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Issue Date: 2013-09-19
Volume: 192
Number: 19


'Straight allocation' budget proposed for 2014

In a bid to simplify the budget showing the distribution of funds between state and national Cooperative Program ministries, Georgia Baptists will operate off of a new budget model effective next year.
Across generations
Rome pastor stretches the decades in student ministry

He can remember leading Bible studies for his current students' parents when they themselves were in the youth group. His grandson is a member of that same ministry now. His own pastor jokingly calls him Methuselah.
Antioch Baptist celebrates bicentennial
Members and friends of Antioch Baptist Church came together July 14 to celebrate 200 years of ministry and the church's imprint left on Southern Baptist life both statewide and nationally.
'You can't win the world on a nickel'

It's no secret that national giving through the Cooperative Program has been on a steady decline for the past few decades, even as the economy boomed.
How the CP funding channel was envisioned in 1925

There is a disconnect between how the founders of the Cooperative Program envisioned the program in 1925 and how it has been embraced by churches. The 50/50 percent funding split between state conventions and the national agencies - as channeled through the SBC Executive Committee - was predicated on churches setting the example by keeping 50% of their offerings and forwarding 50% to their state convention, which would then forward 50% to the SBC Executive Committee.
Thanks for Calvinism editorial

It was refreshing to finally see someone write an article exposing a real issue in the discussions by the "committee" concerning the Calvinist and current Southern Baptist beliefs.
GBC to accelerate return of funds to NAMB

Effective next year Georgia Baptists will accelerate return of all Cooperative Agreement funds to the North American Mission Board.
Proceedings from SBC Annuals related to the Cooperative Program

The attached document includes a historical perspective of the intentions of the founders of the Cooperative Program ... Southern Baptists' unique unified giving plan to fund agencies and institutions of state conventions and the national convention.
A response to editorial on 'A new kind of Calvinism'

I choose to believe that the God of mercy and grace has made allowance so that children who die very early and the severely mentally challenged will die in a state of grace. I must also concede that I know of no Scripture that specifically supports my belief.
NOBTS team digs for date of Canaanite water system

R.A.S. Macalister faced a crucial decision in late 1907 when he reached the bottom of the ancient Gezer Water System in Israel drain and excavate the pool at the bottom step or explore the cavern beyond the pool. He chose to bypass the pool and excavate the cavern.
Reaching the lost inside the Perimeter

The first baptism at Hills Park Baptist in downtown Atlanta in eight years was a big event for our church and God's Kingdom. But the exposure to our Christian Index article and pictures made the day even better and is bringing new results and answered prayers!
27 of 65 new IMB missionaries served overseas as students

David Taylor never imagined himself on an overseas mission trip. But when his Bible study leader at North Carolina State University asked him to pray about a summer mission trip in 2002 to Asia, Taylor agreed.
Beth Ann Williams to lead Georgia WMU/WEM

Beth Ann Williams has been selected as the new executive director-treasurer for the Georgia Baptist Women's Missionary Union/Women's Enrichment Ministries.
Dorsey McMath: the man with the can

Eastside Baptist Church in Americus is a growing fellowship and made a decision two years ago to construct a new worship center. The new sanctuary is a 4,860 addition. Once the new space is completed and occupied, the old sanctuary will be used for education and fellowship purposes.
47 SBC pastors call massive prayer meeting
Four Georgians on the team
Four Georgia pastors are among a group of 47 Southern Baptist pastors inviting senior pastors to participate in A Call to Pray for Revival and Awakening Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Southlake, TX.
Hattaway to be nominated as GBC president
Don Hattaway, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, will be nominated as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention at the annual meeting to be held at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula Nov. 11-12. The Bartow County pastor is no stranger to Georgia Baptists and is presently serving as a trustee at Shorter University.
Needs are great but God is greater
Backpacks for Appalachia project
The miles quickly click by as Bill Barker travels across the twelve-state Appalachian region. Since May 2001, he has served as a national missionary with the North American Mission Board, working with ministries that serve the poor by mobilizing volunteers and finding resources.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Latimers ordained as deacons at First Moreland
Evans ordained at Arabi
New deacons

Cooperative Program Stories

Church revitalized through people "growing in the Word of God"

In February 2012 when Ebenezer Baptist Church called Sam Davis to be their pastor, the naysayers started yapping.

Bible Study

The Pressure of Conflict

James 4:1-10
Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 29
The Pressure of Retaliation

James 5:1-11
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 6


The Open Door

I just purchased my first "Smart TV." Did you know that TVs are smart now? I really didn't know that either, but they are.
"Since you asked ..."

Why did God create a world like this when He knew we were going to create a hell on earth?
Pastors, The Index and special days

October is a special month. Oh, I know it isn't October yet, but I believe in planning ahead at least a little bit ahead.