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Issue Date: 2011-05-19
Volume: 190
Number: 10


Known but to God (Introduction)

On a beautiful spring morning, Clifton Dawkins stands over an open grave administering last rites to one of four individuals he never knew. It is April 28, the morning following a night of horrific storms that rolled across the South.
Phoenix SBC: Great Commission focus, more fellowship, no night sessions

"A Great Commission People with a Great Commandment Heart" will provide the focus for a June 14-15 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix that will be more compact and offer more opportunities for fellowship.
Messianics to meet June 10-11
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, recognized as an official ethnic and language ministry of the North American Mission Board, will meet June 10-11 in Phoenix to discuss spiritual warfare and gain encouragement for the task of reaching Jews with the Gospel.
Known but to God (Audio of Clifton Dawkins' prayer)
Heaven came down at FBC Douglasville

What do you get when you combine 317 melodious voices, a 64-piece orchestra, a handbell choir and an attractive, hospitable venue?
What to know about the SBC annual meeting
Leadership, networking to headline Native American fellowship meeting
The Fellowship of Native American Christians (FoNAC), scheduled to meet June 13 in Phoenix, will discuss the need for an executive director and a regional liaison network with Indian churches in state conventions, according to Emerson Falls, president of the Southern Baptist ethnic fellowship.
A church changing the culture of its community

On March 7, 2010 First Baptist Church of Colquitt had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new worship center. Thirteen months later the church held worship services in their beautiful and well-appointed facility with 495 in attendance.
Ray Marchman will not end up in a swamp

The call him Paw Paw. He is 83 years old. He is retired from America's work force, but he is continuing to serve the Lord.
Known but to God

A brother. A mother. A father. A daughter.
Native people taking a look at the SBC
Native people gained a voice at the North American Native Peoples Summit.
Decatur pastor speaking as part of new NAAF schedule
The National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention has modified its annual meeting to coordinate with the schedule and emphasis surrounding this year's SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.
Brewton-Parker names presidential search committee
Brewton-Parker College (BPC) trustees have announced a ten-member presidential search committee.
NAMB trustees approve new mission statement
Guiding document now goes to SBC Executive Committee, messengers in Phoenix

NAMB's "historic overhaul" first rolled out at the agency's February board meeting gained momentum at its May 11 board meeting as President Kevin Ezell continued to flesh out the skeleton of the revamped missions entity.
Evangelical icon David Wilkerson dies in car crash

Evangelist David Wilkerson, who wrote the popular book "The Cross and the Switchblade" and founded New York's Times Square Church, died in a traffic accident April 27.
Bryant and Anne Wright will both serve as presidents at Phoenix gathering

Southern Baptist Convention president Bryant Wright and his Order of Business Committee have carefully crafted this year's annual meeting in Phoenix to reflect his passion for fulfilling the Great Commission.
COSBE worship set for 9 a.m. June 12
Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention are invited to a Sunday morning worship service sponsored by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists June 12 at 9 a.m. in the Valley of the Sun Ballroom at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
Graham recovering at home
Evangelist Billy Graham returned home Sunday after a brief stay in an Asheville, NC hospital due to treatment for pneumonia.
'Send North America' is NAMB's message

The North American Mission Board's overarching strategic initiative, "Send North America," will be the heart of its message during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.
Black network to spotlight church planters, discuss leadership
With 600 church planters of African-American heritage added to the rolls of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network last year, the network's annual meeting this year will focus on how the organization encourages its members professionally and personally.
Gainsville church partners with Portugal

The sound filled the air of the small sanctuary. The melody rose and fell, reverberating off of the cement floor and the wooden pews. One voice sang in Portuguese while the other resounded in English - two languages simultaneously bringing the same praise before the Lord, like a tapestry woven with two different fabrics.
Seminary luncheons slated for June 15
The six Southern Baptist seminaries will hold their annual alumni luncheons on Wednesday June 15 during the SBC annual meeting.
Filipino Baptists to meet at SBC
The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America will meet Tuesday, June 14.
2011 SBC coverage

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgia Baptists nominated for Southern Baptist leadership
The 2011 SBC Committee on Nominations has named several from the Peach State for leadership positions, to be verified at the upcoming annual meeting of the national convention in Phoenix June 14-15.
Georgia Baptists Jones, Parker named to Credentials Committee
Tom Jones of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta and Herman Parker, pastor of First Baptist Bremen, have been named by SBC President Bryant Wright to serve on the Credentials Committee for the June 14-15 annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
Henry, Bass nominated for Committee on Committees
Senior Pastor Darrell Henry of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, and Michael Bass, senior pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Valdosta, have been appointed to the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Committees by SBC President Bryant Wright.

People and Places

Revival report
Ministerial Moves
Fifth generation of Jones family set to be ordained May 29
Matthew Jones will be ordained into the ministry May 29 at Morganton Baptist Church near Blue Ridge. Jones will be the fifth generation of his family to submit to the calling.
Poplar Springs in Dalton celebrates 175 years

Cooperative Program Stories

Top 100 Fastest Growing Sunday Schools in Georgia

Bible Study

Invest in Others

Acts 9:26-27; 11:19-26; 15:36-41
Bible Studies for Life, May 29
What do you own?

I Chronicles 29:1-20
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 5


The gay community must be loved, not just tolerated

The homosexual community manages to keep their agenda on the front burner perpetually.
The Open Door

I had the privilege of presenting the commencement address for the three graduation exercises at Shorter University in Rome May 6-7.
New release of NIV deserves a second look

In March 2011, the copyright owners of the most popular modern translation of the Bible in English, the New International Version (NIV), published the first revision of the NIV since 1984.
Dad's control over son becomes less influential over time