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Issue Date: 2012-11-15
Volume: 191
Number: 23

News

Sunday School principles work for Dalton's Salem Baptist Church

During the Dark Ages in Europe the church for the most part was neglected and abandoned. With the advent of the Renaissance came the rebirth of learning and rediscovery of the Bible. Consequently, the Bible was translated from Latin into the languages of the people and became the centerpiece of learning.
Georgia Baptists you should know: Joel Aplin, LaGrange

First impressions are crucial for Joel Aplin, a member of Unity Baptist Church. For the past six years he has gone the extra bucket of paint to create jaw-dropping set designs for Vacation Bible School. Aplin recently talked to Index production editor Scott Barkley about what motivates him in this ministry.
Brewton-Parker wrestles back to the top

Georgia Baptists' new secret about its higher education ministry is that Brewton-Parker College is turning the corner and encountering a rebound many thought unimaginable just a year ago.
NJ governor thanks volunteers as Baptist response continues

Election Day dawned with Hurricane Sandy storm survivors voting in tents – along with a reminder of the preparation of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Prior to Sandy's landfall, SBDR area commander Mark Gauthier reminded state DR leaders to make sure deploying volunteers voted absentee before they traveled to begin ministry.
UGA BCM cycles 300 miles to Jacksonville

One of the most heralded rivalries in college football is the annual contest between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators. The interest in this year's gridiron battle between the two Southeastern Conference foes was heightened by several extenuating circumstances.
Packing a missional punch

As it tends to happen with revival, Pastor Chris Hall says it began with a strong sense of conviction.
Calvinism team meets again
An advisory team on the issue of Calvinism met for the second time in Nashville, TN, Nov. 5-6.
Unity in Bartow, revival on the horizon

"It takes a leader with a Kingdom mindset, one who is theologically sound and who is humble so that others are not threatened by him." That is how Bartow Associational Missionary David Franklin describes Don Hattaway, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
SouthBridge reaching 'the unchurched and dechurched'
Church plant of First Statesboro now numbering 200 in attendance

There are no stained glass windows like the mother church, no wooden pews or large choir. In fact, there is no choir at all at one of Georgia Baptists’ newest church plants.
Worth sharing
Mental health needs to be an open discussion, says North GA author

"I pray one day our story will be written for the glory of God and the inspiration of others."
Obama's win is setback for social conservatives

President Barack Obama regained the White House for another four years in an election that proved a convincing setback on moral issues for evangelical Christians and other social conservatives.
Shorter Hawks step up into Division II football

Watching the Shorter University Hawks football team at Barron Stadium is sure to enhance one's enjoyment of football and deepen one’s appreciation for the GBC's Baptist university in Rome.
Georgians help launch new ministry to Arabs
At least two Georgians are among a group from around the nation who are forming the Middle East and North Africa Baptist Fellowship. The fellowship, brought together by the North American Mission Board, will lay the groundwork for jointly reaching Arabic-speaking North Americans.
Covering Georgia

Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River, and with size comes responsibility on a variety of levels ... above all, spiritual. That God-given responsibility frequently comes with formidable challenges.
Giving cover
GBC tents provide a home for ministry

There's a quandary for churches looking to minister outside its walls but needing walls for a specific ministry or outreach. Shelter can come in handy for picnics, outdoor revivals, and off-site Vacation Bible School.
Kendrick brothers taking a breather, seeking God’s direction
Duo is writing a book during a hiatus from filmmaking

For almost a decade Alex and Stephen Kendrick have wooed theatregoers with faith-based films that garnered the attention of Hollywood and were eventually viewed by audiences around the world.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Disaster Relief crews, 'Buckets of Care' aid in Sandy relief on East Coast
Up to 40 Georgia Baptists are currently serving through Disaster Relief cleanout crews and feeding units after two storms slammed the East Coast, said state director Stuart Lang.
Laughman selected to lead Centennial Association
Steve Laughman was recently appointed to lead Centennial Baptist Association its new associational missionary.

People and Places

Former pastors take part in Wolffork Baptist's 100th anniversary
Ministerial Moves
Pate honored for service at Vienna First Baptist
Hopkins recognized for years of service
Deaths
Williams honored for half-century in ministry
Homecomings
Honors
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Pastors and laity work together to champion the Cooperative Program

Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, has challenged SBC churches to renew their commitment to unified ministry through the SBC's Cooperative Program by a 1 percent-of-budget increase.

Bible Study

Hit the Streets

Acts 17:16-31
Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 25
Yahweh Our God

Exodus 6:2-8; 15:1-3,11-13
Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 2

Columns

The foolish preoccupation with politics

On Nov. 6 Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. were re-elected as president and vice president of the United States. January 20 has been declared as Presidential Inauguration Day; but since January 20 is on a Sunday all the pomp and ceremony will be pushed back a day. So, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will be sworn in privately on January 20, but the actual ceremony will be on January 21. The Christian Index congratulates Mr. Obama upon his re-election.
The Open Door

Twenty years ago, as the Georgia Baptist Convention was meeting in Macon, Georgia, I received an invitation from the executive committee to become the executive director of the convention. I must confess, it was the culmination of a spiritual journey and genuine struggle for Janice and me.
An Open Letter to the future president

First, we want to congratulate you on your victory on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We know that running for public office requires tremendous sacrifice. As Americans we are thankful for men and women who devote the time and energy necessary to run a political campaign.
"Since you asked ..."

Can we trust the New Testament?