Southern Baptist membership will fall nearly 50 percent by 2050 unless the aging and predominantly white denomination reverses a 50-year trend and does more to strengthen evangelism, reach immigrants, and develop a broader ethnic base, according to data just released by LifeWay Rearch.
Nearly 11 months after an unprecedented wave of anti-Christian attacks shook the eastern-India state of Orissa, a reign of terror continues in the region, with former rioters issuing death threats to witnesses.
Churches across the country eventually will have to replace wireless microphone systems operating in the 700 megahertz range, but the Federal Communications Commissionís decision on the specifics of when and how is still pending.
Ben Hildebrant's story is one of courage, determination, and hope. On July 31, 2007 he was swimming at the home of a friend when his world changed forever. He dove into the shallow end of the pool, hit his head on the wall of the pool, and was instantly paralyzed.
One of Georgia Baptists' most notable saints, C. Kenneth Gibbs, 90, died on June 28 at Columbus Hospice House. His wife of 69 years, Katheryn Matthews Gibbs, three children, seven grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren survive him.
The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce flies under the banner: "Bringing the best together to help Atlanta thrive." However, the Chamber has to ignore the sinful sexual exploitation that marks our capital city in order to make such an inane statement.
Two "Innovator" resort missionaries - one of them from Georgia - remain in critical condition in ICU at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings days after their SUV flipped and rolled over several times, injuring them and two companions.
Larry and Elovoyce Greer live in a beautifully secluded hideaway about two miles off Georgia Highway 53 between Dawsonville and Tate. Towering trees shade the narrow gravel road that leads to their house. The mere trek towards the Greer bungalow fuels the anticipation of a grand adventure.
The Georgia Baptist Convention Annual (formerly referred to as the "Minutes") is provided this year for the first time in the form of a compact disc (CD). The CD comes in an attractive folder bearing the 2008 Convention theme "There Is a Cause."
Marc Merritt began his tenure as a consultant with Evangelism Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention on July 1. A native Georgian, Merritt has served as pastor in his home state as well as a member of the state Executive Committee.
Pastor Sinki Baik of Atlanta New Way Korean Baptist Church in Marietta has been elected as president for the Council of Korean Baptist Churches in America. The election was held during the group's annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention meeting.
A total of 8,795 messengers were sent by 3,642 churches from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to the 2009 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Louisville, according to a release by SBC registration secretary Jim Wells.
Gifts from several sources are enabling the International Mission Board to send additional missionaries to the field this year after a shortfall in the 2008 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions forced suspension of some programs and restricted new missionary appointments.
Facts & Trends Online once again is inviting churches and individuals to submit photos for the annual Vacation Bible School Photo Contest. This year, all submissions will be archived at the LifeWay News page on Facebook.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published July 30, 2009
There has been much in the news lately about the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 that landed two men on the moon for the very first time. Through the Internet website WeChoosetheMoon.org, anyone who might be interested could follow the progress of the flight from lift off to return on the same dates forty years later.