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Issue Date: 2011-05-05
Volume: 190
Number: 9

News

'Grace Card' wears its heart on its sleeve

"The Grace Card" is part of what appears to be a growing trend of ministry movies, films made by churches and released into theaters in a novel attempt to spread the word to mainstream audiences.
Arabic Bible Institute graduates first class

The first commencement celebration for the Georgia Baptist Convention's Arabic Bible Institute was held at First Baptist Church in Lilburn on April 16. Nicolas Murr, pastor of Briarlake Arabic Fellowship in Decatur, presided over the graduation ceremony.
One church start that is alive and well after 20 years

Trinity Baptist Church celebrated 20 years of ministry on Sunday, April 10. John Carr, the missionary for Southeast Baptist Association, was guest preacher for the morning worship service, which was followed by a fellowship meal.
Timeless

For years the King James Version of the Bible was the number one selling book in America and perhaps in the English-speaking world.
Two Rivers Baptist Church changes name
Two Rivers Baptist Church, a prominent Southern Baptist congregation in Nashville, changed its name March 20 to the "Fellowship at Two Rivers," saying the change was driven by a desire to distance itself from controversies in recent years.
Church-state ties on full display at royal wedding

When Prince William and Kate Middleton walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey April 29, Britain's unique and historic ties between church and state was on full display.
Baptist Center displays old Bible pages through late summer

Like many Southern Baptists, Joe McGee has a high regard for the Bible. But unlike most, his dates back several hundred years - when translators were being burned at the stake for simply printing what has become the world's most popular book.
Georgia Baptists join others in post-tornado help
Storm outbreak eclipses one from nearly 40 years ago

Sixteen counties across the state were devastated by an outbreak of storms not seen in nearly 40 years April 27. At least 15 people died with hundreds of homes and businesses damaged.
'Soul Surfer' rides the wave of 'real' Christian films

The beautiful teenage girl floats across the surface of a crystal-blue ocean like a dream, her sun-bleached blonde tresses flowing behind her, unpolluted joy painted across her face.
New Orleans Seminary to cut personnel
New Orleans Seminary has announced that in light of the economic recession and a reduction in Cooperative Program funding, the seminary will lay off three professors, ask four professors to shift to part-time status, and eliminate six ministry-based faculty positions, effective Aug. 1.
Index takes three awards in SBC national competition
The Christian Index has received three awards in national competition for exceptional news and feature writing and for overall graphic design.
'Courageous' trailer available online
The trailer for "Courageous" - the next film from the makers of the hit movie "Fireproof" - is now online.
GBC communicators receive national recognition
Audio-visuals and print items produced by the Georgia Baptist Communication Services office was recognized for outstanding quality in recent judging by the Baptist Communicators Association.
Ray Jenkins goes to Mardi Gras to evangelize

Georgia Baptist evangelist Ray Jenkins of Jonesboro has been going to the Mobile, AL Mardi Gras for 18 years as a faithful witness of God's amazing grace.
Troup County tornado spins house as LaGrange pastor, wife huddle inside

The day after tornadoes swept through Troup County, Mike Hornsby, pastor of New Hope Church in LaGrange, and his wife, Susan, sorted through the rubble that once was their house.
Fed up with Hollywood, churches make their own films

This year's Oscars may have been passed out, but for some churches across the country the major motion picture season is just getting started.
As budgets shrink, more pastors like Skype

Pastor Ken Nichols of Sardis Baptist Church once had to do a lot of counting - the number of miles between meetings as a committee member in Hephzibah Association, the number of minutes used to get to those meetings, the price for a gallon of gas.

People and Places

Obituaries
New Additions
Revival Report
Easter at Beulah
Georgia Association cooks burgers for AT hikers
Mulberry Association recognized for efforts in feeding others

Cooperative Program Stories

How CP dollars touch the world in Georgia

What happens when you combine the right person with the right need at the right time?

Bible Study

Walk with God

Ezra 7:1-10:44
Bible Studies for Life, May 15
Pursue God's Agenda

I Cor. 4:1-5; Gal. 1:6-10; I Thess. 2:7-12
Bible Studies for Life, May 22

Columns

The Open Door

Every year on Mother's Day, Georgia Baptists receive a special offering for our Georgia Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries. What more appropriate time could there possibly be to express our appreciation for the ministry of our Children's Homes than on Mother's Day?
Adoption a deeply rewarding choice for many parents

Osama Bin Laden's confession of Christ is forthcoming
I had just gotten home from having preached at Liberty Baptist Church in Dalton on Sunday evening. I had changed clothes and sat down to relax for an hour or so before retiring for the evening when the message came across the bottom of our television screen stating that a breaking news story was about to be released from the White House.

Georgia Voices

When is it time for revival?
Question: When is it time for revival?