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Issue Date: 2006-06-22
Volume: 185
Number: 13

News

Hispanic pastor: Don’t forget ministry to the foreigner

Eighteen years ago, John Sanders lived in a small rural town in Georgia. Wanting to move to a growing area with greater opportunities for his two daughters and son, the roofer made his way to the Atlanta area, leaving his family to stay with relatives.
Blogging comes of age as a new influence in Southern Baptist life

On the eve of this year’s annual meeting of Southern Baptists, Micah Fries spoke of how he, as a 27-year-old pastor, often feels left out of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
New SBC president: an irenic inerrantist

In what many thought to be a surprising outcome Frank Page, pastor of First Baptist Church of Taylors, S.C. and former pastor of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention against two formidable opponents, Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Adrian Rogers wouldn't want a "narrower" SBC, wife says
Joyce Rogers, widow of Adrian Rogers, longtime pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, commented on what she described is the narrowing of parameters in Southern Baptist life June 12 during a tribute to her late husband in the Pastors’ Conference at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Former Georgia pastor's widow tells of recovery

When Haven Bailey learned that her 34-year-old husband Tim had died while saving their son from drowning, her fears threatened to overwhelm her.
GuideStone asks churches to optimize minister compensation
GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins has sent a letter to the chairman of deacons in every Southern Baptist church encouraging adequate compensation for their ministerial staff.
SBC resolutions include call for balance on immigration
Messengers to the 2006 Southern Baptist Convention approved a motion June 14 that sought to balance faithful enforcement of the United States’ immigration laws with compassionate outreach to all immigrants.
SBC Convention wrap-up
Longtime SBC photographer and Georgia Baptist Paul Obregon dies at 61

Paul G. Obregon, a veteran photographer for the North American Mission Board, died of cardiac arrest June 5 in Atlanta. He was 61.
Rice: Moral leadership needed to confront evil, spread liberty

Without America’s moral leadership, the world could easily descend into chaos and despotism, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said June 14 at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.
Georgia trustees comment on NAMB calling Roy Fish as interim president

Trustees of the North American Mission Board have called seminary evangelism professor Roy J. Fish to serve as the agency’s interim president. Fish has accepted the call and began his part-time responsibilities last week at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
Katrina cleanup continues among Georgia Baptists

Members of Crossroads Baptist Church here became part of a larger ministry effort when they traveled to the Biloxi, Miss., area April 2-6.
A new Page in convention leadership
Former Georgia pastor elected with majority vote
Frank Page, the Southern Baptist Convention’s new president, declared in his first news conference a commitment to broadening the involvement of Southern Baptists in decision-making opportunities.
Southern Baptists elect Frank Page president, hear emphasis on unity, CP

In an annual meeting marked by repeated calls for cooperation in evangelism and missions, Southern Baptists June 13-14 in Greensboro, N.C., elected a new president, stressed increased giving through the Cooperative Program and remembered the late Adrian Rogers, whose widow urged the denomination to “graciously work for unity in the body of Christ”.
Moldovan response to festivals inspires Georgia Baptists

The rich, black, fertile soil of Moldova makes it an agrarian’s delight. Moldova, and the adjacent country of Ukraine, both formerly a part of the Soviet Union, were once known as the “bread basket” of the USSR. This eastern European country is the poorest nation on the continent and in recent years many farmers have not been able to anticipate a harvest, because they simply have not had the money to buy the seeds to plant their crops.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Family of Covington pastor continue to recover after vehicle attack
Stephanie, Jake and Isaac Casola continue to recover from injuries sustained after being run down by a car in the parking lot of a McDonald’s May 23.
Corrections

