

News

Appalachian Trail hike turns into spiritual journey

In about three months, several hundred hikers will summit a northern Maine mountain called Katahdin, a 5,000-foot-high peak just south of the Canadian border. Many will have completed an arduous 2,175-mile journey and fulfilled a dream.
GPS to be implemented as Across Georgia 2010

In recent weeks we have heard much about the Great Commission Resurgence. The North American Mission Board has challenged all of us with their national evangelism initiative, God's Plan for Sharing.
Cowboys' Witten takes on domestic violence

Jason Witten remembers the pain.
Barnesville celebrates minister of music's 25 years

Greg Burrell was recognized for 25 years of service as minister of music at Barnesville's First Baptist Church on June 7.
Presbyterian denomination posts first-ever decline

The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) lost members last year for the first time in its 37-year history, according to a new report from the denomination.
SBC leader Ernest Mosley dies at 81
Ernest Mosley, whose ministry spanned 65 years, stretching from local churches to leadership roles in the Southern Baptist Convention, died July 8. He was 81.
Stoning' film sends message about Islam, but which message?

While chaotic post-election demonstrations threaten to tarnish the image of Iran and its hard-line Islamic government, Hollywood filmmakers have released a drama they hope will send an opposite message about Islam itself.
First Lilburn offering mortgage foreclosure seminar Aug.15
Keeping signs out of the yard

Homeowners facing possible mortgage foreclosure - as well as those not in immediate danger - could benefit from a free workshop being sponsored by Lilburn First Baptist Church.
Poll: Canadians not quite as tolerant as once thought
A groundbreaking new poll suggests Canadians' vaunted religious tolerance may be a myth.
Brewton-Parker exploring new offensive strategy

Perhaps with an eye on boosting enrollment while expanding its name recognition, leaders at Brewton-Parker College are looking to another Georgia institution to accomplish both.
Obama says he may attend 'a number' of Washington churches

President Obama said he may attend "a number of different churches" in Washington rather than just one and is receiving a daily devotional message from a key staffer.
Evangelical pastor Warren asks Muslims for interfaith action

California megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren spent his Independence Day here in the nation's capital addressing the largest Muslim organization in North America.
Spiritual immaturity stymies church, Barna says

An unclear understanding of spiritual maturity may be an underlying reason why there is so little progress in seeing people develop spiritually in the United States, despite overwhelming access to churches and unlimited products and resources, The Barna Group says.
Urban missions leader Francis DuBose dies

Francis M. DuBose, retired professor of missions and former director of urban church studies at Golden Gate Seminary, died at his home in San Francisco of age-related causes on June 20.
Psalms exhibit traces King David's lament

King David is mum and pointing at his tongue. He has promised to speak no evil word, writing "I will bridle my mouth, so long as the wicked are in my presence." And "the wicked" are in very corporeal attendance.
Family seeks 'proper Christian burial' for famed explorer

Two deadly gunshots signaled that Capt. Meriwether Lewis had reached his final destination.
A walk in the park ... and a chance to meet Christ

On a Monday leading up to the Fourth of July Weekend, Beth McCart found herself in the Bronx, putty knife and can of spackle in hand, as she filled holes in a wall in a clinic that provides mentoring support to children of parents living with HIV/AIDS.
The gospel according to 31,173 Americans

Nearly nine months after it hit the road, Zondervan's hand-written Bible Across America came home June 24 bearing Scripture verses inscribed by 31,173 people.
Making prayer a priority
Youngblood to lead Georgia Baptists in prayer and spiritual awakening

Marty Youngblood joined the staff of the Georgia Baptist Convention in June as the consultant in Church Minister Relations serving in the area of prayer, spiritual awakening, and pastoral care.
Hunt adds four to Great Commission Resurgence
Atlanta church planter among new task force additions
Four members, including a Georgia Baptist pastor, have been added to the Great Commission task force appointed June 24 by Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt during the SBC annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.

Baptist News Summary

In New Orleans, help still needed
Almost four years after Hurricane Katrina brought New Orleans to its knees on Aug. 29, 2005, Southern Baptists continue to spend a week or so in the Big Easy, volunteering their time and skills to rebuild or refurbish homes devastated by the deadly storm.
Oldest BP articles now online
Baptist Press articles dating to 1948 now are available online in a searchable PDF format following a two-year digitization project by the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives.
Korean Baptists reach goal early
Members of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America are celebrating the mobilization of 1,000 people for missions service through the International Mission Board.
GCR Task Force chairman issues call for 5,000 prayer volunteers
The chairman of a task force charged with helping improve Southern Baptists' service to Christ through their Great Commission mandate has asked for 5,000 volunteers who will pray regularly on behalf of the committee.

Religious Newsbriefs

France to consider banning burqas
Five years after France banned Muslim girls from wearing headscarves in public schools, the government has launched a probe into another Muslim garment - all-covering burqas or niqabs - that may lead to a similar injunction in public spaces.
Scottish church to consider 'virtual ministers'
To stem a nationwide shortage of full-time clergy, the Church of Scotland is considering using “virtual ministers” who would preach over a live video link to congregations that do not have a permanent minister.
Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing
Wikipedia has banned the Church of Scientology from editing entries about the controversial religion.
Germans 'tweet' through the Bible
The entire Bible can now be read in German using Twitter.

People and Places

Commissioned
Obituaries
Homecomings
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Spontaneous community

With a core group of about 20 families, Steve Whipple led the first worship service for The Church @ The Ridge on Easter 2006.

Bible Study

Key Questions About the Triune God

Matt. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; Eph.1:3-14
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jul 12
Do You See the Big Picture?

1 Thess. 4:1-5; 5:15-22; 2 Peter 3:8-9
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Aug 2

Columns

A world without newspapers?

"Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
The random thoughts of a wandering mind

The House of Representatives held a moment of silence Friday morning, July 3, to mark the death of legendary singer Michael Jackson. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. stated, "I come to the floor today on behalf of a generation to thank God for letting all of us live in his generation and in his era."
The Open Door

There is nothing quite like hearing a knock at the back door and realizing that the grandchildren are here.
Children must be allowed to learn through busy exploration

Letters

Why so many Calvinists in SBC seminaries?

Why are so many of our seminaries and colleges allowing 5 point Calvinists to teach in our Southern Baptist institutions?
'Amen' to evangelist's observation on GCR

In response to Jerry Drace's article of June 18 on the Great Commission Resurgence, I would just add a hearty "Amen!"