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Issue Date: 2006-10-12
Volume: 185
Number: 21

News

Sharing Christ where the Sandinista influence is strong

The lone, unmarried Nicaraguan girl with sparking eyes was only 14 years old and seven months pregnant. As she walked down the street, her tattered dress gave unmistakable evidence of her poverty. She had moistened a brightly colored cloth, fashioned it just so, and placed it on her head to facilitate a rather remarkable balancing act. On her head she was precariously transporting a five-gallon bucket of hot tamales, which she hoped to sell in the marketplace for a few cordobas.
New ministers learn of tools, programs available at orientation

A trip to the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center yielded much more than Parrish Meyers was expecting.
Just 60 percent of churches 'functioning' in New Orleans

An ongoing study by Bill Day at New Orleans Seminary revealed that only 60 percent of all the greater New Orleans-area churches are open and functioning one year after Hurricane Katrina.
South Georgia pastor: "We are co-laborers with God"
Oakland Baptist celebrates 25 years with Royce Hullett

Royce Hullett took the foam padding and laid it along the oak wood pews. After that, he attached the upholstery and secured it into place. It took a week, but he and his wife, Carol, finished the job. Thirty-three pews. Fifteen on each side with three holding the choir.
SBC reaches $200-million record in CP giving
The Cooperative Program surpassed $200 million in gifts for national causes for the first time in the Southern Baptist Convention’s history during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to an Oct. 3 announcement by Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee.
Floyd County Baptists refocus at annual association meeting

An estimated 1,300 Floyd County Baptists came together here Oct. 1, validating what outgoing moderator David Harper called an effort to “broaden the audience.”
Loving the street kids of Dakar wins hearts in Senegal

It’s a tough life for a kid. You wake in the darkness before dawn and roll off a wooden pallet – one of the “beds” you share with 30 other boys on the dirt floor.
Tennessee Baptists file suit against Belmont University
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has filed a lawsuit against Belmont University, citing breach of contract and seeking damages in the amount of all past contributions the convention has made to the school since 1951, an amount that exceeds $58 million without consideration of inflation.
Facing the Giants fares well on opening weekend ticket sales
Grosses $1.3 million, places twelfth overall; rated #1 by Yahoo users

Facing the Giants fared well on its opening weekend debut on Sept. 29, rating the fourth-highest per theater average among 14 other Hollywood releases that either opened or were playing on at least 1,000 screens.
Revival Reports
NAMB trustees approve Executive Level policies
Reset focus to evangelism, church planting, missions

North American Mission Board trustees have approved a 45-page document outlining Executive Level policies to provide a greater level of accountability by future presidents and, in some instances, by staff.
Embryonic stem cell research

Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (NIV). This passage makes it clear that our life began in the eternal mind of God even before the day of our conception. The much debated issue of stem cell research reached a major point as President Bush used his veto pen for the first time in his administration.
Christian Coalition of Georgia splits from national group
One of the most powerful political groups in the state announced Sept. 25 that it will leave its mother organization amid charges of liberalism and a failure to “preserve [its] original mission.”
Vote
The day I registered to vote was a proud and happy day in our family. I was so excited I dropped by for a visit with my parents to let them know I had registered to vote and planned to vote in the next election. I will never forget how pleased my parents were.
Annie Armstrong Offering sets record three months ahead of time
May exceed national goal for only fourth time in 25 years

Southern Baptist giving to the 2006 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions has been so generous that the offering has set a new record with three months still remaining in the giving period.
The Corporate Equality Index

According to the Human Rights Campaign 138 companies made a prefect score on the “Corporate Equality Index.” What must a company do to make it to this list? 1. Offer domestic partner benefits, such as health insurance, to spouses of same-sex employees. 2. Provide at least one “transgender wellness benefit” (such as paying for a “sex-change” operation or offering short-term leave for it).

Baptist News Summary

President of William Carey dies
President Larry Kennedy of William Carey University died from complications from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Sept. 21 at his home in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was 64.
Amid speculation, Missouri Baptist board affirms leadership of exec
After more than six hours of discussion in executive session Sept. 22, the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Executive Board affirmed the MBC’s executive director, the chairman of the nominating committee, and the works of that committee and all other MBC committees.
Arizona Baptist officials sentenced
Two top executives with the Baptist Foundation of Arizona were sentenced to prison Sept. 29 for orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.
Group severs ties with college over perceived liberalism in SBC
The president of Cedarville University says his school is glad to be endorsed by Southern Baptists despite a recent decision by the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC) to sever ties with Cedarville because of perceived liberalism in the SBC.
FamilyNet Radio moves to channel 161 on Sirius
FamilyNet Radio has moved to a new spot on Sirius satellite radio – channel 161 – in order to place it in the network’s expanded family category.
Baptist higher ed prominent in U.S. News annual rankings
More than 40 colleges and universities affiliated with the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities have been listed among the nation’s best in the annual survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
San Diego selected as SBC's newest Strategic Focus City
The North American Mission Board has named San Diego as the next Strategic Focus City – an initiative that will bring an all-out effort to share the gospel with metro San Diego’s three million residents.

Religious Newsbriefs

Germany ordains first post-WWII rabbis
For the first time since the end of World War II, rabbis have been ordained in Germany.
Islamic Somali radio station back on the air – minus love songs
Islamic militants in Somalia are allowing a radio station to air again – as long as it stays away from music, according to wire reports.
Muslim cable station expands into six states
Seeking to improve the image of Muslims in the U.S., an English-language Muslim-oriented TV station has expanded its availability into parts of Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, and New York.
Georgetown University creates task force to review Protestant student ministry
After banning six evangelical groups from campus, Georgetown University has formed an advisory board to review how it serves Protestant students at the Catholic university.

People and Places

Ordinations
Revivals
Ministerial Moves
Obituaries
Dedications
Homecomings
Honors

Cooperative Program Stories

Calling all cars … for missions

Chip Woodruff likes cars. He likes them a lot. But he doesn’t tinker with them, he doesn’t race them, he doesn’t even collect them.

Bible Study

Take Hold of Usefulness

2 Timothy 2:14-26
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 22
Take Hold of Endurance

2 Timothy 3:1-4:8
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Oct. 29

Columns

Autumn = Andy Griffith = Football = The Harvest

Even as a lad I loved the poetic artistry of James Whitcomb Riley. You can almost feel the brisk autumn air as you read his poignant words: “When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.”
Observations of an evangelist

Since February 1975 when God led me to establish the Jerry Drace Evangelistic Association He has allowed me to preach in more than 1,000 churches in our nation. During that time I noted observations where my team and I spoke.
The Open Door

The summer months in the life of the Georgia Baptist Convention bring a very special focus upon ministry with and through young people. Without a doubt SuperWow has consistently been one of the finest youth ministry events that I have ever witnessed in my ministry.
Teen's hard times can help build character

Letters

God and Veggies a healthy combination

I would like to inform NBC that I refuse to let my children watch VeggieTales on their Saturday morning programming until they stop censoring the characters from talking about God. My children need to know what is right and what is wrong.
Know the real thing, fight the counterfeit

In secular schools, our children are inundated in every subject with a worldview against a creator God. For instance, my oldest granddaughter has a reading book that covers factual writings, fiction, and fantasy.
Contemporary problems

The Georgia Baptist church I attend has a terrific motto: “Where tradition meets today.” It reminds me of the Youth for Christ motto: “Geared toward the times but anchored to the Rock.” I’m blessed by these mottos and only wish that the contemporary church movement would pay them more heed.