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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding New Purpose By Bill Harrell, Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez Published October 7, 2004
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.
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.
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 By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published October 7, 2004
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."
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.