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Issue Date: 2010-08-26
Volume: 189
Number: 17

News

Baptist collegians disperse worldwide for the summer

Time off from school didn't meant time off from work for Georgia Baptist college students this summer.
Ministry more than numbers for African logistics team

Sweat rolls down Todd Riddle's* bald head as he thumbs through the mountain of cash heaped on his dining room table. Wrapped in cheap, plastic bags, the money is being prepped for a transfer at a crumbling airstrip in the middle of nowhere in North Africa.
Thefts occur at three Turner County churches on same Sunday

Several members of High Hill Baptist Church heard the heavy popping of a car's muffler at about a quarter 'til noon on June 27. Still, they thought nothing of it. After all, this was an area where people still routinely leave doors to cars and churches unlocked.
Kristi Jansenn becomes a double winner at Sturgis Bike Rally

The tents have been folded, the streets have been swept, and the last rites have been pronounced for the 2010 Sturgis, S.D. motorbike rally - the largest event of its kind in the nation.
Crowd greets back-to-school effort at First Mableton

A crush of more than 500 people descended upon First Baptist Church here July 18 for back-to-school supplies as well as services such as dental and eye exams.
A lead-up to the World Cup
Sophomore Morgan Springer, a pre-med major at Georgia Southern University, may have been in his perfect, oh-God-please-let-me-serve-here-someday location.
Ten aid workers killed in Afghanistan

Ten workers affiliated with a Christian aid group were murdered in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan after providing eye care to people in a remote area of the country.
Former BPC student serves in medical mission to Belize

Leaf-cutting ants, a jaguar skull, tarantulas, oh my!
College students from around the state go to Haiti
Several teams of students from Baptist Collegiate Ministries around the state took part in evangelism opportunities in Haiti's capital city months after the devastating earthquake there.
Barry McCarty
The stranger among us is a wonderful friend of Southern Baptists

If a connoisseur of church architecture launched out in search of the most beautiful worship facility in Georgia he/she just might want to include Peachtree Christian Church in Midtown Atlanta as one of the churches on a must-see list.
Ministers urged to rest
Research indicates that members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension, and depression at higher rates than most Americans, according to The New York Times.
Land: Ground Zero mosque too close for comfort
When it comes to religious freedom, people of the Muslim faith have the right to build mosques in America that are convenient to their communities under local standards, Richard Land told Warren Olney, host of Public Radio International's "To the Point" radio broadcast Aug. 11.
Not ready to rock
At an age when many settle for a chair on a porch, this senior is

Finishing up her Master of Divinity degree at New Orleans Seminary in 1996, Margaret Burks admits the toughest class her final semester had nothing to do with theology or ministry methodology, but athletics.
Nationally-known Bible teacher John Phillips dies
John Phillips, author and Bible study leader, died July 25 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was 83.
Fight over N.Y. mosque becomes a partisan wedge issue

What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center near Ground Zero, and then morphed into a fight over religious expression, has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
Johnny Hunt, wife extend leave of absence

Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock and immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has extended his leave of absence from the church through mid-September, citing physical and emotional exhaustion.

Baptist News Summary

'Great Expectations' Sunday School initiative viewed by 10,000-plus
Great Expectations - an online Sunday School training event broadcast during Sunday School Week at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center - drew an estimated viewership of 10,000-12,000 people around the world, according to Bruce Raley, LifeWay's director of leadership and evangelism training and events, who co-hosted the event sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Rain doesn't dampen spirit of benefit for Gulf residents
Worship at The Wharf was rained out of its venue but not out of its spirit.
Hannibal-LaGrange College seeks university status from messengers
Hannibal-LaGrange College (HLG) will be known as the University of Hannibal if messengers to the Missouri Baptist Convention annual meeting this fall approve the measure.
Officially, SBC registration 26 percent above 2009
SBC registration secretary Jim Wells has released official registration figures for the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando, confirming earlier unofficial results showing a boost in registered messengers compared to 2009.
CP 3.08 percent behind 2009 pace
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 3.08 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.
Baptist volunteers die in separate car accidents
Recent separate car accidents claimed the lives of Baptists serving overseas.
Bush to speak at University of Mobile
Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet Oct. 7.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Obituaries
Events
Honors
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

First-person: The Cooperative Program works

From my earliest memories, giving in church has been a joy and not a burden.

Bible Study

Making Your Case

Acts 21:4022:10; 1 Peter 3:1517
Family Bible Study Lesson, Sep 5
The Case For God's Existence

Ps. 19:1-6; Acts 17:22-29; Heb. 1:1-2
Family Bible Study Lesson, Sep 12

Columns

A bold and blatant appeal

The messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando adopted the Great Commission Task Force Recommendations by what was interpreted as a considerable margin. While most are rejoicing over that decision, others are anxious to see how the recommendations will be implemented and what the SBC will look like in the next decade.
Simplify family worship

A man who is like a spiritual father to me began what he called a "family altar" with his wife before they were married, and has faithfully continued the practice through the arrival of children and grandchildren for more than 50 years.
The Open Door

Every September Georgia Baptists receive a very important offering, our State Missions Offering.
Young adults can't succeed if living with mom and dad

Letters

Love never fails

We hear about churches that mistreat their pastor in so many ways, and it causes us to feel indifferent toward them. However I want to share with you about a church that truly walked another mile for their pastor.
The legacy of Christian mothers, fathers

My mother was born to hard-working but poor, wonderful Christian parents.