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Issue Date: 2006-07-06
Volume: 185
Number: 14

News

Was it a non-binding resolution?

A few weeks before this year’s Southern Baptist Convention, I read a new book by Josh McDowell and David H. Bellis titled The Last Christian Generation. In this book the authors go to great lengths with much research and documentation to show how this current generation of young people has a way of looking at church, Christianity, culture, and moral issues differently than former generations of believers.
Called to serve in a 'critical role' worldwide
U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains a Rome native; Former Georgia Baptist pastor new NAMB director of chaplaincy evangelism

“Times are dangerous and difficult. But God has raised you up for a time such as this,” Brig. Gen. Douglas L. Carver, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains, told more than 100 Southern Baptist chaplains at an appreciation luncheon June 12.
IMB thanks top Lottie Moon churches
Marietta church is top giver

Giving to missions takes on many forms at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, says Ricky Wheeler, associate pastor for Global Ministries. It’s that effort which is ingrained in the church body that led the congregation to be the top overall giver to the 2005 Lottie Moon offering.
Rick Warren to preach in communist North Korea

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren has been invited to preach this summer to some 15,000 Christians in North Korea, a communist country infamous not only for its nuclear threats but also for its religious persecution.
SBC Chief Parliamentarian McCarty reflects on two decades of service

For two decades, Barry McCarty has served the Southern Baptist Convention as a certified, professional parliamentarian.
World Changers 2006 under way with 22,000 volunteers in 87 cities
Georgia students among those in missions effort

The immediate goal of Caitlyn Pittman, a member of First Redeemer Church in Cumming and freshman at Kennesaw State University, was to tear shingles off a rooftop in central Arkansas.
'God had bigger plans,' valedictorian says after school cuts off her speech
School officials edited the script of Brittany McComb’s graduation speech before she gave it, removing six references to God and two biblical references. But when she chose to use such language anyway, school officials turned down the microphone in the midst of her address to graduates June 15.
A Basic Component of Sunday School success

Randy Judd knows a lot of planning goes into Vacation Bible School. Months before the first sip of Kool-aid, teachers are into place, materials have been ordered and the schedule has been made out, just for starters.
A dynamic church with a local and global impact

Jonesboro’s First Baptist Church has embraced Clayton County and the world with the love of Christ.
D.C. tour marks beginning of All-State Choir and Orchestra

When Jon Duncan served in the music department of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, one of his trademark ministries was the Baptist All-State Choir for youth. It was the close ties built within that ministry which made his decision to come to the Georgia Baptist Convention a difficult one.
Outbreak of revival still stirs their souls 30-plus years later

Although 30 years have passed since its peak, those who were involved in a revival that spread across a wide region are still celebrating its impact.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference sponsoring hymn and chorus writing contest
The Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference will be holding its inaugural Hymn and Chorus Writing contest this fall with winners being announced Oct. 12-13 at the group’s annual meeting at Brewton-Parker College. The GBCMC is a professional organization made up primarily of ministers of music serving churches of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Music faculty of Georgia Baptist colleges, bi-vocational music ministers, children’s choir directors, organists, pianists and other musical leaders are involved as well.

Baptist News Summary

North Carolina, Georgia, top states for SBC messengers in Greensboro
North Carolina Baptists sent the largest number of messengers, 2,801, of the 11,639 who registered for the June 13-14 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.
Stance on homosexual behavior slated for North Carolina vote in November
A two-part process to disqualify churches that condone homosexual behavior will be recommended to messengers at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting in November.
Fish expresses confidence in NAMB during first meeting with employees
Admitting he was “a little intimidated, humbled, and tremendously challenged” in assuming responsibility as interim president of the North American Mission Board, Roy Fish received a standing ovation prior to a meeting with 200 NAMB employees June 27, his first since being named to the position in early June by the agency’s board of directors.
LifeWay announces 2007 VBS themes
Messengers to this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C., enjoyed a first glimpse of LifeWay’s 2007 Vacation Bible School themes.
NAMB’s Singer steps down to return to legal field
Randy Singer, the North American Mission Board’s first executive vice president, has resigned to reenter the legal community.
Richard Blackaby resigns as Canadian Seminary president
Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary President Richard Blackaby announced his resignation from the seminary presidency in early June to serve as president of Blackaby Ministries International.
Florida woman joins Georgia honorees in receiving Myers award for missions
Jacqueline Draughon of Graceville, Fla., was honored as the third recipient of the Dr. Martha Myers GA Alumna of Distinction Award during the Woman Missionary Union’s annual missions celebration June 11.

