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Issue Date: 2014-03-06
Volume: 193
Number: 5

News

Ronnie Floyd to be SBC president nominee

Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the SBC annual meeting this June, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Feb. 20.
IMB leader launches search for successor
IMB President Tom Elliff asked the chairman of the mission agency's board of trustees on Feb. 26 to appoint a search committee for his successor.
Being Social
Kudos for church planter coverage

I was quite pleased The Christian Index did such a great job in its most recent issue highlighting how the church landscape is changing in Atlanta. The best part was taking a depressing upheaval and highlighting some courageous church planters who are on the front lines trying to impact the equation.
Is it a stretch to actively pursue bivocational ministry?

Wesley Thompson is totally devoted to ministry. Currently a student at Southern Seminary, he's pursuing a degree in Church Ministries (with an emphasis on students and families) to improve his ability at presenting the Gospel.
A Whittle bit of commentary

Chad Whittle is a 27-year-old graduate student at Valdosta State University who is attempting to communicate his conservative Christian perspective to others, particularly to those of his own age group.
Los Angeles church planter thanks Southern Baptist 'heroes'

For four years between 2005 to 2009 Iranian house church pastor Ara Torosian faced sporadic yet consistent physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his government. Caught trying to smuggle Bibles into the country, Torosian was constantly being pressured to reveal the identities of other Christian leaders.
Guidestone temporarily halts enrollment in Personal Plan

Guidestone has temporarily halted enrollment in its Personal Plans medical plan for the 2014 calendar year.
Disaster Relief helps after Augusta ice storm
Disaster Relief teams should be finishing up their stay in Augusta following a historic ice storm to the area, according to GBC director Stuart Lang.
Murdock retires after 25 years as Beech Haven minister of music

On Dec. 29 Curtis Murdock concluded more than 25 years of service as the minister of music at Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens. Sherron Mills, one of the church's choir members, calls it "the end of an era."
National WMU president challenges 'raise the bar' of missions

Raising the bar of missions involvement was the challenge woven throughout national WMU's board meeting, Jan. 1113, at Shocco Springs Conference Center in Talladega, AL.
2014 Committee on Nominations announced

Georgia Baptist Convention President Don Hattaway, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Cartersville, announces that the following persons will serve on the 2014 Committee on Nominations:

Interview with Brewton-Parker's Ergun Caner

The Christian Index recently interviewed Ergun Caner in order to give Georgia Baptists an up close and personal look at Brewton-Parker College's new president. Just three months ago the BPC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect Caner as the 16th president of the 110-year-old institution of higher learning.

People and Places

Deacons
Deaths
Ordinations
Revival reports
Ministerial Moves
Georgia Baptist women help clothe children in Russia

Cooperative Program Stories

Shorter University: Creating a family of faith on the hill

Sarah Geil of Acworth graduated as her high school's valedictorian and visited 17 colleges before choosing Shorter University.

Bible Study

Support God's kingdom with your income

2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Bible Studies for Life, March 16
Be ready to give as the need arises

2 Corinthians 8:10; 9:1-5
Bible Studies for Life, March 23

Columns

The Open Door

It is with much joy and a full heart that I write this Open Door to you from Jerusalem, Israel. In the fall of 2015 it will be an amazing moment in Georgia Baptist history as we take about 200 members of the Sons of Jubal to sing concerts in Israel. Jon Duncan and I are in the process this week of having many meetings to set up the concerts and various ministry opportunities.
Weary of the world's suffering

Did you see the picture of Marwan, the 4-year-old Syrian boy recently found wandering in the desert near the Syria-Jordan border?
"Since you asked ..."

How do we witness to an angry atheist on our doorstep?
A uncommon concern over Common Core

In his essay, Is Public School an Option?, Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler writes, "The earliest public schools in the United States were community-based and parent-controlled. Parents and fellow citizens within a community would establish a school and hire a schoolmaster. The community would establish the curriculum, and the schoolmaster was expected to maintain discipline within the school as well as to guide the education of the students."