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Issue Date: 2010-06-03
Volume: 189
Number: 11

News

Korean churches give $107K for Haiti relief

The 850-plus churches in the Southern Baptist Convention that worship in a Korean context raised $107,356.04 in special offerings this spring for Haiti relief.
SBC baptisms up, membership down

Southern Baptists reported a 2.2 percent increase in baptisms in 2009, stemming a four-year decline, but membership in the denomination fell and the sagging economy led to a drop in missions giving, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in conjunction with Baptist state conventions.
Cattlemen connect in southern Sudan

What could a few good ol' boys from the Deep South have in common with a bunch of hardened, gun-toting, spear-throwing Dinka men in the Sudan?
Helping stabilize Haiti

The need for physical recovery may be most obvious in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but Ricky Thrasher says emotional stability is just as needed among residents still reeling from a catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake.
Easley to nominate Jackson for SBC slot

Ernest Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church, will nominate Jimmy Jackson for SBC president during the June 15-16 annual convention in Orlando.
NAMB commissions 71 missionaries, 17 chaplains

Some of the stories of redemption and new beginnings seemed to have the kernel of a Hollywood movie script when 71 missionaries and 17 chaplains were commissioned by the North American Mission Board at Lenexa (Kan.) Baptist Church on Sunday, May 16.
'A new blaze' sought by Romanian pastors

"We need a new blaze," said Ted Cocian, pastor of First Romanian Baptist Church of Atlanta.
Camp Pinnacle builds missions awareness

In the mountains of north Georgia, Camp Pinnacle provides a place for those who share its mission: "to lead people to Christ, promote Christian character, and to promote world missions."
NAMB trustees urged to see bright future

Delivering the devotional to trustees of the North American Mission Board at their May 19 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF) chairman Ronnie Floyd said he's "never had a greater passion than I do today to see that North America and the world have a Gospel witness for Jesus Christ."
Johnson Ferry clarifies church giving record
The May 20 issue of The Index included a guest commentary by Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist, which stated that Johnson Ferry Baptist Church had "lowered their CP giving to 2.5 percent of undesignated receipts for 2010."
IMB honors 60 retiring missionaries
Janet McDowell remembers children suffering from malnutrition becoming well enough to run through the pediatric ward at a mission hospital in Mbeya, Tanzania, where she served for part of her 28 years as a medical missionary in Africa.
Violence escalates in Thailand
IMB personnel 'weary but prepared,' says missionary leader

Gunshots and explosions could be heard in downtown Bangkok May 19 only hours after the Thai government launched a major initiative against anti-government protestors in the capital city.
As NAMB goes, so goes SBC, Driggers says

As the North American Mission Board goes, so goes the Southern Baptist Convention, Carlisle Driggers said in recounting the history of the mission board and its impact on the development of a national convention.
Dowdy elected NAMB chairman

Georgia Baptist pastor Tim Dowdy has been elected trustee chairman of the North American Mission Board.
Brewton-Parker baseball reaches nationals
Brewton- Parker College's visit to the NAIA World Series came to a close May 19 with a final-inning stumble against Kansas Wesleyan University of Salina, Kan.
Polish Baptist Association targets multiplication

With 11 million people of Polish descent across North America, one of the greatest challenges facing Polish pastors and church planters is how, with limited resources, to reach them with the Gospel.
World Cup: 200 Brazilian volunteers to share Gospel

Brazilian Baptists plan to share a Christian witness at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Floyd: Approach GCR vote with 'open heart'
NOBA poll shows divide among members

Acknowledging that many Southern Baptists have mixed feelings about the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force's recommendations, the task force chairman said May 20 he hopes people will approach the matter with an "open heart" when they travel to Orlando to vote on it.
Ukraine provides missions, education experience for BPC student

A local pastor and one of Brewton-Parker College's graduating seniors traveled halfway around the world to Odessa, Ukraine, over Spring Break to minister and disciple the people of that area as part of BPC's learning and missions coursework opportunities through the college's Division of Religion and Philosophy.
Exit interview with Johnny Hunt
Two years ago this month, Georgia Baptist pastor Johnny Hunt was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Early in his term he championed the need for a Great Commission Resurgence in the denomination.
What Southern Baptists really think about the Cooperative Program

Sometimes we will fill in our knowledge gaps with anecdotal information and hold it to be true.

Baptist News Summary

FEMA apologizes for T-shirt flap
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has apologized to a Southern Baptist congregation and the Salvation Army after a FEMA photographer asked a couple of volunteers to change their T-shirts for an interview.
Court denies $10 million funding for Kentucky Baptist pharmacy school
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the legislature violated the state constitution when it appropriated $10 million in taxpayer funds to build a pharmacy school at a university affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
CP 0.14% behind 2009 pace
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 0.14 percent below the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
Missouri convention wins Windermere appeal in long battle
The Missouri Baptist Convention has won a crucial ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, in its effort to recover the Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Camden County.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Revival Report
Obituaries
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Atlanta - A challenge for cooperation

Many years ago I drove a bus through Atlanta with a group of senior adults.

Bible Study

When Religion Fails

1 Samuel 4:3-5, 10, 20-22; 5:1-4; 6:19-22
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 13
When External Threats Come

1 Samuel 7:2-17
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 20

Columns

Differences among us must not divide us

In an April 30, 2009 telephone interview with the Florida Baptist Witness, Southeastern Seminary president Danny Akin stated that he and SBC president Johnny Hunt had "spent a great deal of time together since Hunt's election talking about what could be done "to reverse stagnation within the SBC."
The Open Door

In the last edition of The Index, I began a focus upon the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report that will be presented at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando.
Anxiety about children's future can spoil the present

Letters

Questions speed of GCR committee's work

I feel a kinship with the man who said, "I don't know very much, but what I do know I know very well."
'Great Commission Giving' raises questions by pastor

The phrase "the Great Commission" has a long tradition of usage through Christian history. It is rooted in Matt. 28:19-20 with its command to make disciples of all people groups.
Don't undercut CP work

Bob Terry's guest commentary in the May 20 issue of The Index describes our church, Pine Grove Baptist in Blackshear.
Appreciation for Index, stand on women pastors

You people who wrote criticizing Dr. Harris' editorial should yourselves be ashamed. Dr. Harris is simply stating a biblical truth and it is written in plain language so that even a fool and a wayfaring person can understand! We only have God's Word to go by.