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Issue Date: 2006-01-19
Volume: 185
Number: 2


Samuel and Zachary, victims of spina bifida, answers to prayer

Some folks have bedrock convictions that are unalterable and unshakeable. Alex and Julie Armas, members of Ephesus Baptist Church, are just those kinds of people, the kind that the Apostle Paul would call “steadfast and unmovable.”
Mission board trustees seek removal of trustee Burleson
Georgia trustee considers fellow board member’s action “unfortunate”

A Marietta trustee of the International Mission Board is calling a fellow board member’s decision to post committee deliberations on the Internet “unfortunate” and one that could damage support of its missionaries.
Prison revival brings spiritual freedom to participants

When Andy Perryman views a convict behind bars, his perception is a little different from the general public’s.
For Abbeville pastor, home is where the pulpit is

As a kid Tommy Baker left his mark on Siloam Baptist Church by carving his name into some of the pews. Now, he leaves it by preaching and teaching from its pulpit.
18,000 collegians at Passion 06 seek their part in the Great Commission

A capacity crowd of 18,000 college students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries filled Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center Jan. 2-5 for Passion 06.
Film tells story of slain missionary and a violent Amazon tribe transformed

In the movie End of the Spear, 8-year-old Steve Saint watches as his missionary pilot father, Nate Saint, builds a miniature yellow airplane such as the one Nate flew into the jungles of the Amazon.
Intelligent design gains momentum, raises eyebrows on campuses

When Hannah Maxson started an intelligent design club at Cornell University last fall, a handful of science majors showed up for the first meeting. Today, the high-profile club boasts more than 80 members.
Artists team up for a tribute to Billy Graham

When Princess Diana died in 1997, Elton John’s musical tribute, “Candle in the Wind,” captured the popular notion of the beloved princess, and with it, the world’s attention.
Church members helping deer hunters provide for the hungry

Royal Baptist Church has found a way to reach out to wild game hunters, help feed the hungry and manage Georgia’s overabundance of deer in one new, strategic ministry. Paul Dennis, Royal Baptist Church pastor, is excited about this new outreach ministry and beams with delight when asked about its potential.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Camp Pinnacle to host January prayer walking conferences
Camp Pinnacle will host the fifth annual “Follow Me” prayer walking conference Jan. 26-28.
Johnson Ferry to host Intelligent Design forum
An upcoming dialogue between a key Intelligent Design proponent and a Darwinian evolutionist from Florida State University will be held Feb. 3 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church here.

Baptist News Summary

LifeWay survey: 1 in 4 churches neglect ministry potential of the Internet
One out of every four Protestant churches in the United States has virtually no involvement with the World Wide Web, according to a new study conducted for LifeWay Christian Resources.
Adrian Rogers biography penned by wife
Joyce Rogers has recorded her unique perspective from 54 years of marriage to Adrian Rogers in Love Worth Finding: The Life of Adrian Rogers and His Philosophy of Preaching. The biography was released by Broadman & Holman Publishers prior to Rogers’ death Nov. 15 after a battle with cancer and pneumonia.
New Orleans Seminary holds first post-Katrina graduation in Birmingham
New Orleans Seminary celebrated an historic graduation Dec. 17 – its first since Hurricane Katrina. In spite of the disruption caused by the storm at the start of the semester, 137 graduates completed their degrees.
Louisiana College probation ends; president predicts growth
Louisiana College will remain fully accredited, according to a decision announced during the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Dec. 6 meeting in Atlanta.
Temporary order halts sale of Missouri entity’s acreage
Lawyers for the Windermere Baptist Conference Center admitted in court Dec. 19 that 1,000 of its 1,302 acres along the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri have been sold to a bank in a refinancing plan.
SBC Executive Committee member arrested for seeking lewd behavior
Lonnie Latham, pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., was arrested Jan. 3 in Oklahoma City for “offering to engage in an act of lewdness” according to various wire reports.
Foy Valentine, dead at 82, led SBC moral concerns arm for 27 years
Foy Valentine, former executive director of the Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission (now the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission), died Jan. 7 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Valentine, 82, was taken to the hospital by his wife of 58 years, Mary Louise, after suffering a heart attack at home.
Names in the News

Religious Newsbriefs

Egypt changes restrictions on repairing churches
Christian churches in Egypt, an overwhelmingly Muslim country, will be able to carry out long-delayed repairs thanks to a decree by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Swedish designer makes waves with Satanic jeans
A Satanic logo, with a cross turned upside down on the forehead of a skull, has increased sales of a new jeans line among Swedish teens.
Baptist faculty oppose intelligent design lecture
A planned lecture by a proponent of intelligent design has upset Samford University faculty who don’t want the Baptist-affiliated school to be perceived as endorsing alternatives to evolution.
Schuller son to be Crystal Cathedral pastor
Robert H. Schuller, the longtime pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in southern California, has announced that his son, Robert A. Schuller, will become the church’s new senior pastor on Jan. 22.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Eight with Georgia ties graduate from Southern Seminary at winter commencement
Ten Georgians graduate Southwestern Seminary in winter
Southeastern Seminary awards degrees to students from Georgia
Special Birthdays

Cooperative Program Stories

YEC: Energy to change the world

For 24 years students have headed for Macon the week after Christmas to hear well-known speakers and award-winning bands during the GBC Youth Evangelism Conference.

