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Issue Date: 2010-05-06
Volume: 189
Number: 9


Blackshear Place Baptist Church feeds the 5,000

Prior to Palm Sunday three tractor-trailer loads of boxes were delivered to Blackshear Place Baptist.
Shorter transitions from college to university status on June 1
'At the Crossroads of Faith and Learning'

The last graduating student to walk across the stage at Shorter College on May 8 will have a unique place in history: that of being the final graduate of the 137-year-old institution.
Crossover challenge: 10,000 in Orlando

Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt would like to see 10,000 Baptists come as volunteers for Crossover Orlando 2010 on Saturday, June 12.
Shorter to celebrate new name on June 1
Shorter University will celebrate its new status on June 1 with a day of celebratory events.
Billy Graham, Obama meet for 1st time
President Obama visited with evangelist Billy Graham April 25, becoming the 12th consecutive chief executive to meet Graham and the first sitting president to do so at the minister's North Carolina home.
Keep it in front
GBC releases list of top 100 fastest-growing Sunday Schools

Brian Stowe says Sunday School growth is attributable to everyone from the pulpit to the pew.
In Haiti, a day in the life of a Georgia volunteer team

About 5:15 a.m., the cell phone alarms chime, chirp, and ding as dawn breaks in the Haitian sky. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief "yellow shirts" are donned as the day begins for the volunteer demolition team.
Jackson, Traylor to be SBC presidental nominees
And then there were three
Seminary luncheons slated June 16
Alumni and friends of the Southern Baptist Convention's six seminaries will receive updates about the schools and renew acquaintances with faculty members and classmates during luncheons on Wednesday, June 16, in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
COSBE President Herrod to be nominated 1st VP

Evangelist Bailey Smith, a former Southern Baptist Convention president and former pastor, will nominate evangelist Ron Herrod for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
2009 Top 100 Fastest Growing Sunday Schools in Georgia
Pastors' Conference has diverse lineup, adoption focus

Under the banner of "Greater Things," the 2010 SBC Pastors' Conference will explore the prospect of a bright future for Southern Baptist pastors, their churches, and the denomination, conference president Kevin Ezell says.
Georgia RAs work hunger relief into annual derby

Royal Ambassadors get fired up every March for racer derbies, but this year participants had another reason to do so.
GCR Task Force releases final report
Phase out of Cooperative Agreements remain intact
Significant highlights of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force final report, posted on May 3 as The Index was going to press, include the following.
Task Force member blasts "bloated bureaucracies"

Future Southern Baptists will mark their 2010 annual meeting as the beginning of a Great Commission Resurgence in the same way they refer to 1979 as the start of the conservative resurgence that changed the face of the convention.
'Food Revolution' leaves the air, but not the community

The final episode of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" aired April 23, but the Southern Baptist church that sparked the ABC mini-series enjoyed a sneak preview at its midweek service April 21.

Baptist News Summary

Names in the News
One killed, 25 injured in Arkansas church bus crash
One woman was killed and more than 25 injured when a busload of Hispanic Baptist pastors and church members crashed April 24 on Interstate 40 between Russellville and Clarksville, Ark.
Native Georgian named to IMB theological education team
A newly identified team of missionaries from the will focus on helping leaders of overseas church plants build solid theological foundations.
Missouri convention drops paper from lawsuit
The Missouri Baptist Convention has dismissed its legal effort to recover the Word & Way, one of five corporations which broke from MBC control in 2001.

Religious Newsbriefs

Pastors' wives seek Greater Things
"Greater Things" will be the theme of the annual Pastors' Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention's Pastors' Conference, with keynote speaker Bobbye Rankin.
Ministers' Wives luncheon June 15
The SBC Ministers' Wives' Luncheon will begin at noon Tuesday, June 15, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
COSBE worship moved to Wednesday afternoon
This year's worship service sponsored by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists will be on Wednesday afternoon during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
DOMs to mark 50th gathering
The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will convene for their 50th meeting June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Speakers will include Frank Page, Ed Stetzer, O.S. Hawkins, and Jerry Rankin.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
New Ministries

Cooperative Program Stories

Cooperation - a Southern Baptist hallmark since 1845

Cooperation has been a hallmark value for Southern Baptists from the beginning in 1845 when 293 accredited messengers primarily from Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia met in Augusta to organize what would become the Southern Baptist Convention.
Virtual interview: Past CP champions would speak up on cooperation for our future
Imagine, if you will, that M.E. Dodd and Louie D. Newton, both members of the Future Commission on the Cooperative Program, were seated in the midst of Southern Baptist Convention discussion today.

Bible Study

To Love and to Cherish

Eph. 5:21-33
Bible Studies for Life, May 16
I Pledge you my faithfulness

Matt. 5:27-30; Pro. 5:15-23, 6:20-7:27
Bible Studies for Life, May 23


Kids' bed-wetting can often be treated with medication

Attacks on National Day of Prayer may be a good thing

The publishing date for this issue of The Christian Index, May 6th, is also the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
Thom Rainer: Seven characteristics of evangelistic Christians

For more than 20 years I have been researching and studying churches, primarily those in North America.
The Open Door

The headline on the front page of the USA TODAY, April 27, 2010, read, "Young adults less devoted to faith: Survey shows steady drift from church life."


Selective theology

In the April 22 edition of your paper you use 1 Timothy 2:11-14 as the argument for not allowing women to serve as pastors and then you quote Dr. Louie Newton saying we can't pick and choose what we believe about the Bible.
Embracing creedalism?

Is it just me or have we Southern Baptists embraced creedalism to the point that we no longer value the time-honored concept of the autonomy of the local church?
Difference of interpretation

I read with interest Gerald Harris'April 22 editorial concerning "Breaking Family Ties."
Editorial on women falls short

As a Baptist pastor concerned about the state of the local church in our society, I was disheartened when I read Gerald Harris editorial regarding "Breaking Family Ties."
TMC trustee rejoices in BPC progress

As a trustee of Truett-McConnell College and as a student pastor at Second Baptist Church of Warner Robins, I rejoice with Brewton-Parker College in the progress that has been made there in recent days.