Ten Commandments - Georgia (TCG) may have been dealt a blow with the district Supreme Court ruling requiring the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Barrow County Courthouse, but it is not giving up in its battle to restore moral and spiritual values to society.
Following a successful launch of the "'Everyone Can' Kingdom Challenge" at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting SBC President Bobby Welch is urgently challenging each of the 1,188 Baptist associations across the nation to hold two "associational baptism rallies" between Oct. 1 of this year and Sept. 30, 2006.
The latest issue of Southwestern News magazine highlights Southwestern Seminary's five-year missions emphasis "behind the lines," or in countries where the Gospel has yet to penetrate specific regions or people groups.
Georgia Baptists accounted for the largest number of out-of-state messengers with 1,021 from 400 churches attending June's Southern Baptist Convention held here. The final numbers are according to official statistics released by SBC Registration Secretary Jim Wells.
A yearlong inquiry by the Internal Revenue Service has focused on the ministry of flamboyant faith healer Benny Hinn and questions about his organization's operations and finances, according to a newspaper report.
Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber are making guest appearances at minor-league baseball parks from coast to coast this year as a company that offered "Faith Nights" at Nashville Sounds' games last year takes the concept nationwide.
This fall, 24 outstanding college freshmen will receive scholarships through the Georgia Baptist Student Achievement Award program. These young men and women were chosen from among 158 nominees and 40 applicants as a result of their scholastic achievement and outstanding involvement in both their churches and communities. The scholarships - amounting to $4,000 each and paid over four years - are funded through the Cooperative Program and provided jointly by Georgia Baptist colleges and the Georgia Baptist Convention.
I Shall Return By Dan Spencer, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Thomasville Published August 4, 2005
A few days before His crucifixion, Jesus shared many profound truths with His disciples. Luke 21 is a prophetic section in which Jesus speaks about future events surrounding His return. Many people today are fearful about the future. Political chaos, natural disasters, and personal turmoil feed those fears. While many look to the future and "faint from fear" (Luke 21:26), believers see the future in a different light - the light of Christ's return.
It's In The Books By Dan Spencer, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Thomasville Published August 4, 2005
R. G. Lee, a great Southern Baptist preacher of yesteryear, had a famous sermon called "Payday Someday." He preached it hundreds, if not thousands, of times to remind people that someday we will face a day of reckoning, a life audit.
Senior United States District Judge William C. O'Kelly rendered his decision in the Civil Action Case of John Doe v. Barrow County on July 18. He ruled that the defendant (the Barrow County Commissioners) must "immediately remove the Ten Commandments picture currently hanging on the wall of the breezeway connecting the Barrow County Courthouse and the Courthouse annex."
The U.S. Supreme Court split the difference in June when it ruled that a Texas Ten Commandments exhibit is constitutional but two Kentucky Decalogue displays are not. "Historical" displays, those graced with age, are fine, it seems, but "religious" displays, those graced by pastors, are not.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published August 4, 2005
Recently Dr. Steve Parr produced a powerful brochure titled, "The Enrollment Brief: A Challenge to Georgia Baptist Sunday School Leaders." In this newly produced material, Steve asks the question, "What would happen if 100 Georgia Baptist leaders committed to lead their churches and those over whom they have influence to enroll 1,000 people in Sunday School in one year?" This number would include "all, 'open groups,' including cell groups, home groups, Sunday morning adult Bible Study, and/or any other name a church associated with its 'open group' strategy known in most churches as 'Sunday School.'"