On Sept. 12, a host of people gathered at 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center. Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Director J. Robert White proclaimed, “It was truly a day to remember. I can say that I will remember it as long as I live. The participation of Governor Sonny Perdue, an outstanding Georgia Baptist, and the many other dignitaries and guests honored us and made the day a great moment in Georgia Baptist history.”
Eighty-seven Southern Baptists will cover the globe as they take the gospel to 10 of the International Mission Board’s 11 administrative regions following their appointment Sept. 13 during a service at First Baptist North Spartanburg in Spartanburg, S.C.
As reported in the Sept. 14 issue of The Christian Index, Blackshear Place Baptist Church had established a goal of baptizing 100 people in 100 days. The 100 days ended Sept. 11 with the church having baptized 126 during the summer evangelistic emphasis.
Big Idea Productions, producer of the VeggieTales series, was founded in 1993 by Phil Vischer and soon established itself as one of the most popular computer-generated children’s series in the nation. Vischer, a committed Christian, remains the creative genius behind the series that eventually sold more than 50 million videos/DVDs trumpeting values from a Judeo-Christian point of view.
Having smoked countless joints, swallowed a Quaalude or two, and drunk noxious amounts of Everclear – a 95-percent alcohol beverage – Steve Cobb left the Saturday night party and, amazingly, drove home.
The VeggieTales saga is a long and complicated story that meanders through a decade of phenominal succcess with groundbreaking computer generated technology and a commitment to Judeo-Christian values. That story took a drastic turn when growth outpaced cash flow and the company found itself at the mercy of creditors and involved in lawsuits over distribution rights. It was sold at public auction in 2003 and is now owned by a privately held company in New York City.
The SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 19 sidestepped a motion to recommend “an administrative expense analysis” of all denominational entities, including their presidents, but did approve a number of proposed revisions to its Business and Financial Plan.
While Christian values are under attack on NBC, they are being affirmed in Hollywood's newest release. Believers have the opportunity to send a message to Hollywood by supporting the release Facing the Giants.
For years, researchers have thought the number of people unaffiliated with religion has been on the rise. But new research from Baylor University says some people who were thought to be disconnected are actually in the pews – they’re just not linked to a particular denomination.
North American Mission Board interim president Roy Fish cited NAMB employees’ focus and creativity in leading Southern Baptists to evangelize “in a new century” while addressing the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee Sept. 19.
At the Sept. 12 meeting of the Executive Committee, members approved a motion from Wayne Robertson to amend the constitution of the Georgia Baptist Convention, Article VI, Section 7. The motion was seconded and adopted. The recommendation to amend (see below) will be a part of the Report of the Executive Committee to be voted on at the annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
While LifeWay Research found the number of Southern Baptist pastors embracing five-point Calvinism to be relatively small, it is undeniable that the conversations on Calvinism within the Southern Baptist Convention have brought renewed interest to the theological system.
A prominent Texas pastor is asking Southern Baptist Convention leaders to consider an amendment to the convention’s faith statement dealing with spiritual gifts, including tongues and private prayer language.
Britain’s Parliament said Sept. 7 that anti-Semitism has become a part of “mainstream society” and that the nation’s 300,000 Jews are more vulnerable to attack now than they have been for a generation.
1 Timothy 6:3-12, 17-19
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Try Honey By J. Gerald Harris, Editor Published September 28, 2006
October is Clergy Appreciation Month. It is a time to honor pastors and their families for their faithful service and sacrificial dedication.
The ministry of amiable nicks By Mark Coppenger, pastor of Evanston (Ill.) Baptist Church and professor at Southern Seminary Published September 28, 2006
The other evening, we headed north to Milwaukee to take in a Cubs game at Miller Park, and something strange happened: The Cubs won. The evening was a joy – in a beautiful park with friendly people.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published September 28, 2006
Not many churches can claim that they have celebrated their 200th anniversary, but White Plains Baptist Church in White Plains, Georgia can. On Sept. 13, 1806 the White Plains church was established and for two hundred years this Georgia Baptist congregation has been preaching the gospel, giving witness of their faith in Jesus Christ, and supporting missions.
Most everyone is dismayed by barrages of information about children being mistreated, kidnapped, and used in terrible ways. Sometimes I pray, “Even so, come Lord Jesus” so such evil would cease forever.