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Issue Date: 2012-11-01
Volume: 191
Number: 22


Tim Dowdy
an Ironman honoring SBC's Ironmen

Although he wouldn't call it a sacrifice, Tim Dowdy, senior pastor of Eagles Landing First Baptist Church, is making some significant sacrifices to highlight the ministries of Southern Baptists' bi-vocational pastors. In fact, he is preparing to engage in a grueling endurance race to spotlight these men who he calls "Ironmen."
11-year-old tithes on steer winnings of $106K

"If we didn't stop him, he'd give away all the money he has," Stacey Bonham said of her 11-year-old son, Baylor.
Lottie Moon Offering season is here
GBC to stream annual meeting live
Georgia Baptists whose schedule will prevent them from attending the Nov. 12-13 state convention annual meeting will have the option of viewing it from the comfort of their computer.
Delmar and Peggy Murdock honored

Both pastors and the laity are generous in their praise of The Church Renewal Journey. The Journey is a series of lay-led, revival-type weekends that take the church on a biblically-based, spiritual journey to ignite a revitalized passion and purpose on the part of the membership.
In the Himalayas: Carrying the Gospel to the 'roof of the world'

Aaron Juergens* had the mountains etched on his heart long before he reached the Himalayas.
Planting God's work near the Golden Gate

San Francisco is a beautiful city of neighborhoods, each distinctive and unique in its own right, located on a hilly peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. A Spanish presidio and mission were founded there in the same year the American colonies established their independence.
LifeWay decides against Glorieta sale to Olivet

LifeWay Christian Resources has "decided not to go forward" with the sale of its Glorieta, NM conference center to Olivet University, a San Francisco-based school which found itself in media crosshairs after the possible sale became public in July.

Baptist News Summary

ERLC presidential search committee goes online
The trustee search committee for a new president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has launched a website to aid in identifying a candidate for the position.
NAMB and states join to target church stagnation, decline
Just over 70 percent of churches are plateaued or declining in membership in the Southern Baptist Convention, according to North American Mission Board statistics. In response, NAMB – working with state conventions – is launching a series of Send North America Church Growth and Revitalization Conferences in 2012 and 2013.
Names in the News
Jason Allen elected as Midwestern's president
In a 29-2 vote, Jason K. Allen has been elected by Midwestern Seminary trustees as the school's fifth president. The vote took place Oct. 15 during the trustees' bi-annual meeting in Kansas City, MO.
New IMB initiative seeks to meld small businesses with missions
Church plant fills void in Hill Country
How far is the nearest town without a single church?
Block New York City school policy, groups still urge as churches wait
A federal appeals court should endorse a permanent block on New York City's prohibition of religious worship in public schools because the policy violates the First Amendment, the Southern Baptist Convention’s religious liberty entity and others have said in a legal brief.
IMB program pushes Global marketplace into becoming a mission field
In the mountains of Ecuador, Scott Tye's small office serves as more than just a satellite for his business, which is based in Allen, TX. And it does more than provide an income for eight of his employees.
New Orleans Seminary to begin offering three online degrees
In an effort to make theological education more accessible, New Orleans Seminary trustees approved three fully online graduate degrees during their fall meeting Oct. 9.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Rebecca Baptist recognizes men resolution, ordains deacons

Bible Study

Do Life Together

Acts 4:32-35; 5:1-6; 6:1-7
Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 11
Engage in Kingdom Building

Acts 13:1-4; 14:21-28
Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 18


Choosing between the lesser of two evils

I hope you will vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. I believe that each one of us should exercise our right to vote and base our vote on biblical values. However, as America drifts farther and farther away from its spiritual moorings, discerning the values of the presidential candidates becomes more challenging with each election year.
"Since you asked ..."
What happens to those who die without having heard the Gospel?
The Open Door

In the Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 edition of USA TODAY, in an article titled, "Christianity Isn't Dying," Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, addressed reports that state the church in America is in decline and the number of Christians is waning. Stetzer makes some excellent points that bear repeating, just in case you didn’t happen to see the article, I would like to mention some of his points.

Georgia Voices

Fear, faith, and parenting a disabled child

We were sitting in our family room doing our usual Sunday night thing. The kids were dressed in their pajamas but, of course, prolonging the trip to bed. Our two youngest and I snuggled together in our big red chair. My husband Shep and our oldest daughter, Caroline, were snuggling on the floor.