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Issue Date: 2011-07-28
Volume: 190
Number: 15


NAMB sends states $950,000 in disaster relief funds

The North American Mission Board is sending $950,000 to Baptist conventions in seven states hard-hit by storms this spring.
Record number of foster kids find families
In 2009, 57,000 U.S. kids in foster care found forever families, up from 37,000 in 1998, according to a Child Trends study reported in The Washington Times. The number represents a record high.
First class of Shorter nursing students minister in Bulgaria

Every day as Shorter University nursing student Anna Abney prepared to work in a Bulgarian orphanage, she prayed.
SBC's Land disagrees with Cain on mosques

The free exercise of religion is too vital to allow communities to restrict it, Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land said July 18 in response to Georgia presidential candidate Herman Cain's support for a local ban on the building of a Muslim mosque.
Parochial schools not immune to bullies

Middle school is no picnic for a lot of students, but for Alec McGuire, it was intolerable.
Fire delays TMC semester

Fire struck Truett-McConnell College's unoccupied athletic complex Monday night, July 4. No one was seriously injured, but damage from the fire caused school officials to postpone for one week the opening day of TMC's fall semester.
North Metro will host state Men's Conference

"A Great Passion for Godly Men" is the theme for the Aug. 13 Men's Conference sponsored by the Men's Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Opening pockets of light

Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville has been involved in missions' endeavors in Central America since 1998.
World's 196th country gives thanks to God for freedom

After enduring two decades of warfare and the deaths of 2 million people, the Republic of South Sudan saw its day of independence on Saturday, July 9.
Former terrorist trainee now a Christian pastor

As a teenager, Budi Mulyadi* trained to kill Christians with a 9 mm pistol.
Simoneaux named president at Brewton-Parker College

Longtime Georgia Baptist educator Mike Simoneaux has been named president of Brewton-Parker College.
New regulations mean church nurseries must replace cribs

In order to comply with new safety regulations taking effect in June, churches need to replace their nursery cribs, which could already pose a danger to children and leave churches open to liability lawsuits.
Concord Baptist in Temple digs deep to help Ringgold church destroyed in tornado

It was difficult to tell who was more excited as the big bus pulled into the parking lot of Concord Baptist Church in rural Paulding County July 17.
In Honduras, chaplains find unique ways to serve

While scores of Southern Baptist military chaplains minister to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, others are serving faithfully in other hot spots, often in isolated regions.
Fred Evers to be nominated for GBC president
Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, has announced his intentions to nominate Dr. Fred Evers as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Religious Newsbriefs

Churches divided on Hungary religion law
Christian leaders in Hungary are divided over a restrictive new law on religion, with larger denominations welcoming its curbs on church activities and smaller groups voicing fears for their future.
Methodists give $50,000 for memorial to 1864 massacre of Native Americans
The United Methodist Church is making good on a pledge to support a learning center at the Western site of an 1864 massacre of Native Americans led by a Methodist minister.
U.S. drawdown could hurt Afghan Christians
An American troop drawdown in Afghanistan could spell doom for the country's Christian minority, an Afghan exile warned in late June, as President Barack Obama announced his plans for phased troop withdrawal.
Panel says judges too hard on U.K. Christians
A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to fire Christian workers for wearing crosses or refusing to offer sex counseling to gay couples.

People and Places

Evergreen Baptist part of Tattnall/Evans WMU sugar haul for Children's Home
How healthy is your church ... family?
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Why I believe the Cooperative Program is important: what God is doing right now

Having served as an international missionary in Russia for the past 13 years, I have had the privilege of experiencing the results of cooperative giving.

Bible Study

Love One Another

John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:10b-12, 16-18; 4:7-13, 19
Bible Studies for Life, Aug 7
Forgive One Another

Colossians 3:12-13; Philemon 8-22
Bible Studies for Life, Aug 14


The Open Door

Just two weeks ago John Tarrer, from our staff, and I were in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico teaching about 130 pastors and church leaders in two different cities. I taught the first half of the Book of Hebrews at the Cancun Bible Institute.
ObamaCare or ObamaScare

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Popularly known as ObamaCare, the PPACA sought to bring government reform to America's health care system.
Parents concerned about toddler's night terrors

Self-control, obesity and stress

As a fellow struggler, I approach the issue of health and fitness with caution. I'm too large and inactive, and I sometimes let worry and stress rob me, and those around me, of joy.