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Issue Date: 2005-03-17
Volume: 184
Number: 6


Uproar predicted if justices remove public Ten Commandments displays

WASHINGTON - If the U.S. Supreme Court prohibits public displays of the Ten Commandments nationwide, all heck may break loose.
Georgia WMU to re-build & re-new
Master plan will upgrade Camp Pinnacle

CLAYTON - A Georgia Woman's Missionary Union fund-raising campaign that was launched last spring has generated enough cash to begin a long-awaited upgrade at Camp Pinnacle.
Retiring Adrian Rogers honored by friends from near & far

CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP) - Ginger Hall has been a member of Bellevue Baptist Church for 26 years. She's spoken to her pastor, Adrian Rogers, and shaken his hand, exactly twice.
Former school teacher brings hope to Alabama community

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Grace McGraw ends the tutoring lesson and says goodbye to her young student. She steps outside to get a breath of fresh air and is reminded of where her obedience to God has brought her.
Morningside's site for wild game dinner looks like museum of natural history

Many churches use special events to reach out into the unchurched community. "Wild Game Dinners" have been effectively used by scores of churches around the state to reach out to men who have an affinity for hunting.
Revival Reports
Musician's conversion sends shockwaves among fans, members of music media

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) - Former Korn lead guitarist Brian "Head" Welch wanted to die.
Georgia group making moves in rebuilding Southern Baptist birthplace

THOMSON - About 30 pastors from around Georgia have joined together to help in preserving the birthplace of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Centenarian Roy McLeod never goes to bed hungry at Baptist Village

The Baptist Village at Lake Park is located just east of I-75 and five miles north of the Florida state line. This beautiful, well-kept facility is nestled among the tall Georgia pines on 24 acres of land adjacent to Lake Frances Baptist Church.
Georgia ministers, youth discuss impact

The news of Korn guitarist Brian Welch's conversion took the rock world by surprise, not to mention many of the band's fans. For youth and leaders involved with Georgia Baptist student ministries around the state, the report brought responses of shock, encouragement and hope.
"Right to know" bill will provide critical information

Friday, March 4, I gathered with several pro-life advocates to watch the proceedings on the monitors just outside the Senate Chambers for the historic vote on the "Woman's Right to Know," bill. For several years this issue had been introduced and then assigned to a committee where it would be stalled, not allowing a debate on the Senate floor.
Florida Baptists minister to Georgia teens in drowning disaster

SUWANEE, Fla. - On a blustery day in late February the fellowship hall of Florida's First Baptist Church here became a sanctuary for a group of Georgia students whose spring break adventure turned deadly.

Baptist News Summary

Southwestern journal examines American religious movements
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) - The latest edition of the Southwestern Journal of Theology provides insight into the religious marketplace mentality that shapes most Americans and examines how views drawn from other religious traditions have infected Christian churches.
Most clergy continue to learn; budgets & church support vary
PHOENIX (BP) - Most Protestant clergy are actively continuing their education through classes and/or seminars, according to a study released in the March/April edition of Facts & Trends magazine published by LifeWay.
Online registration opens for SBC annual meeting in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Online registration for the 2005 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. opened Feb. 21.
Memories sought for 100-year mark of Ridgecrest Center
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Built in 1907, LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2007. From humble beginnings in a log cabin near Asheville, N.C., Ridgecrest has grown into one of the largest Christian conference centers in the United States.
New Orleans' sole membership status moves toward vote at SBC in June
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in June will be asked to approve the corporate model known as sole membership for New Orleans Seminary. If approved, then messengers also will be asked to approve sole membership for the SBC Executive Committee.
Natural transfer of SBC leadership no longer certain, Draper says
THOMPSON STATION, Tenn. (BP) - During his third face-to-face meeting with younger Southern Baptist leaders across the nation, James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources, said he realizes his generation cannot assume a natural transfer of power will occur like it has within the convention in the past.
WMU awards $138,657 in grants and scholarships in January board meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) - Projects in Moldova were among the beneficiaries of Woman's Missionary Union endowment funds awarded during its Jan. 15-18 board meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala.

Religious Newsbriefs

National Council of Churches cautions against 'aggressive' evangelism in wake of tsunami
(RNS) The National Council of Churches is considering "high profile" discussions with evangelical groups to caution them against "aggressive and inappropriate evangelism" in the wake of the South Asia tsunami.
Adventists develop Bible study outreach incorporating Native American traditions
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Seventh-day Adventist Church has launched a first-of-its-kind Bible study course geared toward Native Americans.
Recall of American Baptist missionaries averted by "dramatic increase" in giving
(RNS) An international missions official for the American Baptist Churches USA has announced that a feared recall of missionaries will not happen in 2005.
Lutherans in El Salvador say January campus murder meant to intimidate church
(RNS) The Lutheran Church in El Salvador and officials at the Salvadoran Lutheran University contend a Jan. 29 robbery and brutal murder on their campus was an act of intimidation aimed at the church for being outspoken in politics.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Upcoming revivals
Church Expansion

Cooperative Program Stories

Events connecting churches and missionaries for more ministry

Andy Perryman didn't get to dye his hair pink, but he's not complaining.

Bible Study

Jesus: Our High Priest

How important is the resurrection? A missionary was attempting to demonstrate the importance of Christ's resurrection to some people. He used this thought: "I am traveling and come to a fork in the road that leads to two very different destinations. I look for a guide to lead me and I find two men who are known to be guides. However, one is dead the other is alive. Which of the two should I ask for directions?"
Needed: Real Faith

The word "faith" is used today in dozens of ways. All kinds of people talk about "keeping the faith" or "having faith." Does this mean that all of these people are born again by God's Holy Spirit and are saved from the wrath of sin? NO!


Spring, Easter, Baptism Day and The Christian Index

Since the days are getting longer I am greeted by the sunrise most mornings when I drive off the Riverside Drive ramp in an easterly direction onto I-285. Quite often the morning sky is a spectacular array of purple, red, gold, orange and yellow - a veritable prism of colors designed by the hand of a loving God who thus chooses to use His creative genius to welcome me to a new day.
Precious in His Sight

"Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14
Make discipline a game for child with split personality

The American Protestant majority, RIP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) - When working toward our "God and Country" badges, my childhood Boy Scout troop was shuttled over to the neighborhood United Methodist church for sessions with the pastor about being good Christians and good citizens. I remember my Southern Baptist sensibilities being shocked when the pastor said, in response to a question, that he didn't believe in angels or demons.

The Open Door

If the Wave Revivals are blessing everybody else as much as they are blessing me, then we have a convention full of happy folks right now! I just got home from preaching a revival meeting at the First Baptist Church of Thomaston where Bill Barber is the pastor. What a delightful church this is! No wonder I have had such a wonderful twelve years in my ministry in Georgia as executive director.