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Issue Date: 2005-11-10
Volume: 184
Number: 23


Thanks a million Operation Sandbox GA continues troop support

Buoyed by efforts begun a year ago, Operation Sandbox GA is looking to again show appreciation for American armed forces via Georgia Baptists.
What's up with the Mercer Triangle Symposium?

An organization to promote the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender (GLBT) agenda at Mercer University is raising eyebrows among Georgia Baptists who have begun questioning the integrity of the historically Baptist university.
“Out of the mouth of babes” comes humor and truth, say Georgia ministers

Ray Coleman remembers when, as a student at Southern Seminary, a visiting professor was asked if there should be a children’s sermon in church each week. The professor’s response was “Of course! The adults should get something out of every service!”
Shhhh! Briarlake’s Draper to retire after 25 years of quiet ministry

When Mary Ellen Draper began her tenure as librarian for Briarlake Baptist Church in Decatur, the library itself was about the size of your typical middle-schooler’s bedroom.
Different position, same directionfor Cartersville native at UGA

Growing up, Josh Brock looked to others for guidance and correction.
Georgia Disaster relief in Katrina cleanup reaches milestone

The past couple of months have been busy for Georgia Disaster Relief Coordinator Jim Richardson.
Warren Baptist Church members go domestic to serve internationally

For eight days in October members of Warren Avenue Baptist Church here assisted with international missions without ever crossing a national border.
‘Emerging church’ pastor electrocuted in baptistery during Sunday service
Kyle Lake, pastor of the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and a leader in the “emerging church” movement, was electrocuted as he stepped into baptismal waters and reached out to adjust a microphone during the Sunday morning service Oct. 30. He was 33.
Wynn resigns GBC post, returns as senior pastor of Hebron Church in Dacula
Larry Wynn, vice president for evangelism of the Georgia Baptist Convention since Oct. 24, has resigned to return to his former pastorate at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula.
Mercer students answer calling to learn firsthand meaning of missions

Last summer, 16 Mercer University medical students and several faculty members traveled to Honduras as part of a World Baptist Mission trip. In an area with no running water or electricity, the students and physicians used generators to see as many as 300 patients who traveled miles on foot through rocky terrain, thirsty for health care and good news.
Baptism and electricity, a new concern in churches

Kyle Lake’s electrocution while about to perform a baptism is leaving many scratching their heads for answers and church leaders asking questions about safety.
Small church in Sylvania with big heart budgets for missions year-round

Whether giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, giving to missions is a year-around project at McDonald Baptist Church.
A game plan to reach Bangal
Week of Prayer profile: Carter Bolin in India

As the youngest high school football coach in South Carolina Division 4-A history, 24-year-old Carter Bolin* relished the challenge of motivating his team before games against bigger, better opponents.

Baptist News Summary

Rick Warren to appear on Starbucks cup
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., is utilizing another innovative method of ministry: putting Bible-based quotes on Starbucks coffee cups.
Adopt An Annuitant participants receive post-hurricane aid through grants
As people begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, retired ministers and widows have qualified for emergency grants – ranging from $500 to $2,000 – from GuideStone Financial Resources’ Adopt An Annuitant program.
15 Baptist kitchen units begin post-Wilma operations in Florida
An estimated 500 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are now in the middle of Hurricane Wilma’s devastation in south Florida, while 7,000 SBC volunteers are still serving along the Gulf Coast.
Names in the News

Religious Newsbriefs

Mission agency is dumbfounded by eviction order from Venezuela
A Christian missionary group being expelled from Venezuela vehemently denounced charges by President Hugo Chavez that the group is involved with the CIA.
Religious and pro-business conservatives to battle in Alabama primary
With the “Ten Commandments judge” as a candidate, the Republican gubernatorial primary in Alabama is pitting the religious right against pro-business conservatives.
‘God bloggers’ gather for first annual convention
Evangelical Christian bloggers are relatively few in number, but there are enough of them to hold an annual convention.
U.S. Commission protests arrest of Afghan editor for ‘insulting Islam’
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is protesting the Oct. 1 arrest of a journalist in Afghanistan on charges of blasphemy and “insulting Islam.”

People and Places

Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Sisters United: different flavors in ministry

With a giggle, she sunk her knife into the creamy frosting and went to work on the sugar cookie Christmas tree – spreading thick frosting, topping with a mound of candy colored stars and outlining it all with a jagged green frosting edging.

Bible Study

Look to God for Wisdom

As a young pastor I find myself continually praying for wisdom. I’ve learned that I am always in need of understanding beyond my own capabilities. At some time or another, most people recognize their need for wisdom and understanding. In fact, the search for answers to life’s most difficult questions is as old as the human race.
Honor the Sovereign Lord

Do you find it easy to submit to authority? Do you like other people telling you what to do? Does it bring joy to your life to be ordered around by someone in a position over you? Well, very few people easily and naturally submit themselves to another’s authority. For some reason or another something inside of us cringes at the thought of being told what to do.


One Baptist’s viewpoint on Christian education

Shorter College is back in the Georgia Baptist family. The battle to retrieve the school involved litigation that ultimately reached the Georgia Supreme Court, but on Oct. 21 the new governing board elected by the Georgia Baptist Convention met and began the process of writing a new chapter in the school’s history. Nelson Price, pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, was elected chairman of the trustees and testified that the meeting was marked by “cordiality and cooperation.”
Children learn civility through example set by adults

The Open Door

November is Annual Meeting time for the Georgia Baptist Convention. Every year I look forward to seeing Georgia Baptists as we gather at our meeting location. We come from the cities, towns, villages, and rural areas of Georgia with the singular purpose to give praise and glory to God. It is our sincerest desire to be faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and to demonstrate our service through commitment to missions in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.


Theological problems with Judgement House

I have been very troubled for some time about the “Judgement House” productions and was disappointed, to say the least, to learn from your recent front-page story the prevalence of this approach to sharing the Gospel.
Permission to reprint “Stained Glass” articles

I really appreciated the Index’s recent series on updating church culture (“Stained Glass and Starbucks,” Sept. 29). I would like for my entire congregation to read them. Would it be acceptable if I printed selected articles off the web, made copies, then distributed them to my church?
Appreciation for support of younger leaders

Please allow me to say “Thank you” for the piece you did several weeks ago about the movement among younger leaders titled “Passing the Baton” and the followup article titled “Stained Glass and Starbucks.” They were well done and greatly appreciated.
Modern approach compromises Gospel

I am writing in response to the recent “Stained Glass and Starbucks” article in the Index. As a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this new approach grieves my spirit deeply. If we as preachers would spend more time on our knees like Mueller, and less time thinking up new ways to trick somebody into believing, we might see better results!