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Issue Date: 2010-12-16
Volume: 189
Number: 25

News

Celebrating Christmas before Dec. 25? Bah humbug!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - earlier and earlier every year. The evergreens at Rockefeller Center and the White House were decorated in November, radio stations started playing carols after Halloween, and stores have been promoting Christmas sales for months.
Review of 'Christmas with a Capital C'

If you were looking for good wholesome family entertainment I would enthusiastically recommend "Christmas with a Capital C."
Age-old Amish experience a 21st century boom

Paul "Chubby" Chubb cranks up the engine of his big Dodge pickup and sets off on his daily rounds, running errands for the Amish, taking them shopping, delivering goods and making friends along the way.
Page announces staffing consolidation, reductions
Citing unprecedented economic challenges facing the Executive Committee, Frank Page, president and chief executive officer of the EC since Oct. 1, announced structural and staffing changes on the Executive Committee staff in two memos sent to Executive Committee members on Nov. 17 and Nov. 29.
AIDS victims 'get up off sick bed' to start over

No one in the clinic's waiting room is smiling - except Anna Banda.
2010 Report of the Committee on Nominations
NAMB trims staff by one-third in historic downsizing
99 positions vacated in first 90 days of new presidency

Barely three months into his tenure as head of the North American Mission Board, President Kevin Ezell has surpassed his goal of reducing the agency by 25 percent.
'Baby Scan Jesus' ad set despite criticism
An advertising campaign designed to help people focus on Christ at Christmas will portray an ultrasound scan of the Son of God in His mother's womb on British billboards in December despite criticism that it promotes an anti-abortion message.
Christmas in Montana's winter wonderland is a blessing, but also a challenge

Montana has been home to Lloyd and Brenda Crabtree for almost 30 months. The couple has been a part of the Mission Service Corps of the North American Mission Board. In the summer of 2007 they were a part of a mission team from Norcross' Peachtree Corners Baptist Church to assist Canyon Baptist Church here with Vacation Bible School.
Getting the Word out
Morgan County youth group enters the publishing world

Locals expect the assumption, so are ready with a clarification. When citizens of this rural community tell people where they're from, an almost instant follow-up comes: "No, not that part of Atlanta where all the celebrities live."
NAMB commissions 36 at Texas service

Rich and Melissa Sivernell are learning that even though metro Denver is less than a thousand miles from Flower Mound, Texas, it's a very different world.
TMC breaks ground for three new buildings on historic day

Truett-McConnell College is growing at a record pace. TMC president Emir Caner reported, "The headcount is up 45 percent this year over last year and the FTE (full time equivalency) is up by 38 percent."

Georgia Newsbriefs

Southerland named to GBC evangelism team
Dalton pastor Joel Southerland will join the GBC Evangelism Ministries team on Jan. 4, team leader Steve Parr announced in early December.
Help still needed in Haiti
A recent cholera outbreak and unrest from elections has highlighted the ongoing need for relief workers in Haiti, stated Georgia Baptist Convention State Missionary for Disaster Relief Stuart Lang.

Religious Newsbriefs

Move over Rio, Polish church unveils world's largest Christ statue visible for ten miles
A Polish bishop welcomed fellow Catholics from around the world at an unveiling Nov. 21 of the world's largest statue of Christ.
Hate group watchdog adds Family Research Council to its list
The Southern Poverty Law Center is adding the Family Research Council and four other conservative religious organizations to its list of hate groups because of "falsehoods" in their anti-gay statements.
Religious majors on the rise in colleges
On campuses across the nation, religion is becoming a popular subject of study, The Buffalo News in New York said, citing several local colleges that have expanded their courses in response to increased interest in the topic.
Palestinian report claims ownership of Western Wall, calls it a Muslim shrine
The Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report published Nov. 22 by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Information.

People and Places

Obituaries
Honors
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

What goes around comes around

The following conversation took place in November of 1925 between two good friends, James Love, then president of the Foreign (now International) Mission Board, and W.H. Baylor, general secretary of the Baptist Convention of Maryland:

Bible Study

Go and Tell

Acts 8:26-39
Bible Studies for Life, Dec 26
A Lifestyle of Community

Ephesians 4:4-7, 
14-16, 25-32
Bible Studies for Life, Jan 2

Columns

How to find the celestial light this Christmas

When I was a boy - many, many years ago - we always had a Christmas Eve worship service at our church, the First Baptist Church of Valdese, North Carolina.
Guest Commentary

There are several ways to make sure your Christian witness continues after you have gone to heaven.
The Open Door

Christmas is full of transitions. In this season of the year, Janice and I often think about the days when our three daughters were young and at home. Those were very special Christmases at our house. I would not have an artificial tree in the house. In fact, I would go out to the Christmas tree lots looking for the largest natural tree I could find.
First Christmas after divorce not very merry for children

Letters

Spontaneous baptism: unvarnished consumerism

It's not the spontaneity of baptism that troubles me as much as it is the decoupling of baptism from entrance into the body of Christ.
Blanchard playing 'Connect the Verses'

Pastor Bill Blanchard's position on baptism (immediately following conversion, or only after some indeterminate time of discipleship) seems to me plausible, at best.
Our Judea: Georgia

Thank God for (GBC President) Bro. Dan Spencer!