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Issue Date: 2014-11-27
Volume: 193
Number: 24


Lostness of Georgia permeates annual meeting

By the conclusion of the 193rd annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention, there was no question that messengers agreed their state is a growing mission field that cannot be neglected.
Six resolutions approved by messengers

Georgia Baptist messengers approved six resolutions ranging from religious liberty to gambling to Common Core education standards. Others addressed topics such as social media and cyber-bullying, traditional marriage, personhood and the sanctity of human life, and an appreciation to the host church.
Joan Hamrick honored at Ministers' Wives Luncheon

A ladies' ensemble from McDonough's Glen Haven Baptist Church beautifully sang "It Is Well With My Soul" and "At Calvary" at the Ministers' Wives Luncheon at Ingleside Baptist Church in Macon. Julie Hadde, was the guest speaker for the event. Julie is the wife of Michael Hadde, director of communications for Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon.
Housing allowance survives at appeals court
A federal appeals court has overturned a decision striking down the 60-year-old ministerial housing allowance in an action cheered by Southern Baptist leaders.

Baptist Village

A Great Georgia-Florida Celebration At Baptist Village
Grandparents Day at Lake Park
September 7, 2014 was Grandparents' Day for residents and family members at Baptist Village Lake Park. Many family members and friends came out to the event and enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to spend time together. The residents continue to enjoy their weekly visits with the beautician for haircuts and hair styles as well as our monthly auction where the residents are able to bid on any item that sparks their interest.
Grant and Gifts Fund Therapy Enhancements
What Does the Lord Require?

Micah was the first prophet to predict the downfall of Jerusalem. His denunciations were born out of his realizations that society was rife with selfishness, indulgence, and dishonesty. Near the end of his book he asked, "What does the Lord require of you?" (Micah 6:8a NIV) What a question. The question has been asked again and again in different ways. In Luke 18:18-23 a rich young man asked Jesus "What must I do . . . " In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment. These are different ways of asking what God requires of us. Well, Micah answers his question in a way that filters into the questions in Luke and Matthew. His answer is pregnant with possibilities. Read the full verse of Micah 6:8. "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
The Mission, Values, and Vision of Baptist Village

For some years I have encouraged my Baptist brothers and sisters to support the ministry of Baptist Village with their prayers and gifts. These efforts have come from the conviction that it's the right thing to do. The ministry of Baptist Village is a validation of the great commandment. It is a visible demonstration of loving God and loving others. Baptist Village is not perfect. We do not always get it right but I am sure the men and women who care for residents want to get it right.
Macon: Plantation Suites/Villas

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
New City Church in New York holds first baptism service
Penfield admissions director named Counselor of the Year

Cooperative Program Stories

Challenging 'good-ole-boy' theology in south Georgia

Stacks of leafy plants rich with tar and nicotine no longer cover the floor of Warehouse 419 after "airing curing" in area barns. The tobacco farmers and buyers are long gone. The place where farmers once collected a check for their hard-earned labors now serves Pierce County as The Bridge Community Church.

Bible Study

The Shelter of God's Presence

Psalm 23:1-6
Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 7
The Shelter of God's Salvation

Psalm 27:1-6
Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 14


Truth is hate to those who hate the truth

The Washington National Cathedral is an Episcopal church chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1893 and established on Mount St. Albans (the highest point and most commanding spot in the city) in 1907.
"Since you asked ..."
What is Liberation Theology and how do we respond to it?
The Open Door

In this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for a faithful and loving wife, who is not only my best supporter in ministry, she has been my trusted bride and counselor for over 46 years. I am thankful for three incredible daughters, three outstanding sons-in-law, and nine precious grandchildren. I am thankful for my 94-year-old mother who loves the Lord with all her heart. She was with me when I prayed to receive Christ and she has prayed for me throughout my life and ministry. I am thankful for the amazing privilege of ministering among the finest Baptist people I know anywhere, Georgia Baptists, for the past 22 years.

Georgia Voices

Not your ordinary 'connected in fellowship'

In late June of this year, a special time of prayer was conducted during the morning service at Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough.