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Issue Date: 2011-02-24
Volume: 190
Number: 4


Billy Graham 'born Christian' quote stirs debate

Billy Graham isn't known to say that people are "born Christians," but a quote from President George W. Bush's book that quotes Graham as saying just that has some people scratching their head and Graham's spokesman asserting the phrase is not in "Graham's lexicon."
SEND is new NAMB strategy
NAMB to be decentralized into five regions - Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Canada

SEND. That's the word Kevin Ezell wants Southern Baptists to think of first when they think of the North American Mission Board.
Area students invited to Awakening at BPC
Brewton-Parker College's Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) invites local college and high school students to "Awakening" on the Mount Vernon campus, March 21-23.
Graham in 'good' health, working on book
Evangelist Billy Graham is in "good overall health," enjoys keeping up with current events and is working on a book on aging, according to a statement.
Elliff nominated to lead SBC international missions

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Tom Elliff is the nominee for the position of president of the International Mission Board. The selection ends nearly 18 months of speculation on who would lead the denomination's global missions enterprise.
Mike Simoneaux named acting president at BPC

David R. Smith's resignation as president of Brewton-Parker College, effective Feb. 28, places the South Georgia college in a time of transition.
Brewton-Parker men's soccer to lead Spring Break kids camp

Brewton-Parker College Men's Soccer team will host two Barons Spring Break Soccer Camps during both the Vidalia Schools' and Montgomery County Schools' spring breaks March 28-31 and April 19-21, respectively.
Hand in hand, church names playground in honor of cancer fighter

The drive between Thomasville and McDonough stretches 220 miles and more than three hours.
At 102, George Beverly Shea to receive lifetime Grammy award

Prominent Gospel singer and longtime Billy Graham associate George Beverly Shea received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.
Some things really are free, Chinese man learns

Cardboard boxes sit half-opened in the back of the truck. An elementary aged Chinese boy sneaks away from his grandparents, who are standing in a long line of tourists outside a restaurant, to take a look.
Pete Wall: shepherd and evangelist

Screven County's Pete Wall is a farmer, breeder of livestock, geneticist, pastor, evangelist and all round good guy. He vows that when he was a boy he was so bashful that he was petrified at the thought of speaking to a stranger. Today he is one of the most engaging, gregarious persons in southeast Georgia.
DeHart shares Christ by teaching reading, writing

Yearly, thousands of immigrants come to the Atlanta metro area - fleeing poverty, famine, disease, civil war, persecution and even death. If Paulette DeHart has her way, they'll learn English and meet Jesus Christ - not always in that order.
Donald V. Dowless named president of Shorter University

Donald V. Dowless, president of academics at North Greenville University, has been named president at Shorter University. The South Carolina academician will assume the role as the college's 19th president on June 1.
In soggy Netherlands, a modern Noah builds his ark

If there was ever a country that understands floods, it is the Netherlands, where one-quarter of the land is below sea level, and it is here that a modern Noah is constructing an ark.
Conrad Rehling Memorial Fund established at Truett-McConnell

Maxine Rehling, wife of the late Conrad Rehling, established the Conrad Rehling Memorial Fund at Truett-McConnell College Jan. 27.
Jimmy Livingston's answer to the removal of crosses

Religion News Service recently reported that the British branch of the YWCA has dropped "Christian" from its official name because according to the charity's officials "it no longer stood for what we are or what we do."
Egyptian GBC pastor reflects on uprising

Mokhles Hanna, pastor of Arabic Baptist Mission in Lilburn, recently spoke of the recent upheaval in Egypt.
Tomlin, TobyMac lead Dove nominees
Chris Tomlin and TobyMac each received six nominations followed by Jason Crabb with five and Francesca Battistelli with four as the nominees for the 42nd annual Dove Awards were announced Feb. 16.
Egypt family structures shaken and in flux
The long-running social and political upheaval in Egypt, which toppled the presidency of Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, also has shaken family structures, one Christian worker says, noting that the resulting uncertainty presents a "key" evangelism opportunity for the global Christian community.

Georgia Newsbriefs

New Administration Committee leaders voted in
Georgia Baptist Convention Administration Committee members Wayne Bray and Wayne Marcus were elected by their peers to serve the group as vice chairman and chairman, respectively.
Gentry called to lead Henry Association
Henry Baptist Association in McDonough has called Ray Gentry as associational missionary effective March 10. Gentry is currently associate pastor of Biblical Guidance at First Baptist Church in Centerville.

Baptist News Summary

Evangelism, your move
Oklahoma pastor Alan Day dies in motorcycle crash
Alan Day, pastor of First Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., died Feb. 16 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash.
Pastors' Conference goals is 1,000 church plants
A renewed passion for planting churches in North America and taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth will provide the focus for the 2011 SBC Pastors' Conference, the president of that organization said.
Library receives McCall papers
An extensive collection of personal records from one of the Southern Baptist Convention's most influential black leaders is now open to researchers at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville, Tenn.
GuideStone releases tax guide
Ministers can find additional help in preparing their 2010 federal income tax returns with the annual Tax Return Preparation and Federal Reporting Guide from GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Peru's Baptist seminaries ponder accreditation
Doors are opening for Baptist seminaries in Peru in light of new legislation making governmental accreditation available to non-Catholic seminaries.

Religious Newsbriefs

Report says U.S. Muslim population to double in 20 years
The U.S. Muslim population is expected to double over the next 20 years, fueled by immigration and higher-than-average fertility rates, according to a new report released Jan. 27.
Americans give poor marks to the state of our moral union
Three out of four Americans grade the country's moral climate at a "C" or below, according to a new poll released Jan. 20.
Russian Orthodox leader chides faithful over sloppy dress
A top official of the Russian Orthodox Church has called for an official dress code to encourage propriety after previously suggesting that provocatively dressed women provoke immorality and violence.
Michigan bill would allow guns in churches, colleges, hospitals
Individuals with valid concealed weapons permits could carry guns in Michigan areas currently prohibited by law, including schools, churches, bars and sports stadiums, under proposed legislation.

People and Places

GBREA elects new officers
Ministerial Moves
Nativity scene marks 55 years

Cooperative Program Stories

Ingleside Baptist Church-A church with open hands

Generosity is not as much about what you do as it is about who you are.

Bible Study

Faith under Fire

1 Peter 1:1-12
Bible Studies for Life, Mar 6
Ready for Action

1 Peter 1:13-2:1
Bible Studies for Life, Mar 13


Tozer's rules for self-discovery (part II)

In my previous editorial I began to outline A.W. Tozer's rules for self-discovery. Tozer died (at age 66) the same year I got married and started my seminary education. His writings helped me maintain my commitment to the infallibility of Holy Scripture during those days in seminary and constantly drew me closer to my Savior.
Dad's lack of engagement with son has mom worried

Welcome to 'Toyland'

As I have listened to the banter of those arguing over the issue of Sunday alcohol sales, I am reminded of the story of Pinocchio the wooden puppet who wanted to become a real boy.
The Open Door

Every year the Southern Baptist state convention executive directors get together for a conference. During the week-long meeting we enjoy great fellowship with each other, hear reports from Southern Baptist leaders and converse with each other about our work.

Georgia Voices

Can we handle the truth?

Church attendance continues to decline. Offerings decrease, budgets are cut, and offerings decrease even more.