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Issue Date: 2011-01-13
Volume: 190
Number: 1

News

Ten Southern Baptists sworn in
First Baptist Tifton member joins others in Washington
First Baptist Tifton member Austin Scott joined at least 10 Southern Baptists in being sworn in for the first time Jan. 5 as members of the U.S. House of Representatives. All are Republicans.
New Year is good time to reevaluate eating habits

New Year's resolutions aside, there is no time like the present to turn over a new leaf. And for many, January is the month of choice to set new goals.
Prayer: the foundational resource

When Victor Sipco is asked how Georgians can help Russian Baptists spread the Gospel, the first thing he asks is for the questioner to pull up a chair to the table and enjoy some Russian tea.
How Georgia Baptists can help
Concord church joins in helping Atlanta's homeless

Producing videos led Jimmy Hammett to some colorful characters. Southern folklore was his specialty, covering topics like moonshiners and revenuers. He once traveled the U.S. with his father, J.C., doing a special on famous coon dogs.
Moscow/St. Petersburg vision trip deadline set for Jan. 21
Georgia Baptists who want to see firsthand how they can be involved in the Moscow/St. Petersburg partnership have only a few days to reserve space on the Feb. 28-March 8 vision trip.
St. Petersburg facts
The courage to declare Truth
SBC VP Ron Herrod committed to training international pastors

"We seem to be afraid today to tell the truth about doctrine, about moral issues, about spiritual warfare. We hear a lot of people saying that we're in danger today of the government censoring the voice of the pulpit, but that hasnít happened and I hope that it doesn't, of course. But we seem to be censoring ourselves."
Bridging the gap in the city of bridges

As Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov - who would later become known as Peter the Great - stood on the bogs on the Baltic Sea in 1708, all he saw was flooded marshland with little intrinsic value.
Billy Graham grants television interview

Billy Graham granted his first interview in several years Dec. 20, telling Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that if he could do it over again, he would spend less time traveling and more time in meditation and prayer.
Study: Religious people happier when share pews with friends
Close friendships among congregants, rather than theology, seem to be the key to happiness among religious people, according to a recent study.
Solemn assembly in SBC churches urged for January

Southern Baptists are being called to "solemn assembly" this month - a time of seeking God in prayer and repentance - by key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Let it snow, church is still meeting
Toccoa congregation launches webcast during inclement weather

Like every other Southerner Dec. 25, Andy Childs was thrilled with the Christmas Day snow. Like every other pastor, he kept an eye on road conditions and the possibility of cancelling services at Ebenezer Baptist Church the next day.
Resources available for SBC's 'Call to a Day of Prayer'

In preparation for the SBC Day of Prayer in January, the North American Mission Board has launched a website with resources to help Southern Baptists answer the call to prayer.

People and Places

Obituaries
Ministerial Moves
Halls of marriage fame
Whelan ordained into the ministry

Cooperative Program Stories

The challenges of ministry in southwest Georgia

For more than 40 years Ken Cloud was on the giving end of Cooperative Program support as a pastor and an evangelist. Now, he is on the receiving end as director of missions for the Bowen Baptist Association.

Bible Study

A Lifestyle of Sacrifice

Luke 9:23-24, 57-62; 21:1-4; Rom. 12:1-2
Bible Studies for Life, Jan 23
A Lifestyle of Meditation

Psalms 1:1-3; 119:11-16; Mark 1:35-39
Bible Studies for Life, Jan 30

Columns

A solemn assembly: one church's plans

As we look to the new year, it is my hope and prayer that Southern Baptists all over the world will return to their first love of Christ.
Respond to the challenge or retreat to a safe haven?

The Barna Group Research has recently made some very disturbing discoveries.
The Open Door

I found very interesting and sad a newspaper announcement regarding the call of a new pastor to a non-denominational chapel.
Assessing talent doesn't have to be cruel exercise

Georgia Voices

Considering the deacon rotation system

It has been my privilege to help a number of Southern Baptist churches as a consultant.