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Issue Date: 2006-09-14
Volume: 185
Number: 19


Christianity, not communism, now offering people hope in Moscow

The sun shone bright and warm Aug. 19 as a martial anthem glorifying communism and the old Soviet Union echoed across Moscow’s Red Square.
A major role player on/off the field
Faith in Christ the ultimate rush for Falcons' Justin Griffith

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.
First Baptist Savannah gets new license following fine for Cuba travel

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

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.
Collegiate Ministries begins school year with new faces, new name
Georgia intern training program the only one in SBC

In just a few months Marshall Kerlin went from having the longest tenure of any Georgia Baptist campus minister at one school to one of the shortest.
Shorter installs Newman as 18th president, celebrates record enrollment

Buoyed by fresh reports of the highest enrollment in the school’s history, supporters of Shorter College gathered on Aug. 29 for the inauguration of Harold E. Newman as the school’s 18th president.
Mission house at the center of Baptist outreach in N.Y.

It’s just another nondescript red-brick building in Brooklyn dating back to the 1920s. It has been a furniture store and funeral home. During World War II, it housed a draft board that sent troops.
GBC study reveals key factors in healthy churches
Participants of a study by Research Services of the Georgia Baptist Convention indicated three areas that help determine a healthy church.
A clear call to lead
Former Georgia BCM intern becomes state's youngest campus minister

Fro Joe Wood, this mihgt apepar nomrla.
Blackshear Place: baptizing and building

Flowery Branch, established in 1874 and now known as the gateway to Hall County, is no longer a sleepy little town located on the shores of Lake Lanier.
Worshiping the King? Elvis has devotees all shook up

Elvis impersonator Rob Langford, sweating through his white jumpsuit, got all shook up singing Elvis Presley hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Love Me Tender.”
Pinocchio, Heidi receive Islamic makeover in Turkish books
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.
Chapel speaker's comments raise ruckus at Southwestern Seminary
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.
Bible student uses Web to raise college funds

For struggling Moody Bible Institute sophomore Bill Van Kirk, starting his fundraising Web site was an act of faith – a last-ditch effort to find cash as he faced mounting college bills.
A letter from Dwight McKissic to Paige Patterson

A letter from Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and Southwestern Seminary trustee, to Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern
Southern Baptists 'most political' in survey on political involvement
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.
Getting the year off on the right foot
Record enrollment bodes well for new academic year
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.

Baptist News Summary

Students to 'Capture the Vision' at 6th BP journalism conference
Students will be challenged to “Capture the Vision” of the future God has for them at the 6th annual Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference Oct. 5-7 at the SBC Building in Nashville, Tenn.
Names in the News
Welch honored for 32-year pastorate
Bobby Welch’s 32-year pastorate at First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., came to an end Aug. 27, focusing attention on the theme of his ministry – winning people to faith in Jesus Christ.
President Bush greets seminarians at Habitat for Humanity worksite
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.
Baptist Press launches Spanish initiative
BP en Español, a Spanish-language product published by Baptist Press, debuted Sept. 1.
Southwestern Seminary launches live streaming video of chapel
Southwestern Seminary will produce live, online, streaming video of its chapel services beginning this semester.
LifeWay Research announces projects; Calvinism in the SBC is first study
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.

Religious Newsbriefs

Coast Guard changes rule, will allow some religious headgear on duty
The U.S. Coast Guard has changed its rules and will now permit some religious headgear to be worn on duty.
College to pay burned churches $368,000
Birmingham-Southern College has begun paying out $368,000 donated to help rebuild rural Alabama churches burned by arsonists earlier this year.
Scientologists win tax battle with British
The Church of Scientology has won a tax fight with British authorities, a victory that means the government will be forced to reimburse the millions of pounds in past payments the church has made.
Poll shows declining religious influence on society, less than half favor conservatives
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.

People and Places

Special Praise
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Training for Sunday School expansion

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.

Bible Study

Take Hold of the Truth

I Timothy 1:3-7, 12-20
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 1
Pass on the Baton

Joshua 24:14-28, 31
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Sept. 24


The Muslim (Islamic) march across America

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.
Overprotective parents not necessarily off base

Sept. 11, five years on

Five years after one of our worst national nightmares unfolded in broad daylight, the echoes of Sept. 11, 2001, continue to reverberate.
The Open Door

In a few short weeks we will enter the fourth quarter of the year. Generally, among our churches, the last quarter of the year is the strongest quarter financially.


Disapproves of CBF article

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.