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Issue Date: 2006-04-27
Volume: 185
Number: 9

News

Index receives national honors
State paper receives first-ever Burkhalter Award
Index staff members have walked away with their largest ever group of awards – including the coveted Burkhalter Award for newswriting – following the annual Baptist Communicators Association awards competition. The meeting was held April 19-22 in Richmond, Va. and honored excellence among Baptist communicators for 2005.
Reccord resigns as NAMB president following nine-year tenure

North American Mission Board President Bob Reccord resigned on April 17 following a protracted debate over the agency’s overall effectiveness and questionable business practices.
North American Mission Board Trustees
Providing strength for those who need it

As a child I assumed that other children had the same kind of home environment that I had – a loving mom, dad, siblings. That ideology changed when my aunt and uncle began to care for two foster children whom they later adopted. These girls became my cousins and became a part of a loving family.
Artists try to make Gulf Coast stained-glass windows whole again

The Attenhofer Stained Glass Restoration and Design Studio, housed in an unremarkable brick storefront, would seem an unlikely place for the spheres of heaven and earth to intersect.
ACP: Southern Baptists experience drop in baptisms for 2005

Recently compiled statistics for the Southern Baptist Convention show that baptisms - which rebounded in 2004 after a four-year decline - slumped again in 2005, according to LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer.
Pitcher’s prayer for a partner

Atlanta Braves pitcher Blaine Boyer has known for a long time what he wanted in a wife.
Study finds nearly eight acts of violence per hour on children’s TV

With cartoons leading the way, children’s television programs may be more violent than prime-time programming, according to a study by the Washington-based Parents Television Council.
LifeWay helps ‘Extreme Makeover’ with house for widow & 5 children

On March 12, America was introduced to the White family, courtesy of ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and a brand new house. And LifeWay Christian Resources was there behind the scenes to help make it happen.
After merger & growing pains, New Seasons envisions growth

Bancroft Baptist Church was an aging Anglo congregation of perhaps 40 people; pastor Cal Samuels knew that disbanding the San Diego congregation was probably inevitable.
California church’s 125 baptisms in one day reflects evangelistic focus

The baptism of 125 people in one service at Valley Baptist Church reflects a commitment to “stay focused on the task of leading people to Christ,” Minister of Evangelism Matthew Spradlin said.
Wilkins and Hix added to Shorter College’s Religion Department

Stan Wilkins, director of missions for the Bartow Baptist Association, and Alan Hix, assistant professor of religion and associate dean for academic affairs at Louisiana College, will joined Shorter College’s Religion Department in the fall.
Casting Crowns awarded Best Group again at GMAs
McDonough youth minister is lead singer
Casting Crowns and lead singer Mark Hall, youth minister at Eagle’s Landing Baptist Church in McDonough, took home their second-in-a-row Group of the Year honor at the 37th GMA Music Awards April 5.

Baptist News Summary

Akin to nominate N.C. pastor as SBC 2nd vice president
North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to a March 30 news release by Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary.
Philadelphia pastor joins president’s HIV/AIDS panel
Herbert Lusk II began his newest role March 16 serving a four-year appointment to George W. Bush’s 20-member Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Pastors who ‘do it all’ in small churches get toolbox how-to’s at Ridgecrest
The Annual Church Profile (ACP) conducted by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention shows that nearly 26,000 of the SBC’s 43,000-plus churches have an attendance of fewer than 125 people – an indication that most pastors probably are the lone staff member.
Ministers’ Wives’ Luncheon slates acclaimed interior designer
Registration is underway for the 2006 Ministers’ Wives’ Conference and Luncheon, Dorothy Patterson, president of this year’s gathering, has announced.
Names in the News
Tennessee convention special session to address Belmont May 9
A special meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, called primarily to deal with the convention’s relationship to Belmont University, has been set for May 9 at 9 a.m. at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville.
Data entry mistake to blame for false report of SBC decline
A mistake in putting together the Southern Baptist Convention’s membership numbers for 2002 and 2003 has resulted in a well-respected national publication reporting a decrease in SBC membership in 2004 – a year in which the denomination actually saw an increase.

Religious Newsbriefs

Judge retains ruling on pregnant teacher fired by Christian school
A federal judge on March 24 declined to change his ruling that upheld the firing of a pregnant teacher at a Christian school in Alabama.
Middle East violence cited as leading factor in Christian exodus
Continuing violence in the Middle East has set off a Christian “exodus” from the Holy Land, a top Vatican cardinal declared on March 14.
Survey: Growing percentage of Americans reading Bible at least once a week
A survey shows the percentage of Americans who say they regularly read the Bible continues to increase.
Hindu group files lawsuit to stop sixth-grade textbooks that ‘demean’
A group claiming to represent 2 million American Hindus has sued the California State Board of Education to block publication of sixth-grade textbooks that “demean, stereotype and reflect adversely upon Hindus.”

People and Places

Obituaries
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

A position totally dependant on God

For years people told Jimmy Blanton it couldn’t be done.

Bible Study

Hannah: Determined Devotion

1 Samuel 1:1-2, 6-7, 10-13, 15-18, 20, 27-2:2
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, May 14
Ruth: Gracious Giving

Ruth 1:15-17; 2:2-7, 10-12; 4:13-17
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, May 7

Columns

The unsung hero of the church

I was preaching in a revival at Old Union Baptist Church in Harlem at the invitation of pastor Keith Boggs. Fifteen miles away The Masters, the nation’s most prestigious golf tournament, was getting underway with practice rounds and the annual par-three tournament. Because of The Masters, hotel prices were exorbitant and “no vacancy” signs were commonplace.
Pastor, how big is your vision?

Over the years, I’ve learned that – contrary to popular opinion – the bigger the vision, the easier it is to reach that vision, and, ultimately, the size of a pastor’s vision should be determined by the size of God.
Meeting six requirements will help you find right occupation

The Open Door

Last year, in Georgia, 99 children died as victims of abuse and neglect. This is unthinkable and unacceptable! Every fifteen minutes, of every hour, of every day, of every month, there is a confirmed case of child abuse in Georgia. Currently, in our state, there are almost 15,000 children in State childcare custody.