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Issue Date: 2012-03-22
Volume: 191
Number: 6


Executive Committee open to offers to buy Baptist Center
Building's location drawing strong interest

If location speaks for itself, the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center has become quite an orator.
Celebrating 140 Years of Hope and Healing

It all started in 1872 in a ten-room house on ten acres of ground located two-and-a-half miles from the center of Atlanta on Peachtree Road with 32 children crowded in it.
Waters details November meeting theme at Executive Committee meeting
VP Mike Williams announces retirement, Top 200 churches recognized

The Great Commission will never become reality until individuals in the pew and in the pulpit internalize the command and make it their mission.
Missionary Derek Osburn models healthy church planting

Derek Osburn was minding his own business as a youth minister at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, NM, when God broadened his horizons.
Harp's Crossing celebrates 30 years with Dennis Watson

Harp's Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville is a strong, viable, healthy church. The church has only had one pastor, J. Dennis Watson, and on March 5 the congregation celebrated his 30th anniversary.
Rome native Douglas Carver to lead NAMB chaplaincy

Retired U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains (Major General) Douglas L. Carver has been appointed executive director of chaplain services for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) with the goal of taking Southern Baptist chaplaincy to a "new level."
Feeding people isn't a job, but a passion

There are hungry people in Troup County. To Florine Bowen, that's not just a fact to shake her head at.
Storm preparation gets some new tools, but basics remain

An early spring skirmish March 3 brought a reminder to Georgians that the stormy season is here.
More than 3,000 attend wild game dinner - 205 pray to receive Christ

Maysville Baptist Church is dedicated, committed and sold out to reaching souls for Jesus. The church's goal is souls; it is in their DNA. In the last five years the church has baptized 824 converts.
Post-tsunami, Japanese open hearts to Baptist volunteers

When Nobuko Tanno closes her eyes, she sees tsunami waves rushing in and destroying her village along Japan's northeastern coastline. She sees cars floating and houses coming off foundations. She hears the roar of the water and desperate cries for help.
Chick-fil-A's Christian ties stir college opposition

Recently the student senate at Northeastern University, in Boston, voted to end negotiations to bring fast-food chain Chick-fil-A to campus after students protested over the company's affiliation with several Christian organizations the students say have an "anti-gay" agenda.

Baptist News Summary

Florida association asks church with sex-offender to resign
The Jacksonville Baptist Association is seeking a member church's resignation after the church hired a convicted sex-offender to provide pulpit ministry in January.
Hammond voted EC vice president
W. Thomas Hammond Jr. was approved as vice president for convention advancement during the Executive Committee's Feb. 20-21 meeting in Nashville, TN.
Ellis named to lead God's Plan for Sharing
God's Plan for Sharing (GPS), the North American Mission Board's national evangelism initiative, has a new team leader, Ken Ellis.
Helen Fling, former WMU president, dies
Helen Fling, a former Woman's Missionary Union president and former missionary, died March 1 in Texas. She was 97.

People and Places

Church seeking historical information
Corinth Baptist Church in Shawnee, a small community about 40 miles from Savannah, is searching for former members who can share historical information on the church.
Abilene pastor Bill Harrell announces retirement
Bill Harrell, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church for 31 years, announced to his congregation Feb. 12 his intentions to retire effective July 29.
Ministerial Moves
Simmons honored for service to children and families

Cooperative Program Stories

Young GBC Pastors Support Cooperative Program

Since coming back to Georgia from the international mission field last year, I have come to know some awesome pastors throughout Georgia.

Bible Study

Jesus Rose From The Dead

Matt. 27:62-28:8; Luke 24:13-35
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 8
Jesus Died For Our Sins

Matt. 26:26-29, 36-39; 27:45-46, 50-54
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 1


"Since you asked ..."

Shall We Do Away with the Church?
Marketing religion

Marketing religion has become commonplace in American life.
'Yea, I have a godly heritage.'

Several years ago, a World War II movie was being discussed in Hollywood. A Baby Boomer executive stopped the process, declaring, "That isn't important; it happened before I was born!"
The Open Door

My heart was deeply inspired as I attended all four locations of our Evangelism Conference this year.


Perfect performance by Sons of Jubal

On March 8 I heard a little bit of what I imagine music in heaven will be like!