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Issue Date: 2009-11-19
Volume: 188
Number: 25


In India, he shares the Gospel despite dangers

As the sun sets in India, the ceremonial preparations subside. Chanting voices strengthen and join the rhythm of beating drums.
Rains fail to dampen LoveLoud outreach
22 accept Christ in afternoon of ministry

The only thing that messed with Hurricane Ida were Hurricane Georgia Baptists, GBC President Bucky Kennedy told messengers during the final session of the 188th annual convention meeting held at First Baptist Church.
ELCA wins fourth straight softball title
With the last three state titles, the Eagles Landing Christian Academy girls softball team nonetheless wasn't expected to pull it off again.
Back on earth, astronaut reflects on trip, faith

Patrick Forrester, the space shuttle astronaut who carried a piece of missions aviation history into space with him on a recent Discovery flight, encourages people to get personally involved in sharing the Gospel outside their comfort zones.
Messengers approve lean budget for 2010
Staff reduced by 27 in 2009 as GBC reigns in spending

Georgia Baptist ministries will be operating on a reduced budget for the second consecutive year due to a continuing drop in Cooperative Program gifts in an increasingly tight economy.
Committee named to study state resources

Outgoing GBC President Bucky Kennedy has named an eight-member committee to study resources of the state convention.
Passing on special lessons
Lawrenceville pastor, wife use experiences with autism

There is a lot of praise at Mosaic Church, but its signature ministry is often born from grief.
Resolution on Abstinence from the use of alcohol

GuideStone reports strong numbers for March-Sept.

GuideStone Financial Resources reported an $8.8 billion jump in its asset base, or an increase of 31 percent, for the March through September reporting period.
Russia may restrict missionary activity
Proposed legislation comes as Georgia inks partnership with Moscow, St. Petersburg
New legislation being considered by Russian lawmakers could drastically restrict missions activity if made into law.
Resolution on Support of the Cooperative Program

Scenes from Woodstock
Conservative leader Dobson retires from radio

Religious broadcaster James Dobson will end his hosting of the "Focus on the Family" program in February, a final step of resignation from the organization he founded more than 30 years ago.
Even Tropical Storm Ida can't drown out LoveLoud

Sammy Simmons, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Ringgold, had decided not to attend the GBC annual meeting. Then he heard about the LoveLoud ministry emphasis.
Special Convention Coverage - Summary

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
New Deacons/Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Deaf-inite partnership

When the Russian policeman saw the gun pointed at him, he thought it was the end of his life. Then he watched the man pull the trigger.

Bible Study

How Can Jesus Help Me

Mark 1:14-31
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Dec 6
Obey God's Word

Psalm 119:1-16
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 29


Why Wright is wrong about the Cooperative Program

Bryant Wright is a leader in Southern Baptist and Georgia Baptist life. He continues to be a strong supporter of missions and ministry through the Cooperative Program and other Southern Baptist mission causes.
Holding your child back a grade may not improve development

Think on these things

I don't want to be a grumpy old man, a cynical citizen, or a crotchety curmudgeon. However, when it seems that the nation's foundations are being destroyed and the church is under assault it is not easy to be positive.
Cooperating to reach the world

Baptist aren't perfect, but they come close to it when they are cooperating.
The Open Door

The 188th session of the Georgia Baptist Convention is now history, and what an incredible convention it was. I don't remember anytime in the past 17 years that there has been a finer spirit than what we experienced this year.