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Issue Date: 2005-02-03
Volume: 184
Number: 3


Pure & Proud
Couples, churches and families come together to redefine the courting scene

Winter is slowly passing, spring is coming, and before long a young man's fancy will be turning to ... waiting.
"God showed up and God showed out" in Gainesville church event

In 2003 Riverbend Baptist Church in Gainesville said goodbye to four staff members, including the senior pastor, who had been called to other churches. However, the church decided that they would not languish during the transitional period. In fact, it had a hugely successful event promoted as "Hope for the Harvest" in which 109 people were saved in one day.
Georgia Baptist response brings first-hand account of tsunami destruction

As an RA leader at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Hampton and paramedic, Willy Walls has seen a scrape or two. However, he wasn't prepared for the cuts and abrasions among the survivors of the South Asia tsunami in Banda Aceh, located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra.
"Operation Desert Hedge" offers prayer support to Griffin National Guard Unit

Second Baptist Church of Griffin has launched "Operation Desert Hedge," a prayer emphasis to intercede on behalf of the soldiers and families of the 108th Calvary of the 48th Brigade of the Georgia National Guard.
Christian Gala one of many on inaugural eve

The Nation's Capitol was blanketed with snow on the eve of the second inauguration of George Walker Bush. However, snow was not the only thing blanketing Washington before and after the inauguration. The city was also covered with a variety of balls, parties, receptions, galas and social events.
Perdue encourages social involvement at GBC-sponsored prayer breakfast

ATLANTA - Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue urged churches to become more involved in social issues during his address to legislators and pastors at the fourth annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Jan. 26.
Georgia Music Ministries increases performances for choral groups

In the three years Jon Duncan has overseen the ministries of the Jubalheirs and Sons of Jubal, he’s witnessed an increasing evangelistic role of the groups among Georgia Baptists, the nation and the world.
Newly married couples who say the wait was worth it

Newly married couples like the Hammack and Burbanks have raised their level of cimmittment even more by vowing not to exchange their first kiss until their wedding day. See what they have to say about why the wait was worth it.

Georgia Newsbriefs

New associational missionary named for Middle Baptist Association
Gary Leutzinger began his ministry as associational missionary for the Middle Baptist Association Jan. 17. A graduate of Brewton Parker College and New Orleans Seminary, Leutzinger comes to the position from Friendship Baptist Church in Sylvania, where he was pastor. Previously, he served at churches in Tennessee, Texas and Missouri. He and his wife, Laura, have two children, Maria, 16, and David, 7.
Baptist educators group to mark 50th anniversary during Atlanta meeting
(BP) — "Equipping the Church to Engage the Culture" will be the theme of the Baptist Association of Christian Educators’ 50th anniversary celebration Feb. 24-26 at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Three interim association missionaries named
Associational Missions Ministries has announced the appointments of three new interim associational missionaries.
Index Board elects officers at Jan. 20 meeting, welcomes Horner and Dixon as new members

Baptist News Summary

LifeWay begins vote for film awards, introduces streaming media tool
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - The final phase is underway in the "Short Film Awards" competition sponsored by the e-business department of LifeWay Christian Resources.
Annie Armstrong Offering sets record; up 8.5%
ATLANTA (BP) - Southern Baptists gave a record $53,845,989 to last year's Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, exceeding the previous year's offering by 8.5 percent and nearly reaching the national goal of $54 million.
Names in the News
Baylor's Sloan to become chancellor of world's largest Baptist university
WACO, Texas (RNS) Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will move from the role of president to become chancellor of the Baptist school here.
Southern Baptist leaders reiterate: No intention to compete with BWA
WASHINGTON (BP) - A statement by Richard Land, that he and fellow Southern Baptist leaders will attend a meeting in Europe "to form a new alternative to the Baptist World Alliance," prompted the BWA general secretary to say he was "shocked."
LifeWay president, younger leaders have initial face-to-face dialogue
BOSSIER CITY, La. (BP) - What began with a frog in a kettle has evolved into a series of face-to-face dialogues throughout the country that began Jan. 24 in Louisiana.
Over faculty objections, president named for Louisiana College
PINEVILLE, La. (RNS) --- The trustees of embattled Louisiana College have elected Joseph Aguillard president over the objections of most of his faculty colleagues and scores of student and alumni opponents.

Religious Newsbriefs

Fox Network meets with Muslim leaders over fictional show's stereotypes
(RNS) - The FOX television network has agreed to distribute public service announcements against stereotyping American Muslims following a meeting in which Muslim groups objected to the depiction of an American Muslim family on the fictional program "24."
Mohammed enters top 20 most popular names in Britain; reflects growth of Islam
LONDON (RNS) -- The name Mohammed has entered the top 20 names for boys in Britain and Wales for the first time, a reflection of the growing strength and size of Britain's Muslim community.
Sex and religion not compatible, French believe
PARIS (RNS) - Islam is the more repressive mainstream religion and Buddhism the most tolerant when it comes to sex - or so many French believe.
Sudan's churches say resources needed to resettle refugees after Jan. 9 peace agreement
(RNS) - Sudanese church leaders have said they are ready to receive millions of refugees who will return home now that a final peace agreement has been signed between the government in Khartoum and southern Sudanese rebels.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Reaching deeper to reach further
Increasing your church's giving

Think pink and pray.

Bible Study

God's Tough Love: How much does sin cost?

Sin is not a word often used in our society today. Many consider it too harsh of a word as well as an outdated concept. Individuals have gone to great lengths to convince others that their behavior is okay. In the name of "tolerance" and "not judging others" we are asked not only to accept alternative lifestyles but also to approve of them.
God's Tough Love: Does God want me back?

Since I have failed God in the past, does He want me now? Most of us have heard someone else ask this question and have even felt it ourselves. Human failure is commonplace. All around us are Christians who have fallen short of God's plan for their lives.


Five biblical purposes for your marriage

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) - I suppose you'd expect a man who's been married 30 years to a beautiful, intelligent woman would be able to share with you the intimate secrets to having a perfect marriage.
Child's destiny not guaranteed by personality 'type'

Despite cold weather, tight security, obnoxious protestors, multitudes celebrate 55th Inauguration

On Jan. 20 George Walker Bush placed his hand on the Bible and was sworn in the second time as President of the United States. He recited the 35- word oath that every president has spoken since 1789 avowing to "faithfully execute the office of President, and … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The Open Door

For the past two weekends I have preached in the 280 corridor and have been greatly inspired and encouraged by the warm-spirited, enthusiastic, committed Georgia Baptists with whom I have worshipped.


Dakota ministry opportunity
Stick with the truth

There are only two possibilities. We were either created, or we evolved from the primordial ooze. It really is that simple. Yet, public schools present only one side of this issue. Now, fear of acknowledging any other theory has prompted a federal judge to ban a sticker - stating the absolute truth - from being placed in a text book.
Urges support over evolution stickers

It is my sincere hope that all Christians in Georgia will help lead the fight against the ACLU in the light of the ruling by a federal judge in favor of a small minority of evolutionism-believing humanists who started this crusade against the anti-evolution-is-a-fact stickers. I pray that you all be bold in the Lord and network with other believers in your area to urge the Cobb County school board to fight this decision all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.