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Issue Date: 2012-05-03
Volume: 191
Number: 9


Risqué billboard removed after NYC pastor sends out Tweets

When pastor Freddy T. Wyatt arrives at his New York City church plant and sits down in his office every day, he looks out the window. There, on the side of the Broadway Plaza Hotel, is a four-story billboard that is home to ads for products like Coca-Cola and Vitamin Water. The Gallery Church has been at the corner of 27th and Broadway for nearly three years and, every few weeks when the advertisement changes, members of the congregation can’t help but notice.
Mulberry goes mobile
Association sells building, sets up above director’s garage

Tommy Fountain may be drawing the ire of anyone sitting in traffic these days.
Glorieta available for $1 to New Mexico Baptists

The LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center is being offered for $1 to the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, according to both LifeWay and state convention leaders.
Shorter needs stronger stance on alcohol

No wonder we’re losing ground! We have "meetings" to try to figure out why we’re not making headway and seeing "souls" saved, when what we need is a "troubler from Tekoa!"
Index takes first place in feature writing competition
Georgia Baptist communicators also honored
A story about a Georgia Baptist pastor who performs indigent burials in Fulton County has tied for first place in a national feature writing competition among state Baptist papers
Georgia Baptist Convention among 'Healthiest Companies in America'

Interactive Health Solutions, Inc. (IHS) recently announced that the Georgia Baptist Convention is listed among their 2011 "Healthiest Companies in America." Citing clinical and medical claim data from companies' performance-based employee health programs, IHS presented the awards for the fifth consecutive year.
Affirms Shorter's president

As a student pastor, father of two teenagers, and former trustee chairman of Truett-McConnell College, I applaud Shorter University President Don Dowless for standing firm in defense of a distinctively Christian worldview at Shorter.
SBC children, student registration open
Registration is open for preschool childcare as well as Children in Action and Youth on Mission programs in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's June 19-20 annual meeting in New Orleans.
Land's comments on shooting meet with regret
ERLC issues statement on controversy

Comments by Richard Land about the Trayvon Martin killing "have angered many and opened wounds from the past," the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's executive committee said in a statement released April 18.
Richard Land's April 16, 2012 apology for his Trayvon Martin comments

Tennessee convention exploring property options
Members of the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s executive board have approved exploring "options for placing the Baptist Center property in Brentwood on the market and recruiting interested parties to submit proposals on the property."
National WMU Missions Celebration set for June 17-18 at SBC gathering

With the theme "The Story Lives On," the WMU® Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting will be held in La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom at the Ernest Morial Convention Center here June 17-18. The gathering will include worship sessions with missionary testimonies, music led by staff and students of New Orleans Seminary, and theme interpretations by Aaron House and Piercing Word Ministry.
The April 16, 2012, response from the ERLC Executive Committee regarding Richard Land's comments on the Trayvon Martin shooting
Colson: felon-turned-evangelical leader, dies after surgery

Former Watergate felon turned evangelical leader and Prison Fellowship founder Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, 80, died April 21 in Fairfax, VA. He had suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage in his brain in late March and was hospitalized ever since.
Freddie Smith: 'When revival came to my heart'

To Freddie Smith, being pastor of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church is not just his profession, but divine calling. It is obvious Smith is a man whose heart God has touched and his relationship with Christ is personal and intimate.
Vanderbilt faith groups make case in new video
A coalition of Vanderbilt University students, faculty and alumni opposed to the school’s "all-comers" policy has released a six-minute video explaining why they believe the policy defies common sense and discriminates against Christian groups.
Georgia Baptists you should know: Jeanette Coody (Valdosta)
An up-close look at interesting people
If Southern Baptists had an army, Jeanette Coody would be a general. That’s because she has the medals to prove her allegiance with 72 years of perfect Sunday School attendance. Managing Editor Joe Westbury visited in Coody’s home in Valdosta and looked for the secret to her seven-decade commitment.
Land responds to charges of plagiarism
Tis so sweet

For a cookie to become the diet-busting treat it is, ingredients need to come together. Flour, butter, and sugar have their own unique properties, but put in a bowl and mixed together become a new creation.
Black Hawk Down Ranger believes his faith is worth dying for

Daring! Courageous! Resolute! Patriot! Hero! Christian! Soldier of the Cross! Some would contend that the preceding words inadequately describe Jeff Struecker, but they do come incredibly close.
NAMB, state conventions locked in difference of opinion
State conventions appoint their own task force to study relationship

The North American Mission Board is having growing pains.

People and Places

Plentitude Baptist ordains new deacons after mentorship
State convention staff mourns loss of co-worker
Ministerial Moves
Doud honored for teaching Sunday School 50 years

Cooperative Program Stories

Igniting a passion for missions in Dodge County

"Ignite Passion!" These two words are the theme for the 2012 Associational Missions Emphasis Week in the Georgia and Southern Baptist conventions. This theme emphasizes the need for a renewed and intensified passion in associations for guiding churches to address lostness in Georgia and throughout the world.

Bible Study

A Legacy of Hope

I Samuel 1:10-20; 27 – 2:1; 12:23-24
Bible Studies for Life, May 13
A Legacy of Faith

Gen. 22:1-19; 26:1-5
Bible Studies for Life, May 20


The Open Door

It must have been crowded in that 10-room house located about two and one-half miles from the center of Atlanta on Peachtree Road. Thirty-two children were crowded into that first Georgia Baptist Children’s Home when it all started back in 1872.
"Since you asked …"

Does the Bible justify drinking alcohol?
God's fingerprints on the GBC

As president of our state convention, I've had the privilege of crisscrossing our state and meeting leaders who faithfully serve God each day. What a joy it has been to see God orchestrating a Great Commission movement in the hearts and lives of Georgia Baptists.
Don't get the cart before the horse

Samuel Morse, who was a professor of arts and design at New York University, proved that signals could be transmitted by wire. He used pulses of current to deflect an electromagnet, which moved a marker to produce written codes on a strip of paper. The result was the invention of the Morse code.