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Issue Date: 2009-08-27
Volume: 188
Number: 19

News

Letting freedom ring Ministries
Bethlehem pastor going to the airwaves

Jody Hice, pastor of First Baptist Church, launched Let Freedom Ring Ministries five years ago and from a very small beginning it has become a formidable force for truth and justice in American life.
NAMB task force dissolved

The North American Mission Board Great Commission Task Force commissioned by former NAMB President Geoff Hammond is being dissolved, but members have been asked to be available for input and involvement as NAMB leaders ask key questions about the effectiveness of the entity's evangelism and church planting efforts.
GuideStone trustees receive positive reports

At its recent summer meeting GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins updated trustees on GuideStone's efforts to maintain the right perspective during a challenging economic environment.
Heidi Hager joins Index staff
Heidi Weiss Hager has joined The Index as receptionist and administrative assistant to Editor Gerald Harris.
Former NAMB president issues statement

A week after resigning as president of the North American Mission Board, Geoff Hammond said he is glad to have played a role in helping Southern Baptists "live with urgency" in reaching the continent for Christ.
40 years later, Woodstock's spiritual vibes still resonate

Organizers of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair planned for a crowd of 50,000 at their August gathering 40 years ago in rural New York.
One tomato at a time, church helps change community

Members of First Baptist Church in Old Hickory, Tenn., plowed ground and sowed seeds this past spring in anticipation of a harvest of zucchini, squash, lettuce, radishes - and relationships.
Little is much ...
Savannah children raise money for overseas at Baptist center

It was only three cents. To him, it was a contribution to another world.
GCR Task Force has 'huge job and looming deadline'

Atlanta was the site for the first meeting of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force.
Security group forms church violence task force

The world's largest security training organization has opened a new church-security division and will instruct churches on how to prevent and respond to violent crimes at its annual conference in September.
Churches, Associations being challenged to embrace Baptist health initiative

An eye clinic in southwest Georgia. A pregnancy resource center in the Georgia mountains. Perhaps a medical center in central Georgia.
Bikers meet Baptists in the Black Hills

The bikers come from near and far to the world's largest Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D. on the first full week in August each year. The 2009 Rally drew more than 400,000 motorcycle aficionados to this burgeoning community near the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Westbury pulls plug on SBC president

One of the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Louisville was the vote of approval for President Johnny Hunt to appoint a Great Commission Task Force.
Four dead from car hitting MercyMe tour bus
Two teenagers and an unborn baby were killed Aug. 8 when a car collided with a tour bus carrying the band MercyMe at an intersection in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Heaven? Sure. Hell? Not so much

Just when it seemed to have cooled off, the topic of hell is back on the front burner - at least for pastors learning to preach about a topic most Americans would rather not talk about.
NAMB trustees dissolve senior level management team

Two weeks after North American Mission Board President Geoff Hammond and his three top administrators resigned abruptly, the agency continues to move forward under interim leadership.
Getting youth outdoors, and into a relationship with God

Brittini Doster can't really remember what she got for her 12th birthday last Dec. 22. Mostly clothes, she thinks.
Greater intimacy, greater power

E.M. Bounds said, "Prayer and a holy life are one. They mutually act and react. Neither can survive alone. The absence of one is the absence of the other."
Bible helped set captives free, sheriff says

An Alabama woman used the spine of a Bible to conceal several hacksaw blades that helped her husband and three other inmates escape a maximum-security prison, authorities said July 7.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Illinois Director of Evangelism Mullinax named new GBC Evangelism consultant
Georgia native Randy Mullinax is returning to his home state as a consultant with Evangelism Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Truett-McConnell College expands missions program through new degree
The faculty of Truett-McConnell College approved the expansion of the school's bachelor degree Aug. 14 to include a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with a concentration in missions.

