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Issue Date: 2009-10-22
Volume: 188
Number: 23

News

Three Southern Baptist churches among four Energy Star recipients
Three of the four churches honored this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the prestigious Energy Star Congregation Award are Southern Baptist.
NAMB commissions 119 at Denver service

Joe Beckler and wife Cheri are stepping onto a diverse and challenging mission field. It's a mission field where people are skeptical, even suspicious of Christianity.
Twenty years of starting something new
Sowing new churches produces harvest of new believers

When it comes to starting churches, Stone Mountain Baptist Association must be doing something right.
Latest Florida court battle centers around teenage convert: truth or dramatics?

First there was Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy torn between two nations. Then there was Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman torn between two families. Now comes Rifqa Bary, the teenage runaway torn between two faiths.
Juggling, multi-tasking part of bivocational life

Many years ago Ed Sullivan had a man on his show that could spin plates on the top of flexible sticks. It was an amazing performance, because he could keep 15 to 20 plates all spinning at the same time.
NAMB appoints president search committee
North American Mission Board trustees have named an eight-member search committee to locate the agency's third president.
Dow 10,000: market continues its historic rise

Market analysts and pundits as well as average investors expressed a measure of excitement and skepticism as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 10,000 mark Oct. 14 for the first time since Oct. 3, 2008.
Parental partnership key to youth ministry

Ministry to parents, not just to youth, took center stage during the 2009 National Youth Workers Conference sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources.
Report: plants wrong to fire Muslims
A meatpacking company was wrong to fire more than 200 Muslim employees who walked off the job to protest insufficient breaks during Ramadan last year, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Baptisms culminate GPS evangelism pilot

Maxine Harris had no idea cancer was forming in her body when, miles away, pastors in the Stone Mountain Baptist Association were meeting to talk about evangelism strategy.
Community collage

The Sunday night Terry Richardson grabbed the marker and stood in front of a dry erase board was the first step for Marshall Memorial Baptist Church.
Frank Page to lead NAMB evangelism

"Surreal."
Hindu idol worship stirs Christian witness

The Hindu god who removes obstacles was no match for a tree limb.
Breakthrough from Bollywood
Renown Indian actor gives testimony to packed house at Clairmont Hills

The testimony from a veteran of Indian cinema and stage led to an overflow crowd for Pastor Avinash Raiborde and First India Baptist Church Sept. 5.
Are U.S. churches too stingy?

Are U.S. churchgoers stingy?

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgian to serve on IMB search team
International Mission Board trustees have named a search committee to locate a successor to President Jerry Rankin following his July 2010 retirement.
Three associational missionaries appointed
Three associations have filled leadership positions for associational missionaries.

Baptist News Summary

Manila relief teams "git busy, git 'er done"
Thirty Southern Baptist disaster relief specialists have completed a week's labor in the Philippines capital, helping local partners and community residents dig out from a flood that inundated vast sections of the city.
Pastors polled on churches' evangelism; VBS still at the top
When it comes to evangelistic outreach, the most common methods Southern Baptist churches use are Vacation Bible School, feeding ministries, visitor follow-up, and prayer for people who have not made a decision to receive Christ.
SBC: Below budget 2.87%; CP down 2.32% year-to-year
The Southern Baptist Convention finished its Oct. 1 - Sept. 30 fiscal year 2.87 percent below budget, while Cooperative Program receipts for the year were down 2.23 percent and combined CP and designated giving for the year was down 3.65 percent, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
Twenty Baptist schools listed as 'military friendly' by magazine
Twenty Baptist-related educational institutions have been selected for the 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools compiled by G.I. Jobs magazine based in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Spanish Reformation volumes arrive at Southwestern Seminary
The Reformers who preached in Spain during the 16th century recognized expository preaching as a matter of life and death, Spanish Reformation scholar Emilio Monjo Bellido said during a lecture series at Southwestern Seminary.

Religious Newsbriefs

U.S. Muslims plead case of hikers in Iran
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is taking a "wait-and-see" approach after meeting Sept. 24 with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to seek the release of three American hikers imprisoned by Iran on July 31.
Irish seminarians reach 10-year high after record lows
The number of Irish men entering the seminary to become Roman Catholic priests has risen to a 10-year high following years of dwindling vocations.
Jewish groups protest 'disenfranchising' Iowa's Saturday caucus scheduling
Moving Iowa's mid-term caucuses to a Saturday disenfranchises Jewish voters who can't participate in such events during their Sabbath, according to a letter signed by 18 national Jewish organizations.

People and Places

Licensed/Ordinations
Revival Reports
Debt retirement
Homecomings
Honors
Ministerial Moves
New Deacons

Cooperative Program Stories

A woman's touch

Homemade chicken pot pie and red velvet cake, blooming flowers under a newly painted line of metal mailboxes, camouflage curtains, a haircut, pancakes for breakfast, and even a Bingo game.

Bible Study

Choose Wisely

Psalm 1:1-6
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Nov 8
When I Am Afflicted

Psalm 102:1-14, 24-28
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Nov 1

Columns

You're only as healthy as your transparency

When Southern Baptist pastors huddle together, whether at Starbucks or Cracker Barrel, the conversation these days generally gravitates toward the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and the work it has undertaken.
Don't let small grievances ruin relationship with parents

The Open Door

This has been an exciting fall season around the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Letters

Say it isn't so, Joe!

I read with dismay the recent health articles by Joe Westbury in The Christian Index.