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Issue Date: 2012-07-12
Volume: 191
Number: 14


Mary Cox honored by ministers' wives

Mary Cox, who has served alongside her husband, Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville for the past 30 years, was honored with the 2012 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers' Wives Luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans.
Top 100 Fastest Growing Sunday Schools in Georgia
Sunday School and Open Groups of the Georgia Baptist Convention recently released its report of the fastest-growing Sunday Schools among GBC churches for 2011.
CP 4.27 percent above budget for year
Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $5,959,045.57, or 4.27 percent, above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are .32 percent above 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.
Supreme Court upholds health care law, disappointing pro-lifers

Southern Baptist entity leaders were quick to respond to the June 28 Supreme Court decision to uphold the 2010 health-care law, identified by its critics as "Obamacare."
Hospice chaplain is there when death looms

Behind the wheel of his red Ford pickup truck, Danny Ray drives a nine-county circuit always trailing terminal illness, inevitable death and heartache. Ray's ministry as a hospice chaplain is not one for the faint of heart or the weak of spirit.
New Southwest Atlanta Association cooperates while participating in ministry and missions

The Southwest Atlanta Baptist Association (SABA) is the newest of the 93 associations in the Georgia Baptist Convention. The association began with 15 churches and it now has 35 churches. Bernard Miller, the associational missionary, began contacting pastors in March 2010 to talk about creating a new association.
NAMB, at SBC, spotlights spiritual need of North America

Last year at the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix, Matt Mowrey took the stage as a testimony to God's work in Norwich, CT, through North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionary Shaun Pillay.
NYC churches can meet in schools, judge rules
A federal judge ruled June 29 that churches and other faith groups can continue to meet in New York City public school buildings for worship services.
Music minister reflects on 48 years

Sam Stephens has spent a lot of time directing choirs and worship services for First Baptist Church, but a 2005 storm opened up a more holistic view of ministry.
Working together than separately

As a Southern Baptist pastor of 20 years and current pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Savannah, I believe in not just the Cooperative program, but that God is calling us to be cooperating churches that mutually bless each other as we witness for Jesus Christ in this world.
Shorter's venue for sharing the Gospel

Shorter University and Carterville's Tabernacle Baptist Church invaded the beautiful island of Saint Vincent with basketballs and Bibles on a recent mission trip.
Holley named pastor emeritus at First Lawrencville

Support scouting

During the recent meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans, a number of concerned messengers visited the Association of Baptists for Scouting booth to ask if they had heard correctly that the Boy Scouts of America were planning to loosen their standards regarding requirements for adult leaders.
Evangelists underscore 'power of God'

Two former presidents and the new president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists focused on "The Gospel: The Power of God Unto Salvation" during the group's Sunday morning worship June 17 in New Orleans prior to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting.
Jake Short enjoys life at GBC's Camp Kaleo

The Royal Ambassadors that descended upon Camp Kaleo last month had the unique opportunity of rubbing shoulders with a real celebrity. Jake Short, an American teen actor who is currently starring on Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm," became just one of the guys on this Monroe County 300-acre wooded wonderland and admitted, "It was great. I had a super fun time."
African American Fellowship appreciation for Fred Luter

As the historian for the National African American Fellowship of SBC, I want to help all those that may not understand the significance of the election of Pastor Fred Luter, an African American, as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Hope heralded at SBC Pastors' Conference
Pastors can find hope, protection, encouragement, truth and strength in Jesus Christ and in the Word of God, Pastors' Conference speakers said on the second day of the June 17-18 sessions preceding the SBC annual meeting in New Orleans.
Shorter taps two as nursing co-interim deans
Two Shorter University nursing faculty members, Angela Haynes and Roxanne Johnston, have been tapped to serve as co-interim deans of the university's School of Nursing.
SBC entities issue report on ethnic diversity

Southern Baptist Convention entities have issued their first reports in response to historic measures adopted a year ago to improve accountability in the inclusion of ethnic minorities in SBC life.

People and Places


Ministerial Moves

Ministerial Moves

Bible Study


1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Bible Studies for Life, July 22

Rom. 8:14-17; 2 Cor. 5:1-5; Eph. 1:13-14
Bible Studies for Life, July 29


'A nation of fools is surely doomed'

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, was vehemently opposed to the Nazi dictatorship and set himself against the euthanasia programs and genocide Hitler foisted upon the Jews and others.
The Open Door

Where can you go for five days, enjoy some great Christian fellowship, fun and recreation in one of the most beautiful places on earth, hear great Christian music, be inspired by dynamic Biblical exposition, and most important, see 65 people come to faith in Jesus Christ, 220 recommit their lives to Christ and 35 respond to the call of God to the Gospel ministry? Answer: SuperWow at Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
"Since you asked..."
Question: Can we lose our salvation?
Why my sons wear No. 44

Stranger: Which one is yours?