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Issue Date: 2004-09-09
Volume: 183
Number: 19


Builders for Christ help New Hampshire congregation gain visibility

Some slung hammers, others carried boards, still others licked and sealed envelopes. But the unifying theme in the backwoods of rural New Hampshire this summer was partnership in kingdom building.
SBC President crusades for souls
Daytona Beach, Fla. pastor Bobby Welch launches bus tour "Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge" traveling the country to challenge Christians to evangelize

Search throughout the Southern Baptist Convention. Look far and wide, high and low. Check the DNA of all 16.3 million members of SBC churches and you will be hard pressed to find anyone more tenacious, determined and impassioned than Bobby Welch. Furthermore, he happens to be impassioned about something that should be burning in the heart and soul of every Southern Baptist. He has an unwavering desire to see people won to faith in Jesus Christ.
Georgia relief teams outrun Frances, moved to Perry

Georgia Baptist disaster relief teams joined units from other states in an evacuation from Florida on Sept. 1 as Hurricane Frances bore down on the state.
Rising like the Phoenix out of the ashes of 9/11

America is approaching the third anniversary of the terrorists’ attack of September 11, 2001. Most people can remember where they were and what they were doing when those planes hurtled into the World Trade Center towers. Some have indicated that this tragedy was the beginning of World War III.
Pinning their hopes on evangelism, relationships at the Olympics

Hairbrush. Check. Running shoes. Check. Lots and lots of pins. Check.
Baptist Retirement Communities to build new facility in Palmetto

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia (BRC) is relocating one of its sites from Henry to South Fulton County in a move that will bring together children and senior adults at one location.
African American pastors meet to discuss greater involvement in GBC

GBC President Tony Dickerson believes in multicultural ministry and has based his life on that concept. Pinehurst Baptist Church in Columbus, where he has served for 31 years, is one of the most ethnically diverse congregations in the state and where Anglos are in the minority.

Baptist News Summary

Names in the News
On Aug. 11 LifeWay Christian Resources named John Kramp interim vice president of its church resources division. Kramp is a 12-year veteran with LifeWay and has served as director of church ministry solutions since 2001.
Marriage rally moved to Sept. to coincide with House debate
A “Battle for Marriage” rally originally scheduled for Aug. 29 has been moved to Sept. 19 so as to coincide with a likely debate in the House of Representatives on the constitutional marriage amendment.
SBTS prof defends Ky. marriage amendment in television debate
Defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman upholds biblical standards for the family and prevents activist judges from arbitrarily overthrowing accepted standards of morality, seminary professor Hershael York said in a debate on Kentucky Educational Television Aug. 16.
Georgia to share in $1.6 million from LifeWay for evangelism projects
Georgia is one of 14 Baptist state conventions that will share in $1.6 million being allocated by LifeWay Christian Resources for evangelism projects. The funds are earmarked to help Southern Baptists achieve 1 million baptisms in 2005.
David Limbaugh & awards banquet headline BP journalism conference
David Limbaugh, author of Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity, will be the featured speaker at the Excellence in Journalism awards banquet during the fourth annual Baptist Press National Journalism Student Conference Oct. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn.
Commitment to Cooperative Program exhorted at New Orleans Seminary
New Orleans Seminary has launched a new initiative to promote and strengthen the Cooperative Program (CP) of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Religious Newsbriefs

School superintendent who posted Ten Commandments placed on leave
A Missouri superintendent who posted a Ten Commandments plaque in a school cafeteria has been placed on leave after saying he would not follow religious expression laws.
“Hell House” heads to Hollywood
“Hell House,” a controversial production that a Denver-area church has presented each Halloween, is being converted to a Hollywood production by a secular humanist group.
Man sentenced to 30 months after botched exorcism ends in death of autistic boy
A man who performed a fatal exorcism on an 8-year-old autistic boy was sentenced to 30 months in prison Aug. 17 and ordered not to do any more exorcisms by a judge in Milwaukee.
Lutheran World Relief receives $500,000 gift from eBay founders to help Sudan

(RNS) Lutheran World Relief has accepted a $500,000 gift from the founders of eBay to help address the Sudanese humanitarian crisis.

The funding from the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund at Peninsula Community Foundation of Menlo Park, Calif., has already been put to use in Western Sudan, Lutheran World Relief President Kathryn Wolford said in an announcement.

People and Places

Special Praise

Cooperative Program Stories

Students stepping into leadership at Georgia Southern University

It's got a well-earned reputation as a party school, but one group has plans to earn a different kind of reputation.

Ministerial Moves

Ministerial Moves

Bible Study

Knowing God Through Jesus

Encouraged by Knowing God


The Open Door

During the month of October our churches will be receiving our annual World Hunger Offering. I encourage all of you to participate because the needs worldwide are staggering.
No editorializing, just the Word

Ed Setzer’s column in the August 12th issue, “What Will It Take to Bring Young Leaders Back?” really struck a chord with me. Reading it aloud to my wife, she commented that it sounded like something I would have written. I only wish that I had.
Childhood trauma can inspire greatness

Serious About our Calling? You’d Better Believe It!

One notable Southern Baptist preacher was asked, “Who is your favorite preacher?”


Contact information needed

Are there students from your state who will be enrolling in one of the many universities in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)? The Baptist Convention of New England serves these six states and has ministry on many campuses. We would also like to make a list of area churches available.
GBC needs to promote inclusion

Amen to Ed Stetzer’s article, “What will it take to bring young leaders back?”. I have felt for several years that his comments could well be applied to church planters. Of course, many of our new church planters are young pastors. As they have sought to be culturally relevant to their communities, church planters have built new congregations that meet in non-traditional settings, sing contemporary praise and worship songs and dress in less formal attire. Despite external appearances, their core message has been Biblically based.
New Mexico needs new director

New Mexico Baptists have been led by Dr. Claude Cone for the past twenty years. At the July State Executive Board meeting, Dr. Cone announced that he would be retiring as our Executive Director, effective March 1, 2005.
Revival through the Word

I agree that we need growth and revival but I don’t know any that has come other than a concentration on the Word of God, that is, the preaching and teaching of it and by letting God work through us in the winning of souls and building up of His children.
Stand up for traditional marriage

The Family Research Council (FRC) will hold its third live simulcast event for marriage on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 7-9 p.m. ET.