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Issue Date: 2005-04-14
Volume: 184
Number: 8

News

Schiavo, Pope John Paul II, provide 'teachable moment'

(RNS) At a residential hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., the life of a 41-year-old Catholic woman hung in the balance as supporters mounted an unsuccessful bid to shield her from "the culture of death."
The cost of communicating

Although it is possible to attain a Web site for free, it's not a move Rod Hampton, Web consultant for the Georgia Baptist Convention, recommends.
South Georgia pastor has given up fried chicken and 170 pounds

Recent reports indicate that for the first time in United States history today's younger generation will most likely have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The reason: obesity. Diets and weight loss programs abound, but the percentage of overweight people continues to increase.
First Person: Precious in His Sight

As a child I loved to sing, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight..." Through loving parents and a caring church family, I learned early in life that children are indeed precious in God's sight.
Baptist Student Unions take time to break for mission fields

Mount Vernon -- Three groups of Brewton-Parker students joined other Georgia Baptists who passed on vacations during spring break in order to participate in missions opportunities.
Where they went: Georgia students minister worldwide
Other Georgia BSUs took time during spring break to engage in mission opportunities.
Revival Report
Constructing ministry opportunities on the Web
More churches explore Internet in evangelism

When his family moved to Cherokee County at the beginning of March from Naples, Fla., Ron Lee knew he wanted to find a church that he, his wife Ana, and two children, 11-year-old Alan and 10-year-old Amy, could consider home.
Exclusive Interview: 2005 Atlanta Braves marked by men of faith

It is springtime, the time of the year when a young man's fancy turns to ... America's favorite pastime, baseball. Of course, young men do not have exclusive rights on celebrating the arrival of another baseball season. It is the privilege of all sports-minded, TBS and ESPN-watching, peanuts-and-cracker jacks-loving, swinging-for-the-fences baseball fans.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Abercrombie named state coordinator for HKC
Greg Abercrombie has been named coordinator for the Healthy Kingdom Churches initiative in the Georgia Baptist Convention. The announcement came March 28 from the executive director's team.
Ferguson new associational missionary for Hebron Baptist Association
Steve Ferguson has been named associational missionary for Hebron Baptist Association, beginning service there April 11.
GBC president announces members of 2005 Committee on Nominations
Georgia Baptist Convention President Tony R. Dickerson has announced the members of the 2005 Committee on Nominations.

Baptist News Summary

GuideStone wellness walk/run slated for SBC in Nashville
DALLAS (BP) - GuideStone Financial Resources will sponsor the third annual Living@YourBest Wellness Walk/Run during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
FamilyNet's At Home - Live! marks 5 years, 1,000 programs
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) - FamilyNet celebrated the five-year anniversary and 1,000th show of At Home - Live! with Chuck and Jenni Borsellino! on April 1.
Names in the News
One of the most influential leaders in Southern Baptist work in Hawaii, Dan Hen Chong Kong, died March 14 in Honolulu after a brief illness. He was 76.
La. College pres. elected legitimately; trustees address accreditation concerns
PINEVILLE, La. (BP) - A district judge has ruled that Louisiana College's new president, Joe Aguillard, was legitimately elected by the board of trustees although the action did not follow the college's bylaws; trustees also have taken steps to address accreditation concerns that have put the Baptist school on probation.
LifeWay Worship Music Group replaces Genevox as dept. name
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - LifeWay Worship Music Group is the new name of the music section of LifeWay Christian Resources.
Glorieta lodge gets new life, new name thanks to Southern Baptists of Texas
GLORIETTA, NM (BP) - It seems fitting that the dedication of Cottonwood Lodge came during Easter week. The building received new life March 22 thanks to the help of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Midwestern trustees celebrate record year for special gifts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) - In a year of record special contributions totaling $564,309 from Jan. 1 through December 2004, Midwestern Seminary trustees dedicated four rooms in the William Koehn and Martha Myers Center for World Evangelism, the first expansion project in campus academic/administration facilities in more than 25 years.
LifeWay Brazil brings resources to Portuguese-speaking churches
NASVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Nearly four years ago, LifeWay initiated a partnership with the Brazilian company Bom Pastor, and established a division called LifeWay Brazil. A licensing agreement allows LifeWay Brazil to translate into Portuguese materials published by LifeWay Church Resources and Broadman & Holman Publishers for distribution in Latin America.

