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Issue Date: 2011-06-16
Volume: 190
Number: 12

News

Pastor says false Navy SEAL tale was an 'ego-builder'

The Navy awards the gold Trident medal to those who have earned the right to be called a SEAL - the same elite fighting squad that shot and killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Southern Baptists decline in baptisms, membership, attendance

The number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention in 2010 fell by nearly 5 percent, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.
Crossover Phoenix 2011: Spiritual water quenches everlasting thirst
Crossover Phoenix brings harvest in the desert

Georgia Baptists joined hundreds of Southern Baptists nationwide in this year's Crossover Phoenix outreach.
Jim Hamilton resigns as Dakotas exec
GBC partnered with convention for Sturgis ministry
The Dakota Baptist Convention's Executive Board discussed in a June 7 conference call Executive Director Jim Hamilton's June 3 notice of resignation and made plans for a transition in leadership.
International Mission Board reports 2010 Lottie Moon giving

The economic recession is presenting challenges for many churches and Christian denominations, but other circumstances may also contribute to the decline in giving.
Done with crying
Carnival at First Baptist Trenton helps recovery from April storms

Lisa Rice gave the little boy a boost into the inflatable bounce house, making sure he could climb to the top before careening down the adjoining slide. There, again, she helped him get safely down to the ground and back to his mother.
Disaster relief: tornadoes, flooding & now hurricane season

As if Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams haven't faced enough challenges because of a spate of deadly tornadoes in the South and Midwest over the past months, June 1 marked the official start of the 2011 North Atlantic hurricane season.
George Houston: GBC's American Picker

With a convention rich in history and heritage, many Georgia Baptists are unaware of the items that tell their story - a Bible filled with notes, an old pew, a piece of flooring. George Houston has dedicated himself to collecting them.
Scholars chase Bible's changes

Working in a cluster of offices above a LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Bible scholars are buried in a 20-year project to codify the thousands of changes, verse by verse, word by word - even letter by letter - that crept into the early New Testament during hundreds of years of laborious hand-copying.
Latest group of IMB missionaries tell of need to take Gospel to the world
Many of the new missionaries gathering at Mandarin Baptist Church May 22 spoke of first hearing God's call to missions as teenagers or even children.

Baptist News Summary

NOBTS adds Islamic studies degree
Trustees of New Orleans Seminary approved a new master's specialization in Islamic studies during their spring meeting April 13.
Baptist Press mobile page helps smartphone users
Baptist Press has launched a mobile webpage that allows smartphone users to easily subscribe to BP's daily email, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Michigan Baptists assist in Alabama tornado relief
When Don Bezeau was sawing downed trees in Harvest, AL, following the deadly tornado outbreak, he met a skeptical resident. The man questioned Bezeau about a logo on a disaster relief vehicle.
Names in the News
7,500th student graduates from GGBTS
A Christian rap artist earned a master of divinity degree, two students received the first master of missiology degrees, and the seminary's 7,500th graduate were among 253 students graduating during commencement ceremonies at Golden Gate Seminary's five campuses in May.
Guidestone brings together experts on retirement
Fluctuating markets, concerns about inflation or other questions about where the economy is headed create confusion about making plans for retirement.
New Orleans DOM dies after stroke
Duane McDaniel, executive director of New Orleans Baptist Association, died May 30 after suffering a massive stroke on May 21. He was 54.
'Send Montreal' is launched; 99 percent unchurched in region
It's still possible to visit 1,000 Quebec communities and never see an evangelical church - a staggering fact that Canadian church planting leaders face as they gather momentum for the Send Montreal church planting effort.

People and Places

Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Six-year-old drives peers to respond to storms
Obituaries
Honors

Cooperative Program Stories

A VIEW from the PEW of Cooperative missions giving

The ushers walk forward on a summer Sunday morning in a Georgia Baptist church.

Bible Study

Why be generous?

Luke 19:1-10, 2 Cor. 8:3-4; 1 Jn 3:16-18
Bible Studies for Life, Jun 26
Personal Rights

Phil. 3:17-21; 2 Peter 2:10b-19
Bible Studies for Life, Jul 3

Columns

Husband's angry outbursts source of family stress

A Jack Kevorkian or a Hippocrates

On June 3 Raymond Zack, age 52, died in the waters off Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda County, CA while first responders watched. Zack, who was suicidal, walked into 54-degree water that was neck deep and died of hypothermia after being in the water for one hour.
Are you smarter than Anthony Weiner?

John Edwards cheats on his wife, impregnates his mistress, and thinks he can keep the child, and the affair, a secret ... while hes running for president of the United States.
The Open Door
Dr. C. Roy Angell was a leading Southern Baptist pastor in his day.

Letters

Abilene's decision

I am a born and bred Southern Baptist.
Be ready, be wise

Ezekiel 33:1-9. Verse 6 - But if the watchmen see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.