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Issue Date: 2011-04-21
Volume: 190
Number: 8


Easter Awakening
Thirty students accept Christ, 40 rededicate their lives in spring spiritual emphasis

Easter will never be the same again for more than 30 Brewton-Parker students who accepted Christ in a campus-wide revival in late March, or for 40 others who rededicated their lives to Christ.
Georgia pastors among those named to SBC Resolutions Committee
SBC President Bryant Wright has named the members of the Resolutions Committee who will serve during the June 14-15 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix.
Truett-McConnell equips the called

Truett-McConnell College is crafting its own version of a Great Commission Resurgence and doing it in the most practical and positive way imaginable - being the first Baptist college in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Missions.
Mr. Bags a dream waiting to become a reality

Jeff Franklin and Wayne Haseley, both Georgia Baptists, became weary of the meager fare of family entertainment on television and have teamed up to produce a pilot that will offer America a family-friendly television series.
Dowless talks Shorter

After the March 15 GBC Executive Committee meeting The Christian Index interviewed new Shorter University President Don Dowless.
Ground Zero cross on the move again

The Cross at Ground Zero was one of thousands of I-beams used to construct the iron skeletons of the World Trade Center towers.
Survey: 14 percent of churches use online giving

As consumers in the United States shift increasingly to online banking and bill payment, their electronic financial habits are spilling over into the church.
One of God's mighty mites

Seventy three-year-old pastor Marvin Holladay loves his church. Northside Baptist in Douglas reciprocates with a deep and an abiding love for him. It is a marriage made in heaven.
Pressing the matter

Time and intensity.
Chuy Avila: planting churches in a dangerous place

Among all the hundreds of places North American Mission Board church planting missionaries minister, none is more dangerous than Laredo in south Texas, where Chuy and Maria Avila serve.
Shorter University women's basketball named a national team of character
Shorter University's women's basketball team received the NAIA's Champions of Character Team Award March 29 in at the national tournament banquet in Jackson, TN.
2011 GBC Committee on Nominations named
Brewton-Parker restructures academic programs
Brewton-Parker College is restructuring its academic programs into four main divisions: Arts & Sciences, Christian Studies, Business, and Education. No academic majors will be reduced as a result of this restructuring.

Religious Newsbriefs

Millionaire buys paintings so church can keep them
A self-effacing multimillionaire has become a local hero after buying a series of 17th-century religious paintings and then donating them back to the Church of England in a bid to help boost art tourism.
Church bans employees' social networking with minors
The Archdiocese of Mobile has told staff and volunteers who work with children that electronic communication with minors must be limited to "providing information related to a ministry or event and not for socialization or other personal interaction."
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre reading KJV Bible over Holy Week
William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with a cover-to-cover reading between Palm Sunday and Easter Monday.
Jews pressure Facebook over Palestinian page
Facebook shut down a "Third Palestinian Intifada" page and similar groups recently, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups that the content had crossed the line from free speech to violent incitement.

People and Places

Sweat Memorial parents mark the beginning at baby dedication
First Rincon reaches its community with second "Love Out Loud" event
Calling the event "Love Out Loud," First Baptist Church of Rincon sent more than 350 volunteers into the community on Sunday, Feb. 20, to perform 16 service projects to show the love of Christ in practical ways.
Ministerial Moves
Ballards begin ministry at Mountain Park
Woody commissioned as chaplain

Cooperative Program Stories

Top 100 Church/Top Associations in Baptisms

Bible Study

Use Your Influence

Esther 4:13-17; 8:3-8
Bible Studies for Life, May 8
Overcome Your Fears

Joshua 1:1-11, 16-18
Bible Studies for Life, May 1


The reality of the resurrection

In college and seminary I studied neo-orthodox theologians like Rudolph Bultmann, who would never assert that the resurrection is a historical reality. He purported that it was the believer's subjective experience.
The Open Door

There is an interesting passage of Scripture in Acts 25:19. In the passage, Festus, the Roman Governor of Judea, and Paul the Apostle agreed as to the death of Jesus, but they were miles apart on the resurrection of Christ.
Dad concerned son will make same marital mistakes he did

Help children experience renewal

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and a feeling of freshness and newness is in the air.