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Issue Date: 2012-10-18
Volume: 191
Number: 21


For Centennial, missions begins at home

Centennial Baptist Church in Rutledge is a strong, dynamic church with a pastor who has found the best of both worlds - faith and football. Centennial's pastor, John Darsey, believes that the church needs to get beyond its walls to fulfill its purpose in this world and he is trying to lead by example.
Woodland Hills members gather for renewed focus

Members of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta returned for homecoming on Sept. 23 in honor of the church's 61st year. Members heard Urban Atlanta Church Planting representative Jim Haskell deliver the sermon and congratulate the church on its renewed commitment to reach the community for Christ.
Wilcox County clothing ministry among those prepping for winter

The first significant chill snap - no need to say "cold" just yet - brought the realization that winter is on its way. With that comes preparation from the numerous clothes closets and community store ministries throughout the state.
Churches combine Halloween with Wednesday events

With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year, churches are preparing to take advantage of an event that typically invokes darker tones.
Time is short to comply with new crib laws

The deadline to meet new mandatory standards for cribs is fast approaching, and churches need to take note.
James Flanagan: Georgia Baptist, educator, man of integrity

Luther Rice University and Seminary has had a growing influence in Christian higher education for more than 50 years. The institution, located in Lithonia, now has more than 1,300 students, over 7,000 graduates, and maintains a strong financial position.
Former Atlanta Brave great Butler leads as top manager in minors

Minor league manager Brett Butler stood before his players in the visiting clubhouse after the Reno Aces won the Pacific Coast League Championship Series against the Omaha Storm Chasers. He spoke about the importance of character and integrity - a theme that is familiar to his team.
NAMB farm system to raise up new missionaries

The North American Mission Board is ramping up its church planting emphasis by creating a laddered approach to bringing more planters to the field.
Making something of it

Growing up on a farm puts you in contact with a lot of tools. There was one in particular Spurgeon "Spud" Gooch hated.
Thank you, Georgia Baptists

I serve as pastor at New Colony Baptist Church in Billerica, MA. Before coming to this mission field at the end of August, 2003 I had served at four churches in Georgia. I grew up in Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.

Baptist News Summary

Baptist Standard to go electronic in 2013
The Baptist Standard, newsjournal of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will transition to electronic delivery in 2013 after 124 years as a print publication.
Kentucky Baptists may end Georgetown partnership
The Kentucky Baptist Conventionís administrative committee has unanimously approved a recommendation to withdraw from the conventionís ministry relationship with Georgetown College.
CP ends year 3 percent above budget, downturn may be reversing
Court rules again in favor of Louisiana College in lawsuit
Judge Mary Lauve Doggett of the Ninth Judicial District Court in Louisiana has upheld an earlier decision that granted Louisiana College the right to determine the content of the schoolís faith curriculum.
Grand Canyon U. receives Massachusetts property
A Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation affiliate, Scholarships for GCU Students, will receive a 217-acre campus in Northfield, MA from Hobby Lobby.
Pastors' Conference distributes offering totaling $110,000
Checks totaling more than $110,000 for Southern Baptist causes have been distributed from the Pastorsí Conference offering received in June in New Orleans prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
GuideStone offers 'Retirement:Now' resources for October emphasis
GuideStone Financial Resources has announced its plans for Retirement:Now, a one-week event to coincide with National Save for Retirement Week, Oct. 21-27.

People and Places

Pastor becomes chaplain
Ministerial Moves
First Baptist Fairburn team helps W. Va. mothers in prison
Nearly 130 years of WMU

Cooperative Program Stories

Changed lives change lives

When James Forrester walked on the campus of North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU) in 1988, he was not the man he is today. Though he grew up in the church, his spiritual walk needed straightening. Thatís when he met Ken Jones, senior campus minister at the Dahlonega college.

Bible Study

From Failure to Action

John 18:15-27, 21:15-19; Acts 4:13-20
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 28
Pray with Dependency

Acts 4:23-31 Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 4


"Since you asked ..."

What happens to those who die without having heard the Gospel?
Looking for truth in a world of prevaricators

I listened to the first presidential debate and looked for the candidate who was most assuredly standing on the truth. While the majority seemed to think Republican Mitt Romney won the debate and was perhaps the most believable, Calvin Woodward of the Associated Press wrote, "President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. They made some flat out flubs, too."
The Open Door

One of the outstanding ministries conducted by Georgia Baptists is our ministry on more than 50 college and university campuses across the state. Dr. Joe Graham is the leader for Baptist Collegiate Ministries in Georgia and does an outstanding job of providing consistent and visionary leadership for our team of collegiate ministers. There is no way to adequately estimate the incredible value of this ministry as it touches the lives of college and university students at that time when they are seeking the leadership of the Lord for their vocations.