Baptist News Summary

Long recovery ahead for missionaries injured in Montana
The Vangsnes family of Spartanburg, S.C. and the Minear family of Marietta cling to their strong Christian faith as they continue to pray for their sons' recovery from serious injuries in an SUV rollover accident on Interstate 90 near Belgrade, Mont. on July 21.
Baptist men go for world record with 'Bigger Breakfast'
Last Oct. 20, men showed up for a prayer breakfast Woodlake Baptist Church in San Antonio. Although Woodlake hosts a similar men's prayer breakfast every month, last October's was unique.
Names in the News
O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced Aug. 11 that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery in September.
Nearly 1,000 attend LifeWay black church event in North Carolina
At this year's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, church leaders explored a multitude of issues and resources including improving Sunday School, helping churches attract men, strengthening couples, and raising godly kids.
GuideStone statements online
GuideStone Financial Resources now is providing its participants with online access to their account statements via its MyGuideStone website.
First Baptist Church in Dallas to end Criswell College ownership
In a nearly unanimous vote, members of First Baptist Church of Dallas voted July 8 to end their 40-year ownership of Criswell College, paving the way for the school's independence.
Rare theology documents now online
The Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Seminary has launched a new exhibit with downloadable digital copies of a series of rare theology documents.
Publishing door open for new authors through CrossBooks
A new publishing venture blends traditional and self-publishing concepts in an effort for burgeoning authors to get in print.

Religious Newsbriefs

British prime minister says Christians don't have to hide faith
England (RNS/ENI) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says Christians do not have to hide their religion in the workplace and believers should not be forced to keep their beliefs private.
Study: California college 'most religious'
A small Catholic college in California has the "most religious students," according to recently released rankings from Princeton Review.
Faithful can 'tweet' to Western Wall
People of all faiths can now "tweet" their prayers via Twitter to the Western Wall, one of Judaism's most sacred sites.
Christians arrested, one publicly executed in North Korea, activists claim
North Korean authorities arrested two Christian women earlier this year and publicly executed one of them, human rights activists in South Korea have claimed.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Revival Reports
People & Places

Cooperative Program Stories

Literal presentations of the gospel

It was just an exploratory meeting, discussing ministry possibilities in an Alabama ministry center. Juanita Johnson, one of about 30 people in the room, volunteered to teach adults who needed help with reading and writing.

Bible Study

The People Jesus Knows

Mark 2:3-12, 15-17, 23-28
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Sept.13
The Jesus People Should Know

Mark 1:1-3, 7, 9-13, 21-28
Related Sunday School, Lesson Bible Studies for Life, Sep 6

Columns

Parents must guide stubborn kids into making smart choices

Muslims should be able to pray in public schools

Muslims who are truly faithful to their religion are supposed to pray five times a day.
Let's light it up in Woodstock

My fellow Georgia Baptists, it is my joy and honor to invite you to our 2009 Georgia Baptist Convention, "Love Loud, Light it Up." This year we will be meeting at First Baptist Woodstock, home church of our Southern Baptist Convention president, Dr. Johnny Hunt.
The Open Door

Janice had a great idea, "Let's take the grandchildren bowling. Karen has a coupon that will provide for an hour of bowling for up to five people."
Special offerings undermine Southern Baptists' giving plan

In the August 13 issue of The Index I wrote an article questioning the wisdom of a call for a special offering for international missions in August.

Letters

Does not approve of partisan content in The Index

This is to share my concern about the way the content of The Index has become increasingly politicized in the last year. Not as relates to denominational politics, but national partisan politics.
Stand firm against losing your foundation

Don Hattaway has hit the proverbial "nail on the head." This denomination had better watch out.
Supports redefined Christmas in August

Joe, you're breaking my heart, brother.
'New' Christmas in August has energized his church

I read with interest your article entitled, "Will the real Christmas in August please stand up?"
Moratorium on Calvinism, culture topics
Why do many GCR Task Force members have such anemic CP giving levels?

I want to offer a testimony, ask a question, and make an observation.
Task Force members need a CP education

I read with surprise and dismay the article in the recent Index concerning the Great Commission Task Force members' churches.