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Issue Date: 2014-06-12
Volume: 193
Number: 12

News

Review of 'This I Know For Sure'

My wife, Martha Jean, read Babbie Mason’s new book This I Know For Sure and bubbled over with such glowing remarks about it that I was impressed to read it as well. Having done so, I realized why she was so remarkably complimentary of this new work.
Prayers for 'renewed passion'

Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches affiliated with the convention in 2013, while other key measures declined, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.
Lottie Moon offering hits record $154 million

Southern Baptists gave an unprecedented $154 million to the 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, breaking the record for the largest total in the offering's 125-year history.
Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows

Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.
Georgia student receives Dorothy Kelley Patterson Award

Last month the United Nations elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women without any objection from the Obama administration. Iran's seat on the influential human rights body is possessed by a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."
South Carolina exec, former Georgia pastor Jim Austin to retire

Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, has announced that he will retire on Oct. 7 of this year.
Townsend named to lead Gwinnett Association
Hugh Townsend has officially been called to serve as associational missionary for Gwinnett Baptist Association, effective May 15.
Moviegoers want more faith-based films

Hollywood's "year of the Bible movie" continues to drive sales at the box office in 2014, according to a study by LifeWay Research.
M28 Church: Ministering among the affluent and spiritual apathy

When Matt Dye drives his commercial shaved-ice truck through Midtown, Buckhead, Piedmont Park, and Georgia Tech, he meets thousands of people in the community where he now lives. The mobile business also connects him with other business owners who show respect for his entrepreneurship.
Darrell Quinn - ready for another decade of ministry
Baxley pastor observes 30th anniversary at Mount Vernon

Darrell Quinn has always sought advice from older pastors in the ministry and has tried to graft those bits of wisdom into his own life. Perhaps no bit of insight has taken root more than the words from legendary Baptist statesman R.G. Lee.
Georgians bring resources, Christ to crime-weary McElderry Park
Crossover Baltimore

The ABC television affiliate in Baltimore describes the McElderry Park neighborhood as "an infected wound" full of violent street crime; the federal government calls it one of the nation's 15 most dangerous neighborhoods – so dangerous that it is investing nearly $1 million to shore up the struggling middle class.
Fordham inducted into COSBE Hall of Faith

On Saturday morning, Georgia Baptist evangelist Keith Fordham was sharing his faith in Patterson Park, quickly winning a young boy to faith in Christ. It was classic Fordham at his best.

People and Places

Notifications
Ordinations
Honors
Ministerial Moves
Celebrating 100 years of life, 89 years at McConnell Memorial
First Roswell celebrates WMU
Deaths

Bible Study

God is Wise

Proverbs 2:1-6, 3:5-7
Bible Studies for Life, June 29
God is Forgiving

1 John 1:5-2:2
Bible Studies for Life, June 22

Columns

"Since you asked ..."

How do we answer a disaffected deserter?
One opinion on why our baptisms are plummeting

A recent news release from LifeWay Christian Resources indicated that in 2013 Southern Baptist Convention churches experienced another decline in the number of baptisms reported. Although the percentage of decline was not as severe as last year the reported baptisms have declined seven of the last nine years.
The Open Door

In SBC LIFE, the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention, Summer 2014 edition it is announced that at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Baltimore this week SBC Executive Committee President, Dr. Frank S. Page, will issue a challenge to Southern Baptists to "do more" to reach the world with the Gospel. This challenge to "do more," is the theme of the vision Frank Page will share for what he is calling the "Great Commission Advance."
The swap & the cross

The news is shocking. An Army sergeant allegedly walks away from his post; six soldiers were apparently killed trying to find him; five hardened terrorist leaders were released for him; and one U.S. president may have violated a law for him.