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Issue Date: 2007-01-18
Volume: 186
Number: 2


Hebron Baptist Church gives $1 million to CP in 2006

No Georgia Baptist church has ever given one million dollars to the Cooperative Program in one year – at least, not until 2006.
Hamrick announces 15-member committee to lead Convention's 2007 nomination process
Georgia Baptist Convention President Wayne Hamrick announced that the following persons will serve on the 2007 Committee on Nominations:
Muslim congressman sworn in using Thomas Jefferson's Quran

When lawmaker Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, took the oath of office Jan. 4, he placed his hand on a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Confronting fear with faith in sovereign God
Black Hawk Down hero is Fort Benning chaplain, Georgia Baptist

After facing death on several foreign battlefields, Jeff Struecker has overcome the fear of his own demise, not to mention less pressing concerns like financial difficulties or the childhood nightmares that followed his parents’ divorce.
Facing the Giants tops $10 million weeks before DVD release

In Hollywood, $10 million is mere change. In Albany, it’s a sign of God’s blessing.
Lewis ministers to the poverty-stricken of Arkansas

When the North American Mission Board and the Arkansas Baptist Convention appointed Diana Lewis as state ministry evangelism director here almost 15 years ago, it was something akin to throwing the wily rabbit into the proverbial briar patch.
Georgia Baptist evangelists meet for inspiration & accountability

When the Lord created the church He decided how He would nurture it. Consequently, one of the blessed contributions bestowed upon the body of Christ for its edification and completion is the gift of the evangelist. The Apostle Paul is very careful to spell this out in his epistle to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Racial relations pioneer George McCalep dies
Grew Decatur’s Greenforest Community Baptist Church from 25 to 4,000

George McCalep, 67, who pioneered better relations between African Americans and white Southern Baptists for the past quarter century, died Dec. 23 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Perseverance, persistence among life lessons not found in books
Shorter’s Carmen Butcher named 2006 Georgia Professor of the Year

Upon learning a former instructor of hers had been named the 1997 Georgia Professor of the Year, Carmen Butcher couldn’t imagine herself in such elite company.
'Dedicated missionary' dies in Idaho following accident
Strategist had worked with numerous Georgia Baptist mission groups
Beverly Ballard, a North American Mission Board worker who served with her husband, Jim, as a church planting strategist in the Eastern Idaho Association, died Dec. 23 following an accident at her home in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Bruce Edwards dies in California
Former Georgia Baptist pastor Bruce Edwards, 60, who attracted national attention in 1976 over racial issues in Plains during the early days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, died Dec. 30 in this Los Angeles suburb.
Wrens portraitist a pro-life advocate

Lucy McTier is a soft-spoken, attractive woman with an uncanny ability to capture life and truth on canvas with a palette and brush in her hands. Her passion for life and her uncompromising convictions are often expressed in her exquisite artistic renderings.
Pennington, Samples, Hattaway join Index Board
Three pastors have joined the Board of Directors for The Christian Index, beginning their terms Jan. 1.
Plains congregation's open door policy never made it into the headlines
Thirty years ago many Southern Baptist congregations found themselves in situations similar to that endured by Plains Baptist Church. The difference is that they were not thrust into the national spotlight.
Mountain church congregation doubles giving goal to Lottie Moon
Goal was $32,161; final receipts tallied $72,457

Southern Baptist missionaries at home and abroad will have more resources to reach the lost in 2007 due to faithfully giving churches like First Baptist Church here.
North Metro a pacesetter in state missions giving

North Metro First Baptist Church, under the leadership of pastor Frank Cox, has become a pacesetter among Georgia Baptist churches in giving to the state missions offering. The church gave $59,691.80 in 2005, but the check did not arrive in the Convention financial offices until after the books were closed in early January of 2006. Recently the Convention received a check for $48,402.21 for the state missions offering for 2006.
Use of Koran in oath splits conservatives
When U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison became the first person in Congress ever to take the ceremonial oath of office on the Koran, conservatives split as to whether it was appropriate.
Film brings new life to Anne Frank's diary

Of all the actors, athletes and hip-hop performers venerated by urban teenagers in Southern California, most improbable of all, perhaps, was a 13-year-old girl by the name of Anne Frank.
BPC building bridges through Russian exchange

Two Russian education exchange delegates have attempted to bridge a social understanding between two cultures – Russia and the United States – at Brewton-Parker College.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Longtime Convention leader named Southwest MRC
Harris Malcolm began his tenure as Ministry Resource Consultant for the Southwest Georgia region Jan. 15. Previously, Malcolm served as pastor at Central Baptist Church in Americus, First Baptist Camilla, and Byron Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College, Mercer University, Southwestern Seminary, and Southern Baptist School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Three new employees join state convention
Three new employees joined the state convention’s Sunday School and Evangelism Ministries work unit as of the first of the year.

