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Issue Date: 2012-09-20
Volume: 191
Number: 19


Major reorganization launched around 5 Smooth Stones

The Georgia Baptist Convention has reorganized itself around a more aggressive strategy that is focused on reaching more of the unchurched through five core initiatives.
IMB honors emeriti missionaries for service

In a tiny, West African community under a star-filled sky, missionary Marvin Thompson would read Scripture to villagers by the faint light of a kerosene lamp.
Executive Committee sets 2013 budget at $41.8 million

Georgia Baptist Executive Committee members heard of a major restructuring of the Convention, approved the 2013 budget, modified the policy regarding church planters assistance, heard a report from the president, and conducted other business during their Sept. 11 meeting.
IMB launching new avenues for former personnel, prayer

Creating more opportunities for Southern Baptists to be Jesus’ heart, hands and voice to a lost and dying world is the idea behind two new IMB initiatives.
Shorter has strong enrollment, receives regional recognition
Shorter University is again ranked as one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Pillsbury, Lott named associational missionaries
Bryan Pillsbury is the new associational missionary for the Atlanta Association of Southern Baptist Churches. He will continue to serve as elder/associate pastor/missions at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

Baptist News Summary

World Changers, PowerPlant expand mission under LifeWay
LifeWay Christian Resources has announced a change for World Changers and PowerPlant student ministries which will allow a greater impact on the 64 cities and towns in 24 states where they will minister next year.
Rudy Gray named SC state paper editor
James Rudy Gray, a pastor, writer and Christian counselor with roots in journalism, has been named the 11th editor and president of the Baptist Courier, the official newspaper of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Report: State, NAMB leaders to move forward 'in unity'
State Baptist convention and North American Mission Board leaders "have determined to move forward together in unity to impact the lostness of North America," according to a statement issued Sept. 14.
Calvinism team listens, learns at first meeting
An advisory team on the issue of Calvinism met "to listen, to learn and to hope," SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page reported after the 16-member group met Aug. 29-30 here.
Southern Baptist worker Cheryll Harvey
Isaac damage at New Orleans Seminary under $300,000
New Orleans Seminary escaped Hurricane Isaac's winds and rain with damage estimated at less than $300,000. The slow-moving storm raged on throughout the day Aug. 29, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But this storm was no Katrina, and NOBTS officials expect to have the campus fully operational by Tues., Sept. 4.
More than 83,000 meals cooked by disaster relief post-Isaac
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding operations are now in high gear in nine Louisiana and Mississippi venues, with 83,500 hot meals already prepared and delivered to Hurricane Isaac victims in the two hard-hit Gulf Coast states as of noon Monday.
Jason Allen nominated to lead Midwestern
Jason K. Allen, vice president for institutional advancement at Southern Seminary, has been selected by Midwestern Seminary's presidential search team members as their nominee for president.

People and Places

First Fayetteville labors on Labor Day
Mural dedicated at First Stone Mountain
Longtime evangelism prof Roy Fish dies at 82

Cooperative Program Stories

Disaster Relief
An "easy way to minister to people who are hurting"

His first home was on the other side of the globe. It was where he spent his first 11 years, the place he learned at the feet of his parents how to love and serve God. It was the place where, as a young boy, he left his father, buried too young, too suddenly.

Bible Study

It's Your Decision

Matthew 7:13-29
Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 30
From Failure to Salvation

John 4:7-18, 25-26, 29
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 7


Last Ounce of Courage

Stop what you are doing! No, don’t stop reading The Christian Index, but rather cancel whatever plans you have for the rest of the day. Well, cancel them unless you are planning to make a soul-winning visit or go to a church meeting. Google “moviefone” or check the newspaper section that lists the theaters that are currently showing “Last Ounce of Courage” and go see this film today. Take as many people to see this movie as you possibly can.
5 things I wish I had known as a young pastor

I left my breakfast meeting with a young pastor and realized, with a measure of sadness, that I was no longer a "young pastor." He was facing a number of ministry challenges that seemed very familiar to me.
"Since you asked ..."
Do all paths lead to God?
The Open Door

It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a simple problem. It needed to be addressed, and it was time to take care of it. The problem: a tree had grown until its branches were hitting an aluminum stack pipe coming out of my roof. It serves as the vent for a vented gas fireplace.