Bible Study

Sexual Purity Matters

The flippant mindset of modern culture is heart-breaking. In a day when conservative radio personalities who espouse traditional values are ostracized as “out of step” with modern times, even Christians may struggle with whether standing for sexual and moral purity is worth the effort.
Starting Now

The idea that God calls all believers to serve Him is novel to many of today’s adults. I have often wondered why so many “Christians” fail to involve themselves in God’s work. I have speculated over this idea for years.


Down Syndrome babies targeted for abortion

Over 30 years ago Jane Roe (whose real name was Norma McCovey), a pregnant single woman who was residing in Dallas County, Texas, brought a class action challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which proscribed procuring or attempting an abortion except on medical advise for the purpose of saving the mother’s life.
Why the church needs apologetics

Now and then apologetics has a direct impact on lost people, leading them toward conversion, or at least away from hostility. For instance, perennial skeptic Antony Flew now expresses a form of theism, in part because of the argument from intelligent design in nature. (See the interview at
Violent screen images have measurable impact on kids

The Open Door

I was emailed an Associated Press story yesterday that was absolutely incredible. I told Janice about it and she confirmed that the story was true and actually saw it reported on television.


Support of unashamedly Christian higher education

I read various letters in support of Mercer University in your paper, with perspectives such as Mercer having a “family” atmosphere. That sounds good. I like it. But I don’t think such things qualify as the preeminent criteria for spending money that people have offered to God in their churches.
Tribute to Calvin Durrence

My husband/pastor and I came to the Daniell Baptist Association in January 2003 and were blessed to be able to work beside one of the greatest DOMs I have ever met.
Volunteer's life touched by Terry Moncrief

I was deeply moved by the recent articles concerning the passing of Terry Moncrief, pastor at Techwood Baptist.
Misses the old hymns

First, I agree with the brother that the old hymns seem to have been relegated to a second or third status in the musical program. I believe the words of the songs should glorify the Word (the Lord Jesus Christ).
Thanks for GBC disaster relief

Miracles still happen in our modern world! My family in Mississippi has just had a weeklong visit from a team of Georgia Baptist disaster relief workers and Georgia Baptist Builders. They repaired and remodeled a house for my disabled brother, Mike. What I could not have orchestrated in a million years, our loving Heavenly Father designed and brought to completion using these men and women.
Appreciation for Jimmy Draper

I would like to publicly commend and congratulate Dr. Jimmy Draper upon his retirement at LifeWay Christian Resources. Although pastors and other Christian leaders never really retire, we all know that there comes a time when we do shift gears into first instead of high speed.
Seminary president offers thanks

August 29, 2005 was the day Hurricane Katrina came to town, and once the levees broke, it was a day when New Orleans and New Orleans Seminary changed forever. Although our primary buildings were spared significant damage, our living spaces took a terrible hit. One hundred percent of all faculty homes flooded. Forty-five percent of student housing flooded. Many of our families lost all or nearly all that they had.
A struggle with contemporary church winds

This response is in reference to the letter in the Dec. 22 issue regarding the current direction of the church music programs, and the writer raises the question as to “why the music in church is going in the direction of the world today?” From my perspective, the short answer is that the musical programs are trying to stay “in tune” or “in sync” with the contemporary programmed corporate worship programs of today.
Thank you Georgia Baptists

Thank you for all the assistance you gave after Hurricane Katrina. You came to the rescue of the people in the Cypress Shores Community. The work was hard, the hours were long, the beds were often uncomfortable, but the food and fellowship was great.
Ruminating on the ruckus about “Merry Christmas”

A lot of “church folk” were upset that most of the major department stores refused to include “Merry Christmas” in their greetings and advertisements this year. But according to my Bible, God didn’t call the marketplace to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus on behalf of the Church, but rather He called the Church to glorify the name of Jesus to the marketplace. And the truth is the marketplace isn’t … because we haven’t!
Enough said

In recent months, much has been said abut worship. I believe enough has been said because it is bringing condemnation and criticism among the churches.