The Georgia Baptist Convention by an overwhelming majority voted to sever its 172-year-old relationship with Mercer University in a historic decision made at its annual session here on Nov. 15th. The vote was based on years of mistrust between the two institutions, and was inflamed by last month's discovery of a student-led gay lesbian bisexual transgender organization that had existed since 2002.
Messengers at the 184th annual session of the Georgia Baptist Convention were greeted by fellow Georgia Baptists in more than a dozen languages. With the theme "Celebrate the Harvest," members from some of the 310 ethnic and 116 African-American congregations greeted almost 1,900 messengers during the state missions report.
With a check of $52,681.59, Ten Commandments Georgia paid the remaining court debt to Barrow County commissioners Nov. 8. The group's president, Jody Hice, and executive director, Mike Griffin, were on hand to present the check to commissioners.
Ten months ago Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, announced that he was going to nominate evangelist Wayne Hamrick as the president of the Georgia Baptist Convention. True to his word, Cox nominated Hamrick, extolling his virtues as a pastor, church growth strategist and evangelist while declaring, "Wayne Hamrick represents who we are as Georgia Baptists."
"I never have felt that any abortion should be committed - I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors," former President Jimmy Carter told The Washington Times on Nov 3. "I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion."
An initial enrollment tally conducted by the New Orleans Seminary registrar's office revealed an overwhelming majority of students from the seminary's main campus have remained in school following Hurricane Katrina.
Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention annual meeting cut funding for Belmont University but delayed acting on a proposed resolution defining the relationship between the two entities, further lengthening a process that began three and a half years ago and could open the door to legal action.
Georgia Baptists celebrated Thanksgiving a week early this year. At the annual meeting in Columbus, a glowing 80-candle five-tiered cake was presented to messengers, signifying the celebration of 80 years of the Cooperative Program.
Why Care? By Jim Perdue, Pastor, North Cross Baptist Church, Cumming Published November 24, 2005
The first chapter of Rick Warren's groundbreaking book, The Purpose Driven Life, begins with these words, "It's not about you.
Why Me? By Jim Perdue, Pastor, North Cross Baptist Church, Cumming Published November 24, 2005
God has called each of us to be on mission in our lives. At work, at school, at home and at play, we are called to be missionaries to our culture and to our world. Many Christians presume that missions has nothing to do with them. They may pray for missionaries and give to missions but to them, missions is something that happens in a faraway place.
I admit that I don't like change. I used to like it much more when I was younger, especially before I passed the half-century mark four years ago. As a child I could never understand why my parents so embraced the status quo. "Keep things like they are, don't rock the boat," seemed to be their mantra.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published November 24, 2005
My observations over the past thirteen years have caused me to conclude the following. This is a wonderful family of Baptists who love one another and who love the Lord and His church. We are a people who are on mission for Christ, spanning the globe with over 10,000 missionary families and 160,000 volunteers on mission from Georgia Baptist churches every year.
"FAREWELL" was the lone word unfurled across the top of front page of The Commercial Appeal on Friday, November 18th. That was the word used by the Memphis, Tenn. newspaper to say goodbye to Adrian Pierce Rogers, the beloved pastor emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church and one of America's most notable and powerful preachers.
Maybe I am misunderstanding the meaning of all I am reading in the Index that centers around the article, "Stained Glass and Starbucks." It seems to me that you are implying that if your church is not contemporary in its style of worship, then it can't reach people with the Gospel and the church won't grow. If that is what is being implied in the article mentioned above, and in many of the recent letters to the editor, then I really resent that.
In June of 2002, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution condemning the T.N.I.V. (Today's New International Version) of the Bible because it "alters the meaning of hundreds of verses most significantly by erasing gender-specific details which appear in the original language changing masculine third person singular pronouns (he and him) to plural gender neutral pronouns (they and them)." This was quoted from the Southern Baptist Convention resolution.