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Issue Date: 2012-08-09
Volume: 191
Number: 16


Boudia wins bronze in synchronized diving
When U.S. diver David Boudia looks at the bronze medal he won July 30 with his teammate Nick McCrory in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event, he sees change.
Olympics 'amazing opportunity' to reach world

Debbie Wohler says if you want to visualize heaven, sit at the opening ceremonies of an Olympics and observe.
ERLC's Land announces retirement effective Oct. 2013
Richard Land, who led the transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity during the denomination's conservative resurgence, has announced he will retire next year after a quarter of a century of service as its head.
Aurora churches answer

Almost as soon as the gunfire ceased in the Century Theater in Aurora, CO, local churches began meeting the needs of the hurting in the community and their own congregations.
2012 Olympic mission venture marked by 'divine encounters'

England, known for its formalized rituals, well-orchestrated celebrations, and pomp and circumstance, launched the 2012 Olympic Games with an opening ceremony that had something for everybody.
VBS reports trickling in from around the state

With more than 1,200 children taking part, First Baptist Church in Snellville had its largest attendance for Vacation Bible School in recent years, stated Kenneth Aycock, minister of education and young families.
How can churches prepare for tragedies?

The Denver area has seen its share of senseless shootings. From Columbine to the 2007 shootings at a Youth With a Mission center and New Life Church and now the Aurora theater, churches have sought to prepare for a similar attack during their services.
Church planting conference is 'tipping point' for NAMB's new direction
Agency plans for 800 but 2,200 show up

The North American Mission Board's new approach to church planting is making believers out of non-believers. At least that's the experience from new convert William Thornton, who had lost much of his faith in the missions agency for the first 15 years of its existence.
Victory in the Lord's hands, U.S. archers say
Brady Ellison, Jacob Wukie and Jake Kaminski became the first Americans to capture a medal in the London Olympics, winning silver in the men's archery team competition July 28.
Warren hopes to host Obama-Romney forum
Pastor Rick Warren says he hopes to host another forum between the major two presidential candidates this year – similar to what took place in 2008 – although no formal agreement is in place.
John Faircloth: missionary to those behind bars

John Faircloth spends a lot of time in prison, In fact, over the past 64 years he has become well acquainted with the inside of an edifice of incarceration.
Minutes and miracles
Everything had to occur perfectly for Georgia Baptist to survive Colorado mountainside

J.D. Holmes remembers getting on the gondola on a glorious Monday morning in Keystone, CO for a day of skiing. He forgets everything that happened from that point two weeks forward.
Tobin Heath's passions are Christ & soccer
Tobin Heath's love affair with the sport of soccer began early in life – when she started playing at age 4 at the local YMCA.
Dalip Kumar, Shepherd Fellowship of India impacting others

William Carey, the great missionary pioneer, was in a meeting where the spiritual needs of India were being discussed. The secretary of the meeting remarked, "There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?"

People and Places

Former GBC specialist receives lifetime award

Cooperative Program Stories

Church planters penetrating lostness in urban Atlanta

God is doing some amazing things within the city core of Atlanta through church planting. Here are just a few of the stories about how God is using church planters in urban Atlanta.

Bible Study

Rise Above Discouragement

Jeremiah 20:1-13 Bible Studies for Life, Aug. 19
Going Through the Motions

Malachi 1:1-14 Bible Studies for Life, Aug. 26



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