Religious Newsbriefs

Atheists decry lowering of flags in Pope's honor
(RNS) Two atheistic groups have found fault with the government's decision to lower the American flag in honor of the late Pope John Paul II.
Religious leaders protest summertime gay pride parade planned for Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (RNS) - A group of Jewish and Christian leaders from Israel and the United States has launched a petition campaign to prevent a gay pride parade from taking place in Jerusalem this summer.
Catholic school enrollment falls 2.6 percent nationally; suburban schools growing
(RNS) - Enrollment at Catholic schools has fallen 2.6 percent from last year, with 173 schools closed or consolidated and 37 new schools opened, according to the National Catholic Educational Association.
Moscow Court calls Russian museum exhibit on Orthodox Church 'blasphemous'
(RNS) - A Moscow district court has convicted and fined the director and curator of a Russian museum on charges of inciting religious hatred.

People and Places

Retirements
Revivals
Anniversaries
Homecomings
Ordinations

Cooperative Program Stories

Training leaders: Baptist Bible Institutes across state teach pastors in theology, ministry implementation

James McCullough believed God called him to be a pastor when he was a young man. However, although he continued to be active in church, he chose another career path. But 17 years ago McCullough accepted his calling from years before and was ordained as a minister in 1993.

Bible Study

Humble Living

If you could ask Christ for any one request what would you ask from Him? Jesus' disciples asked a request of Him (Luke 11:1). They did not ask Him how to heal the sick. They did not ask how to raise the dead. They did not ask for Jesus' secret for walking on the water, or His recipe for multiplying the loaves and fishes.
Seek God's Purpose

Change can be very difficult in our lives. However, change can provide opportunities for growth and blessings. This week's study is about a man who was called by God to undergo some major changes in his life.

Columns

The Open Door

I would like to introduce you to a Georgia Baptist treasure, Andy and Elizabeth Hammack and their ten beautiful children. Several friends had told me about this wonderful family, but as I preached a revival for their church, I was able to experience for myself what a treasure they are.
Fathers and sons must find common ground

Let's discuss death

Most social functions and teas are probably not characterized by dialogues on death. Indeed, death is a subject to be avoided in the most refined and genial circles. Who goes to a party to eat crumpets, drink Earl Grey tea from a demitasse cup and discuss William Cullen Bryant's Thanatopsis?
A voice for the poor is stilled, but heard

(RNS) Last week, the world remembered a figure who warned, "It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest levels of subsistence."

Letters

Roman forum

When I served in the U.S. Air Force we did a lot of marching. Each person had to keep in step and it was easily noticeable when one was out of step.
Don't teach cheap grace

I appreciate the article "College Class on U2 Explores Religious Influence of a Rock Band." It is good to bring issues like this to the forefront.
Remembering Camp Pinnacle

When I was growing up in Plains Baptist Church, several of our RA's would come to Camp Pinnacle for a week of camp back in the mid 50's. The picture that was in the Index March 17 issue of the cabins looks exactly like the one we stayed in.
Pastor clarifies comments

I would like to clarify my comments as quoted in the March 31 issue of the Index, page 3 article describing the "Younger Leaders" conference held at North Metro First Baptist Church.
Problems with "user friendly"

I was a little taken back by the recent Index article on Bill Hybels March 31, page 19. While you ran what someone else wrote I still had some problems with these types of ministries that get really hung up on being "user friendly" even if it means sending a confusing message. When I followed up on the internet pertaining to his theology I had serious questions. One example is his aversion to having the cross anywhere around.