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Issue Date: 2010-12-30
Volume: 189
Number: 26


Georgia Baptists to study CP percentage allocation

Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members approved a motion on Dec. 14 to create a study committee to encourage personal stewardship growth while examining the percentage allocation of funds to the Southern and Georgia Baptist conventions.
More states promise larger CP gifts

More state conventions are committed to sending a larger share of Cooperative Program dollars to Southern Baptist causes worldwide by reducing the portion they keep for ministry within the state.
Focusing on the lostness in Georgia

Wayne Bray and his congregation at Beulah Baptist Church have an unquestionable love for international missions.
Fewer 'Middle Americans' married, attending worship

Marriage among Americans who have graduated high school but not college is on the decline, and their religious attendance has dropped at the same time, a new report shows.
'What Would Andy Do?'

Say a group of immigrants want to build a mosque in Mayberry, right next to All Saints Church.
Christian 'hemorrhage' mounts in Iraq

Rahim* took one bullet in the leg, then one in the head while sitting in a church pew.
Mission Georgia 2020
Advancing Georgia Baptists Toward 2020

Mission Georgia 2020 is a 10-year report on the lostness of Georgia that was presented to messengers at the annual convention meeting in November in Albany.
Associational Reports
Unrest in Haiti prompts volunteers' return to U.S.

After facing three days of escalating civil unrest in Haiti along with the continuing outbreak of cholera, Florida and Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers suspended their work and returned to the United States Dec. 10.
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In Rio's gang-infested slums, missionaries show God's peace
Georgia native continues outreach in favelas

A nearby explosion sent missionaries ducking for cover at a Thanksgiving celebration in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 25.
A new start
Theological education and revival meetings nothing unusual at Phillips State Prison

One out of every 14 men in Georgia is in prison or under some kind of supervision.
Ninety-seven year old C.B. Keene elected as a deacon

C.B. Keene, age 97, was ordained as a deacon at Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Dublin on Sunday, Dec. 12.
Prayer arises alongside North and South Korea tensions

Recent acts of aggression between North and South Korea have Georgia Baptists with ties to those countries praying for a peaceful resolution.
Recession catches up to America's churches

According to a new LifeWay Research study, data gathered Oct. 7-14 shows that 2010 is on course to be the third straight year with an increased number of churches receiving lower offerings than the prior year.
Waters is nominee for GBC president
Morningside Baptist Church pastor Wayne Robertson has announced his intentions to nominate fellow pastor John Waters as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Godwin joins Index staff on Jan. 4
Lonette Godwin will join The Index staff on Jan. 4 as administrative assistant with additional responsibilities in circulation.
New associations leaders named
Ted Kandler and Chad Boyd were recently tabbed as new leaders in association missions efforts.

Baptist News Summary

CP giving 3.77 percent below pace
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 3.77 percent below the same time frame in 2009, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Page.
Names in the News
Webcast brings Bethlehem live to churches
During a live webcast Dec. 5, eight Southern Baptist churches watched a six-minute personalized presentation from the streets of Bethlehem as part of their Sunday morning schedule.
Texas church arsonists plead guilty
Two men who attended a Southern Baptist church as teenagers pled guilty Dec. 14 in a string of East Texas church arsons.
Camel into pews, church in spotlight
A YouTube video showing a Christmas pageant camel falling sideways into church pews has put a Baptist congregation in the national spotlight - and given church leaders an unexpected media opportunity to discuss spiritual matters.
SBC registration secretary Jim Wells begins cancer treatments
Jim Wells, registration secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention, recently began treatments for cancer diagnosed last month.
Agriculture class at Southeastern prepares students for Third World
Aiming to grow opportunities to share the Gospel in the developing world, agricultural principles were taught in addition to the usual theology and church history classes this fall at Southeastern Seminary.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Worshiping, serving, and playing together
Families on mission:

"Families in the church need to worship together, serve together and play together," says Alan Morris, minister of preschool and children at First Baptist Church (FBC) in Duluth.

Bible Study

A Lifestyle of Humility

Luke 14:7-11; John 13:3-5, 14-15; Phil. 2:1-4
Bible Studies for Life, Jan 9
A Lifestyle of Service

Matt. 25:19-21, 29, 34-40; Mark 10:42-45
Bible Studies for Life, Jan 16


Working mom feels guilty having child in day care

Why is there no word from Richmond?

Jerry Rankin, former president of the International Mission Board, announced his retirement 15 months ago in September 2009. Soon thereafter Jerry Pritchard, pastor of First Baptist Church of Forney, Texas, was chosen to lead a 15-member search committee.
The Open Door

My eight-year-old granddaughter, Lauren, said, "Granddaddy listen to this."
Disagreeing without being disagreeable

Once I wrote a column titled "The Resurrection of Jesus: Believing the Impossible Is Possible." I affirmed the assertion, as have billions through the centuries, from the Apostles Creed: On the third day, Jesus rose again and ascended into heaven.


Question about spontaneous baptism

I have read your recent articles regarding spontaneous baptisms.