Baptist News Summary

Survey: 68 percent of churches took part in VBS in 2006
Nearly all churches were involved in some way in evangelism during the past year, though many churches place a low priority on increasing their community outreach, according to research released by LifeWay Christian Resources.
Cartledge leaving Recorder to teach at Campbell divinty school
Former Georgia pastor and North Carolina Biblical Recorder Editor Tony Cartledge will leave his post at the state newspaper in mid-year to join the faculty of Campbell University’s divinity school in Buies Creek, N.C.
Mohler released from hospital; activities to be limited
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. was discharged Jan. 10 from Louisville’s Baptist Hospital East following a two-week hospitalization that included extensive abdominal surgery and a four-day stay in the intensive care unit due to blood clots in the lungs.
NAMB's church planting group launches podcast
The North American Mission Board’s church planting group has launched a new weekly podcast aimed at the church planting community, according to Tom Cheyney, the group’s resourcing manager.
SBC president expresses hope for Convention in '07
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is asking Southern Baptists to repent of their “self sufficiency” and plead with God for a spiritual revival during 2007. He also is calling upon the Convention to seek reconciliation over divisive issues that distract from the objectives of missions and evangelism.
Belmont names seven non-Baptists to join trustee board at university
Belmont University, continuing its break from the Tennessee Baptist Convention, named eight new trustees Dec. 20, only one of whom is a member of a Convention-affiliated church.
Video game encourages biblical learning, missions education among youth
Woman’s Missionary Union has announced a partnership with Third Day Games Inc. to merge multimedia technology with missions education.

Religious Newsbriefs

Swedish church introduces burial rites for fetuses aborted for medical reasons
Bishops of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden have issued instructions for burial rites for aborted fetuses, called a “pastoral ceremony” that does not include a worship service.
Harvard drops proposed mandatory religion course
Harvard College students don’t need a religion requirement after all, following a recommendation of a key faculty panel which had proposed in October making coursework in “reason and faith” mandatory for all undergraduates.
Study says conflict, race influence church growth
Congregations interested in growing weekly attendance would do well to make a plan for recruiting new members, become multi-racial, and make sure serious conflict doesn’t take root.
First mosque rises in former East Germany
To protesters’ jeers, a Muslim congregation broke ground Jan. 2 for the first mosque in the former East Germany.

People and Places

Staff addition
Ministerial Moves
Eleven Georgians receive New Orleans degrees
Eleven graduates with Georgia ties were among those awarded degrees at the December commencement for New Orleans Seminary.
Seminary graduates with Georgia ties march at Southeastern
Sixteen Georgians were among the 161 students awarded degrees at Southeastern Seminary’s fall commencement held Dec. 15.
Prominent evangelical leader Kennedy hospitalized
D. James Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the senior minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, suffered cardiac arrest at his home Dec. 28. He was given CPR and admitted to a local hospital.

Cooperative Program Stories

Youth gear up for evangelism in 2007

It was sometime during the early 1990s when Stephen Kendrick first attended a Youth Evangelism Conference during Christmas break. That year speakers challenged the teenagers to use their gifts for God. A few weeks ago, Kendrick returned to YEC, this time to stand on the stage.

Bible Study

Creation faith: living by God's design

Genesis 11:1-9; Proverbs 28:2-5; 29:2-4
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 28
The Word from God

John 1:1-9, 14-17
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 4


Roe v. Wade: deformation of a great nation

In 1972 the American Civil Liberties Union established its National Litigation Program to foster the “rights” of prisoners. Indeed, we should all be concerned about the trend of overcrowded prisons and jails with deteriorating structures and prisoner violence, as well as inadequate medical care and insufficient rehabilitation programs for inmates.
"Historic" Baptist gathering at the Carter Center

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on January 10 that a “new Baptist Convention was announced at the [Jimmy] Carter Center by representatives of about 40 moderate Baptist groups that have distanced themselves from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention.” The meeting referenced in the AJC article took place on January 9 and was attended by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
Communicating with teen tries everyone's patience

The Open Door

A spiritual giant has gone home. Under the theme: “A man was sent from God…” family and friends numbering close to 800 gathered at the First Baptist Church of Cartersville to remember the life and ministry of Dr. Stan Wilkins.