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Issue Date: 2011-09-22
Volume: 190
Number: 19

News

GBC trims budget for 2012, keeps 2000 level

The news headlines said it all when it came to understanding why the Georgia Baptist Convention's proposed operating budget will be trimmed for the fourth consecutive year in January.
New Mexico's Glorieta Conference Center reduces operations, seeks buyer

Glorieta Conference Center, one of Southern Baptists' two national training centers, is scaling back operations and will be sold when conditions merit.
'The Total Package' - Lex Luger unwrapped and rewrapped

Lex Luger, - also known as "The Total Package" and "The Narcissist"- gained worldwide fame as a wrestling champion.
Former GBC state executive Searcy Garrison dies at 98

Friends and partners in ministry came together Sept. 9 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta to celebrate the life of Searcy Garrison, former executive director-treasurer of the Georgia Baptist Convention, who died Sept. 6. He was 98.
Living simply, sacrificially and strategically
A look at four individuals who are making a difference in San Diego

A camp that's something special, something different

It's good food, music, Bible teaching, meeting new people, silly games and staying up late. It's camp, but this one isn't for children - or even teenagers. This one is for adults and somewhere along the way, it changes their lives.
South of the border, down Mexico way

Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr wrote a popular song describing a trip to Mexico called "South of the Border" for a movie of the same name.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Report listing
Lists of ordained ministers who are not serving in the pastorate at the present time and full-time evangelists in fellowship with a church in cooperation with the Georgia Baptist Convention will be published in the 2011 Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Report.
Britt named to lead Tugalo Association
Billy Britt was voted Sept. 13 to lead Tugalo Association as bivocational association missionary.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Alpharetta First Baptist joins others in honoring first responders
Obituaries

Cooperative Program Stories

Servant LeaderPath enables pastors, staff to share common experiences in ministry
Vocationally, many pastors are isolated and lonely. Professional ministry provides few opportunities for contact with fellow pastors to share their common experiences in ministry.

Bible Study

Glory Revealed

John 1:14, 18; 2:1-11
Bible Studies for Life, Oct 2
Forgiveness Offered

Luke 5:17-26, 29-32
Family Bible Studies for Life, Oct 9

Columns

How to criticize your pastor

It has been said that the only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.
The SBC evangelist - an endangered species

I was recently in a meeting where pastors were discussing the decline of baptisms in their churches along with other deteriorating vital signs.
The Open Door

Today I had the privilege of sharing along with my pastor, Frank Cox, in the funeral service for his father, Dr. Dewitt T. Cox. Dewitt was a trusted friend and counselor to me and I will miss him greatly.
Don't be afraid to 'wage war' when disciplining children

Letters

Should Christians support Obama?

I recently obtained an email on the following subject: "Should Christians Support Obama?" A guest speaker gave the talk on the subject in a famed Georgia Baptist church.