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Issue Date: 2005-08-18
Volume: 184
Number: 17


Plans for 2006 VBS set to be on the 'arctic edge'
In 2006, Vacation Bible School will go to the top of the world and then some.
Missing generation: African AIDS epidemic leaves elderly to raise kids

Children run wildly up and down the path - turning cartwheels and chattering along the way. Several steps behind, their granny walks stiffly, holding onto her oldest granddaughter's arm for a steadiness she hasn't had in years.
Bush says intelligent design should be taught in schools
President Bush set off a new wave of debate over whether intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution in public schools when he gave his opinion in a roundtable discussion with Texas newspaper reporters Aug. 1.
Abstinence in midst of pressure is possible, African teens learn

A scream escapes from the front row of the auditorium as middle schoolers frantically knock over chairs and try to escape the man dressed in all black and a scary mask.
Georgia Baptists spearhead Acts 1:8 Challenge
1,000-plus churches nationally commit

Georgia Baptists are leading the way among the more than 1,000 Southern Baptist churches pledging themselves to a new missions initiative designed to reach their community, region, continent and the world.
Adjusting to the big leagues, Braves rookie finds spiritual support

Blaine Boyer shares a clubhouse with some of the most recognized faces in baseball.
Thomas S. Rainer recommended as LifeWay's president-elect; will succeed Jimmy Draper Feb. 1

The presidential search committee of LifeWay Christian Resources' board of trustees recommended Aug. 5 that Thom S. Rainer become the Southern Baptist entity's next president after James T. (Jimmy) Draper Jr. retires Feb. 1.
After 46 years at Mt. Harmony, Bob Baxter still loves his role as pastor

Bob Baxter, who grew up near Bremen, and Gloria Twitty, a native of Gainesville, met in their first year as students at Mercer University. It didn't take long for Baxter to ask the bright young lady from Hall County for a date, but she declined to grant the request until the last quarter of their senior year. He recently quipped, "I think she was looking for a rich lawyer."
Gwinnett County laypeople join festival where missions is a family affair

When LuAnn Marlow planned the family vacation this year, she wanted something a little different for her kids to experience.
VBS motto modeled by students to help Heard County church with VBS
Show Me! Teach Me! Guide Me!

Nobody remembers exactly when the last Vacation Bible School was held at Concord Church in LaGrange. Long-time members say it was at least eight or nine years ago and five people showed up for the event.
Minnix resigns evangelism leadership position
Served Georgia Baptists for nearly four years

After nearly four years as Georgia Baptists' vice president of evangelism Mike Minnix stepped down on Aug. 15 to take an early retirement. Known as a powerful preacher and an able administrator, Minnix, 61, has led Georgia to achieve notable success in evangelism.
Rookie Braves pitcher, Boyer, just a good old boy at heart

David Parker met Blaine Boyer earlier this season while Boyer was pitching in Jackson, Miss., for the Atlanta Braves' Double-A affiliate. One day before a game, Boyer simply came over to Parker and his family and started talking to them. A friendship was born.

Baptist News Summary

Names in the News
Trustees of the International Mission Board have overwhelmingly approved the selection of Tom Elliff as senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations.
Southern Baptist missionaries die in separate incidents
Southern Baptists are mourning the recent loss of two volunteers.
HCSB signs licensing agreement with American Bible Society
Broadman & Holman Publishers announced July 26 that it has signed a 15-year agreement with the American Bible Society for distribution of products containing the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) translation by the ABS and the United Bible Societies.
Canadian seminary, via Internet, to reach across Canada and beyond
The Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary has worked with the Association of Theological Schools to launch a new delivery system,, allowing the seminary to work with students across Canada and the world.
'Everyone Can' evangelism resources for churches now available online
Everyone can be on mission to share Jesus.
600 at Black Leadership Week set sights on Acts 1:8 Challenge
The future of the church is outside its walls, speakers at the 13th annual Black Leadership Week said.
GuideStone medical rates decrease for majority of participants
Rates for the majority of GuideStone Financial Resources' PPO medical plan participants will decrease for 2006, with improved benefits to be provided for preventive care and other services.

Religious Newsbriefs

Poll: Nearly half of Hispanics say they attend church weekly
A look at the worship practices of the nation's Hispanics finds that 49 percent say they attend "once a week or almost every week," while 17 percent attend at least once a month and 32 percent say they seldom or never attend church, a recent Gallup poll says.
Pastors issue open letter urging attention to black family 'crisis'
A group of 25 pastors has issued an open letter July 20 to black church leaders, calling on them to no longer be silent about the state of African-American families.
Senate Democrats launch 'Word to the Faithful' Web site
Concerned that Democrats are seen as a party that is hostile or ambivalent toward religion, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on July 19 unveiled a new Web site with "A Word to the Faithful."
Mormon conference to address Church critics
In what organizers call a push for open scholarship, an Internet-based Mormon think tank's annual conference will focus on defending some of the church's most controversial aspects head-on.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Being changed while changing the world

They were just a bunch of middle school kids assigned to paint a house during a week of World Changers in LaGrange. They acted the part.

Bible Study

When Heaven Comes Down

Christians love to sing about heaven. A quick browse of a Baptist Hymnal yields dozens of songs about Glory, Canaan Land, Beulah Land, "the beautiful shore," and Home. We sing about heaven, but what do we really know about the "land that is fairer than day?" What will we experience "when the roll is called up yonder?"
Dead End Ahead

Ecclesiastes is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. Written by the preacher/king, son of King David, it is the record of the wisdom he has gained from a life lived out "under the sun" (from man's perspective). Like James, Solomon addresses life in a very practical way, his writings serving as signposts to call attention to some of the dead end paths that people of every generation naturally gravitate toward and pursue in their search to find fulfillment and happiness in life.


Let the pulpits be aflame with the bold proclamation of the gospel

Early one Sunday morning before going to church I was surfing through the channels on the television set to find some good gospel music and happened to pause at The Hour of Power from the Crystal Cathedral. They were having a patriotic service with beautiful music appropriate for the occasion. I was captivated by the pageantry and music presented in that televised service.
To help your kids, throw out the TV, turn off the computer and eat together

As summer winds down and children gather again at school bus stops, it is time for families to ask the annual question: What will truly make a difference in children's well-being?
Teach your sons through your example

The Open Door

Each September Georgia Baptists join hearts and resources together in support of the Georgia Baptist State Missions Season of Prayer and Offering. This year's goal is 1.5 million dollars, and the suggested emphasis dates are September 7-11. A fourteen-day prayer guide is available to you through the offices of the Georgia Baptist Convention to assist you and your church as you pray specifically about Georgia Baptist state missions.


Thoughts on 'Passing the Baton'

I realize we cannot continue this discussion, ad infinitum, but I would like to weigh in on the "Passing the Baton," article in the June 23 issue of the Index. And so that you know my frame of reference, I did not surrender my life to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, until 1983. I am now 79 years of age, and a Marine veteran of WWII.
Appreciation for 'Passing the Baton'

It is with much dismay I read a reponse (Power given to all) in the Index concerning the cover story entitled "Passing the Baton." The writer stated he had been preaching for 40 years and never seen where transfer of power comes from.
Young Leaders affirmed

I read with great encouragement Joe Westbury's article "Passing the Baton." Of utmost importance in the future of the SBC, and GBC, is how the current leadership who went through the fires of the conservative resurgence hand over the reigns to a younger group who have a passion for Christ and souls, but often dress differently, think differently, and lead differently. The importance of this cannot be overestimated.