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Issue Date: 2013-02-07
Volume: 192
Number: 3


Georgia Baptist pastor to be featured on Finnish television program

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.
Index board affirms Executive Committee policy request

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.
SBC ethnic congregations up 66 percent since 1998

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.
Boy Scouts could be poised to reverse gay leader policy

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.
Pastors' Conference offering goes to Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta is the recipient of the offering collected at the annual November meeting of the Pastors' Conference.
New approach to GBC Evangelism Conference

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.
Georgia Baptist non-Anglo ministries, like those of SBC, on the grow

Georgia Baptist work among the state's non-Anglo population mirrors that of national efforts to reach ethnics for Christ.
GBC Disaster Relief responding to north Georgia tornado

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.
Les Miserables finds support, caution in Christian community

Many Christians already have seen the blockbuster "Les Miserables" and have voiced glowing reactions, partly the hoped-for result of a marketing campaign to the faith community.
Newman challenges legislators at annual prayer breakfast

For eleven years the Georgia Baptist Convention has been hosting the Legislative Prayer Breakfast for members of the Georgia General Assembly.
More than meetings
Appalachia backpack giveaway to be part of GBC 2013 meeting

An ongoing effort that has already netted more than 4,400 backpacks for children signifies a new wrinkle for future Georgia Baptist meetings.

Baptist News Summary

California migrant ministry robbed
Luter honored by Indiana school for ministry
Royal Ambassadors an alternative to Boy Scouts
Luter given Carver Medal

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Jarrell ordained into the ministry
Fostering family at Royal Baptist in Newnan

Cooperative Program Stories

Developing leaders in Georgia's largest prison

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).

Bible Study

The Practice of Godliness

1 Timothy 4:7-10; Titus 3:1-9
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 17
The Reward of Endurance

2 Timothy 2:1-13
Bible Studies for Life, Feb 24


"Since you asked ..."

How do we defend the life of the unborn?
The Open Door

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.
"Since you asked ..."

Why are the most publicized and sensational critics out of step with the abundance of evidence, and so out to edit and rewrite the New Testament?
Chasing rabbits or fatal distractions

Alexander Hunter, in his short story "A Christmas Fox-Hunt in Old Virginia," writes about the exciting hunting experiences in Colonial America.
'Les Mis' is year's best film

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.