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Issue Date: 2012-04-05
Volume: 191
Number: 7


The real meaning of Easter is that Jesus died for me.

On a pleasant Saturday afternoon, Keith Harrell is a pastor without a congregation.
All-male chorus and orchestra to perform in North Korea
A 150-member all-male chorus and orchestra from the Atlanta area will perform in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during that nation's Spring Arts Festival in April.
Baptists4Haiti launches work in Caribbean
But only if funding continues

Fifteen months after the worst earthquake in decades shattered the lives of residents of Haiti, the media spotlight has moved elsewhere. The world has largely forgotten the devastated island nation. But one pastor has not.
Chapel will be the centerpiece of TMC campus

Dr. Phil Calvert, visiting professor of missions, used Zachariah 8:6 as the launching pad for his devotion to the Truett-McConnell trustees on March 30, saying, "We are leaving a wicked mess to our children and grandchildren.
Pay it upward
Monetary gift from the past blesses churches in today’s economy

Long ago a boy was introduced to Jesus through a recreation ministry. His thankful daddy gave a gift, which led to a gift, which led to a gift.
2012 VBS to teach 'God's Awesome Power'
Nearly 4,000 people attended Vacation Bible School preview events this winter to prepare for "Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God's Awesome Power."
Attendance up at Regional Evangelism Conferences

Four regional evangelism conferences drew record crowds this year. Steve Parr, Georgia Baptist vice president for Sunday School and Evangelism, explained, "We had a combined attendance of 2,072 for our Monday night sessions, which was the highest Monday evening attendance on record."
Be a part of adding to Children's Home legacy

Recently a well-known artist penned these beautiful lyrics, "Be still, there is a Healer. His love is deeper than the sea. His mercy is unfailing. His arms, a fortress for the weak."
Pastor intent on picking a 'Food Fight'

The pastor who became nationally known on the ABC TV show "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" found a passion for physical stewardship from real-life experiences.
Georgia among most religious states
Mississippi, Utah and Alabama joined Georgia among the most religious states and Vermont and New Hampshire the least religious, according to a Gallup survey that asked respondents about their religion and their church attendance.
Crossover: Katrina labors have opened hearts

In addition to jazz, beignets and the French Quarter, there's an added reason Southern Baptists may enjoy visiting New Orleans for Crossover 2012 - the love they may sense from Crescent City residents.
Going retro
Church plants exploring a new, yet old, option for meeting space

How do you get rid of the old, musty smell in a building?
October Baby has successful Top 10 opening
The faith-based film "October Baby" finished in the Top 10 on its opening weekend despite playing in only 390 theaters, and did even better on a per-theater average.
All things work together for good

If Liam McGibbon had been tumor-free, you might not be reading about his parents this week. They probably would have never made it to Hamilton, Ontario, and certainly not as miraculously.

Baptist News Summary

Chapel service addresses sexual assault charge
In a special chapel on March 20, Southeastern Seminary President Daniel Akin opened with a reading from Isaiah 53 and then clarified misconceptions and misinterpretations stemming from media reports about the arrest of a Southeastern Seminary student on sexual assault charges March 17.
Coup in Mali: Baptist family waits for calm
Southern Baptist workers in Mali are prayerfully waiting out the unfolding military coup that erupted in the West African nation March 22.
National Acteens Panel named by Woman's Missionary Union
A commitment to missions coupled with participation and leadership in their Acteens group, church, school and community landed six teenagers spots on this year’s National Acteens Panel sponsored by WMU.
IMB welcomes 61 new missionaries
Trinity Baptist Church was host to 61 newly appointed missionaries and their friends and supporters March 21 following the International Mission Board's meeting of its trustees.
Names in the News
Christian writers conference adds track for ministers
Sessions for pastors and ministers looking to expand their reach through the written word have been added to this spring's Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Baptists join others in praying for Mali
Pastors' Conference taking shape for New Orleans
When Grant Ethridge was elected president of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, the weight of the task quickly became evident.
CP ahead of budget for missions support
Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $4,122,100.78, or 5.32 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are 1.53 percent behind contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Top CP giving churches
The Cooperative Program is the Southern Baptist way of funding missions that makes it possible for every church member to be involved in changing lives for Christ.

Bible Study

Jesus Lives in Believers

John 15:1-5; Rom. 6:1-7; Gal. 2:19b-21
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 15
Jesus Works Through His Church

Matt. 16:13-19; 28:18-20
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 22


But then came Easter

Death! Everywhere I look I see death.
MLK Holiday observance is a good move for everyone

It is a great thing that the SBC Executive Committee has decided to add the MLK Holiday to the staff calendar, and observe it as an actual holiday by the closing of the Executive Committee building. This should not be the end, but only the beginning of a new era.
The Open Door

In 1 Corinthians 15:12-24, the Apostle Paul presents a logical argument for the resurrection of Christ in which he clearly states the implications if, indeed, Christ was not raised from the dead.
"Since you asked ..."
Is the age of the earth really important?