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Issue Date: 2010-02-25
Volume: 189
Number: 4


Olympic bobsledder John Napier
Unashamed Christian

John Napier, bobsled pilot on the United States Olympic Team, is a Southern Baptist. He is a growing Christian and was baptized last fall by Pastor Derek Spain in First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, New York.
Tebow ad controversy not planned

Contrary to what some are suggesting about Focus on the Family's far-from-controversial Super Bowl ads, the organization's goal from the get-go was not to spark a media storm – and fire up its critics – but simply to draw more attention to its ministry, a spokesperson says.
Brewton-Parker receives gifts for scholarship, facilities

Two recent donations to Brewton-Parker College are going to fund scholarships as well as facilities.
No walls, but building up
Health Care Foundation awards $3.2 million in grants

Even in a down economy, the numbers remain impressive.
Egyptian Copt killings: World attention sought

The shooting deaths of six Coptic Christians in Egypt on Coptic Christmas Eve (Jan. 6) is fueling efforts to publicize and protest what Copts describe as persecution and violence typically met by inaction by the Egyptian government.
Sharing Christ along the Appalachian Trail

To understand a person, walk a mile in his shoes. But if they’re an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, you’ll have to walk several hundred.
Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief work underway in Haiti

Following a meeting with other state convention and disaster relief leaders, Georgia Baptists are getting the go-ahead to begin long-term cleanup efforts in Haiti.
GPS media buy set for mid-March
Georgia cities to receive ads

Georgia Baptist efforts to win the state to Christ will soon get a boost as the North American Mission Board formally launches its GPS evangelism campaign next month.
Olympian Erin Pac walking by faith

Olympian Erin Pac, who calls Farmington, Conn., home, became a bobsled driver in 2006 and is ranked number two in the United States and number six in the world.
Derek Spain is chaplain to U.S. Winter Olympic team

When the 16-day Winter Olympic Games opened Feb. 12, Southern Baptist resort missionary Derek Spain began his service as the official chaplain for the U.S. Winter Olympic team.
Saints ready for Super Bowl platform

New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Mark Brunell has been in the NFL long enough to see plenty of highs, such as three Pro Bowl appearances as a starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
NAMB commissions 30 in Alaska service

Against the backdrop of a land as rugged and wild as it is spiritually lost, the North American Mission Board commissioned 30 new missionaries and chaplains, many of whom will serve Alaska and its northern neighbor, Canada.
Michael Vick shares first-ever testimony of his faith in God

God's redemptive power in his once-troubled life was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's theme at the annual Super Bowl Breakfast Feb. 6.
Xbox 360 gains a Bible app

An Xbox 360 application featuring the Holman Christian Standard Bible is now downloadable through the "Indie Games" channel of

Religious Newsbriefs

Germany proposes formal education for imams, Islamic scholars
German political and religious leaders appear mostly supportive of a proposal to provide training for imams and other Islamic scholars at German universities.
Police upset with monks' high-powered wine; call it a 'scourge' leading to crime
A small band of Benedictine monks in the south of England has come under fire for producing a fortified wine that critics describe as the “scourge of Scotland” for its high alcohol content.
Middle East bishops lament exodus of Christians, call for more religious freedom
Lamenting the dwindling number of Christians in the Middle East, the region's Catholic bishops called for greater religious freedom in Muslim countries, denounced Islamic fundamentalism, and criticized Israel's "occupation" of the Palestinian territories.
Air Force builds worship space for Wiccans
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado will set aside a worship space for followers of "Earth-centered" religions such as Wicca and Druidism, according to an Air Force news release.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

The success of synergy
Experiencing the grace of cooperation

Little eight-year-old Rachel had a tragic accident and the doctors found it necessary to amputate her left arm.

Bible Study

When Members Won't Get Along

I Cor. 1:10-15, 26-29; 3:1-4
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 7
When Immorality Comes to Church

I Cor. 5:1-2, 9-13; 6:15-20
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Mar 14


The stories of our lives

There is a metallic sculpture on the lawn in front of the public library in Bellevue, Wash.
Christless Preaching

The title of Michael Horton's book, "Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church," is a jarring oxymoron.
Curling up with the Good Book

Fifteen years ago, was all the buzz. You could go online, order a book, pay a discounted price, and receive the book in a few days.
Learning how to converse is like a game of catch

The Open Door

As I write this article, it is late at night and the conclusion of a wonderful day. Today, we had our Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation meeting and the awarding of grant checks at our annual luncheon.