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Issue Date: 2015-03-05
Volume: 194
Number: 5

News

Say no to pari-mutuel gambling

During the 2014 annual session of the Georgia Baptist Convention messengers went on record again as they have done 20 times since 1963 opposing gambling in our state (See 2014 Resolution http://www.christianindex.org/9841.article). But once again, there are those (Rep. Harry Geisinger and Sen. Brandon Beech) in the Georgia General Assembly who want to try to legalize horseracing and pari-mutuel gambling!
Similar personalities: Ingleside and McCoy

Visiting Ingleside was like sinking your teeth into a succulent steak or spending a week at a beautiful resort. Magnificent experiences demand a return engagement.
COGBE becomes GBE

Urgency. Passion. Focus. Those words seem to characterize the heart of the God-called evangelist. The Georgia Baptist Evangelists held their annual retreat Feb. 13-14 at Piedmont Baptist Church in Marietta. According to the president of the organization, Brian Fossett, the meeting was "incredible."
Michael and Lyndsay Walling - married and blessed

The sanctity of marriage is being attacked on many fronts. It has also been the brunt of many witticisms and jokes.

Intersecting with the world in New York City

Austin Coleman has spent each of the last two summers in New York City looking for intersections. If ever there was a city where success would seem inevitable, America's largest city would be that place with its blur of 24-hour activity.
Community missions 'transformational' says Hahira First Baptist pastor

In more than two decades as pastor of Hahira First Baptist Church, David Gordon has gotten a feel for the people there. About a year ago he realized that although missions was a part of the church, it was more or less something "dabbled" with.
Mission Georgia Moments
Encourage your church to use one of the following Mission Georgia Moments before the morning worship offering is collected, as part of a Sunday School opening comment, or in a Small Group or WMU meeting. Each entry is not time-sensitive and can be used on any Sunday of the year.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
New Orleans Seminary presents certificates upon course completion
Doctoral students earn degrees from New Orleans Seminary
Honors
Ordinations
Revivals

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia Baptists lead Appalachia's Christmas Backpacks outreach

When the North Georgia and Murray County Baptist associations learned that another Georgia association would not be partnering with them to deliver Christmas Backpacks to Elkhorn City, KY, Susan Bagley got busy and posted the need on Facebook. The single mom who is on disability due to cancer felt compelled to act.

Bible Study

Jesus: Power Like No Other

Mark 4:35-41
Bible Studies for Life, March 15
Jesus: The Teacher Like No Other

Mark 1:21-22; 10:17-22
Bible Studies for Life, March 22

Columns

The Open Door

Chaplain Kenneth Koon asks the question, "If you saw a friend or family member, a co-worker or a neighbor who was hurting, what would you do? What if you thought such person was having suicidal thoughts? Would you ask them?"
"Since you asked ..."

Is it impossible, especially for unbelievers, to recognize what "good" really is?
Obeying God rather than man

A federal judge recently ruled against Alabama's law upholding traditional marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade arbitrarily concluded that the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and the amendment that later enshrined it in the state constitution both were unconstitutional.