Shorter College is stepping into its new academic year with plenty of good news. Not only has the lawsuit filed by the former administration against the Georgia Baptist Convention been settled, cementing the relationship between the two entities, but students are affirming their faith in the college by enrolling in record numbers.
Justin Griffith, Atlanta Falcons fullback, looks taller than the 5’11” height ascribed to him on the team roster. Number 33 weighs in at 232 pounds with muscles like polished steel. The Magee, Miss., native is a formidable force on the gridiron, but off the field his winsome smile and affable demeanor contribute to a somewhat unassuming, but magnetic, personality.
As the Alliance of Baptists appeals a $34,000 penalty for allegedly violating travel rules to Cuba, two of the five churches charged with breaking the rules have recently received new licenses to visit the island nation.
Giving 'til Jesus comes back Georgia Baptist Foundation a growing option for those looking to leave a lasting impact By Scott Barkley, firstname.lastname@example.org Published September 14, 2006
Charles Asbell talks fondly of the youth camp sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Association. It was there as a ten-year-old that Asbell prayed to receive Christ, impacting his life and leading him to enter the ministry.
Book publishers in Turkey, reacting to controversy that arose over inclusion of such titles as Pinocchio in the Turkish government’s recommended reading list for schoolchildren, have reprinted several of the classics with Islamic elements inserted into the storylines.
A chapel speaker whose statements about a private prayer language sparked media attention Aug. 29 has written a letter to the president of the seminary where he spoke, amplifying his view of speaking in tongues but affirming the seminary’s right to disagree with him.
Two studies conducted by the Phoenix-based Ellison Research company for Facts & Trends, a bimonthly publication of LifeWay, found that protestant clergy and laity are far from being of one mind about religion and politics, though most clergy and laypeople agree that their church is not heavily involved in politics.
LifeWay Research has announced four projects scheduled for the remainder of 2006, releasing one a month beginning in September. The four topics of study deal with Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention; the formerly churched – why they left church and what would bring them back; churches that are effective in evangelism over a 10-year period and why; and from which sources Southern Baptist churches draw ministry help.
When a group from New Orleans Seminary arrived at a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Ninth Ward on Aug. 29, they expected a hard day’s work. What they didn’t expect was to meet the president of the United States.
A new poll released Aug. 24 shows Americans’ attitudes toward a host of issues touching on faith and public policy. The poll was a joint effort of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Brenda Howard has been a member of First Baptist Blackshear for 46 years. During that time she has taught Sunday School to just about every age group – children, teenagers, and adults. She’s always been a good and reliable teacher, the kind that a minister of education really likes to have.
Pass on the Baton By Steve Kimmel, Pastor, First Baptist Smyrna Published September 14, 2006
Joshua 24:14-28, 31
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 24
Islam is the second largest religion in the world with more than 1.3 billion adherents. In the United States, Islam is the fastest growing religion, a trend fueled mostly by immigration. There are almost 7 million Muslims in the United States.
The recent article, “CBF church count violates autonomy, scholars say” by Gregory Tomlin (page 18, Aug. 31) really should be named for what it is – a shameless attempt at continuing a hateful and vindictive attack on fellow Christians in the name of being intellectually right.