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Issue Date: 2011-03-24
Volume: 190
Number: 6


Ray Goff: climbing the upward way

Ray Goff knows what it is like to stand as a victor on the mountaintop. He also knows what it is like to walk in a lonesome valley.
Americans 'more likely' to support Christian businesses
With Christian-owned Chick-fil-A still the target of criticism from homosexual groups, a new Barna survey shows that Christian-based companies have more to gain than to lose when it comes to operating according to their faith.
Baron 'baller' Andrew Dikas shoots for Christ

Senior Guard Andrew Dikas' story is one of aspiration meets inspiration.
Capacity crowds for Camp Pinnacle chapel dedication

Memories nearly six decades in the making flowed freely as the newly-renovated Camp Pinnacle Chapel was rededicated on March 12.
Music trio at First Chattahoochee together 40+ years

Bob Shaw loved Gospel music and made it a goal to one day travel the country as part of a group. It appeared he succeeded when he joined the popular Homeland Harmony Quartet in 1949. Like many plans of men, though, it came undone due to a girl.
'Our mission starts here' state GBC leaders at Executive Committee meeting

In a meeting that extended well beyond the scheduled time, Georgia Baptist Executive Committee members discussed ways to battle an increasing level of lostness within the state while celebrating ongoing sacrificial giving to meet that goal.
China tourists: 1 million Bibles in 10 years

Since the Southern Cross project began distributing Bibles to Chinese tourists 10 years ago, close to a million Bible packets have been given away - and countless lives have been changed for eternity.
Churches: Rise Up for the children

Again, I am honored to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees this year for the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries (GBCH&FM).
Elliff elected unanimously to lead International Mission Board

By a unanimous vote, Thomas "Tom" D. Elliff was elected International Mission Board president March 16 by IMB trustees meeting in Dallas.
In Quebec, he's aiming for 200 new churches, 20,000 baptisms

As North American Mission Board worker Jacques Avakian describes the spiritual condition of people in Quebec, where he has been overseeing church planting since January 2009, he calls to mind the boat crew in the story of Jonah.
Ezell: 'New day for NAMB, states and ADOMs'

"It's a new day at NAMB," North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell said in addressing more than 400 associational directors of missions and church planting missionaries from across North America. "We're not just moving the deck chairs around."
Southern Baptist Japan disaster response under way

The Southern Baptist relief effort in Japan is moving forward in spite of uncertainties about the ongoing nuclear crisis in the northeastern part of the country.
Georgia among states caught in crossfire over guns in churches

The way Jonathan Wilkins sees it, members of his church in Thomaston should have the right to carry guns into worship services to protect the congregation.
Pitman calls church planters west
Pastors' conference president says western states are ready for harvest

Vance Pitman believes the next Great Awakening in America will rise from the West with church planting at the epicenter of the movement, and he hopes the 2011 SBC Pastors' Conference in Phoenix will serve as a catalyst toward that end.
Confession? There's an app for that. Several, actually

Theologians, psychologists and sociologists agree about the benefits - spiritual, emotional and communal - of confession.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
First Baptist Sylvania celebrates Miller's 100th
Evans honored for lifelong ministries
Truett-McConnell students help build Uganda academy
Revival Reports
Central Baptist, Wadley gives gift to Brewton-Parker

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia girl's faith journey lands her overseas

Each believer has a journey of faith. As givers to the Cooperative Program, Georgia Baptists daily touch the lives of people in our state and across the world as we invest in others. Sarah Davis*, a journey girl from our "Judea," is one of those currently living out her faith on foreign soil.

Bible Study

Balance Hope with Grief

John 11:20-27, 32-36, 43-44
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 3
Recognize God's Presence

Ps. 31:7-10, 14-16, 21-24
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 10


Young, Southern Baptist... and irrelevant?

I'm not "young, restless and reformed."
Dad concerned son will make same marital mistakes he did

The Open Door

The news coming out of Japan has been devastating.
Fire and brimstone

What do outsiders think of when Georgia comes to mind? Some would say peaches, kudzu and collard greens. Ray Charles would sing, "I say Georgia, Georgia, a song of you comes as sweet and clear as moonlight though the pines."