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Issue Date: 2009-10-08
Volume: 188
Number: 22

News

Study: One in five Americans may be secular by 2030

The number of American adults who do not identify with a particular religion is growing and may comprise more than 20 percent of the population in two decades, according to a new study.
Harvest time in Forsyth County

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.
Morris Chapman sets September 2010 retirement from Executive Committee

Morris H. Chapman has announced his plans to retire as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee effective Sept. 30, 2010.
NAMB hosts state execs strategy, vision session

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.
New ministers gather for fellowship, orientation

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.
Georgians gearing up for 2010 GPS emphasis

With just four month before Georgia rolls out its Across Georgia 2010 evangelism emphasis, churches and associations are in full swing as they plan their varied outreach approaches.
Georgia flooding activates disaster relief teams
Ten die in "once-in-500-year" flood

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.
Growing quantity of 'Christian' films now focus on quality, story line

Director Brian Baugh's upcoming teen film "To Save a Life" may be many things, but one thing it's not, he says, is a "Christian" movie.
In with both feet

The elementary math of a flood is as simple as "less than-greater than."
For Graham daughter, it's about relationship, not religion

Anne Graham Lotz enunciates precisely and speaks in distinctive clipped cadences that are reminiscent of her famous father, evangelist Billy Graham.
Muslims pray on Capitol Hill
Thousands of Muslims gathered Sept. 25 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol for prayer in what may have been the first such event of its kind at the site.
White says SBC needs strong NAMB, Cooperative Program

The North American Mission Board is 'absolutely essential" to Southern Baptists as a standalone agency and is critical to reaching the continent for Christ.
Oral missions network wins award
The International Orality Network, of which the International Mission Board is a sponsor, received The Mission Exchange's Innovation in Mission Award at a Sept. 22 conference in St. Louis.

Baptist News Summary

Molly imparts missions to kids
Meet Molly, a brightly smiling little girl in a yellow shirt and red capri pants ready to help children learn more about what happens on church missions trips.
World Hunger Fund 'Thank you' video available for download
A video thanking Southern Baptists for the crucial ministry their World Hunger Fund is providing in Kenya's ongoing food crisis is now available for download from the Baptist Press website.
Post-tsunami SBC aid heads to American Samoa
A Baptist-sponsored Seafarers' Center has been lost in the destruction by a deadly tsunami that struck several islands in the South Pacific Sept. 29.
Relief teams gear up for Philippines
Southern Baptists are gearing up a major disaster response in the wake of a typhoon that flooded the homes of 2.3 million people in the Philippines.
Hawkins: GuideStone, other denominational plans at risk
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.
SBC Executive Committee authorizes search to replace Chapman
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 SBC pastor Huckabee wins poll
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.

People and Places

Obituaries
Honors
New Deacons
Revival Reports
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Showing Christ's love in a disaster

It was just a cup of hot, fresh coffee and an encouraging word. That's doesn't seem much when your house has been hit by a tornado on Mother's Day.

Bible Study

The Hero Victorious

Mark 15:1-5, 12-13, 32, 37-39; 16:1-7
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Oct 25
The Hero Betrayed

Mark 14:27-34, 37-38, 43, 48-50
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Oct 18

Columns

What have we learned?

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.
Intellectual stimulation has good effect on kids' brains

A strong home front is essential

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

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.

Letters

Appreciation for Baptist History Conference

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.
Being a Pastor Again

I commend Dr. Gerald Harris for his recent editorial entitled "If I were a pastor again."
Vegan is pagan

The "Fountain of Youth" health series in your September 10 issue was full of error and junk science. I beg of you to vet your stories better before publishing them.
A Grand Slam of a health issue

Kudos, Kudos, Kudos to your staff - you have made a Grand Slam with your "Fountain of Youth" health series.
Plant-based diets improve health

I just read The Index article about the declining health of our nation.
Questions change to GBC Constitution

I noted with interest The Index story about the proposed amendment to the Membership article of the GBC's Constitution.
Baptist Pastors should avoid all politics

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."