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Issue Date: 2005-06-09
Volume: 184
Number: 12


Georgia Baptists expecting a WAVE of record baptisms

Anticipation! Faith! Hope! These are the words that described the spirit and emotions of Atlantans, Georgians, and Americans as they awaited the announcement of International Olympic Chairman Juan Antonia Samaranch regarding the host city for the 1996 Olympic Games.
Messengers may tour LifeWay/SBC buildings
(BP) - Southern Baptist messengers visiting Nashville for the annual meeting in June will have the opportunity to tour the LifeWay Christian Resources buildings and the Southern Baptist Convention building, which is home to the Executive Committee, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Southern Baptist Foundation and Seminary Extension.
Russian pastor Andrew Ryzhkov targets 55,000 Russian immigrants

Andrew Ryzhkov, an articulate, personable and enthusiastic pastor from Belarus (part of the former Soviet Union), has planted a church in the metro Atlanta area that is effectively reaching Russian Jews for Christ. The church, started in August 2003, is Calvary Russian Baptist Mission, which meets in Atlanta's North Peachtree Baptist Church.
Planting for the future
Churches starting churches to reach others

In the ten-and-a-half years Clarence Steiner has been based in McDonough, he estimates the Henry Baptist Association has averaged around one church start annually. Most of those have come in recent years, however, to keep up with the area's explosive growth.
Festival to reach families of children with special needs
(BP) - The Stone Soup Festival promises to reach out to the community in a unique way by ministering to families of children with special needs.
Two Georgians receive Midwestern Seminary degrees
Two Georgians were among those receiving degrees at Midwestern Seminary's 45th commencement exercises May 21.
WAVE Revival Report
Tennessee pastor to be nominated for SBC 1st vice president
(BP) - Knoxville pastor and past Tennessee Baptist Convention President Mike Boyd will be nominated as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC's June 21-22 annual meeting in Nashville.
Roy Fish nominated for SBC 2nd VP
(BP) - Evangelism professor Roy Fish will be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention second vice president during the SBC's annual meeting June 21-22 in Nashville, Tenn.
Former Georgia Baptist writing on BIG thoughts

Joey Allen has a missionary's heart and longs to see people come to know Christ in a personal saving relationship. Though a young adult, he has traveled abroad extensively to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and was awarded the Cliff Chandler Graphic Design Scholarship for his creative and artistic abilities. He is currently a student at Dallas Theological Seminary and a member of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Crossover rally speaker hopes people become 'infected with evangelism bug'
(BP) - Bible study author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild says she hopes the Crossover evangelism event preceding the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville in June will cause people to discover a renewed passion for sharing the Gospel.
Tenn. leaders prayerwalk Nashville for SBC meeting, Crossover outreach
(BP) - About 40 members of the Tennessee Baptist Convention's executive board and TBC staff prayerwalked downtown Nashville, Tenn., in preparation for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting and the pre-SBC evangelistic Crossover initiatives.
SBC Convention Preview

Georgia Newsbriefs

Historical Commission to honor Dayton, author of first Southern Baptist novel
On June 12 at 3 p.m. the Georgia Baptist Historical Commission along with the churches of Houston Lake Baptist Church in Perry and First Baptist Perry will commemorate the life of Amos Cooper Dayton (1813-1865) by placing a marker on his grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Perry.

