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Issue Date: 2012-05-17
Volume: 191
Number: 10

News

Tradition or Pharisaism?

This is in response to a letter I read denouncing Shorter College for their "weak stance" on alcohol. I would like to reference scripture verses of Matthew 15:3-9 and Colossians 2:16-23, both from the New International Version.
Exit interview with SBC President Bryant Wright
Christian Index editor Gerald Harris interviewed Georgia pastor Bryant Wright of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and discovered that during his two years as SBC president Wright traveled more than 100,000 miles to 16 states, 10 countries and three continents. In addition to his regular preaching ministry at his Marietta church Wright spoke almost 100 times since his election in Orlando in June of 2010.
Jesus to the Neighborhood and the Nations
Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting
Hiawassee Park provides tranquil lifestyle
Georgia Baptists' newest retirement community

Occupancy of Georgia Baptists' newest retirement community is well underway with 22 units already constructed and the final dozen on schedule for a late 2012 completion.
WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting
Various groups to gather at SBC
Several organizations affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention will hold meetings in conjunction with the event.
Obama re-election campaign embraces gay 'marriage' and mocks Romney stance

President Obama’s re-election campaign has fully embraced his public support of gay "marriage" and seems poised to make it a general election issue – even to the point of ridiculing Mitt Romney’s backing of traditional marriage.
New 'descriptor' and historic election ahead for SBC meeting

The recommendation of "Great Commission Baptists" as a descriptive name and the prospective election of the first ever African American president are on the horizon for the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 19-20 meeting in New Orleans.
2012 SBC Annual Meeting - Summary
Seminary gatherings slated for June 20
For New Orleans Seminary, it will be a campus picnic. For the other five seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention, it will be a convention center setting.
Georgians join nominees to serve in SBC leadership
Several Baptists from Georgia are among those nominated by the 2012 SBC Committee on Nominations and President Bryant Wright to serve on various boards within the Southern Baptist Convention at the upcoming SBC meeting June 19-20 in New Orleans. Nominees will serve if elected by the messengers.
Pastors' Conference 2012
SBC meeting smartphone app launches
For the first time, messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting this year can stay up to date with an SBC Annual Meeting smartphone app, which will include more than a dozen features, including maps, alerts, the Book of Reports and the Daily Bulletin.
NAMB increases funding for Appalachian Regional Ministry

Matthew Hallenbeck got a phone call no pastor wants to get on a Sunday morning. The church was on fire.
Sons of Jubal take top prize at historic North Korea festival
Historic goodwill trip to North Korea, China

The Sons of Jubal returned April 23 after an historic goodwill trip to North Korea that saw the group capturing the top award for best ensemble.
Being Social

People and Places

Ordinations
Revival Reports
Ministerial Moves
Robinson honored for half-century of ministry
Mountain Park hosts first annual Family Fest
Deaths
WMU Spring Event at Callaway Gardens
Honors

Cooperative Program Stories

A miracle on Pimento Avenue

New Mercy Baptist Church is a church plant located on Pimento Avenue in Griffin. This new church began as the vision of nearby New Salem Baptist Church.

Bible Study

A Legacy of Love

Acts 17:1-4; II Cor. 5:6-21; I Thess. 1:1-10
Bible Studies for Life, May 27
Going Through the Motions

Malachi 1:1-14
Bible Studies for Life, June 3

Columns

"Since you asked …"

How can a good and loving God allow people to go to hell?
Shorter: A Baptist university headed in the right direction

Georgia Baptists should be deliriously delighted and eternally grateful for what is happening at our Georgia Baptist institutions of higher education.
The Open Door

If you have been involved in Georgia Baptist life over the past 20 years, you are aware that some of the great challenges we have faced have been with our colleges. For years I have prayed that God would allow Georgia Baptists to have strong Christian schools with a profound commitment to excellence in academic education in a thoroughly Christian environment.

Georgia Voices

BIG Church

Forty some odd years ago folks my age were in the youth group at our church. We kind of did our own thing. We would have our own mid-week service where we wore blue jeans and shorts, we sat on the floor, we had a garage band playing some variation of the latest CCM hits, we drank Cokes during the service, the speaker was young and cool and wore young, cool clothes and talked about how cool Jesus was and that He is our bud and likes to hang with us.