Pastors and spouses new to the Georgia Baptist Convention gathered at the Missions and Ministry Center on September 24 for a day of fellowship, orientation, and brainstorming new ways of reaching their communities for Christ.
Thirty-four Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams from six state conventions assisted victims of the recent historic flooding in Georgia, which resulted in 10 deaths and damages estimated as high as $500 million across the northern half of the state.
The Forsyth Family Fest on Sept. 13 drew thousands of people from the county to the Cumming Fairgrounds for a day of family activities, shows by Chaos on Wheels, performances by contemporary Christian music artists, and a great evangelistic worship service including a stirring message by Will Graham, grandson of Billy Graham.
Executive directors from 37 state Baptist conventions discussed strategy and direction as well as plans for the upcoming "God's Plan for Sharing" (GPS) evangelism initiative, Sept. 17-18 at the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta.
President Obama's health care proposal would spell the end of denominational health insurance programs such as the one run by the Southern Baptist Convention's GuideStone Financial Resources, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins says.
Members of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee voted Sept. 20 to authorize their chairman to name a search committee for a successor to Morris H. Chapman, who announced his plans to retire effective Sept. 30, 2010.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee easily won a straw poll Sept. 19 testing social conservatives' preference for the 2012 presidential race, beating Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and a field of other candidates at Family Research Council Actionís Values Voter Summit.
Earlier this year United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee to emphasize that "the National Guard's domestic responsibilities must not suffer."
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published October 8, 2009
As I attended the Southern Baptist Executive Committee meeting in Nashville a little over a week ago, I listened as Dr. Morris Chapman, president and CEO of the Executive Committee, read a statement in which he expressed his intent to retire on September 30, 2010.
For the past two issues The Index has focused on ways Georgia Baptists can improve their health by developing a better lifestyle. In short, the take-away was to eat food (meaning real food, not processed substitutes), not too much, and mostly plants.
Dr. Harris, your wrote a great editorial of the present role of pastors. However, many Baptist pastors have forgotten their heritage. In his book, The Baptists, Frank S. Mead wrote, "They have never been a state church, never taken any orders from any government or king."
I want to express my thanks to Mike Williams, George Houston, Bill Wheeler and all the others involved in organizing and presenting the recent Georgia Baptist History Conference that took place at the Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa in late August. It was a real blessing.