Baptist News Summary

Former Georgia pastor among leaders profiled in Southwestern News
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) - Insights into the leadership team of Southwestern Seminary are featured in the latest issue of Southwestern News magazine.
LifeWay cancels 'Fast 50' seminars for SBC meeting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - LifeWay Christian Resources has canceled the "Fast 50" seminars scheduled for June 23-24 following the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Names in the News
Beginning in the fall, Eugene Merrill will join Southern Seminary's faculty to serve as distinguished professor of Old Testament interpretation. Meanwhile, he will continue serving as distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Goal: 50,000 Hispanics become Southern Baptists within five years
(RNS) A Southern Baptist task force has urged leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination to take "unprecedented" measures to evangelize the growing number of Hispanics in the country.
NAMB commissions 55 to serve in U.S. and Canada
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) - Fifty-five missionaries were commissioned as church planters, mission strategists and campus ministers in the United States and Canada at the May 15 North American Mission Board's commissioning service held at First Baptist Church here.
116 new missionaries sent by IMB
MIDLAND, Texas (BP) - Trustees of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board appointed 116 missionaries - the second-largest group of new missionaries in board history - during their May 19-21 meeting in Midland, Texas.
Draper blog moves to
NASVHILLE, Tenn. (BP) - On June 1, James T. Draper, Jr., president of LifeWay, launched a new weblog on LifeWay's younger leaders webpage ( Once there, click on "weblog." Draper cited the response to his original blog, posted at, as the reason for the change.

Religious Newsbriefs

French Catholics defy government call to work on Pentecost Monday
PARIS (RNS) A large chunk of the French population ignored a government order to work May 16, normally a state holiday called Whit Monday that honors the Christian feast of Pentecost.
Carolina hog farmer granted license to slaughter halal lambs, goats
(RNS) A North Carolina hog farmer who slaughtered lambs and goats for local Muslims has been granted a license to build a $200,000 slaughterhouse that will follow the dictates of Muslim law.
Court allows ill teen to refuse blood transfusion on religious grounds
VANCOUVER (RNS) A court here has allowed a teenage Jehovah's Witness to seek cancer treatment at a New York hospital that offers a "blood avoidance" program.
Historic Torah taken by Nazis returned to chief rabbi six decades later
ROME (RNS) A precious 17th century Torah containing the body of wisdom and law of Jewish scripture has been returned to the chief rabbi of Rome more than six decades after it disappeared in a Nazi raid on Rome's Jewish ghetto.

People and Places


Cooperative Program Stories

Top 100 Fastest Growing Sunday Schools

There is no magic formula to growing a Sunday School, says a minister from one of the fastest growing Sunday Schools in Georgia.

Ministerial Moves

Ministerial Moves

Bible Study

Get Growing!

Is the Christian life a completed work, a continuing process, or a future hope? Actually, it is all three. The Christian experience of justification is a completed work and the Christian stands before God without guilt. It is a continuing process in the sense that God is working in the life of the believer, making him more like Christ (Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:29). This process includes separating the believer from sin and for the purposes of God in his life.
The Best Is Yet To Be

This week's study is the last of three in which the different aspects of the Christian experience are discussed. The first study examined the theme of justification. That is the completed aspect of the Christian experience in which the Christian, having received full and free forgiveness, stands before God with no guilt. The second study examined that ongoing experience of Christianity known as sanctification, in which the Christian is growing in his relationship with Christ and likeness to Him.


Alcoholism is the entire family's problem

American Psychiatric Association Supports Same Sex Marriage

God only had one Son without sin, but He never had a son without trials and tribulations. Human beings are creatures of emotion. God gave us the capacity to laugh, cry, fear, mourn, rejoice, worry, get angry, etc. These are the normal and natural experiences of life. However, these emotions or feelings may become overwhelming at times and so help is needed.
The challenges of cross-generational transition

ALPHARETTA (BP) - Let's hope this will be the "Year of the Younger Leader" at the SBC annual meeting. As greats like Adrian Rogers, Jerry Vines, Jim Henry and others begin to transition their leadership, so too must the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Open Door


Be clothed with Christ

In the business world, the best equipped person to handle your books is an accountant. The best person to supervise employees is someone with management skills. The person who has people skills will best help sell the services for a business. But is this the same way for the spiritual world?
More work to do

I was excited to see the wonderful increases from the Annual Church Profile on the front page of the May 12th issue of the Index. On almost every measure the statistics are up!
Former Georgia Baptist pastor remembered

Yes, bad things do happen to good people. In fact, bad things often happen to God's people. Surrender to Christ does not bring with it an exemption from earthly tragedies and struggles. The story of Rev. Tim Bailey is a perfect example of this truth. On Thursday, May 26, Tim departed from his home for a day of fun on the river with his family. Only God knew the events that would unfold on this day.