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Issue Date: 2005-04-28
Volume: 184
Number: 9


Eastman native helping lead in Russian church planting movement

In 1991 Russia opened its doors to the western world. Many Christian denominations and churches sent mission teams to evangelize the people who had lived under communist rule for more than two generations. The Russian people, who had been indoctrinated with evolution and atheism, were hungry to hear those who came to tell them that there was a God who loved them and had a divine plan for their lives.
Georgia college students commissioned in preparation for ministry

"Why are you here?"
State WMU leaders call for more involvement
Speakers lead challenge in new era of action in missions

ALBANY - More than 940 registered women gathered for the Baptist Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting at Byne Memorial Church here April 15-16. During the two day event, the women embraced a new vision statement, committed to a new prayer partnership, and elected a new president.
Georgia Baptists' first lady and mother - Janice White

J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, is a free man - free, that is to serve the Lord and provide leadership for Georgia Baptists. He is free to fulfill his role as leader, preacher, ambassador, counselor, missionary, writer and administrator because he married well and has in his wife, the former Janice Gail Goodlet, a godly woman who lovingly and efficiently tends to matters at home.
NBC jumps on religion bandwagon with end times TV miniseries Revelations

(RNS) Omnium finis imminet. The end is here.
You call this pro-choice?

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP) - In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman has a "right" to an abortion. In so doing it set the stage for a scenario in which the government could force an abortion to be provided for a woman.
Revival Report
Georgia Baptists raise nearly $600,000 in tsunami relief

According to Howard Burke, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Omega, his congregation is made up of "average folks."
NBC's Revelations skewed, Left Behind authors warn
WHEATON, Ill. (BP) - Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, whose Left Behind series made end-times theology a nationwide topic of discussion, have expressed wariness of NBC's apocalyptic mini-series Revelations, which premiered April 13.
Rick Warren, at 25-year point, launches global initiative of Purpose Driven Life

(BP) - Thousands of churches around the world will be setting out to eradicate five "giant problems" that oppress billions of people, Rick Warren told a crowd of 30,000 celebrating Saddleback Valley Community Church's 25th anniversary April 17 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Friendship Association seeking support for troop ministry through witnessing bandana
Friendship Baptist Association in Americus is spearheading Operation: Send Love, a ministry designed to witness and encourage the 48th Infantry Brigade of the Georgia National Guard in Iraq through Desert Camouflage Witnessing bandanas.

Baptist News Summary

Southwestern Seminary appoints Emir Caner new dean
(RNS) Emir Caner, a convert to Christianity from Islam who has written controversially about his former religion, has been named dean of the College at Southwestern, the new undergraduate school at Southwestern Seminary.
Judge allows discovery to proceed involving breakaway Mo. entities
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) - A Missouri circuit judge April 5 directed that limited discovery could proceed in one of the two cases brought by the Missouri Baptist Convention against five breakaway MBC entities, while the initial case is pending in the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Prayer: No. 1 issue in churches, survey of evangelical leaders shows
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - A LifeWay Christian Resources survey of more than 1,300 evangelical leaders from around the world revealed that the need for consistent and passionate prayer in church and personal life is the No. 1 issue in today's churches.
Resolution Committee appointed for SBC meeting in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - SBC President Bobby Welch has named the members of the Resolutions Committee who will serve during the June 21-22 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Bobby Welch meets Nashville mayor, voices prayer for city
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch met with Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell April 5 and asked him to pray for the convention in the weeks leading up to the SBC's June 21-22 meeting in the state's capital city.
Billy Graham worship team shares crusade memories at SBTS hymn sing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) - Cliff Barrows, 81, worship leader for the Billy Graham crusades for six decades, along with longtime Graham pianist John Innes and organist Don Hustad shared crusade memories during Southern Seminary's ninth annual community hymn sing March 21 in Alumni Memorial Chapel on the Louisville, Ky., campus.

Religious Newsbriefs

Confidence in religious leaders stabilizing
(RNS) An annual Harris Poll shows 27 percent of U.S. citizens have a great deal of public confidence in the leaders of organized religion.
Evangelicals and Jews team up to expose North Korean human rights abuses
(RNS) Evangelicals and Reform Jews are teaming up to release video footage of recent public executions in North Korea, one of numerous human rights abuses the groups say are occurring there.
Plans made for India's first Catholic university
(RNS) India will have its first Catholic university around June, according to the indigenous Catholic religious order behind the university plan. Indian Catholics' highest decision making body, the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), is backing a plan to establish Dharmadeepti University at Jagdalpur, a town in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
Presbyterian Church cuts funding of Messianic Jewish congregation
(RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) will stop funding a Philadelphia church that considers itself a "messianic Jewish" congregation.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia Baptist Children's Home product, Charlotte Akin, is woman of grace and charm

Charlotte Akin is becoming one of Southern Baptists' most visible, gracious and remarkable women. She is the wife of Southeastern Seminary President Danny Akin and the mother of four sons: twins Nathan and Jonathan, 24; Paul, 21; and Timothy 20.

Bible Study

Believe God

Everyone needs someone whom they can believe and trust. Yet we live in a world of broken promises. Husbands and wives sometimes break their promises to each other. Parents fail to keep their promises to their children. People sign contracts and then search for ways to break those contracts. Advertisements make false claims about products.
Avoid sin's consequences

The life of Lot shows us the terrible consequences of sin. While Lot knew the Lord, he became entangled in a wicked society (2 Pet. 2:7,8). His involvement in sin brought devastating results to himself and his family. This week's study warns Christians that sin has very serious consequences.


The Open Door

Each year on Mother's Day, Georgia Baptists receive a very special offering, the Children's Home Offering. Why is it so special? It is special because the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries is making a significant and positive difference in the lives of a multitude of children in a day when our society gives every evidence of having devalued the lives of children.
Take heart pastor, there is a vision for your church

There is a veritable smorgasbord of churches in our land today. When I was growing up, I don't think we had great variety in the choice of churches. Oh, there were plenty of churches, but there was a lot of similarity in most of them.
School uniforms help teach kids about standards

The care and feeding of vocational evangelists

What can a pastor and church do to bless and assist God's evangelists? It is not a question that most of us will consider without some prompting, yet it is one we should consider since full-time, vocational evangelism is a God-ordained ministry. In fact, the Scripture presents the evangelist right next to the office of pastor in the Bible (Ephesus 4:11). So, how do we care for and feed God's evangelists?