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Issue Date: 2010-01-14
Volume: 189
Number: 1

News

Georgia students minister in San Francisco in support of partnership
By the time this summer rolls around, nearly 200 students will be following in the footsteps of south Georgia residents Jordan Hughes and Christi Castleberry, both of Thomasville.
Savannah: One of the three WMU national ministry sites
This year, Gloria Mills is going to bring her husband and grandchildren to FamilyFEST.
This isn't your grandfather's missions movie

Three hundred evangelical Christian college students sat in a dark, packed downtown hotel ballroom, the projected glow of a movie the only source of light.
Navy linebacker serves Christ

Scott Pospisil knew it years ago.
Hume says anti-Christian bias fueled Tiger Woods backlash
Fox News analyst Brit Hume, who was both widely praised and criticized for suggesting that golfer Tiger Woods should embrace Christianity to find true "redemption," said he fell victim to widespread media bias against Christianity.
GPS: An audacious vision to reach North America

As I travel throughout North America, I am awed by the work God is doing in this vast mission field. He is at work in the hearts of those who know Him and those who have yet to know Him through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Survey: South most religious; Northeast among least
68 percent of Georgians call religion 'very important'

The South is the most religious region, the Northeast and a handful of Western states the least religious, and the rest of the country falls somewhere in between, according to a recently released survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Abortion: no option for Adam and Jaymi Stapp
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is Jan. 17

The infamous Roe v. Wade decision handed down by the Supreme Court in January of 1973 clearly devalued human life. Since that atrocious decision more than 50 million babies have been slaughtered in abortion clinics and hospitals across America.
Red Cross links survivors with family lost in Holocaust

Alexa Dezsofi's eyes raced across the documents and landed on a stunning fact: A man who shares her last name, in all likelihood a distant cousin and the sort of family she'd searched for, had actually survived one of history's most notorious concentration camps, Dachau.
Bring on the Drama
Harp's Crossing doubling as a community theater

A love for theatrics is highly welcomed at Harp's Crossing Baptist Church.
Indian reservation girls study missions

God is touching young hearts through missions education on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in Fort Totten, N.D.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Jordan joins GBC Discipleship Ministries
Jonathan Jordan will join Discipleship Ministries as a consultant on Jan. 4, focusing on adult discipleship, disciple-making strategies, equipping leaders, and small group leadership. His responsibilities will include facilitating and resourcing associational and church leaders in "strategically making disciples and equipping them to be fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ," said Alan Folsom, who leads the Discipleship Ministries team.
NOBTS North Georgia hub to host Korean Doctor of Mininstry classes
New Orleans Seminary's trustee executive committee has approved a Korean-language doctor of ministry program to be hosted at the North Georgia Hub in Marietta.
Brewton-Parker College music chair says enrollment on the increase
In a Dec. 17 page 1 story on Brewton-Parker College, The Index reported, "The Bachelor of Music degree will be eliminated due to the declining number of students enrolled in that major." However, the chair of the Division of Music begs to differ with that account.
Johnny Hunt cancer surgery a success
Southern Baptist Convention president and First Baptist Woodstock pastor Johnny Hunt continues to recuperate following surgery Jan. 7 to remove a cancerous prostate at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

Baptist News Summary

FamilyNet sold again
FamilyNet, a television and radio network formerly owned by the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, has been sold once again.
BP launches Bill Fay column
Baptist Press launched a monthly column Jan. 5 by Bill Fay, the author of the evangelism training book "Share Jesus Without Fear."
2010 Church compensation survey available now online
The 2010 SBC Church Compensation Survey, a joint effort of Baptist state conventions, LifeWay Christian Resources, and GuideStone Financial Resources, is now online.
Lottie Moon home belongings from China unveiled at Southwestern
Southwestern Seminary unveiled a shipment from China Dec. 16 containing remnants from the Chinese home and belongings of Lottie Moon.
CP giving 0.63% behind '09 pace
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 0.63 percent behind the same time frame at the outset of 2009, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
Children of inmates receive Christmas hope from Louisiana churches
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church made Christmas brighter for some 225 children whose parents are imprisoned.
Grad student writes carol for troops
A grad student of a college affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention hopes a Christmas carol he wrote helped bridge the distance between soldiers and families during Christmas.
New network for Russian-Americans
Twelve Russian and Ukrainian church planting strategists and pastors from across the U.S. and Canada, in the first strategy roundtable of its kind at the North American Mission Board, founded a "Slavic Church Planting Network."

Religious Newsbriefs

Reform rabbis decry discrimination
Reform rabbis have resolved to protest attacks on religious freedom in 2010 by supporting women who seek to worship equally with men in Jerusalem and Muslims who want to build minarets in Switzerland.
Report says nearly 70 percent of nations face religious restrictions
About one-third of the countries in the world have high restrictions on religion, exposing almost 70 percent of the globe's population to limitations on their faith, new research shows.
Prison pastor wins right to preach
A New Jersey inmate who was ordained a Pentecostal minister in prison nine years ago but was banned from preaching behind bars won back that right in a negotiated settlement stemming from his lawsuit.
Group condemns attempted bombing, warns against profiling Muslims
A prominent Muslim-American advocacy group has condemned the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day, but has also warned of the dangers of "profiling" in the name of air security.

People and Places

Honors
Ministerial Moves
New Deacons and Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Getting Their Groove On
Telling the Cooperative Program Story

This year's Youth Evangelism Conference theme, MOVE!, was apparent during every session - from dance contests to a challenge to move closer to God.

Bible Study

Wrestling With Work

Eccl. 2:18-26, 5:18-20
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 31
Wrestling With Stuff

Eccl. 2:4-8; 5:10-16
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 24

Columns

Reaching the world ... together

There's been a lot of talk in recent months about how Southern Baptists can most effectively reach our lost world for Christ. That's a conversation from which I believe we can all benefit.
The Open Door

Every day we are making memories. This picture reflects a memory made this Christmas, when surrounded by my grandchildren we got covered with dough and flour in the process of making Christmas cookies. There were cookies that looked like Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, candy canes, and several undetectable blobs of cookie that tasted just fine. Everybody got to decorate their cookies any way they wanted to and take them home to enjoy.
Women must look to each other for emotional connection
Reinventing Christianity

We have heard much about the Emergent Church for almost two decades. Some have looked with favor upon this movement - or "conversation," as its proponents prefer to call it. Others view the Emergent Church with skepticism, if not outright disdain.

Letters

Reaching Georgia in 2010 and beyond

This letter is to encourage and remind our Georgia Baptist pastors about some of the tools they have to reach their community for Christ. One ministry tool we have is the Baptism Assistance Project, designed for all churches. As you pray, prepare and go out into your communities, consider and call the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE) (770) 709-4657 or go to their website at www.SBCEvangelist.org and click Baptism Assistance on the left side of the screen. It will give you all the information you need to get started.
Disagrees with move to downgrade music program

As an alumnus of Brewton Parker College with two music degrees from that institution and as an associate pastor/minister of music, I must say that I am extremely disheartened by the decision of the college's Board of Trustees and President David Smith to do away with the college's Music Division.
Avoid worldly methods

A recent Forum writer asked, "Could there be a correlation between our denominational losses and the stubborn resistance to meaningful change that is so blatantly common among many of our leaders and members?"
Heartbroken over Brewton-Parker College

My heart is breaking because Brewton-Parker College trustees, in their attempts to keep the college open, are discontinuing many areas of study including the Music Department. Although this has been published on the school's webpage and in the local newspapers, my fear is that many churches that contribute to the Cooperative program have no idea that the school is in such dire straits.