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Issue Date: 2010-10-21
Volume: 189
Number: 21

News

Behind Colbert's right-wing funnyman, a quiet faith

When comedian Stephen Colbert brought his act to Capitol Hill last month and stole the spotlight with his satirical shtick, no one was more surprised than lawmakers.
Adding art to ministry
Bull Street Baptist in Savannah helps host student exhibits

Look on a map and it appears to be only a 16-minute walk on Bull Street to Savannah College of Art and Design.
Kentucky exec Mackey to retire
Bill Mackey, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has announced his retirement, effective May 31, 2011. Mackey, 69, has served in the position since February 1998.
Southern Baptist pastor encourages others in the hunt

Entering the chapel of Lamson Road Community Church here, visitors pass paintings of wildlife scenes, antique fishing gear, and a trophy buck's head hanging on the walls.
Margaret Cooper: a terrific teacher of timeless truth

Margaret Cooper, who was born on Aug. 29, 1918, has been teaching Sunday School for 75 years. Center Hill Baptist, the home church of this venerable teacher, has been the recipient of her faithful leadership for all those years.
Author finds faith, fanaticism in South's football god

Chad Gibbs has been on a pigskin pilgrimage throughout the South, searching for spiritual truth in Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, Gainesville and Fayetteville.
BIVOCATIONAL
Small churches, big hearts

"We are out in the woods between Patterson and Blackshear."
GBC cuts 2011 budget to 2000 levels
12 staff reductions will not affect commitment to resourcing churches, White says

The recession may officially be over but a continuing slumping economy is forcing the Georgia Baptist Convention to trim its 2011 budget by $1,025,000 and once again reduce staffing levels.
Chilean miners say 'Thank you, Lord' for their rescue

As 33 trapped miners in Chile stepped out of a rescue capsule to greet the world again Oct. 12-13, many wore a T-shirt with ¡Gracias Señor! (Thank you, Lord!) printed across the front.

People and Places

Obituaries
Honors
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Cooperation means sharing

The Panera Bread Company has begun a new experiment based on the principle of sharing.

Bible Study

Making Sense of Faith

Rom. 4:1-3, 23-25; 10:9-11 Heb. 12:1-2
Family Bible Study Lesson, Oct 31
Why "Good" Isn't Good Enough

John 14:15-31; 15:9-17
Family Bible Study, Nov 7

Columns

October is 'Eat Country Ham Month,' but don't let it end there

Has your church remembered that this is Clergy Appreciation Month? Actually, it is also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, American Pharmacist Month, Apple Jack Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Computer Learning Month, Cookie Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Use 'secret worshipers' at your church

Do you ever wonder how your church looks to a first-time guest? Are you curious about why some guests attend once and never return? What if a "secret worshiper" anonymously visited your church and completed a survey to describe the visit?
The Open Door

Some experienced person once said that tough times require tough measures. That was an understatement when you think about the current condition of our nation and the economic and other challenges we are facing.
Man's Internet flings could destroy marriage

America's dangerous direction

In the process of trying to get a handle on their finances, people often ask me, "What role should money play in our lives?" That's really a good question to consider - and it's one that the Bible answers.