The Christian Index Board of Directors has affirmed a request from the GBC Executive Committee to delay the publication of nominees for state convention offices until after each year's September Executive Committee meeting.
The number of non-Anglo Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) congregations has jumped by more than 66 percent since 1998, according to the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board.
The Boy Scouts of America is seriously considering lifting its ban on gay and lesbian troop leaders and could make the change official the first few days of February, a move that likely will disappoint Southern Baptist churches and many faith-based organizations that comprise a majority of all sponsors.
Joel Southerland, the Georgia Baptist Convention missionary providing leadership in evangelism, recently expressed to The Christian Index his concern about the lack of evangelistic fervor among our states churches.
Two days after an EF3 tornado killed one person and destroyed at least 202 homes in Bartow and Gordon counties, Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Personnel were on the ground making assessments for cleanup and recovery.
Last October Marty McLain received an email from Joakim Rundt, a journalist with YLE of the Finnish Broadcasting Company. In the communication Rundt explained that the national broadcasting companies of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark were making a TV documentary on religion. He specified that he wanted someone from the U.S. to be a participant in the project.
This past Christmas an inmate at the Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo received his first-ever letter since incarceration 12 years ago. That letter was a Christmas card from women in Daniell Baptist Association (DBA).
Before I saw the press screening for the film adaptation of the stage musical "Les Miserables," I read two articles that tied the production together with the politically provocative Wall Street occupiers.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published February 7, 2013
In 2013, our focus is upon the first of the 5 Smooth Stones, Spiritual Renewal. Recently, our Georgia Baptist Convention staff gathered for worship in the Chapel of the Missions and Ministry Center for a solemn assembly, which was comprised of worship, prayers, confession, and commitment. It was led by Claude King and was one of the most meaningful worship experiences I have ever had. I can assure you that your convention staff is not calling on Georgia Baptists to experience spiritual renewal without first confessing our own spiritual need before the Lord and seeking to be in a right relationship with Christ.