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Issue Date: 2011-10-06
Volume: 190
Number: 20

News

In India, villagers' gardens yield hope

The young mother rushes out to Saachi Sarkar* as she walks up the jungle path to the village. The mother is all smiles as the two embrace.
Background checks are on the rise, LifeWay reports

More than 25,000 background checks conducted by churches or organizations on prospective workers in the past three years have turned up more than 1,600 felony offenses, with the number of organizations conducting background checks having risen 27 percent in the past year, according to LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Tommy Jordon marks 30 years as pastor of Chestnut Grove

On September 17-18 Grayson's Chestnut Grove Baptist Church honored Tommy Jordon for serving the church as pastor for 30 years. The church planned a lavish banquet on Saturday evening featuring a "preacher roast" followed on Sunday morning by a special worship service.
SBC name change study sparks lively debate

The announcement from Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright of a presidential task force to study the prospect of changing the convention's name sparked a lively debate during the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 19 here.
GCR's reach to be seen at state conventions

The impact and impetus of the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) will be addressed in half of the Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall.
Name change task force committee appointed
More than one way to skin a cat

Can a leopard change its spots? Can a zebra change its stripes? Task force members will need to weigh the chances of a possible backfire if the Convention changes its name but if member churches a.) do not embrace the new identity or b.) simply fail to change their approach to ministry.
Pastors: Denominations are 'vital' but will be less so in future

Three-quarters of pastors with denominational affiliation believe it is vital to be part of a denomination, but a majority also believe that the importance of identifying with a denomination will diminish over the next 10 years.
Dalton pastor and wife deal with life-threatening illness, but not alone
Stepping up

Dissecting the SBC's name change discussion
A 'Christian' Europe without Christianity

Does European Christendom need Christianity to survive?
What's in a name? A lot.

The conversation over a possible name change for the Southern Baptist Convention continues since President Bryant Wright mentioned it in an SBC Executive Committee meeting September 19.

People and Places

Deacon ordinations
Obituaries
Graduates
Honors
Ordinations
Fordham honored for 1,500th revival
First Baptist Moreland ordains deacons
Dorough's 46 years as Bible Study leader noted
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

On the Square Around the World

First Baptist Church on the Square is located on the corner of Lafayette Square in LaGrange, the county seat of Troup County.

Bible Study

Hope Discovered

Luke 7:1-17
Family Bible Studies for Life, Oct 16
Wholeness Restored

Mark 5:1-3, 6-13a, 15-20
Family Bible Studies for Life, Oct 23

Columns

Will a Bandaid suffice when heart surgery is needed?

SBC President Bryant Wright, who serves as pastor of Marietta's Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, announced to the SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 19 that he was appointing a task force to study the prospect of changing the Convention's name.
The Open Door

Tom Belew, who is with the Healthy Church Group at the California Southern Baptist Convention, recently made a presentation to California Baptist leadership titled, "The New Old: Reaching and Mobilizing the Boomers."
Woman must learn to trust again after husband's affair

Letters

Seeking a visionary leader For Georgia Baptists

The visionary leader…looking for one in these times.
SBC name change: Let's debate, not divide

I must admit that I was rather surprised at some of the reaction concerning studying a name change for our convention.