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Issue Date: 2013-05-02
Volume: 192
Number: 9

News

Shorter implements Christian critical thinking curriculum
Index Editor J. Gerald Harris recently interviewed Earl Kellett, assistant professor of Christian studies at Shorter University, regarding its Christian critical thinking approach to higher education. Kellett earned a doctoral degree in philosophy, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Seminary. His experience includes work as a project coordinator and research assistant in the Center for New Testament Textual Studies and adjunct instructor at the seminary.
Curnutt: Retiring, but not from ministry

Barbara Curnutt retired on April 30 after 15 years as director of Georgia Baptist Woman's Missionary Union and Women's Enrichment Ministries. The Curnutt years will be characterized as an era of growth across her department's spectrum, ranging from a massive renovation of Pinnacle into a year-round conference center to building visibility of the presence of women in Baptist life.
George Beverly Shea, Graham soloist, dies
George Beverly Shea, the longtime soloist for Billy Graham Crusades, died April 16 after a brief illness. He was 104.
Historical Commission receives a trove of artifacts

On April 12 the Georgia Baptist Historical Commission dedicated two new displays in the lobby museum at the Missions and Ministry Center of GBC – one on "The Bethesda Pulpit and the Second Great Awaking in Georgia" and the second on "The Georgia Baptist Convention as Spiritual Quartermasters during the Civil War."
Take 2
Kendrick brothers, going in 'new direction,' launch independent production company

Believing God is leading them to mentor the next generation of Christian filmmakers, Alex and Stephen Kendrick – best known for being the writers, director, and producer behind "Courageous," "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants" – are moving in a "new direction" and launching their own independent production company.
German homeschoolers request asylum

A German family should be granted asylum in the U.S. because their native government is denying a fundamental human right by preventing them from homeschooling their children, attorney Michael Farris told a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals April 23 in Cincinnati.
Pastors speak up for immigrants in D.C. visit

Mega-church pastors joined other evangelical Christian leaders on Capitol Hill to speak up for some in their own congregations on the same day legislation was introduced to repair the country’s flawed immigration system.
Wayne Hamrick: pastor, evangelist, church statesman dies April 18
Wayne Hamrick, 70, passed away on April 18 at his Cartersville residence. Hamrick, who served as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and trustee chairman at LifeWay Christian Resources, was hailed as a champion of church revitalization at his memorial service at Tabernacle Baptist Church.
3 of 7 murder charges dismissed against Philly abortionist

A judge dismissed three first-degree murder charges against Kermit Gosnell after a week of some of the most gruesome testimony yet in the trial of the Philadelphia abortion doctor who allegedly committed infanticide.
Official SBC statement from Chris Chapman regarding site blockage
Statement from Chris Chapman, SBC Executive Committee director of information systems, regarding the blocking of the SBC website by the U.S. Department of Defense
Military official: Malware to blame for SBC site block

A military official says malware was to blame for the Southern Baptist Convention's website being blocked on some military bases.
Watertown: church planter caught in crossfire

A Southern Baptist church planting resident at a Boston-area church found himself, along with his wife, in the crossfire of a police shootout early Friday morning, April 19, with the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Baptist News Summary

Georgia Baptists to be appointed at SBC meeting
Several pastors and members of Georgia Baptist churches have been nominated by the 2013 SBC Committee on Nominations to serve alongside others on the various boards for Southern Baptist agencies.
Southern announces new school
Southern Seminary announced the formation of a new school, named new academic leadership, and approved an expanded budget at the spring meeting of its board of trustees April 16. These moves aim to position the school strategically to continue carrying out its mission.
Southwestern looks to end tenure program
Trustees agreed in principle to cease the tenure program at Southwestern Seminary during their April 3 meeting at the Fort Worth campus.
Names in the news
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, confirmed to Baptist Press April 11 that he has been selected as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Baptist Communicators hit 60-year milestone
Neisha Fuson of The Alabama Baptist newsjournal takes a keepsake portrait for an expectant mother at the Promise House Maternity Home in Little Rock.

People and Places

Lives impacted through Effingham revival
Churches across denominational lines joined April 11-14 to conduct a revival that ultimately brought 391 to make first-time decisions for Christ with 235 more praying to recommit their relationship with Jesus.
First Eastman gets first-hand report on suffering for the faith
Deaths
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Missions at the starting line

When it comes to speed, neither the Indianapolis 500 nor Daytona 500 have anything on the Georgia State Royal Ambassador Racer Derby. With speeds exceeding 220 miles per hour, 235 Royal Ambassadors (RA), Girls in Action (GA), and adult leaders from throughout the state recently competed in the 12th state derby race at Camp Kaleo.

Bible Study

Becoming a Person Others Need

Pro. 6:6-11, 16-19, 23-27
Bible Studies for Life, May 19
Building the Home I Need

Pro. 31:10-12, 15-20, 25-31
Bible Studies for Life, May 12

Columns

Begin in Me

Most Baptists I know appear to be at ease in Zion. It is doubtless that we are living in the age of the Laodicean church – the church age characterized by those who are "rich, increased in goods and in need of nothing."
"Since you asked ..."

Can one address homosexuality's immorality without the Bible?
Living life, paranoia- and fear-free

What do the bombings during the Boston Marathon and the explosion of a fertilizer plant in a small Texas town have in common? They are just the most recent examples that absolute safety and security are nothing more than illusions.
The Open Door

The Children's Home Offering Day is received on Mother's Day. This year Mother's Day falls on May 12th.