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Issue Date: 2013-10-03
Volume: 192
Number: 20


Church revitalization brings North Peachtree, Christ Church together as one congregation
Congregations now meeting as Crossroads Church of Dunwoody

Marge Bieler enjoys walking in her neighborhood. On one of those walks a sign outside a church caught her attention.
Chuck Kelley marks 30 years at NOBTS
Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Seminary, was honored for 30 years on the faculty during the seminary's fall convocation service.
Being Social
Building a bigger toolbox
Part 1 of a series

A native of North Carolina, Emerson minister David Owen went to Bible college practically out of high school. At 21 years old he took a bivocational pastor position at a church in south central Virginia, staying there a year and a half. At that point he pursued some other educational options through external studies, he says, before becoming a full-time evangelist in his early 30s. He'd remain in that role for nearly five years.
A call to protect children

The Georgia Baptist Convention is prepared to help you protect your church from the devastating effects of sexual abuse. This is one area where the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is particularly true.
Scores surrender to Christ at TMC

Thursday, Sept. 12, was a special day on the campus of Truett-McConnell College. The chapel service had the imprint of God upon it. The gymnasium is typically filled to capacity when chapel services are held at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland.
Aaron Werner: adventurous, intrepid church planter

Planting a church is no cakewalk. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not a fancy that emerges into a full-fledged reality overnight. Planting a church requires faith, perseverance, grit, determination, lots of hard work, and much, much more.
Scenes from Sept. 10 Executive Committee Meeting
Simoneaux announces retirement from Brewton-Parker
Brewton-Parker College President Mike Simoneaux has stated his intention to retire from his position effective Dec. 31.
Henry Blackaby continues to recover from heart attack

On Sept. 5 well-known Christian author and speaker Henry Blackaby was moved to a regular hospital room after a heart attack led to his disappearance for more than 29 hours.
Decline in SBC baptisms being studied by pastors' task force

The North American Mission Board is convening a national Pastors' Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms to address the continued decrease in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches. The group's first meeting was Sept. 18 in Nashville.
WMU celebrates 100 years of girls' missions discipleship

Not many organizations are rich with a heritage that spans more than 100 years, but Girls in Action and Acteens organizations sponsored by WMU have now passed the century mark of engaging girls in missions education and involvement.
NAMB guidelines for military chaplains updated to address same-sex unions

The North American Mission Board has issued new guidelines for Southern Baptist military chaplains in light of the U.S. military's recognition of same-sex marriage. The guidelines reiterate Southern Baptist doctrine and the expectation that SBC chaplains will not participate in or attend wedding ceremonies for gay members of the military.

People and Places

Revival reports
Ministerial Moves
First Baptist Newnan ministers to firemen
First Rincon ministers in Zimbabwe

Cooperative Program Stories

Truett-McConnell College:
Creating a future return on investment through the Cooperative Program

If there is anything that Emir Caner has made sure of since becoming the president of Truett-McConnell College (TMC) in 2008, he's been sure to proclaim that the institution is Christian.

Bible Study

It's Not About Me

I Samuel 24:1-15
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 20
Even Christians Have Conflict

Luke 10:38-42
Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 13


The Open Door

I recently received an email that was most encouraging. As you know, one of the 5 Smooth Stones is Authentic Evangelism. We have emphasized the importance of having conversations with people about Jesus.
"Since you asked ..."

Are atheists more rational than Christians?
Stronger together, serving together, sending together

Fall brings the opening of the new school year, the energy of the season of autumn and, for Southern Baptists, the meeting of the state Baptist conventions. In coming weeks, most of our state conventions will be holding their annual meetings. Pastors and laypeople will gather from local churches and assemble as a convention of Baptist churches. There is a glory in these meetings, and they affirm our need for these state conventions and their ministries.
Ichthys and atheists

Major League Baseball's World Series is looming on the horizon. I remember the first Fall Classic I saw on television. It was the first game of the 1950 Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. It consisted of an amazing pitching duel between Vic Rashi of the Yankees and Jim Konstanty of the Phillies. New York won the game 1-0.