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Issue Date: 2010-12-02
Volume: 189
Number: 24


GBC messengers share Christ, conduct business
Attendance up from last year

With a Dr Pepper in his back pocket and a Bible in his hand, Tom Summers led 18 people to Christ during the Love Albany event at the 189th annual convention meeting held at Sherwood Baptist Church.
Pastors featured in Index article respond to observations on spontaneous baptism
In its November 4 edition The Index published an article exploring the concept of spontaneous baptisms and how some of the state's largest churches had chosen to embrace the practice.
Obama signs order to reform faith-based office

President Obama signed an executive order Nov. 17 that reforms the White House's faith-based office in a bid to improve transparency and clarify rules for religious groups that receive federal grants.
Pinnacle chapel to be dedicated March 12

Like a patient lying anesthetized in an operating room while undergoing major surgery, the chapel at Camp Pinnacle is experiencing a similar traumatic renewal.
Brewton-Parker undergoes SACS reaffirmation

Brewton-Parker College recently hosted a reaffirmation committee from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Alabama DOMs call for slowdown in GCR changes

In an effort to protect funding for work in pioneer areas, as well as ministries traditionally organized for rural America, the Alabama Baptist Conference of Directors of Associational Missions has issued an open letter calling for a slowdown in funding changes related to the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report.
Refugee Beads and WorldCrafts partner to help refugee families
WMU-affiliated ministry works in Atlanta
Juli was born in Chin State, Burma (Myanmar), a region where Christians are severely persecuted for their faith.
Clairmont sings through Baptist Hymnal

Two-and-a-half years ago Clairmont Baptist Church member Gordon Weatherby decided it was time to get reintroduced to an old friend, as he saw it.
NAMB shuts two Baptist centers in New Orleans

The Rachel Sims Baptist Mission and the Carver Baptist Center - now owned and operated by the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board - will close effective Dec. 31, 2010. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, ownership of both properties will transfer to the New Orleans Baptist Association.
Resolutions passed at GBC annual meeting
Georgia Baptists meeting in annual session at Albany's Sherwood Baptist Church passed two resolutions reaffirming the Acts 1:8 mandate beginning first in Judea (Georgia) and then spreading to the uttermost parts of the earth, and against gambling.
Amid drawdown, IMB still sending full-time missionaries
Agency was overly-optimistic in sending more missionaries than it could afford

Southern Baptists are seeking to deploy as many missionaries worldwide as possible amid reductions in personnel due to lower Cooperative Program receipts and the U.S. recession.
Baptist workers experience 'God's time for Cuba'
When Osvier Acosta Ferrero, 72, and Ricardo Tadeo Soria Perez, 58, peddle down dirt roads on their bicycles, they're not out for exercise. They're praying for Cubans who need Christ.
2010 GBC Annual meeting photo coverage
Index ceases reviews of self-published books
Georgia Baptists have never been shy about sharing their thoughts and opinions with others, and that has gotten easier in the last couple of years due to the growth of the self-publishing industry.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Cooperation creates changed lives on GBC college campuses

I have been incredibly blessed watching my three sons become equipped to better serve Christ through Baptist Student Union/Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BSU/BCM) during their years of learning on three different college campuses.

Bible Study

Focus on Jesus

Luke 2:8-20, 33-35
Bible Studies for Life, Dec 19
Go and Do

Luke 10:25-37
Bible Studies for Life, Dec 12


Find balance when planning new baby's sleep schedule

Reach the world by starting in Jerusalem and Judea

Georgia Baptist Convention president and pastor of First Baptist Church Thomasville Dan Spencer presided over the annual session of the Convention meeting with the dignity and spiritual perception one would have anticipated.
The Open Door

Imagine, if you will, the perfect beginning to the Christmas season. We experienced it at the White house. Our three daughters and their families crowded in for several days together, and we had a wonderful time!
When should a believer be baptized?

All of us agree on the importance of baptism following the new birth, but recently there has been some controversy regarding when that should take place.