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Issue Date: 2014-01-23
Volume: 193
Number: 2


Beth Burdette: one of America’s hidden heroes

Although there are constant reminders that the United States is at war, most of us appear to be unaffected by the chaos and carnage that is taking place halfway around the world. The terrifying events of Sept. 11, 2001 that ignited the war on terrorism now seem more like a nightmare than a reality.
Life in the balance: Cairo student minister and wife face down daughters' cystic fibrosis

The three-week checkup for a newborn typically brings little drama. A few tests and questions to make sure everything is on course and then its back to the day. First-time parents experience a little anxiety that abates with the doctor's assurance of everything being normal.
Zombie Proof Your Marriage

The Georgia Baptist Convention Evangelism Department is old school and new school. The staff believes in the blood, the book, and the blessed hope, but they also believe in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all forms of social media. Furthermore, they are using it all to push back the world of darkness.
Bad 'facts': 'How do you know that?'

Sometimes a preacher or conference speaker gets things wrong.
Being Social

Baptist News Summary

Alabama pastor charged with murder of wife
An Alabama pastor has been charged with the murder of his wife who was found dead in their home in July 2013, reported The Alabama Baptist newspaper.
Moore/ERLC podcast to tackle ethics questions
The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has inaugurated a podcast to provide practical assistance on ethical issues.
Season ends after beginning, reinstalling football programs
B.J. Kelly carries the ball for the Houston Baptist University Huskies during their first football season.
Southwestern Seminary's first black graduate dies at 90
Marvin C. Griffin, Southwestern Seminary's first African American graduate, a longtime pastor, and trailblazing civic leader, died Dec. 25 at age 90.
Retired pastors, workers, widows find relief through Mission:Dignity
All Anna Streeter saw in her refrigerator was three hot dogs and one bottle of apple juice. She was hungry and wanted to go to the grocery store, but her bank account was as empty as her icebox.
Former Olympian among Golden Gate Seminary graduates
An Olympic swimmer was among 67 students who received degrees during Golden Gate Seminary's winter commencement.
New tool opens door to more Olympic ministry
Athletes from around the world will soon converge in Sochi, Russia, for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in February. Millions across the globe will gather around their television sets to watch this event. For Christians, this creates a unique opportunity to share the Gospel, not only at the games but within their own communities.
Kentucky Baptist children's services director resigns after controversy
The president of Sunrise Children's Services, Bill Smithwick, has resigned amid disapproval from Kentucky Baptists over his support for allowing homosexual employees at the state convention-affiliated child care agency.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
First Baptist Bremen members present pastor with a truck
COGBE elects officers
2014 Georgia Baptist Ministers' Wives officers elected
Those with Georgia ties take part in NOBTS commencement

Cooperative Program Stories

Men's ministries helps church revitalization and planting

A church's greatest resource for evangelism, Christian education, and missions is often its most neglected. Churches typically invest little if any into this resource while remaining perplexed about stagnation and decline.

Bible Study

What About People Who've Never Heard About Jesus?

Romans 1:18-23
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 2
Why Should I Trust the Bible?

Psalm 119:1-8; 137-144
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 9


"Since you asked ..."

Are there errors in the Bible?
The devaluation of life

Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) is an advocate of personhood and insists that the topic will be the pro-life battleground of the 21st century. Personhood values all life from conception to natural death. The Bible clearly teaches that man is created in the image of God and has worth at all stages of life.
An Open Letter to My Denomination: Have We Lost Our First Love

I could be writing to a broader audience. Perhaps I should be. And I know many outside our denomination will read this brief letter. I hope those readers will bear with me as I have a "family discussion."
The Open Door

I want you to know that the "Thank You" notes are pouring in from Appalachia as families rejoice over the generosity of everyone who participated in the "Backpacks for Appalachia" project. You responded in a great way with more than 21,000 backpacks to bless the children and families of Appalachia.