Religious Newsbriefs

Swiss religious leaders launch Europe’s first interfaith council to address controversial issues
Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders in Switzerland have inaugurated the country’s first interfaith council – and possibly the first in Western Europe – aimed at promoting dialogue, peace and understanding among the country’s three main religions.
Turkish judges shot over headscarf case
A lone gunman killed one judge and wounded four others in Turkey’s highest administrative court in Ankara on May 17 in an apparent dispute over Islamic head scarves.
Insurer aims to limit swimming deaths at church summer camps through wristbands
A leading insurer of religious organizations has developed a new system designed to eliminate drowning deaths at church-owned summer camps.
Survey: Protestant pastors, laity differ on spending priorities with surge in income
An Ellison Research survey of Protestant ministers and churchgoers shows significant differences in the ways the groups would spend an unexpected surge in income in their churches.

People and Places

Obituaries
Honors
Revivals
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

A little of everything available at "Missions 101"

Natalie Delaespriella, 7, carefully sets a red plastic button on top of a glob of glue. The button is the final touch to her popsicle stick picture frame.

Bible Study

I Will Follow God's Leading

Exodus 13:17-18, 20-22; 14:5-6, 10, 13-14, 31; 14:31-15:2, 11-13
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, July 16
I Will Remain Loyal to God

Exodus 15:22-26; 16:2-4, 31-35
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, July 23

Columns

It is time to set things right

On a recent mission trip to Moldova I rejoiced to see the Christians of the city of Balti openly share their faith and gather in large numbers to worship in freedom. It has not always been that way. Religious liberty is a fairly new concept for many of the countries in eastern Europe once held captive by the Iron Curtain of communism. How exceedingly glorious it was to see the Moldovans exercise their freedom to worship God and how wonderfully encouraging it was to see their receptivity to the Gospel.
Tips for vacationing without busting a budget

We are a recreation-and-entertainment-oriented nation – maybe obsessed is a more descriptive word than oriented. Of course, vacations aren’t bad; in fact, they’re good and can be very helpful if kept in proper perspective.
The Open Door

Georgia Baptists are uniquely blessed in our ministry among senior adults through the diligent efforts of the Baptist Village Retirement Communities and Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia to meet the needs of our senior adult population. As Georgia Baptists age, a vibrant and creative ministry is needed to touch their lives. These ministries are provided through these two outstanding entities of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Teenage behavior often linked to hormonal changes

Letters

Appreciates Index coverage of SBC issues

I lived in Georgia for 12 years before moving to New Mexico in February 2004. After receiving the June 8 issue from my old association (Gwinnett) and reading your excellent coverage of the SBC convention issues, I decided that receiving the paper once a month is not enough.
Thanks for Sunday School lessons

I read your Sunday School articles and they are of help as I prepare for the Sunday School lesson at church. Thank you for including these as part of your content.
Thoughts on presidential candidates

I am usually not a “Letter to the Editor” type of guy, and I want to be careful to speak in a Godly way. But I must say that I am amazed at comments made by Ronnie Floyd in the wake of Frank Page’s election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
ID number for SBC messengers?

I am writing to voice a concern that I have with the SBC messengers and voting. I have noticed over the last six years that our messengers have attended the SBC national convention, yet in many of those years not even 50% record voting in some of the most debated areas for vote.
Seeking clarification

I would like Editor J. Gerald Harris to tell me what “an irenic inerrantist” means in his June 22 story on Frank Page’s election as SBC president. I looked up the words in my dictionary and cannot figure out what these $80 words mean. I’m sure I’m not the only person that does not comprehend what Dr. Harris is trying to say.