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Issue Date: 2010-01-28
Volume: 189
Number: 2


Getting on the ground

Shortly after the first images of the destruction of Haiti began to emerge, many immediately wanted to aid in the relief effort. But Stuart Lang, Georgia Baptist state director for disaster relief, offers a word of caution.
Experts hope joint principles can ease church-state fights

Legal experts from the left and right say they hope a new statement of shared principles on religious expression in public life will lead to fewer church-state lawsuits.
Southern Baptists assessing Haiti needs
A Southern Baptist disaster relief assessment team arrived in Haiti Jan. 20, according to Baptist Press via an email from Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global response and a member of the team.
Praying and waiting
Georgians help following Haiti earthquake

"When I got the call, it felt like someone took a knife and cut me in the intestines."
Christian retailers seek federal probe of competitors

Christian retailers, long besieged by the lower prices available through big-box stores and online retailers, have asked the Department of Justice to investigate what they call "illegal, predatory pricing" by, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Divine intervention needed: Let us pray

Southern Baptists are being called to intercede in fervent, united prayer on Sunday, Jan. 31.
Evangelists Hall of Faith dedicated at NAMB

The chapel at the North American Mission Board was filled to capacity Jan. 14 with NAMB staff, Southern Baptist evangelists, and families and friends of the evangelists. The occasion for the gathering was the much-anticipated dedication of the "Evangelists Hall of Faith."
Haitian congregation 'holds on' after loss

A blue tarp tied to what's left of Shiloh Baptist Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, serves as a safe haven for some members who survived the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Long-term Haiti commitment ahead
Southern Baptists' response to the Haiti earthquake will be a long-term commitment, much like the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to Baptist leaders.
Chapel construction relies on volunteers

Midwestern Seminary leaders are in the midst of planning the construction of a new chapel complex – one of the largest projects in MBTS history encompassing a welcome center, increasing chapel capacity to more than 1,000 seats and creating additional classroom space.
COGBE retreat ignites passion, fervor for reaching the lost

The Conference of Georgia Baptist Evangelists (COGBE) met for their annual retreat in Norcross Jan. 8-9. Despite the wintry cold and hazardous highway conditions almost 60 of the GBC's finest vocational evangelists met for a time of fellowship and inspiration.
YMCA tries to accentuate the 'C' in its name

The wooden box, not quite big enough to hold a pair of shoes, sits on the reception desk, just inside the Sherwood YMCA. Once a day, Roger Button empties the box, finds a quiet place to sit and prays over the slips of paper he finds inside:
Haiti Baptist pastor among the dead

The devastating earthquake that shook Haiti Jan. 12 has claimed the life of a leading Haitian Baptist pastor in Port-au-Prince, according to reports received from the vice president of the Baptist Convention of Haiti.
Luis Rodríguez: Southern Baptists expand God's work in Puerto Rico

At the onset of his missionary career, pastor Luis Rodríguez and his wife, Lourdes Santiago, were dismayed at the lack of commitment from church members at the church they'd planted in Coamo, Puerto Rico. However, this apathy did not hamper the efforts of these Southern Baptists. Besides, from God's divine perspective, this was only the beginning.
Moscow: An afternoon in Victory Park

Tim Rhodes is used to the slow-paced lifestyle of small-town Toccoa and the north Georgia mountains. His wife, Beth, is slightly more adjusted to city living, having lived in Snellville, an Atlanta suburb, for several years.
Haiti stories - Summary
Mississippi pastor delivers supplies

"It's a miracle from God," exclaimed Joel Trimble, a Haiti for Christ missionary on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince after two truckloads of food, water, fuel, and medical supplies arrived in his driveway Sunday evening, Jan. 17, thanks to the perseverance of a Mississippi Baptist pastor.
Missionaries, Dominican Baptists aid, counsel quake survivors

As Southern Baptist disaster relief officials were heading to Haiti Jan. 19 to assess needs, International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries in neighboring Dominican Republic were providing immediate relief supplies, medical aid, and spiritual counseling to survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti the week before.

Religious Newsbriefs

U.S. Postal Service to honor Mother Teresa with 2010 stamp
The U.S. Postal Service plans to honor Mother Teresa with a stamp this year in recognition of her humanitarian work.
Nazareth house dates to Jesus' time
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time Jesus lived in the area, making it the only known structure to portray what His home may have looked like.
Leader of militant Hindu extremist group turns to Christ following prison witness
The leader of a militant Hindu extremist group in Nepal, jailed for bombing a church in 2008, has repented because of the grace Christians in prison have shown him.
'Davey and Goliath' and 'Gumby' creator Art Clokey dies at 88
Art Clokey, the creator of the animated icon Gumby and his clay Christian counterparts "Davey and Goliath," died Jan. 8 at his home in California. He was 88.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
New deacons and ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Helping fill the plate

"Is there anything special we can pray about for you today?"

Bible Study

What Will It Take to Change Your Mind?

Phil. 3:2-15; 4:8
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 14
Are You in the Right Mind?

Rom. 8:5-8; II Cor. 4:3-4 I Cor. 2:12-16
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 7


The Open Door

Recently, one of our fine pastors, Jerry Speer, concluded his service as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention. In his parting remarks, he made some wonderful and challenging statements that blessed and inspired me, and I felt it would encourage you to read them. I asked Jerry to write out those remarks so that I could share them with you through this column. He was kind to do so.
Children deserve plenty of quality time with parents

The 'First Globals'

A father who lives down the street from me turned his small backyard into a state-of-the-art batting cage, complete with a high-velocity pitching machine, when his son was in elementary school.
Finding love in the Big Apple

I went to church on January 17 and God showed up. Going to church is always gloriously thrilling and spiritually transformational when God is unmistakably present for the worship experience.
Does God hate Haiti?

The images streaming in from Haiti look like scenes from Dante's Inferno. In many ways, Haiti has almost ceased to exist.