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Issue Date: 2013-04-04
Volume: 192
Number: 7


The mound is his mission field

In his cheerful and masterful work "Locksley Hall," Alfred Lord Tennyson mused, "In the spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove; In the spring a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love."
Duck Dynasty comes to Hebron

Jase Robertson, one of Duck Dynasty's most visible television personalities, mesmerized more than 7,000 people in two services at Hebron Baptist Church here with his humor, duck calls, and unashamed Christian testimony.
Syrian crisis worsens
4 million in Syria need humanitarian relief

Conditions for civilians in Syria have deteriorated so badly that Southern Baptist humanitarian leaders have decided they must expand relief efforts inside the country.
An open letter on DOMA

As we write this letter to you, we find ourselves as a nation at an unimaginable place where the United States Supreme Court is considering a case claiming that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. DOMA was enacted by Congress in 1996 by an overwhelming majority in both houses. In essence, the statute does two things.
Curnutt retires from WMU after 15 years

Barbara Curnutt, who has served for 15 years as executive director-treasurer of Georgia Baptist Woman's Missionary Union and Women's Enrichment Ministry, will retire on April 30.
7 questions & answers: the Supreme Court & gay marriage

Following are commonly asked questions about the Supreme Court's two days of arguments March 26 and 27 in the gay marriage cases.
State ACP reps discuss data's value

People involved in compiling denominational data have a desire "to serve our churches and be good stewards," Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, told Baptist state statistical representatives during a two-day meeting in Nashville.
A U.S. presidential candidate waiting in the wings

Luc Allgood, a senior at Stephens County High School, is an aspiring student with faith, determination, and passion. Bill Evans, Luc's pastor at Sunnyside Baptist Church, says of Allgood, "He is a dynamic young man and shows a lot of promise for the future."
Justices question federal marriage definition
Several U.S. Supreme Court justices, including swing vote Anthony Kennedy, questioned the validity of the Defense of Marriage Act in oral arguments last week, signaling they may be ready to strike down the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
2013 Committee on Nominations announced
Georgia Baptist Convention President John Waters, First Baptist Church, Statesboro, announces that the following persons will serve on the 2013 Committee on Nominations:
Bringing life change in Philly

If anyone understands the impact church planting and evangelism can have on someone, it's Peter Yanes. Together, the two changed his life.
Middle Association bringing adventure in April
Associational missionary Bobby Braswell is anticipating a large turnout for a multifaceted evangelistic event April 11-14.

Baptist News Summary

Russell Moore elected next ERLC president
Cities' church planting maps posted online by NAMB
Names in the News
Ken Weathersby named EC vice president

People and Places

Revival reports
Ministerial Moves
Being Social
Gambles celebrate six decades of marriage

Cooperative Program Stories

CP: as vital as ever

If you plan to accomplish something big, you will likely have to invite others to join you. That basic tenet of leadership emerged early in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Bible Study

Honoring God's Holiness

Leviticus 5:1-6:7
Bible Studies for Life, April 14
Living in Holiness

Leviticus 18:1-5, 20-26; 20:6-8
Bible Studies for Life, April 21


"Since you asked ..."

Isn't the Bible full of contradictions?
The Open Door

For the past several weeks "The Bible," produced by the husband and wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, has been airing on The History Channel. I have watched the episodes with great interest and with gratitude that someone in Hollywood, in a very professional way, would present the Gospel story.
The continuing assault on marriage
On March 13 The New York Times reported that when Barack Obama ran for president in 2008 he professed to oppose same-sex marriage, but supported civil unions.
Putting the pieces together

In February I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting of the Association of State Baptist Publications. While in the city my wife and I went to the site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. That was the building bombed by ex-Army soldier and security guard Timothy McVeigh on the morning of April 19, 1995.