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Issue Date: 2010-09-23
Volume: 189
Number: 19

News

Ranier addresses 'new normal' to LifeWay trustees

LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom S. Rainer introduced several recommendations and initiatives in his "state of LifeWay" report to trustees to position the Southern Baptist entity to better accomplish its mission.
Stink-free pigs help present the Gospel in Thailand

They needed pigs that don't stink.
Kan.-Neb. reduces CP allocation; economy, 'direct missions' giving cited
The Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists has reduced the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to Southern Baptists' national and international causes from 32 percent to 22 percent, the convention's news publication reported in September.
Closer to heaven, workers repair steeples and lives

When William Thornton goes to work in the morning, all he can see is a cross lifted against the sky as he swings around the steeple of First Methodist Church 100 feet above the petty concerns of the city.
NAMB staffers aid church for refugees
The early morning rain has passed and it's 9 a.m. on another "Thankful Thursday" as dozens of refugees - in pairs, as families, or in groups - stroll up to Clarkston International Bible Church.
Haiti, evangelism, budget top GBC Executive Committee

Stewart Simms, vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, brought a stirring message from the Old Testament book of Haggai for the Sept. 14 meeting of the Executive Committee at the GBC Missions and Ministry Center.
KBC task force calls for 50-50 Ky./SBC funding

After eight months of discussions, the Kentucky Great Commission Task Force has released its report.
Ezell meets NAMB staff, emphasizes church planting

The first person North American Mission Board employees saw at the front door of the building on the morning of Sept. 15 was NAMB's newest employee, who greeted each of them with a smile and a handshake. It was the mission board’s new president, Kevin Ezell.
Louisville pastor to lead NAMB

After more than four hours in closed-door executive session, trustees of the North American Mission Board voted Sept 14 to approve Kentucky pastor Kevin Ezell as the organization's next president.
Chinese pastor, wife slain at church served by Lottie Moon
A Chinese pastor and his wife were slain Aug. 31 at Penglai Christian Church, where Lottie Moon, an icon of Southern Baptist mission work, served in the early 1900s in Penglai, China.
Preaching, teaching, fellowship highlight Black Church Week

Few conferences begin as early as Black Church Week. The early praise service began at 6:15 a.m., before breakfast or even coffee.

Baptist News Summary

LifeWay releases HCSB Study Bible
B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources has announced the release of the HCSB Study Bible, building upon the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation released in 2004.
Southern Baptists prepare for World Hunger Day Oct. 10
Relief workers are able to give hope to thousands of desperate families in Haiti and Pakistan because Southern Baptists have given generously to their World Hunger Fund, the executive director of a Southern Baptist relief and development organization said Sept. 13.
Golden Gate professor: Quran-burning harms witness, endangers others
Burning copies of the Quran would endanger Christians in other countries and also make it more difficult to share the Gospel with Muslims, a Golden Gate Seminary professor said after the pastor of a small Florida church called off a highly publicized Quran-burning event.

Religious Newsbriefs

Army chaplain first to die in combat since Vietnam
A Baptist minister from Oregon who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 30 is the first Army chaplain to die in combat since Vietnam, according to the Army.
Man sues Mormon Church over baptism back injuries
A Las Vegas man is suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for medical expenses after he injured his back in 2007 performing baptisms for the dead.
Court rules that World Vision has right to hire, fire based on religion
World Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization, can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 23.
Heaven trumps hell in Canadian poll
According to new poll, a bit more than half of Canadians believe in heaven, but less than a third believe in hell.

People and Places

Honors
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Obituaries

Cooperative Program Stories

How does Cooperation work?

Cooperation goes against the grain of self-styled ministry.

Bible Study

Sin is a Big Deal

Gen. 3:1-6, 16-19, 24; Rom.s 5:12-14
Family Bible Study Lesson, Oct 3
Why "Good" Isn't Good Enough

Is. 5:20-23; 6:1-5 Rom. 3:21-26
Family Bible Study, Oct 10

Columns

The naked public square

I remember Joseph Raymond McCarthy.
Make a commitment before making a move

Five myths Christians believe

I used to believe that as long as I was "doing the Lord's work," God would protect me from physical harm with some kind of magic force field whenever I visited overseas mission fields.
The Open Door

I thought becoming a parent was the most wonderful experience in the world.

Letters

Reader asks if there's Mohler to the story

It's interesting that your story about the nomination of Kevin Ezell to head NAMB does not mention that he is the pastor of Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary.
Appreciation for Margaret Burks

Thanks so much for reporting (Aug. 26 issue, page 2) on the latest adventures of that wonderful lady Margaret Burks!