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Issue Date: 2011-06-02
Volume: 190
Number: 11


In Muslim-majority Nazareth, Baptist school nurtures faith

Flat-roofed houses still dot the Nazareth skyline like they did in Jesus' time, but these days they're covered with satellite dishes.
NAMB to partner with Timothy Barnabas
Program began at First Woodstock in 1994

Southern Baptist pastors will be the beneficiaries of a new leadership development partnership between the North American Mission Board and the Timothy Barnabas ministry.
BPC adopts bridging mission and vision statement
Brewton-Parker College's Board of Trustees adopted a bridging mission and vision statement for the college as presented by BPC Acting President Mike Simoneaux April 21 at the regular board meeting.
Wrens Baptists blessed with the artistry of Lucy McTier

Lucy McTier is one of Georgia's most accomplished and heralded artists. She has more than 350 paintings in public and private collections. One of her most visible paintings portrays President Reagan on horseback and is displayed in the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley, CA.
'Simple churches' find a foothold across the U.S.

On Easter weekend Jeanne O'Hair, her friends and family raised their voices in hymns "as the spirit [led] us," she said, in her "house church" - O'Hair's living room in Brea, Calif.
First Baptist Jackson provides a walk down the Via Delarosa
Members of First Baptist Church here recently gave a re-enactment of the week before Jesus' crucifixion for more than 700 viewers, said Pastor Joe Bufford.
Filling in the blanks

When Georgia Baptists gather in Phoenix, AZ in 10 days for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, they will hear from two new agency heads for the first time.
Dowdy discusses NAMB past, present, and future
McDonough pastor concluding eight years as trustee
Tim Dowdy, pastor of Eagles Landing First Baptist Church, is in his eighth year as a trustee at the North American Mission Board.
A local church's response to developing issues in the Southern Baptist Convention
Southern, Southeastern seminaries impacted by Abilene's decision

Southern Baptist churches are linked together by a common commitment to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, two missions agencies (IMB and NAMB), six seminaries, colleges and various benevolent and service ministries. But each church is autonomous.
Elliff to 'newly introduce' IMB to young pastors at SBC

Tom Elliff, in his first trustee meeting as president of International Mission Board, rolled out the beginning of the vision he believes "God painted on my heart."
Buck Burch, IMB missionary to Russia, to advocate for Georgia CP giving

Former IMB missionary to Russia Buck Burch will join GBC state missionary John Bryan on June 15 as a Cooperative Program advocate for the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Where are you going this summer?
Although Georgia Baptists are involved in missions year-round, those efforts naturally increase in the summer months.

Religious Newsbriefs

Israel removes land mines from site of Jesusí baptism
Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus' baptism on the Jordan River as Israel removes 40-year-old land mines and makes improvements to the area.
Ultra-orthodox Jewish paper apologizes for cropping Clinton out of historic photo
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn apologized to the White House and State Department after the paper deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House photograph of top officials monitoring the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
More Brits putting on Sunday best as Church of England attendance grows
In a challenge to conventional wisdom that church attendance is plummeting across Britain and Western Europe, the Church of England says attendance at its 43 cathedrals grew 7 percent last year.
Study: 2 in 10 atheist scientists are 'spiritual'
More than 20 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves to be "spiritual," according to a Rice University study.

People and Places

Revival Reports
Ministerial Moves
Time-honored truths still being taught 73 years later
In 1938 Orson Welles caused mass hysteria with the broadcast of "War of the Worlds." Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in a match race for the ages. Jimmy Morgan first took his seat leading a men's Bible study at First Baptist Church.

Cooperative Program Stories

Cooperative Program missions involvement paves path for military chaplaincy

Russ Woody was raised in churches that did not educate him on the Cooperative Program. Today, though, Woody understands the Cooperative Program and how it has enabled him as a pastor and will continue to assist him as he enters the military as a chaplain.

Bible Study

Where is your treasure?

Matthew 6:19-34
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 12
How much is enough?

Phil. 4:10-20; 1 Tim. 6:6-12
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 19


Parents of recent grad not sure if he should move back home

Eyes ahead, but be mindful of the rearview mirror

A few weeks ago I was given a copy of the 1925 "Southern Baptist Handbook." Since I have a great interest in history and a fascination with Baptist history in particular, I read the book with great interest.
What makes us "Southern Baptist"?

In recent months there has been renewed discussion over what exactly constitutes a Southern Baptist church, and despite suggestions by some to the contrary, this issue is relevant because of its relationship to the increasing discord and waning cooperation we are experiencing within our convention.
The Open Door

April 26 was a gloriously exciting day for Janice, me and all our family. We welcomed the arrival of our ninth grandchild, Ashley Gail Lillard. She is the daughter of Karen and Stephen Lillard, our middle daughter and her husband. She has two brothers, Ryan and Ben, who will be her personal bodyguards for the rest of her life.