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Issue Date: 2010-04-08
Volume: 189
Number: 7

News

Dan Spencer: a heart for missions and evangelism, here and abroad

Dan Spencer has lived in rural Georgia long enough to know who its spiritual giants are.
Dodd would warn against 'fractured' CP, granddaughter says

If he were alive today, Cooperative Program originator M.E. Dodd would warn Southern Baptist churches not to circumvent CP by designating their gifts to specific entities rather than giving through the SBC's unified giving program.
Dismantling Cooperative Agreements: PRO

Reaching the people of North America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been a primary purpose of the Southern Baptist Convention since its beginning in 1845
Speaking Wright from his heart
On March 12 Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Marietta's Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, announced that he will allow his name to be placed in nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Dismantling Cooperative Agreements: CON

Sammy Gilbreath didn't mince words. "It would devastate us," he declared. Gilbreath, director of the office of evangelism for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), was referring to the proposal for the North American Mission Board to withdraw all of its funding for work with Alabama's convention and other state conventions.
Nancy Shaefer, Georgia Baptist and conservative activist, killed
Nancy Schaefer, 73, a conservative activist and former officer of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and her husband Bruce, 74, died March 26 of gunshot wounds in their north Georgia home.
TMC trustees hear president's aggressive plans for the college's future

"Truett McConnell College is on the precipice of something so special," President Emir Caner declared to the College's Board of Trustees, "that I think we should take a spiritual inventory of what our Lord is doing."
Western state execs petition Task Force to modify document

Executive directors from nine western state conventions and Canada have made formal suggestions to the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force regarding how the committee's proposed restructuring of the North American Mission Board would impact their ministries.
M.E. Dodd, CP originator, loved cooperative ministry

When the Southern Baaptist Convention needed money for missions, it could always count on M.E. Dodd to champion the cause.
2010 Committee on Nominations named
Georgia Baptist Convention President Dan Spencer announces that the following persons will serve on the 2010 Committee on Nominations: ...

Georgia Newsbriefs

Baird, Morris named to leadership positions in state missions
New leadership recently came on board in associational work within the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Concerns over church receipts report go to Convention Financial Services
Due to the volume of information and deadlines involved, each year some portions of the Georgia Baptist Convention Report on Receipts may be inaccurate.

People and Places

Obituaries
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
New Hires

Cooperative Program Stories

UGA football coach Mark Richt on cooperation

Bill Ricketts is pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Bogart and also pastor of Mark Richt, head football coach at the University of Georgia.

Bible Study

The Right Motivation

2 Cor. 5:9-21
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Apr 18
The Right Support

2 Cor. 8:15; 9:6-11
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Apr 25

Columns

The Open Door

Once again, God has blessed our family beyond our comprehension. Our daughter, Jennifer, gave birth to our eighth grandchild on March 27. His name is Tyler Matthew Millage, and he arrived quite a bit earlier than any of us had expected.
Untutored Courage in Warfare: The Importance of the Cooperative Program

One of America's great military strategists of the Second World War, General George S. Patton, once said, "Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets." His point was that the very best in military training and preparedness was essential if the troops in the field of battle were to be successful.
Build a brighter tomorrow

When I have the opportunity to spend time with my children and grandchildren, I am always reminded of what a precious gift God has given us - the gift of children.
The struggles we face

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly."
Parents: Pick your battles with your teenagers wisely

Letters

Don't brag about pre-conversion lifestyle

The following observations are submitted after a long period of time as a Christian with some experience in speaking and witnessing at numerous churches over a period of approximately 50 years.
SBC leaders in harmony or disjointed?

I appreciate the hard work of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force.
Rankin got it right

Norman Jameson's commentary ("GCR terminology a balm for perceived injury," March 25 issue) highlighted the issue that Dr. Rankin raised in his blog.
Applauds evangelism conferences

I want to take a moment and thank the Georgia Baptist Convention for sponsoring the recent multiple site evangelism conferences and for the privilege of hosting the one here in Middle Georgia.