"Southern Baptists in World Service," a booklet written by E.P. Alldredge for the Sunday School Board in 1936, aptly captured the essence of the Cooperative Program started by Southern Baptists in 1925.
Welcome to this special annual convention issue of The Christian Index. While our staff always strives to present the most Georgia-centric content in each issue, we double those efforts for the issue leading up to the annual convention meeting.
Contrary to popular belief, atheism is not the norm for people with higher education, new research shows. Education does not push people away from God, it just makes them more likely to accept a liberal attitude toward religion, reported USA Today.
Was a western Kentucky church denied admittance to a Baptist association because it is too Calvinistic? Acting on a report brought by its credentials committee, Daviess-McLean Baptist Association voted 104-9 at its annual meeting two weeks ago not to accept Pleasant Valley Community Church in Owensboro for membership.
Construction is usually a good sign for a church. It's not so good when the result is a busy highway 25 feet from your sanctuary.
When they were weak... In losing a son, Savannah couple builds ministry to others By Scott Barkley, Production Editor Published November 3, 2011
The knock came at 12:15 a.m., April 17, 2005. Herb Hilderbrand got out of bed and went to the door, where two officers from the Savannah Police Department waited. Once inside and joined now by Herb's wife, Dixie, the officers asked the couple if they were the parents of 20-year-old David Hilderbrand.
The North American Mission Board remains on track to channel more funds into church planting and is aggressively looking at cutting costs and squeezing as much efficiency as possible out of its budget.
On Sept. 15 Neftali Coronado, pastor of El Buen Pastor (Church) in Eatonton, took his U.S. Citizenship test and passed it with flying colors. He is now proud to claim the United States as his new country.
Southern Baptists like to talk about the Calvinism issue in the Convention but few are willing to take a stand one way or the other. Perhaps that is because some, such as Southern Seminary President Al Mohler, see it as a natural return to the denomination's roots.
Southern Baptist congregations could increase by 5,112 by the end of 2020 under a scenario envisioned by the North American Mission Board. The goal of 55,901 Southern Baptist congregations was detailed by Aaron Coe, vice president of mobilization, in a work group meeting prior to the full board meeting.
Joel Southerland, associate in the Georgia Baptist Convention Evangelism Department, says, "We want to empty ourselves on this new website. We want to get all we know about evangelism on this site so it can be accessed anytime anywhere by anyone."
It's a problem many pastors wish they had. About a year ago Chris Roberts started Bridge Community Church in Blackshear with just 36 people. The congregation has since swelled to an average of 280 in Sunday morning worship. The rapid growth has sent Roberts scrambling to lay groundwork for what he hopes will become one of Bridge Community's hallmarks - missions.
In its fall meeting, the Shorter University Board of Trustees made several policy decisions to further enhance the university in achieving its mission as a Christ-centered university committed to academic excellence.
The conversation ranged from Reformed theology to mentoring to paying for buildings as up to 120 younger pastors from around the state joined together at the Baptist Ministry and Missions Center Oct. 25.
Frank Cox, chairman of the Georgia Baptist Convention Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, has announced that Georgia Baptists can expect a visionary report from the committee that will indicate where the state convention must go in the future.
A few days before the movie, "Courageous," was released, Michael Catt, pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany – the church that produced the film – acknowledged that projects such as this have blessed the congregation with tremendous resources and opportunities.
An eighth-grade student in Pakistan has been expelled from school and her family forced to relocate after the Christian girl misspelled "Muhammad," leading to accusations of blasphemy, sources told Compass Direct News.
Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls that have been stored for decades in a climate-controlled exhibit at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem are now available in digital form to anyone with an Internet connection.
Monumental! Historic! Christ-honoring! Those were the expressions most frequently heard in describing the Convocation that featured the Truett-McConnell College faculty's signing of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Stand for the Lord By C. Stanley Luke, pastor, First Baptist Church, Nashville Published November 3, 2011
Exodus 32:7-20, 25-26
Bible Studies for Life, Nov 13
When I was a boy I remember the Cole Brothers Circus coming to our town. They set up their Big Top not far from The Rock Elementary School, where I was a fourth grade student at the time. From the window next to my desk I could see the elephants tethered to stakes just outside the huge tent.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published November 3, 2011
The time for the Georgia Baptist Convention's annual meeting has arrived. I am anticipating an outstanding meeting this year and hoping that each of you will make a very special effort to be present. We will be gathering at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, where Janice and I are members.
Changing SBC name By Andrew Hall, speaking as "Cousin Arthur" comedian, Pelham Published November 3, 2011
A friend of mine down here in south Georgia had a beautiful Hampshire hog that he intended to take to the livestock show in Perry. The hog was a good-looking hog but the curl on its tail didn't look just right. Someone suggested to my friend that the curl on the pig's tail didn't look just right.
The thought occurred to me that while the SBC considers a name change due to the word "Baptist" having a negative connotation to many, [the proposal] is the symptom and not the disease. Let me give an illustration and then make my point.