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Issue Date: 2010-06-17
Volume: 189
Number: 12

News

Firing squad sparks talk of Mormon 'blood atonement'

After convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner announced his intention to be executed by firing squad, national and international reporters suggested it was a throwback to the wild, wild West.
Nearly 1,400 accept Christ at Crossover Orlando

Twenty-two Georgia Baptists from First Baptist Church in Holly Springs were among 1,109 volunteers nationwide who showed up to share Christ in Crossover Orlando on June 12.
Shorter University - a dream that is now a reality

The coordination was either beautifully orchestrated or incredibly coincidental. As the blue tarp covering the new Shorter University sign was torn away a boom lift was hoisting a city workman high above Shorter Avenue to hang a new sign, pointing motorists to the campus of Shorter University.
Survey finds Africa is most religious part of world

Researchers say they've found the most religious place on Earth - between the southern border of the Sahara Desert and the tip of South Africa. Religion is "very important" to more than three-quarters of the population in 17 of 19 sub-Saharan nations, according to a new survey.
SACS grants Truett-McConnell degree in World Missions

Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell College, has announced that on May 4 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved TMC's application for the Bachelor of Arts in World Missions and is now accepting students into this degree program.
$148.9M is 3rd-largest Lottie Moon offering
Southern Baptists have given $148.9 million - the third-largest amount to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering - in the giving period which just ended.
Canadians return the favor, help rehab houses in McDonough

One good turn deserves another. That could have been the unofficial mission statement of a partnership between Canada and Georgia earlier this year when a team of Canadians came to make repairs in McDonough.
Pine Level representing the heart and soul of Southern Baptists

In many ways Pine Level Baptist Church is a typical Southern Baptist church. Although it is not as small as the average SBC church, it is certainly not a mega church. In some ways the church is very average, but in other ways it is quite extraordinary.
2009 GBC Annual Report CD to be available
Churches will soon receive the 2009 Annual Report CD in the mail. The CD replaces the large printed "Minutes" book which incorporated much of the same information.
Father and son dedicate new worship centers in May

Pastor Phil Bray of Fort Creek Baptist Church in Dearing and his son Wayne Bray, pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville, both dedicated beautiful, spacious, new worship centers in May.
Report cites 'unbelieving clergy'

A study by Tufts University has called attention to the presence of Protestant pastors who do not believe what they preach, something the authors describe as a nearly "invisible phenomenon" of "unbelieving clergy."
Frank Page to lead SBC Executive Committee

Former Georgia pastor and longtime Southern Baptist statesman Frank Page was elected president of the SBC Executive Committee on July 14 on the eve of the annual convention meeting.
Georgia Baptist church van collides with truck on mission trip
No life-threatening injuries in accident
A Georgia Baptist youth pastor faces the possibility of losing a leg after the church van he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer here June 9.

Religious Newsbriefs

Jews for Jesus founder dies at 78
Moishe Rosen, a controversial Baptist minister, writer, and founder of the group Jews for Jesus, died in San Francisco May 19 at the age of 78. He had prostate cancer.
Judge: 'Million Dollar' tracts legal
A federal judge has ruled that Secret Service agents violated the constitutional rights of a Texas-based evangelical ministry when they seized thousands of "Million Dollar Bill" gospel tracts without a warrant.
Court says Berlin schools not obligated to meet religious needs
With schools unable to meet the special religious needs of every devout student, educational institutions cannot be expected to provide special facilities for any of them, a Berlin court ruled May 27.
Most Americans say moral values in decline, blame parenting and leadership
Three-quarters of Americans say the country's moral values are worsening, blaming a decline in ethical standards, poor parenting, and dishonesty by government and business leaders, Gallup reports.

People and Places

Obituaries
Honors
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia - A mission field

Georgia - a state that is 59,425 square miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coastal flatlands, making it the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Bible Study

When I Make Poor Choices

1 Samuel 8:6-9; 12:13-25
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 27
The Power of Choice

1 Samuel 13:8-13; 16:6-13
Bible Studies for Life, Jul 4

Columns

Coat hangers: necessary, but trivial

This editorial must go to press on Monday night, June 14. That is the evening before the annual session of our Southern Baptist Convention meeting begins.
Rewards can be a useful way to influence children

Learning to drive a stick shift

It has been my responsibility to teach three women to drive a stick shift.
The Open Door

As the Southern Baptist Convention comes to a conclusion following much discussion and debate over our future and a myriad of other issues, it may be a good time to seek perspective.