Since the 2014 Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 60, known as the Safe Carry Protection Act, a swirl of controversy has surrounded the legislation. One of the central pieces of the legislation that has caused some of the attention has to do with a provision that allows the governing authority of the local congregation to choose (opt in) whether the church wants to allow the possession of firearms on its property. It simply states that no weapon or long gun can be carried into a place of worship, "unless the governing body or authority of the place of worship permits the carrying of weapons or long guns by license holders." Therefore, the new law stipulates that the governing authority of churches has the right to approve the possession of firearms on their property if the person has a Georgia "weapons carry license."
Appointments to the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Committees have been announced by SBC President Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. Luter announced the appointments in accordance with SBC Bylaw 19, which calls for providing notice to Southern Baptists of the appointees well in advance of each year's convention.
"I believe in the Cooperative Program and I believe it should be called the 'Cooperative Mission.' The church is on mission to get the Gospel to those who need to hear it. As a pastor I have not seen a better way to get people to accomplish what no individual or church can do alone. A worker for the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee said, 'We will do it better if we work together.' That single statement is a picture of the goal of Southern Baptist in fulfilling the Great Commission.
From Ellabell to Fayetteville, Tifton to Winder, missions support is a primary focus of many Georgia Baptist congregations. And because of that strong view of missions beginning first in Georgia and leading to the uttermost part of the earth, inroads are being made in reducing lostness in the Peach State.
Nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards - International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and GuideStone Financial Resources - the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the six seminaries, and the Committee on Order of Business have been selected by the 2014 SBC Committee on Nominations.
With a desire to keep the focus on the power of revival and prayer, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter expressed excitement about this year's SBC annual meeting June 10-11 in Baltimore. Messengers also will elect a new president as Luter wraps up his second term.
Will Bacon, president of the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation, has been tapped to serve on a national Mental Health Advisory Council appointed by SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently published an online article entitle "Bible losing influence in America." The AJC article cited another article in the Washington Times bearing the unbiased headline "Going to hell in a handbasket."
The first documentary by the title of "Cosmos" was broadcast in 1980. Now the show is back.
The original began with a panoramic shot of atheistic scientist Carl Sagan standing in front of the ocean. The new series features astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, also an atheist.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published May 15, 2014
"Is there anything more southern than azaleas in a bed covered in pine straw?"
It was a question I asked Janice as I was practically standing on my head in our azalea bed in our back yard. It's hot and backbreaking work to spread bale after bale of pine straw, but when the job is done, you have a true southern aesthetic treasure, like something you would see at Callaway Gardens.