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Issue Date: 2004-10-07
Volume: 183
Number: 21

News

Georgia couple has divine appointment at Cracker Barrel

Sandy Niedens had the good fortune of growing up in a Christian home. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age in a small mission church sponsored by Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon.
Communication and openness are the keys to success at Roswell Street Baptist Church, Marietta

Perhaps you heard about the city council that voted to build a new jail. There were three steps involved. First, tear down the old jail. Second, build a new jail with the material salvaged from the old jail. Third, continue to use the old jail until the new jail was completed. Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta is not following the pattern of the Alabama city council, but the analogy is not completely dissimilar.
Against All Odds: Chuck Norris found God's plan bigger than his own

A six-time world karate champion, Chuck Norris starred as the hero in more than 23 films and wrote and produced his popular television series, Walker, Texas Ranger. But success couldn't rescue the Norris family one crisis-filled night.
Parents, teachers, and students on how Christian schools measure up

For Larry Segars and his wife, Gwen, the decision had come down to what was best for Michael.
Bush, Kerry take vastly different approaches to religion in public life

One candidate is from the Bible Belt and likes to tell the story of how God redeemed him from a life of destructive drinking, which made him a better husband and public servant for such a time as this.
Liberties growing in Iraq, PM says

Media coverage of Iraq has grown largely negative, and some American leaders are saying the decision to go to war was wrong and is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Footage of increased insurgent attacks and videotaped beheadings of hostages mostly depict a losing effort, but there is another side to the story that is far less publicized.
Orientation provides new ministers with resources, relationships

Sixty-eight new ministers from around the state and their families were introduced to the variety of ministries and resources available through the Georgia Baptist Convention Sept. 23. The GBC's annual New Ministers Orientation was held at the Baptist building.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Foundation names Gray assistant director
Johnathan Gray has been named assistant director of development for Central Georgia with the Georgia Baptist Foundation. Previously, he had served five years as pastor at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Fairburn.
Judge overrules lawsuit to keep Ga. marriage amendment off ballot
A Fulton County judge blocked a move Sept. 29 by groups looking to stop a Nov. 2 vote on a same-sex marriage amendment to the state constitution.
Columbus rally for troops set for Nov. 20
The Columbus Baptist Association is planning, with the city of Columbus and various businesses and civic organizations, a rally to support U.S. troops. Volunteers are needed for the "God Bless Fort Benning Rally" to be held Nov. 20.
Johnson begins as new associational missionary for Ogeechee River
Ed L. Johnson began his service as associational missionary for the Ogeechee River Baptist Association Oct. 1.
GBC events rescheduled due to hurricanes
Due to inclement weather over the past month, several Georgia Baptist Convention events were either cancelled or rescheduled.

Baptist News Summary

GuideStone: New healthcare options succeeding in holding down costs
The majority of participants in GuideStone Personal Plans health insurance "will see no rate increase for 2005," and many participants "will actually see a rate decrease due to changes in the rating structure," GuideStone Financial Services of the Southern Baptist Convention (Annuity Board) announced in a Sept. 10 news release.
NAMB offering low-interest loans to disaster-damaged SBC churches
The North American Mission Board will provide low-interest loans quickly and with virtually no paperwork to Southern Baptist churches damaged by Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, as well as other natural disasters.
Seminary journal examines biblical race reconciliation
The genuine antidote to racism is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, say essayists in the latest edition of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.
Names in the news
Trustees adopt record budget, approve fast-track business plan for centers
Southern Baptist Foundation scores well on financial compliance review
The Southern Baptist Foundation is in full compliance with the standards of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, according to ECFA Vice President Dan Busby.
IMB chairman: Overseas growth demands aggressive training
Help is desperately needed in places where churches are multiplying more rapidly than leaders can be trained, International Mission Board trustees were told during a Sept. 14-15 meeting in Richmond, Va.

Religious Newsbriefs

Half of Americans say separation of church and state has gone too far
About half of Americans consider freedom of religion to be a top legal guarantee but a similar percentage think separation of church and state has become too severe or is not necessary in this country, a new survey indicates.
Dobson urges boycott of Procter & Gamble products over gay rights issue
Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson has encouraged listeners to his radio program to boycott products of the Procter & Gamble company because of a "tacit endorsement of gay marriage," but the Cincinnati manufacturer says conservative groups are mistaken about its stance.
English town bars broadcast call to prayer
A mosque in Blackburn, England has been refused permission by the local council to broadcast the call to prayer - the adhaan - over the mosque's loudspeakers.
Rwandan Catholic priest faces tribunal trial
The first trial of a Rwandan Roman Catholic priest by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda began Sept. 20 amid protests of the tribunal itself.

People and Places

Obituaries
Homecomings
Honors
Ordinations
Anniversaries

Cooperative Program Stories

World Hunger Fund: a way to keep pulse going for local food ministries

Ministerial Moves

Ministerial Moves
Georgia, Southern Baptist disaster relief worker Joel Phillips dies at 52

Joel W. Phillips, one of Southern Baptist's national disaster relief coordinators, died from an apparent heart attack at his home Sept. 29 after returning from attending Wednesday evening services at First Baptist Church in Conyers, where he was a member.

Bible Study

Finding New Purpose

Too many people view their Christianity as a benefit from God that carries little if any responsibility with it. The Bible, however, is perfectly clear when it says that we are to be faithful in our service to the Lord.
Reaching for Real Life

Columns

What's the Minimal Requirement?

While the saint of God is constantly challenged to present himself/herself to God as a "living sacrifice" or lay one's entire being upon the altar for the Lord, few ever live a life of complete surrender.
Non-Christians: Friends or foes?

I recently heard a young man preach a sermon on the importance of sharing the Gospel. His philosophy was that as long as Christians are obeying God by witnessing to the lost, they should not care whether the lost accept Christ.
The Open Door

Southern Baptists are so blessed to have the capable, devoted, and enthusiastic leadership of our President, Bobby Welch. As many of you know, Bobby is riding a motor coach across America to promote his "Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge for Evangelism."
Motivated alcoholics can be successfully treated

Letters

Floyd County Association loses church over adoption of 2000 Baptist Faith and Message

In 2000 messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando, Fla. approved a revised Baptist Faith and Message statement.
Supports Ten Commandments display

In all of my years of reading the Index and other Baptist papers, I have never seen anything like the letter from Bo Turner, "Supports removal of Ten Commandments." What shocks me even more is the fact that we have a Baptist church in our state that would call and keep a pastor with Turner's liberal anti-Christian views.