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Issue Date: 2010-11-04
Volume: 189
Number: 22


Mixed signals about Cooperative Program support
The role of the Cooperative Program as the primary channel of funding Southern Baptist missions came under intense debate this year leading up to the 2010 annual convention meeting in Orlando.
Reduced staffing, greater efficiency and focus key to NAMB's future
Ezell apologizes for being 'disengaged' in convention life

Things will never be the same again.
Staff changes at NAMB
Three NAMB vice presidents will retire by year's end as part of the agency's enhanced retirement package for individuals 54 years and older.
Spontaneous baptism
Have 21st century 'spontaneous baptisms' recaptured the spirit of 1st century New Testament baptisms?

The Noonday Light, a publication of Noonday Baptist Association, reported earlier this year that First Baptist Church of Woodstock and Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta had held "spontaneous baptismal" services in their churches.
Crystal Cathedral files for Chapter 11

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" television broadcast, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors on Oct. 18.
African girl receives volunteers' compassion

Hawa's gait is awkward. Her hips and thighs are fused together, so she walks using movement from her knees down. Her right foot remains in a permanent arch, as if she is wearing an invisible 4-inch heel. Her left foot lies flat.
Georgia Baptists could be the solution for Stockton Misery

What do you think of when you think of California? Well, there is "Tinseltown" and the extravagant homes of the Hollywood stars in Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland, the Hearst Castle and Knotts Berry Farm. California is the home of Yosemite Falls, the Redwood forests and the Big Sur.
How many Bible versions do we need?

More than 90 percent of American households own a Bible, and the average family owns three, according to pollsters at the Barna Group.
Canoeing for Missions: that is what Ray Singleton did

Charles "Ray" Singleton is a daring soul who likes adventure. He recently turned a canoe trip down the Flint River into a profitable expedition benefiting the Bold Mission Builders of Stone Mountain Baptist Association.
Making the old new
More churches choosing renovating over rebuilding

The story is familiar. An influx of people brings churches to add space. After all, it's good for a building to be full but leaders want to stay a step ahead of growth.
NAMB's Ezell charges 62 new missionaries, chaplains: 'stay focused and stay faithful'

In his first missionary commissioning sermon as the new president of the North American Mission Board, Kevin Ezell told 62 missionaries and chaplains to "stay focused and stay faithful" as they begin their new ministries throughout the United States and Canada.
Photographers capture infants' brief lives on film

For the entire lifetime of his daughter, Joey Karr smiled into her eyes.
Hankins' CP stance draws board's support
Says he is willing to play 'the skunk at the tea party'

In a show of solidarity with Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David E. Hankins, the LBC Executive Board Sept. 28 overwhelmingly adopted a resolution supporting the Cooperative Program as the convention's primary funding method and praising Hankins for his unwavering and passionate defense of the 85-year-old channel of missions giving.
Seminary's Dead Sea fragments go hi-tech
In a convergence of ancient Scripture with the latest in photographic technology, Southwestern Seminary worked with the West Semitic Research Project this fall to prepare for the study and publication of its Dead Sea Scrolls collection and other artifacts.
A heart for his Turkish hometown
Hamit Kaya's* ministry has a distinct rhythm: tea before medicine, medicine before words.

Baptist News Summary

Tsunami strikes Indonesia; assessment underway
Southern Baptist relief workers are assessing needs in the wake of a tsunami that struck remote island villages in western Indonesia Oct. 26.
Housing reservations open for SBC
Housing reservations have opened for the Southern Baptist Convention's June 14-15, 2011, annual meeting in Phoenix.
BMA-SBTC agreement proposed
The Baptist Missionary Association of Texas has announced it will recommend to its messengers a "working ministry relationship" between BMAT and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention during the BMAT's 110th annual session Nov. 10 in Lufkin.
Southern Baptist pastor appeals suit over Obama's birth
A California pastor will appeal a court's dismissal of his suit claiming President Obama was not born in the U.S. and is ineligible for the presidency.

Religious Newsbriefs

Bible institute re-opening in Serbia
The 55-year-old Bible institute in Novi Sad, Serbia is opening its doors again after three years of silence, said Serbian Baptist Union (UBC) director Ondrej Franka.
Indian Christians call for calm after verdict
Churches in India joined other faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after a court ruled that a religious site violently disputed by Hindus and Muslims should be split between the two groups.
Zacchaeus' tree now for tourists
A huge sycamore tree that some believe was climbed by Zacchaeus the tax collector to get a better view of Jesus is the centerpiece of a new tourism campaign by the Palestinian government.
More link Christian faith to being American
As the U.S. has grown more diverse, more Americans believe that being a Christian is a key aspect of being "truly American," researchers say.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Revival Report

Cooperative Program Stories

Connecting and cooperating through prayer

What is the "one" thing that Jesus prayed for?

Bible Study

Life In Light of Eternity

Luke 12:13-21, Phil.1:21-26
Family Bible Study Lesson, Nov 14
Life Together

Acts 2:41-47; 
Heb. 10:23-25
Family Bible Study, Nov. 21


What if God didn't bless you?

A quote often attributed to Rev. Sam Pascoe goes like this, "Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship. It moved to Greece and became a philosophy. It moved to Italy and became an institution. It moved to Europe and became a culture. It came to America and became an enterprise."
Spontaneous baptisms: Look before you leap

There is a new phenomenon sweeping across the evangelical world called "spontaneous baptisms." One congregation, Elevation Church in Matthews, N.C., has grown from just 19 people when it launched on Feb. 5, 2006 to more than 6,000 in regular attendance today.
Dating can be damaging to young teens' self-esteem

The Open Door

Having grown up in Alabama, I was brought up with the longstanding tradition that if you live in Alabama you are for either the University of Alabama or Auburn University.


Words from R.G. Lee regarding cooperation

I had the wonderful pleasure of hearing Floyd County Associational Director of Missions Jim Reynolds preach recently and discovered that we have something in common; our fathers took us to hear Dr. R.G. Lee preach when we were boys.
Creation Museum not 'evolving'

I believe that the headline "Three years on, Creation Museum is evolving" in the last issue of The Index did a disservice to the article on the Creation Museum.