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Issue Date: 2005-09-01
Volume: 184
Number: 18


Scholarships awarded at 2005 Youth II Music Camp
Through the generosity of several benefactors, Music & Worship Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention was able to award 13 scholarships at the 2005 Youth II Music Camp held June 12-18 at the Georgia Baptist Convention Center in Norman Park.
Baptist All-State Choir and Orchestra begins preparation for inaugural year in 2006

Music and Worship Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention will be organizing its first All-State youth choir next summer at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon. The formation of the group at BPC will be followed by a five-day mission trip to Washington D.C. and the surrounding area.
UGA, Boise State believers to meet on the Athens gridiron Saturday
Bulldogs meet Broncos

The “dog days of summer” are quickly turning into the “Dawg days of autumn” for the Bulldog nation. The University of Georgia football team has plowed through a rigorous regimen of practices for the better part of four weeks in preparation for the demanding 2005 football season.
The boys of summer
Truett administrator helping build young men on the diamond

During the day, Terry Caywood can be found filling out forms and sitting at his computer backing up files. When he’s with his two sons, though, you’re more likely to see him filling out a lineup card and teaching someone to back up first base.
Nearly 30 baptized at first Hispanic gathering
500 attend service at Lake Lanier

Metro Atlanta Georgia Baptist Hispanics gathered under leaden skies on Aug. 13 for their first ever-mass baptism, but they didn’t let the heavy downpour dampen their spirits. And those who were baptized were even less bothered by the rain.
Georgia Baptists challenged to explore virtue of Sabbath rest

Americans have created the ideal society by the world’s standards as verified through rising immigration rates. But success has come at a great price.
Baptist students lend youthful enthusiasm to Thailand missions

Even though it’s been eight months since the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia, the cleanup continues.
Ten Commandments display comes down in Hart County

It appears a letter of inquiry is just as good as a threatened lawsuit.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgia Baptist Convention minutes listing
Lists of ordained ministers who are not serving in the pastorate at the present time and full-time evangelists in fellowship with a church in cooperation with the Georgia Baptist Convention will be published in the 2005 Georgia Baptist Convention Minutes.
Holland retires as Bowen associational missionary
Charles Holland, area associational missionary for the Bowen Baptist Association, retired Aug. 31 after 12 years of service.
Friendship associational missionary resigns
David Barnett has resigned effective Sept. 9 as associational missionary for the Friendship Baptist Association to accept a call as pastor of Alpha Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn. Barnett had served Friendship Association since February of 2000. Additionally, he had also served as an adjunct professor with New Orleans Seminary in Albany.

Baptist News Summary

WorldCrafts ministry expands via website, new catalog
The nonprofit WorldCrafts ministry of Woman’s Missionary Union has introduced a new website to highlight its imported handcrafts from 31 countries around the world.
Names in the News
Rick Warren dispels rumors, says his church remains committed to SBC
Calls SBC withdrawal from BWA a “silly mistake”
Author and pastor Rick Warren told Baptist Press in an email exchange Aug. 22-23 that he and his church remain committed to the Southern Baptist Convention, despite rumors to the contrary that began when he participated in a question and answer session with reporters in May.
SBC president underscores prayer versus assassination
Pat Robertson’s call for the assassination of Venezuela’s president has prompted the president of the Southern Baptist Convention to distance the SBC from remarks Robertson made on his Aug. 22 700 Club telecast.

Religious Newsbriefs

Anti-Defamation League scolds Harry Belafonte for comment on Nazis
The Anti-Defamation League has chastised entertainer Harry Belafonte for stating that Adolf Hitler “had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich.”
Survey finds more Hindu, Jewish doctors than in general population
A disproportionate percentage of physicians come from religious minority groups, according to University of Chicago research published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Data came from responses to a 12-page questionnaire, which researchers had mailed to a random sample of 2,000 physicians practicing in the United States.
Leader of Russia’s Old Believers dies during cross-bearing procession
The head of the Russian Orthodox Old Believers’ Church, Metropolitan Andrian, suffered a heart attack and died Aug. 10 during a traditional 150-mile cross-bearing procession in east-central Russia.
Salman Rushdie calls for ‘Muslim reformation’
Salman Rushdie, the Muslim novelist whose 1988 book, The Satanic Verses, prompted Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to call for his death, has urged for a Muslim Reformation that would expose the Quran and Islam to scholarly analysis.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

From North Pole to North Georgia
Alaskan summer missionary among those working at Helen resort ministry

Summer missionary Rosie Garn thinks it’s really, really hot in Georgia. She thought it wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment since it does get hot in her hometown of North Pole, Alaska. Sometimes it gets all the way up to 85 degrees at home.

Bible Study

Where Purpose Begins

I graduated high school in 1970. In that year the population of the world topped out at 3,912,211,699. As I write this lesson, the population has just surpassed 6,534,661,250. That is an increase of over 2.5 billion people. Is it possible that God, the creator and ruler of the universe, could have a life-purpose for each and every one of them? King David certainly believed that He did.
Put First Things First

Life is about relationships. These relationships have both vertical and horizontal dimensions. We are created with the capacity and need to relate to God in the heavens and to man under the heavens.


Disrespect from 6-year-old is tactic of defiance

Joshua Dingler: A soldier of the cross and country

I have a great love for my country, but I have never served in the military, never seen the rockets’ red glare or bombs bursting in air, never smelled the ominous stench of war hovering over a country marked by death and destruction, never fallen asleep from sheer exhaustion in a foxhole, never been startled into consciousness from the sound of a rocket propelled grenade exploding just over the horizon.
The Open Door

Revival at Bethel Baptist in Sycamore is done in the “old- fashioned” way, just the way I like it. What some churches seem to be looking for by way of a great revival spirit, Bethel possesses. In fact, I’ve known this church for the entire time I have been in Georgia and I don’t think Bethel ever lost the wonderful revival spirit that permeates the church and radiates through its radio station and its congregation throughout the surrounding community.


Seeking Georgia students attending Florida colleges

This month there will be thousands of students coming to Tallahassee to attend either Florida A&M University, Florida State University or Tallahassee Community College. First Church, Tallahassee, cares about students and wants to be their “home away from home.”
Needed: A missional approach to winning Georgia

I attended the Younger Leader Summit at this year’s SBC meeting in Nashville and have been eagerly following the Younger Leader Initiative in the Georgia Baptist Convention (especially the responses to Passing the Baton). The negative responses seem to indicate a trend that I have also seen in our own association: a strong negative reaction to certain methods (“contemporary” ones, to be specific).
Getting the school year off to the right start

We have a small private school here in Pinehurst and our church started a prayer breakfast in our social hall on Friday mornings about ten years ago. I believe the first breakfast had four students. We began this school year with our first breakfast on August 19 – and, praise God, we had 80 people to attend.
It’s all about Him!

I just wanted to write in and remind everyone that no church or church member has the market cornered on worship. Worship is about God. It’s not about me or you or hymns or praise songs. It’s all about God and worshipping Him and celebrating the new life we have through Jesus Christ.
Pinnacle article brings memories for former camper

I want to thank you for the beautiful centerspread article on Camp Pinnacle in the Aug. 4 issue of the Index. It was dear to my heart and brought back so many memories of my experience at the camp.