Young again at 100 Tippettville Baptist Church rebirth aided through VBS By Scott Barkley, Staff Writer Published March 30, 2006
When Harold Sangster arrived as the new pastor of Tippettville Baptist in June 2003, the church had 11 in Sunday School. Now, involvement and membership are growing, due in large part to Vacation Bible School.
With a mixture of ‘oohs’ and gasps, the crowd watches as the stock car slams into the wall, pirouettes in midair, careens back toward the infield and finally comes to rest before the driver climbs out unscathed.
A 19-page report – nine of which deals with issues raised in an Index story in mid-February – assures Southern Baptists that church planting and evangelism will remain priorities at the North American Mission Board.
Trustees of the International Mission Board, during their meeting in Tampa, Fla., March 20-22, overturned their action in January to recommend that the Southern Baptist Convention remove trustee Wade Burleson of Oklahoma.
International Mission Board trustees formalized a new process for approving missionary candidates and adopted a formal document explaining trustee responsibilities and relationships during their meeting March 20-22 in Tampa, Fla. The document represents two years of work for a three-member subcommittee, but its release follows a controversy over the use of “weblogs,” particularly the one by IMB trustee Wade Burleson of Oklahoma.
Attendance at the annual sessions of the Georgia Baptist Convention has declined in recent years, but GBC President Wayne Hamrick hopes to reverse that trend at the next meeting scheduled for November 13-14 at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.
“Reaching Out Through Christ” By Jimmy F. Orr, Board of Trustees, Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. Published March 30, 2006
“Ronnie” was my first exposure to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. It was late July 1969. The Braves were headed to the playoffs, and my family was headed to the new Palmetto campus of the Children’s Homes to pick up “Ronnie.” Each summer, Ronnie spent two weeks with us. He attended church with us, cheered with us at Braves games, played pitch in the yard, and, accompanied us on vacations. Ronnie taught me to keep a score card of Braves games. Ronnie always introduced himself with his full name – first, middle, and last name.
In the city of Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff is helping to facilitate a group of community leaders who have worked to establish One Columbus. This group’s stated purpose is “to create unity and respect within a diverse community.” Their stated objective is “to promote and encourage multi-cultural dialogue among all sectors and at every level of the community.”
When I attended the “The Hand of God in U.S. Politics” seminar recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the attendees seemed alarmed about the power of “the religious right.” As the panelists and attendees voiced their concern, I sat quietly wondering, “How is it that when the world thinks of American evangelicals, it thinks primarily of political issues instead of our love for others or our loyalty to Jesus?”
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published March 30, 2006
I am sure that the word has been well broadcast by now that we are initiating an automobile fleet program for our traveling employees who drive at least 7,500 miles in their work for the Convention.