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Issue Date: 2013-07-25
Volume: 192
Number: 15


Killing the giant of lostness in Georgia, including Smarr

Georgia Baptists were introduced to 5 Smooth Stones, an initiative to conquer the growing giant of lostness in Georgia, at the annual GBC meeting in November 2010. It is estimated that there are 8.1 million people without Christ in the state.
Growing the church through the Sunday School

Tim Smith, GBC state missionary for Sunday School/Small Groups, avows, "The Sunday School is important, because it is the church organized to accomplish the Great Commission."
More Georgians seeking English proficiency

An increasing number of Georgians may not know Jesus Christ, but they do know Georgia Baptists are offering free one-on-one tutoring to help them gain a better grasp of the English language.
The criteria for determining the fastest growing Sunday Schools
Gary and Jan Morton honored for 25 years of service at Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins

Gary and Jan Morton were recognized by Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins on June 9 for 25 years of faithful service to the church. Gary joined the church's staff on June 1, 1988 and has developed an incredible ministry of praise and worship that truly exists for the express purpose of "exalting the Savior, edifying the saints, and evangelizing sinners."
Clarence Jett: 99 years and going strong

General Douglas MacArthur wisely stated, "You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair."
Carrollton church regrouping after fire

Members of Bethesda Baptist Church were forced to combine Sunday School classes and find temporary office space as the building that housed both was destroyed in an early-morning fire July 17.
Brazil: God is moving in the global south

Jim Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, came to the Atlanta area from Parkway Hills Baptist Church in Plano, TX just over a year ago.
New Providence Baptist Church
Smarr is an unincorporated town in Monroe County with an elevation of 620 feet and a population that doesn’t exceed the elevation.

Baptist News Summary

Names in the News
Training sheepdogs
Lottie Moon mission gifts third-largest ever
New Baptist campaign targets global hunger
Crossover Baltimore moves into prayer, vision-casting
Baptist businessman wins against mandate
'Sheepdog' sessions prep churches for violence
Lee Strobel joins HBU apologetics department

People and Places

By any means ...
New Hires
Plainfield Baptist Church celebrates its centennial
Brewton-Parker player selected in MLB draft
Pickens licensed to minister

Cooperative Program Stories

The 'accidental' Southern Baptist becomes its advocate

Bernard Miller entered Southern Baptist life by accident about 30 years ago. Today, he has become one of its greatest advocates.

Bible Study

God Sent His Son

Matt. 4:12-25; John 1
Bible Studies for Life, Aug. 4

Jesus is Crucified and Raised

Mark 15:1-16:8; 1 Cor. 15
Bible Studies for Life, Aug. 11


"Since you asked ..."

Christians are in a battle today with a culture quite different from that of our forefathers. How are we to live in the midst of this rising tide of secularism?
Why bother with the SBC?

I spent three days in Houston last month at the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference and Southern Baptist Convention. The SBC is always a great time of year, as I get to reconnect with old friends and hear about what God has for our future.
Our treacherous walk down the path of the Romans

Lest you think the United States is invincible, consider the Roman Empire.
The Open Door

It's not unusual for me to receive numerous contacts in the course of a week from churches seeking a new staff minister and ministers seeking a new church. In either case I am anxious to be helpful, when I can.