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Issue Date: 2013-05-16
Volume: 192
Number: 10


Seminaries slate luncheons at Houston SBC
Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists' six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 12, at noon in Houston to hear updates from their respective schools and renew their friendships.
Truett-McConnell students engage in dynamic worship and service

Hundreds of students gathered in the gym to worship and hear Steve Rummage, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, FL, preach in chapel at Truett-McConnell College on April 25. The thesis of Rummage's sermon, based on Ephesians 3:14-19, was "I can because Jesus can and He lives in me."
Other SBC meeting highlights
By strengthening the pastor and his family, Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference President Gregg Matte wants to create a movement that could become the spark God uses to bring revival. Thus the theme of this year's gathering: "Launch: Taking Our Hearts, Homes, and Ministries to a Higher Place," June 9-10 at the convention center.
Decision approaches for Marietta church and Scout troop

The year World War II ended, Boy Scout Troop 204's relationship with Roswell Street Baptist Church began.
Moore, Ezell full statement regarding military religious freedom
"Recent days have seen a flurry of media stories about various questions of religious liberty within the United States military. Many of these stories have prompted concern among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians as to whether our Christian servicemen and women, and the chaplains who serve them, are facing hostility from military leaders directed particularly toward evangelical Christianity.
Luter Signals Revive Us That We May Be One

A Tuesday evening revival service with worship led by Charles Billingsley and a sermon by Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter will be among the highlights of the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Houston.
Waters, Parker named to Committee on Committees
Georgia Baptist leaders John Waters and Herman Parker have been appointed by SBC President Fred Luter Jr. to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Committees.
GBC designers take top BCA honors
Georgia Baptist communicators took top honors in the 2013 awards competition hosted by the Baptist Communicators Association.
CROSSOVER Houston: intentional evangelism

When Southern Baptists at every level cooperate to reach people for Christ, it's always effective, said Darrell Robinson, a former pastor and longtime evangelist from Texas.
Moore, Ezell address military religious freedom

Two Southern Baptist leaders have issued a statement voicing concern about religious freedom within the U.S. military but also cautioning Christians to refrain from jumping to conclusions about recent incidents in the military that have been perceived by some as threats to religious liberty.
Jones named to Committee on Resolutions
SBC President Fred Luter announced in an April 1 release that he has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 11-12 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston.
Georgia communicator receives lifetime award
Georgia Baptist journalist/photographer Jim Burton was recently awarded lifetime membership in the Baptist Communicators Association.
Revive Us That We May Be One - Program
Memorial Day
A gift from Lithuania named Sauleja

Sauleja Satkute is one of the student leaders of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Georgia, but she is not your typical Georgia Baptist coed. The pretty, perky, and very talented young woman from Lithuania is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Studio Art.
WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting
Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference
2013 SBC Annual Meeting Houston - Summary

Georgia Newsbriefs

Greg Abercrombie, Gary Goodin named to lead associations
Two Georgia Baptist associations have announced the addition of new directors of missions effective this spring.

Baptist News Summary

Jason Allen inaugurated as MBTS president
Entering a freshly completed chapel complex, trustees, guests, friends, and family gathered to inaugurate Jason K. Allen as the fifth president of Midwestern Seminary May 1.
Names in the News
H. Leon McBeth, distinguished professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary for 45 years, died April 29 in Fort Worth.
Kentucky convention, college affirm partnership
"Kentucky Baptists who had concerns that Campbellsville University refuses to allow on [its] faculty professors who believe the Bible is literally true can be assured that such professors are welcomed at Campbellsville," Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said after an April 29 meeting with college officials.
Golden Gate raises budget 2.9 percent
Golden Gate Seminary’s trustees have approved a budget of $11,904,000 for the coming year, an increase of 2.9 percent from the current year.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Bluffton Baptist Church marker notes history in Lord's Acre movement
Rogers honored for years of Sunday School leadership

Cooperative Program Stories

Bible Drill: Hiding God's Word in the hearts of Georgia's children and youth

Following an associational Bible Drill on March 25, eleven-year-old Rhett Willis learned why hiding God's Word in his heart is so important.

Bible Study

Giving Others What They Really Need

Pro. 11:12-14; 17:17; 18:24; 27:5-10,17; 28:23; 29:10
Bible Studies for Life, May 26
God Begins the Story

Genesis 1:1-3:24
Bible Studies for Life, June 2


The Open Door

I am so thankful for the privilege of serving among Georgia Baptists. Every day is filled with challenges and opportunities that inspire my work and fill me with incredible joy.
Seismic shift or shifting sand?

I must begin by saying I appreciate the ministry of James Emery White and Louie Giglio because upon reading this article, one might falsely assume I am attacking these ministers who make wonderful contributions to the cause of Christ. My frustration as a fellow pastor is with the newest, latest, relevant, key, secret, or trend for effective ministry.
"Since you asked ..."

Are some people born gay?
Coming out of the closet

NBA basketball player Jason Collins came out of the closet last week. He said he was "overwhelmed by the enormous support" he received from all over the country when he announced to the world that he is "gay".