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Issue Date: 2005-09-29
Volume: 184
Number: 20

News

Contemporary churches on the rise, poll of GBC congregations reveal
What once was the exception is slowly becoming the norm.
New ministers build connections, resources at orientation
Nearly 80 new ministers from across Georgia gathered at the Baptist building in Atlanta Sept. 22 to be introduced to tools and resources available for their ministries.
What is a 'missional ' church?
A 20th century church with a mission program usually sees missions as one activity alongside many activities of the church - Christian education, worship, acts of service, hospitality, discipleship, and other programs. A missional church, based on the First Century church model, focuses all of its activities around its participation in God's mission in the world. It is a more holistic approach to reaching the lost.
Developing a missional mindset
Emphasis on the basics makes First Redeemer crown-worthy

Those who are astute baseball fans know that only fourteen times in the history of the Major Leagues has "The Triple Crown" been awarded to deserving players. The award is given to the hitter who leads his own league in three hitting statistics: (1) home runs, (2) batting average and (3) runs batted in. The last player to accomplish this amazing feat was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967.
Ministering to ministers yields gains for all
October 9 is Pastor Appreciation Day

When Roger Wilkins, pastor of Gum Branch Baptist Church in Hinesville, celebrated his 50th birthday his church let him know how they felt about him.
Stained glass & Starbucks

When Milton Wood was growing up in Burning Bush near Dalton, something happened which shaped his life and molded his yet-to-be ministry.
One gospel, many expressions
Georgia Baptists help Katrina victims see a better view

Two Georgia Baptist associations are already partnering with churches in southern Mississippi that have been damaged or destroyed, but more are needed.
Stained glass & Starbucks
An Overview
The call for a missional church - one that incarnates Christ through culturally relevant evangelism and worship approaches - is being sounded in evangelical circles nationwide. This radical approach, as old as Christianity itself, is being viewed as the last hope for reaching North America with the Gospel.
Dear Georgia Baptists ...
Letters from victims
Ten years after disappearance, fiesty atheist still shapes a movement

Most Americans today would have a difficult time naming the man responsible for bringing the recent case to take "Under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Supreme Court, even though Michael Newdow is arguably America's most well-known - and most detested - living atheist. But in the 1960s, no one would have had a hard time remembering the name Madalyn Murray.
Chris Reis: Tech safety and Christ's ambassador

Chris Reis, Georgia Tech football team's strong safety, has been called the leader of the Yellow Jacket's defense. From his vantage point in the middle of the field he is essentially the commander of the defense. A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter wrote of Reis, "He's got the authority that comes with being the team's leader in sacks last season and its fourth-leading tackler."
Stained glass & Starbucks
An Analysis

For years evangelicals started churches on overseas mission fields by shaping the Gospel to fit the culture. The message was never compromised but was presented in a variety of ways in an attempt to strip it from its Western context.

Religious Newsbriefs

Katrina boosts terrorists' morale, hurricane called 'soldier of God'
The devastation from Hurricane Katrina caused a "morale lift" at extremist Web sites across the Middle East, according to an organization that monitors terrorism.
Orthodox want church at site of Beslan tragedy
Russian Orthodox Church officials are proposing that a church be built in the ruins of Beslan's School No. 1, where 331 people, more than half children, were killed a year ago in the worst terrorist attack in modern Russian history.
Air Force clears general accused of proselytizing non-Christian cadets at Academy
The Air Force has cleared a brigadier general accused of violating the Constitution by proselytizing non-Christian cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The military service determined that the allegation against Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, the commandant of cadets at the academy, "was not substantiated," said Jennifer Stephens, an Air Force spokeswoman, Sept. 7.
Christians sentenced for allowing Muslims to attend Sunday School
Three Indonesian women who ran a Christian Sunday school program were convicted and sentenced Sept. 1 to three years in prison for allowing Muslim children to attend.

People and Places

Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Anniversaries
Homecomings

Cooperative Program Stories

Evacuee increase leading to greater World Hunger fund needs
Requests for ministry assistance up

Each month volunteers at Good Samaritan ministry pass out 10,000 pounds of food. Clients receive boxes loaded with canned goods, boxed goods and even fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bible Study

Live in God's Peace

Ephesians 2:11-22
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, October 16
Experience God's Life-Changing Power

Ephesians 1:18-2:10
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, October 9

Columns

France: a preview of the future America?

Martha Jean (my wife) and I just returned from a mission trip to Paris, France. Mike Gravette, Georgia Baptist Convention specialist for Mission Volunteers, coordinated the trip stateside with considerable help from International Mission Board missionaries Keith and Deborah Grimaud, who live on the outskirts of Paris near Versailles.
Stay-at-home moms are essential part of workforce

A wealth of faith among the poor

It was easy to feel sorry for them. The poor, displaced, battered citizens of New Orleans confronted us with the disparity of economic life in America.
The Open Door

A few weeks ago I sent a letter to all Georgia Baptist pastors requesting that a special offering for Katrina disaster relief be received on the following Sunday.

Letters

Thank you Georgia Baptists for disaster relief teams

As mayor of the city of Lucedale, I want to express my deep felt appreciation to you for your help to the people of this area following Hurricane Katrina.
God is good

God is good. He sent us you! The city of Lucedale and George County, Mississippi will never forget the outpouring of kindness you showed our community during the Hurricane Katrina recovery.
Proud of Baptist disaster relief

I am writing to "brag" a little bit about our Southern Baptist Convention, our Georgia Baptist Convention, and our disaster relief teams. On two trips down to the Gulf Coast I have had the opportunity to see them at work and I can honestly say that we Baptists are second to none. Our efforts are better than FEMA, better than the Red Cross, better than any other social agency.