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Issue Date: 2011-06-30
Volume: 190
Number: 13

News

Gay leaders meet with SBC president

A coalition of homosexual leaders and their allies met for more than 30 minutes June 15 with Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, with the leaders demanding an apology from the SBC and Wright refusing to budge, saying that Scripture is clear on the issue.
Suit against housing allowance dismissed

A lawsuit in federal court challenging the minister's housing allowance has ended, according to a report from GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Wright urges adoption of 3,800 unengaged peoples

The starting point for Southern Baptists is not the Great Commission, but "falling in love with Jesus once again," Bryant Wright told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14.
Crystal Cathedral goes up for sale

The Crystal Cathedral has announced plans to sell its iconic glass-walled church in Southern California to pay back creditors and overcome bankruptcy.
COSBE lifts evangelism, laments funding cuts

The need for renewed evangelism, concerns about Calvinism and comments regarding North American Mission Board budget cuts were voiced during the annual evangelists-sponsored worship service prior to the SBC annual meeting.
Arizona fire mobilizes local Southern Baptists

While firefighters wage war against a southern Arizona wildfire, local Southern Baptists are ministering to each other and - despite personal losses - ministering anywhere they can in their communities.
WRAP-UP: SBC spotlights missions, church planting, ethnicity, unity, unengaged

Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Phoenix June 14-15 adopted an historic report encouraging ethnic diversity, witnessed dozens of leaders standing together in support of a landmark unity pledge, and saw hundreds of pastors and laypeople volunteer to lead their churches to embrace one of the world's 3,800 unengaged people groups.
COSBE, NAMB, see things differently
Harold Hunter's comments concerning NAMB's reduced funding levels prompted two statements to Baptist Press, one by COSBE Vice President Dean Forrest of Pike Road, AL, who will serve as the organization's president during the coming year, and the other by Mike Ebert, NAMB's vice president for communications.
Montgomery County Development Authority presents BPC with $100,000 stimulus check

Montgomery County Development Authority (MCDA) Executive Director Joe Filippone presented Brewton-Parker College Acting President Mike Simoneaux with a $100,000 stimulus check June 20.
Cornerstone Baptist Church in Cherry Log burns in déjà vu for pastor

A June 15 lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed the sanctuary and education buildings of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Cherry Log.
Dealing with it

It's a responsibility Lori Beth Blaney never wanted, but she sees it as hers nonetheless.
Lightning strikes Concord
A strong pop-up thunderstorm the afternoon of June 22 led to smoke and water damage in the sanctuary of Concord Baptist here after a lightning strike took the church's steeple.
Hank Parker event brings 3,000 to hear sportsmen, gospel presentation

There was a pro bass fisherman, a snake handler, and inflatables for the children. Women were encouraged to participate in any of the outdoor sports seminars or they could attend a spiritual growth session.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Pastor, layman on SBC Committee on Nominations
First Baptist Adel pastor Ben Smith and Oakwood Baptist Church, Chickamauga layman Randall Steele were among 70 Southern Baptists from 35 state Baptist conventions named to serve on the 2011-12 SBC Committee on Nominations.
Taylor joins GBC Sunday School, Open Group Ministries
Mike Taylor officially became a part of Sunday School, Open Group Ministries June 13.
2010 GBC Annual Report going out on CD
Churches across the state should soon begin receiving a CD of the 2010 Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Report.

People and Places

Honors
Ministerial Moves
Oak Bower Baptist breaks ground on Family Life Center
Hill receives 47th perfect attendance pin
Obituaries

Cooperative Program Stories

Future of Baptist Collegiate Ministries depends on Cooperative Program giving

Situated in the middle of our state, a mere two-hour drive south of Atlanta, lies the quiet bedroom community of Cochran.

Bible Study

Personal Checklist

Gal. 3:1-3, 10-14, 19-26
Bible Studies for Life, Jul 10
Personal Relationship

Gal. 4:1-7; 1 John 1:5-10; 3:1-3
Bible Studies for Life, Jul 17

Columns

My pronouncement on this year's Southern Baptist Convention

I have been attending the annual session of the Southern Baptist Convention since 1968. As I look back across 44 years of our annual meetings it seems that now everything is different and yet everything remains the same. Let me explain.
The Open Door

The summer season is officially underway.
Taking Christ to the downtown condos

We sold our sprawling suburban home, gave away most of our furniture, and moved into a small condo in downtown Indianapolis.
Couple needs to get to the 'core' of their relationship

Letters

SBC vote supports amnesty

I don't know what the delegates were thinking at the convention, but amnesty for illegals is ridiculous. I've been a Baptist all of my life and I don't know of anyone who thinks supporting this is a good idea.