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Issue Date: 2004-11-04
Volume: 183
Number: 23


Utah Baptist pastor comes to assist Georgia Baptist churches in LDS training

Pastor Joe Bufford and 15 of his members from Sargent Baptist Church went to Cedar City, Beaver and St. George, Utah to do mission work in April. In August Troy Underwood and his family, church planters in St. George, returned the favor by ministering in Georgia Baptist Churches.

Lighting the fire, fanning the flame for renewal
Georgia Baptists set eyes on time of revival

Georgia Baptists' "What Now?" emphasis is off to a promising start as churches seek to reach unprecedented numbers of people for Jesus Christ within the next 10 months. The goal for the Georgia Baptist Convention is to have a record 50,000 baptisms, start 100 churches and create 3,500 new units in Sunday School by September of 2005.
India surprises
Think you know India? Think again.

Make no mistake: India still faces enormous problems of poverty and need. About 300 million people still live on less than a dollar a day.
Georgia Revival Update
Texas pastor: Fight for gay rights not the same as civil rights struggle

FORT WORTH, Texas - The suffering of the homosexual does not compare with the suffering of the black man in America, Dwight McKissic said in chapel at Southwestern Seminary Oct. 13.
Gainesville PK's involvement in missions displays importance of Cooperative Program

BEREA, Ky. - Bursting with charisma and enthusiasm, Joanna Malcom, 22, is eager to teach others about the significance of the Cooperative Program (CP).
Thousands of Christians rally on Washington for traditional marriage

WASHINGTON - Thomas Wang arrived at the National Mall on Oct. 15 after spending a week driving from the San Francisco Bay area in a van that declared "Marriage: One Man and One Woman."

Baptist News Summary

Greeting Graham
Billy Graham and Sherman Barnett, director of the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade, are greeted by Carl Peterson, president of Kansas City Chiefs, upon Graham's Oct. 6 survey of Arrowhead Stadium, site of the Oct. 7-10 crusade.
NOBTS trustees name Atlanta instructor senior professor, approve Saturday classes

NEW ORLEANS (BP) - New Orleans Seminary trustees promoted one instructor to senior professor and elected five new faculty Oct. 13.

Dahlonega grad named vice-president of business affairs at Southwestern
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) - C. Gregory Kingry Sr. was named vice president of business affairs at Southwestern Seminary Oct. 19.A graduate of North Georgia College in Dahlonega and Southeastern Seminary, Kingry has been a career missionary with the International Mission Board since 1997, when he oversaw business services in Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and Jordan.
Janet Parshall's America now airing weeknights on FamilyNet TV
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) - Janet Parshall, host of a nationally syndicated daily radio program, brought her award-winning show to FamilyNet television Oct. 18.
New scheduling at Golden Gate widens opportunity for theological education
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) - A flexible scheduling option called "One-Day Monday" is making Golden Gate Seminary classes possible for people from more locations.
Graham School at Southern Seminary marks 10th anniversary
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) - The Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Missions and Church Growth began with 42 students and six professors. As the school marks its 10th anniversary, it has grown to more than 700 students and sent out some 1,000 graduates to work in churches and on mission fields across the globe.
Names in the News

Religious Newsbriefs

Publisher: More Left Behind books on the way
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) The popular Left Behind series detailing an evangelical Christian vision of "end times" will continue with more books, Tyndale House Publishers has announced.
Spitting on Christians decried in Israel
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Israeli government has vowed to crack down on religious Jews who insult and spit at Christians.
Religious leaders protest use of cross at popular Scottish nightclub
LONDON (RNS) British church leaders have roundly condemned the prominent use of a Christian symbol in the refurbishment of a popular nightclub in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Muslims, ACLU object to intelligence overhaul bill
(RNS) Muslim, civil liberties and human rights organizations are voicing opposition to legislation they believe expands the Patriot Act and denies civil liberties to immigrants.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Constituting Services

Cooperative Program Stories

GA Baptists sow seeds at Ag Expo

They came from places as far away as Russia. More than 220,000 people walked throughout the 100 acres that spanned the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie - the largest of its kind in North America.

Bible Study

God Rules!

When I was growing up, my parents did many things I declared I would never do. Most of those things were in the area of discipline. And my parents stayed in that area a lot!
Be Thankful!

Thank you.


Parents Fear Their Children's Teen Rebellion

Revival: The Time Is Now!

Billy Graham has just concluded his "Heart of America Crusade" in Kansas City, Mo. The "Greater Los Angeles Billy Graham Crusade" is scheduled for Nov. 18-21; and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has announced plans for what is being called the "final" New York Crusade in June of 2005.
Make at least one mistake a week

It's not uncommon for me to remind the leaders at Saddleback Church that they have my permission to make at least one mistake a week. I tell this to staff members and to lay leaders, explaining periodically that it's OK to make mistakes - provided they're not making the same mistakes over and over again each week.
The Open Door

I recently received the following communication from Jim Van Matre who serves on the staff at Dauphin Way as minister of music and worship. Many of you are aware that Jim Van Matre formerly served as minister of music and worship at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. His letter is inspiring as he speaks of the ministry of Georgia Baptist disaster relief teams working in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. I wanted to share it with you.


Nation's first coinage motto was "Mind Your Business," not "In God We Trust"

I must say I enjoy reading The Christian Index, and although I agree with the letter in the Oct. 7 issue from Rita Boyett, I do not agree with her facts. In that letter she states that the nation's first coinage contained the motto "In God We Trust."
Building the Church vs. churches

The Index's recent articles on the building projects in the metro Atlanta area led me to think about some tough issues regarding the Church. One of the great phenomenons of this century is the large metro church. God has blessed mega-churches with amazing leaders, members, ministries and resources. Yet, the latter is where my inquiry lies.