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Issue Date: 2014-02-20
Volume: 193
Number: 4

News

Deal picks Neal for strategic role

Jay Neal served as a Georgia Baptist pastor for 25 years. He has also served as the director of the North Campus of Penfield Christian Homes in Lafayette. For the past decade he has also served in the State Legislature as the representative of Georgia House District 2. Representative Neal was the chairman of the State Properties Committee until Jan. 13 when he was appointed to serve as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry.
New life in an old association

James Lester's book A History of the Georgia Baptist Convention states that Hephzibah Baptist Association was formed on the fourth Saturday in September in 1794. It is the second oldest association in Georgia. It appears that 220 years later Hephzibah Association is alive and well.
Ham on Nye

One of the hashtags that sprouted in Twitterspace after the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate was "Ham on Nye" – catchy and pertinent.
Edwin L. Cliburn dies in Thomaston
Edwin L. Cliburn, former Georgia Baptist pastor and denominational leader, died in Thomaston Feb. 1. Cliburn. Cliburn, 86, was born in Newnan but grew up in Columbus. During WWII and the Korean War Cliburn served in the U.S. Marine Corps, answering the call to ministry in the earlier conflict. Cliburn.
Rural church serves up large ministry

Redland Baptist Church's Valdosta address is more ZIP Code than location. Situated a dozen miles outside of town, the 550-member church may not be on any major thoroughfare but it's making an international impact for the Kingdom.
Jonathan Gray returning to Georgia Baptist Foundation

Grady L. "Pete" Rockett has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2014 as the president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Baptist Foundation, Inc., with Jonathan Gray returning to Georgia to work with Rockett for nine months before assuming the vacated role.
Clarification regarding Jackson Hill Baptist Church
In the February 6 issue of The Index in the special section on church planting, there appeared a photo and the statement that Jackson Hill Baptist Church has permanently closed its doors and no longer existed. This was printed in error and Jackson Hill Baptist Church remains after almost 120 years a viable congregation.
Church planter embraces legacy he once tried to escape

You could say Patrick Coats is a product of his spiritual legacy. But it's a legacy he attempted to elude – at least for a time.
NAMB calls for new definition of church success

Southern Baptists have historically defined success by how many members a church has today and how many more it will have tomorrow. While it is understandable that church growth is an indicator of how many people are being reached for Christ, it may be time to rethink that concept.

People and Places

Georgia Baptist Association of Christian Educators meets in Jonesboro
Anniversaries
Deaths
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Church plant tips off with basketball

When Tez Andrews was leading a thriving youth ministry in Dallas, TX, people there told him he was crazy to return to Atlanta, his hometown. He had a secure staff position in a 1,000-member church. In his early 30s, Andrews was able to provide comfortably for his wife, Gala, and their four boys. But he felt compelled to leave that position.

Bible Study

Work is a Gift from God, not a Curse

Genesis 1:28; 2:8-9, 15-17
Bible Studies for Life, March 2
We work for Christ

Ephesians 6:5-9
Bible Studies for Life, March 9

Columns

Can NAMB inspire Southern Baptists?

Zelda Fitzgerald was born in Montgomery, AL on July 24, 1900. She was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s. After the success of his first novel, the Fitzgeralds became celebrities. The newspapers of New York saw them as embodiments of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties: young, rich, beautiful, and energetic.
Viable healthcare options to Obamacare

As I have watched Fox News over the past few weeks, I have become increasingly concerned regarding the effect Obamacare might have on the average American family. Finally, I decided to call a few insurance agent friends of mine.
The Open Door

A few years ago the Georgia Baptist Health Care System Board had a very prayerful meeting in Waynesville, North Carolina. The hospital system was having a difficult time financially in the highly volatile health care market. The vast resources of the health care system were being depleted due to the unusual environment in which our hospitals were attempting to operate.
"Since you asked ..."

Why did Jesus want to be baptized by John the Baptist?