Atlanta - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision on May 23 that Shorter College acted illegally in 2003 when it took action to sever ties with the Georgia Baptist Convention. The ruling affirms the state convention's argument that the college did not have legal grounds to separate itself from Georgia Baptists.
Danny Watters, who has served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville for almost 22 years, will assume duties as specialist for the Church/Minister Relations Department of the Georgia Baptist Convention in June. Watters will fill the position vacated by Leonard Dupree, who retired last December.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - The Music City is no stranger to Southern Baptists and this June, Nashville will host thousands of SBC church messengers and their family members who will gather for ministry, evangelism and worship and to conduct the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
A number of Georgia Baptists were nominated to serve among several national committees by the 2005 Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Nominations recently. Nominees will serve if elected by messengers at the SBC annual meeting June 21-22 in Nashville, Tenn.
The Index is seeking to interview Georgia Baptists who plan to participate in Crossover Nashville prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in mid-June. To be interviewed for the article please contact Managing Editor Joe Westbury at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (770) 936-5590.
Charles Drummond, who has served as pastor of Shorter Avenue Baptist Church in Rome since 1990, will begin his duties as the new ministry resource consultant in the East Central Georgia Region on June 13.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) - The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has moved its international headquarters from Minneapolis to Graham's old hometown of Charlotte, N.C., where a $27 million facility on 63 acres of land off Billy Graham Parkway was dedicated April 23.
NEW ORLEANS (BP) - New Orleans Seminary trustees elected four new faculty members during their April 13 meeting. The board also granted tenure to eight professors and gave promotions for 13 faculty members.
(RNS) - The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy commission has withdrawn support for a bill that would allow religious institutions to endorse candidates without threatening their tax-exempt status.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Seminary Extension, a ministry of the six Southern Baptist seminaries, has awarded four Spanish-speaking students diplomas in pastoral ministries - the entity's first such diplomas for coursework taught entirely in Spanish.
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- Dozens of black religious leaders gathered May 2 to announce plans to bring African-American men, women and children to the nation's capital for a massive Oct. 15 rally on the National Mall.
WASHINGTON (RNS) An independent federal watchdog group announced May 11 that Uzbekistan has been added to its annual list of countries that have "engaged in or tolerated systematic and egregious violations" of religious freedom.
(RNS) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has apologized for a controversial exhibit and ad campaign in which it compared the slaughtering of animals for meat to the atrocities of the Holocaust.
ROME (RNS) - Italian authorities who ordered a Web site shut down because of a photomontage of the German-born Pope Benedict XVI in a Nazi uniform came under attack May 5 for allegedly endangering freedom of expression.
When does life begin? That question has been the subject of intense debate during the past thirty years. Most pro-life advocates, including this writer, firmly believe that physical life begins at conception.
In the legal world it is possible to be guilty of a crime by being associated with someone while the crime is being committed. In Christianity it is possible to be declared not guilty through one's association with Christ.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published May 26, 2005
I was having dinner in a restaurant located on a large cove along the Pacific coast. A large picture window was in front of me perfectly framing the view that was unforgettable. A young couple entered the restaurant and was ushered to a table adjacent to mine. I would later learn that this near-30 couple was on a first date.
Having served as a pastor for more than forty years I know a little about the trials and tribulations, the struggles and stresses, the pains and problems pastors experience in the course of their ministries. I have a great affinity for pastors, and I love pastors.
Jesus gave us the Great Commission so that we would go out and reach each and every person that we could for His glory. If some churches use Awana as one way to fulfill the Great Commission, and boys and girls and moms and dads are getting saved because of it, why would anybody feel the need to call that into question?
I would like to respectfully disagree with the writer of the letter in the May 12 issue of the Index who expressed his displeasure with churches that choose Awana Clubs. If he thinks Awana Clubs are not missions-based, then he hasn't researched the Awana Clubs.
"Christians are so 'high and mighty,' they always think down on everyone who is not like themselves, and they never think they do anything wrong." "They make society sick. Every time they are near they just want to talk about their God and how if everyone refuses to accept Him that they will go to Hell."