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Issue Date: 2010-08-12
Volume: 189
Number: 16

News

Churches may face fines for wireless microphones

Churches could face six-figure fines if they continue to use wireless microphones that operate within a spectrum the Federal Communications Commission has set aside for public safety entities.
Abilene enjoys expansive new addition in midst of economic recession

Abilene Baptist Church recently opened its newest facility with 55,000 square feet of floor space at a cost of $6.7 million.
Jordan River called 'too polluted' for baptism pilgrims

Concerns about pollution and water quality have prompted an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptized.
Scholarship through First Washington keeps the music playing

Cindy Bounds clearly remembers the biggest lesson Troupe Harris taught her.
Next decade critical to the future of North America, NAMB's Harris says

Opening his Bible to Psalm 78:33, Richard Harris, interim president of the North American Mission Board, read, "So He brought their days to an end in futility, and their years in sudden terror."
Bible Belt may squeeze reports of accounting fraud, study says

Companies in the Bible Belt are less likely to be sued for accounting fraud or to practice aggressive financial reporting, a study indicates.
Judge says 'moral and religious views' don't justify gay marriage ban

In a decision with enormous legal, political, and religious implications, a federal judge on Aug. 4 struck down California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Student Achievement Award Winners 2010
This fall, 20 outstanding college freshmen will receive scholarships through the Georgia Baptist Student Achievement Award program.
Preacher re-enactor brings age-old gospel to battlefields

From his Old Testament beard down to his scuffed boots and battered Bible, Alan Farley looks the perfect picture of a Civil War chaplain.
Bible Drill winners go to national competition

On June 25 state winners in the Bible Drill and Student Speakers Competition represented Georgia at the National Tournament at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas.
Missions leader Avery Willis dies at 76
Avery T. Willis Jr., creator of the MasterLife discipleship series and former mission board executive, died July 30 after a seven-month battle with leukemia. He was 76.
Gospel singer Doug Oldham dead at age 79

Doug Oldham, a prolific gospel singer and ministry partner of the late Jerry Falwell, died July 21 at the age of 79.
Shorter University releases presidential qualifications

Shorter University Board Chairman Nelson Price has released a character profile that is being used to evaluate candidates for the vacancy created by the forthcoming retirement of President Harold Newman.
Mwangi's solution to an AIDS-riddled nation

Dr. David Mwangi came to the Atlanta area from Kenya, East Africa in 2001 to pursue a theological degree at Luther Rice Seminary.

Baptist News Summary

IMB moves on GCR recommendations, honors Rankin for 40 years of service
International Mission Board trustees voted unanimously during their July 20-21 meeting to recommend modifying the IMB's primary ministry assignment to reach people groups globally, including North America, and formally recognized Jerry Rankin for 40 years of service.
Criswell College officially separates
Criswell College marked the beginning of a new era Aug. 1 as the school officially separated from First Baptist Church in Dallas.
'Experiencing God': 20 years, and a workbook in 45 languages worldwide
Join God where He is working.

Religious Newsbriefs

'Water as human right' campaign receives major push from Protestant group
Church-backed campaigners say they have received a boost from a global body representing 80 million Protestants that has called access to water a basic human right.
European churches lobby for crucifixes in Italian schools in fight for 'religious idenity'
Catholic and Orthodox bishops from across Europe are lobbying the European Court of Human Rights to revoke a judgment against crucifixes in Italian public schools as the case heads to appeal.
Apology given for Mennonites persecution
A global Lutheran assembly in Germany has asked for forgiveness for the 16th-century persecution of Anabaptists, the religious reformers whose modern-day descendants include Mennonites.
Survey shows 40 percent of evangelists drink 'in moderation' in social situations
A survey of evangelical leaders shows that 40 percent said they "socially drink alcohol."

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Events
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Connecting and cooperating to reach our state

Have you ever had the opportunity to visit the Old Daniel Meeting House Baptist Church located in Eastman?

Bible Study

Deal with Personal Sin

2 Samuel 11:2-5, 14-15; 2 Sam. 12:7a, 10-14; Ps. 51:1-4
Bible Studies for Life, Aug 22
Focus on God's Purpose

2 Samuel 15:13-14, 24-26, 30-37; 19:7-8a
Bible Studies for Life, Aug 29

Columns

Girls with ADHD may not be hyperactive

Is God being pushed to the curb in America?

Most Americans identify themselves as Christian, but American Christianity is astonishingly diverse.
The Open Door

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has a special message for Georgia Baptists: "Thank you for all you have done over the past five years to bring relief and healing to the people of Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina." Janice and I had the privilege of enjoying lunch with the governor at the Governor's Mansion in Louisiana along with several other executive directors and their wives.
Land calls Prop 8 ruling 'grievously serious crisis'

Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on the ruling a federal court judge in San Francisco, Calif., handed down Aug. 4 stating Proposition 8, a voter-mandated ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.