Baptist News Summary

Southeastern Seminary and longtime dean launch Faith & Culture Center
Southeastern Seminary launched the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture June 1. The center is designed to lead the way in responding to controversial cultural issues and equipping Christians to do the same.
Golden Gate Seminary 'eLearning' campus to offer master's courses
Golden Gate Seminary will offer graduate-level seminary courses online starting this fall.
Compensation study: Ministers' salaries outpace inflation
Average compensation for fulltime Southern Baptist pastors increased more than $3,400 since 2004, according to a biennial ministers’ compensation study.
Southern Baptist aid in Indonesia feeding more than 5,000 families
Southern Baptist relief funds are providing food for more than 5,400 families affected by the May 27 earthquake in Indonesia’s central island of Java.
NAMB to transfer "Vancouver Focus" campaign to Canadian Convention
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has transferred coordination of “Vancouver Focus” – Southern Baptists’ multi-year church planting and evangelism initiative in Vancouver, British Columbia – to the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists (CCSB).
Ridgecrest's 100th anniversary chronicled in coffee table book
A coffee table book commemorating LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center’s 100th anniversary was unveiled during the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 13-14 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.
Missouri conference center ordered to stop selling land, incurring debt
Cole County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Brown III issued an injunction against Windermere Baptist Conference Center after a June 1 hearing to prohibit the breakaway Missouri Baptist Convention entity from selling more of its land, incurring additional debt or cutting more trees without court approval.

People and Places

Southern has graduates with Georgia ties
Southern Seminary held its 197th graduation commencement May 19 with its first outdoor graduation in the school’s history on the seminary lawn.
International Mission Board appoints five with Georgia ties

Five new missionaries with Georgia ties were among the 95 appointed by the International Mission Board May 23 at Hoffmantown Church here. The appointments bring the total to 5,075 missionaries serving worldwide through the IMB.
Revival Report
New Orleans Seminary awards degrees to 17 Georgians
Seventeen students with Georgia ties were awarded degrees at New Orleans Seminary’s 88th commencement services held May 13.
Ministerial Moves
Twenty Southeastern graduates claim Georgia as home state
Southeastern Seminary celebrated its 2006 commencement May 26 with more than 260 students receiving graduate or undergraduate degrees.
Obituaries
Honors
Athens native graduates from Midwestern Seminary

Cooperative Program Stories

Georgia Baptist Bible drillers compete & place at national tournament

Ethan Bloodworth didn’t know just how big his award was until he touched it. Bloodworth won an award for his perfect score in the National Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament Invitational, held in Birmingham, Ala.

Bible Study

I Will Turn to God for Help

Exodus 1:5-14; 2:23-25
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, July 2
I Will Trust in God's Purpose and Power

Exodus 3:4-8a, 19-21; 4:10-12, 27-31
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, July 9

Columns

The Open Door

I have been on many mission trips, both as a pastor and as executive director of the Convention, but I have never been on one that has inspired me more than my recent trip to Moldova. What a thrill it was to preach the Gospel among people who are hungry to hear a word from God. Hearts were open and ready to receive the Gospel. Many came receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The churches of Moldova were encouraged and strengthened, as were those of us who participated in the crusades across Moldova.
Southern Baptist Convention has powerful, intended and underlying themes

The Southern Baptist Convention’s most recent past president, Bobby Welch, has been relentless in his passion to get all of us to become personal soul winners. He preaches and promotes his “Everyone Can!” “I’m It!” campaign with the fervor of a general attempting to rally his troops for a critical battle or with the zeal of a football coach seeking to inspire his team to win a national championship.
Mom and teen daughter are in constant battle

Why attend and support a Georgia Baptist College?

The most precious opportunity we have as Christian parents is to raise our children in the Lord and armed with a Christian worldview. Yet 80% of us will send our children to institutions to study under faculty who disdain the message of Christ. In addition, numbers of believers will decide to support those same secular institutions, rather than the colleges that reflect the values espoused in Georgia Baptist pulpits.

Letters

Prove ability first

I thought Ben Brammer’s guest commentary in the May 25th addition was excellent and pinpointed the problems among our generation.
Don't mischaracterize younger ministers

I just finished reading Mr. James L. Smyrl’s letter, “Content to Preach the Word,” published in the Index June 8. At first glance, I was not sure to which event he was referring. Upon reading his letter a second time, I believe him to be responding to the Younger Leaders summit, hosted by Dr. Jimmy Draper, which served as a sort of culmination of a year’s worth of Dr. Draper’s and his staff’s work and energy.
First Americus seeking historical information

First Baptist Church of Americus will observe its 175th anniversary on Sept. 23-24 and is seeking historical information to share on those days. A book is also being written by local historian Alan Anderson and will be available for sale during the observance.
Appreciate attention to homeschooling

I enjoyed reading your recent article on homeschooling.