Derek Spain, who served as the pastor of the student ministry at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, sensed the call of God to become pastor of the struggling First Baptist Church in Lake Placid, New York. At Hebron, a strong and influential church in the greater Atlanta area, Spain had the responsibility of directing an expansive ministry including more than 850 middle school-to-college age students.
The Georgia House of Representatives voted in favor of the state constitutional marriage amendment on March 31st on the 38th day of the forty-day legislative session. The measure, which required a vote of two-thirds of the House, got two votes more than the 120 needed for approval.
Catholic fans of the Boston Red Sox will have to settle for peanuts and Cracker Jacks for the team’s season opener on Good Friday after the Archdiocese of Boston refused to change the no-meat-on-Fridays rule.
There aren’t many people at Midway Church in Baxley who remember when Lennie McDaniel didn’t teach Sunday School.
Church Builder By Wayne Bray, Pastor, Oak Hill Baptist Church, Millen Published April 8, 2004
Is it an atmosphere of excitement and purpose, a noticeably spotless facility, or a well- prepared presentation? Could it be an impressive menu of ministry benefits or a culturally relevant blend of message and music? Is it the hair style of the preacher or the illumination of the sign in the front yard? Might it be linked to the testimony of a few well-known celebrities? Perhaps the pocketbook of several wealthy givers is to be partially credited. What could it be that sets the New Testament church apart from other organizations?
Returning King By Wayne Bray, Pastor, Oak Hill Baptist Church, Millen Published April 8, 2004
While attending New Orleans Seminary, my family was confronted with a new definition of “bad weather.” Having lived in Georgia all our lives, we had no idea how powerful tropical storms could be. On one occasion, as a hurricane was pressing down on the swampy banks of the Louisiana coast, I sent my wife and small 6-month-old boy home to Georgia, while I worked through the night.
History has recorded some spectacular comebacks. Just five years ago news came from the Atlanta Braves training camp that Andres Galarraga had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lower back.
Politicians have targeted a key constituent group known as “soccer moms” in recent years. This group of female voters symbolizes suburban parents who are known for being zealous in their child-rearing, working hard to provide the best of everything for their kids.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published April 8, 2004
Last week I traveled to Dallas, Texas for a meeting at the Annuity Board. At the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport, I boarded a bus to be taken to the car rental area. There was a pretty good crowd on the bus already, and we made several stops at various airline areas to pick up and drop off passengers.