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Issue Date: 2014-03-20
Volume: 193
Number: 6

Special

Nearly $3 million distributed in 2014 awards ceremony
It's still a ways to go to get back to the nearly $5.6 million which the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation distributed in 2007 prior to the Great Recession, but the Foundation is clearly on its way back as the economy rebounds.
From Atlanta to Savannah, health care knows no walls
On a typical Monday morning in downtown Savannah, a stone's throw from its namesake river, a sprawling one-story building serves as a magnet for individuals seeking health care.

News

Mission: I'm Possible

My birth mother was told, after I was conceived, that it was not feasible for her to care for me once I was born. A relative encouraged her to have an abortion. She refused to accept that option, and found shelter with a charitable organization until such time as she could give birth to me.
Executive Committee a little business, but lots of inspiration

The March 11 Executive Committee meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention had some items of business on the agenda, but it was more of an inspirational meeting than anything else.
Cancer survivor impacts lives in Bronx

Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Shamar Smith is no stranger to the lifestyle and perils that mark the lives of many in the neighborhood; his own brother is already serving out a sentence on Rikers Island, New York's primary jail complex. Had Smith not found his safe haven through Graffiti 2 Community Ministries, his path might have looked the same.
Churches have a role in rehabilitation, says governor at prayer breakfast

Acknowledging the often-strained relationship between church and state, Governor Nathan Deal nevertheless called on the former at the March 13 Legislative Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Baptist Convention to be active in helping those formerly incarcerated to re-enter society.
How are your CP dollars being spent?

According to the Tampa Bay Times, CNN, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, the worst charities raise millions of dollars annually, but spend very little of it on their stated goals.
Marietta pastor, as SBC EC chairman, talks about messenger qualifications
In a Q&A with SBC LIFE, Ernest Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee and pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, addressed some of the main issues surrounding a proposal regarding how churches qualify to send messengers to the SBC annual meeting.
Gothard resigns under abuse allegations
Prominent homeschooling advocate Bill Gothard, founder of the popular Institutes in Basic Youth Conflicts, has resigned from his international ministry after allegations of sexually harassing women employed at his ministry and failing to report child abuse cases.
TMC president announces Master's program

Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell College, has set in motion plans to begin a Master's program that will feature an advanced degree in theology.

Baptist News Summary

NOBTS sets record for December graduates
Names in the News
Criswell's preaching honored by seminaries
Gospel instruction in Peru
Moore, others urge religious liberty promotion
Children, student registrations open for Baltimore SBC
GuideStone 2014 tax guide addresses housing allowance
Mental health motion addressed by SBC Executive Committee

People and Places

Licensed
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Deaths
Honors

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia Baptist Foundation: Creating a perpetual tithe

If trust is paramount in ministry, perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in the ministry of the Georgia Baptist Foundation (GBF) where Georgia Baptists have entrusted an estimated $350 million.

Bible Study

Be generous in your giving

2 Corinthians 9:6-13
Bible Studies for Life, March 30
Rest: a gift for His glory, your benefit

Exodus 31:12-17
Bible Studies for Life, April 6

Columns

Religious freedom, firearms, and Duck Dynasty

Our religious freedom is slipping away. The Georgia Religious Freedom Act (HB 1023 and SB 377) was defeated in the house and failed to emerge from the Senate before the deadline, so it appears to be dead for this year's legislative session. It appears that those who opposed the bill were successful in a propaganda campaign dominated by lies.
The Open Door

Spring revival season is here! I just had the delightful privilege of preaching a revival at the Northside Baptist Church in Milledgeville, Georgia. Jerry Pickard and his wife Terri have served Northside now for 27 years.
The Oscars

The Hollywood crowd held their annual "Look at Us" extravaganza known as The Oscars. What could possibly be more boring than a bunch of whiny, loud-mouthed, atheistic humanists patting each other on the back for a job well done? Soccer maybe?
"Since you asked ..."

Why doesn't God make it easier to believe in Christ?