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Issue Date: 2007-02-01
Volume: 186
Number: 3


Roof collapse was assured
Sagging dome in Lavonia raises congregation’s awareness of structural weakness

It’s not stretching the truth to say that the sharp eye of a layman at First Baptist Church here has potentially saved the lives of at least 250 members and visitors at the church.
Poll: One in four say Jesus' return at least somewhat likely in 2007
Twenty-five percent of Americans believe it is at least somewhat likely that Jesus Christ will return to Earth in 2007, a new poll from the Associated Press and AOL News shows.
Gem of subscriber: First Fayetteville's Miss Ruby celebrates 101st birthday
An Index reader for 90+ years

When Ruby Huckaby first became familiar with The Christian Index as an eight-year-old, the world was a little different.
BPC admissions counselor works to increase Hispanic enrollment

Census Bureau figures show that Georgia will face a dramatic increase in Latino high school graduates in the next eight years. Morgan Cook is laying the groundwork to increase exposure about BPC for those students.
$58.5 million offering record for North American missions

Giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions topped $58 million for the first time ever in 2006, exceeding last year’s goal by more than $2 million.
Dallas homeless choir strikes all the right notes

It’s Wednesday morning at the Austin Street Centre and the gates are open at the faith-based fortress at the foot of the downtown skyline. The bell in the tower clatters harshly against the cold wind, beckoning those on the streets for a pious word or two, a prayer, perhaps a cracker crumb dipped in the Communion cup.
Atlanta church planter displays talent in unique outreach
For Kerry Jackson, ministry has always had an artistic flavor to it.
Smith and Dungy: Coaches known for Super testimonies
Bears vs. Colts

Super Bowl XLI will feature two teams making their first super game appearance in two-plus decades, two Midwestern teams separated by only a couple hundred miles, but most importantly two coaches who are strong believers in Jesus Christ.
White encourages state legislators to meet God's expectations

Using David as an example of a man after God’s own heart, GBC Executive Director J. Robert White asked state legislators to take the same path in policy-making at the Fifth Annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Jan. 24.
In our image: Churches depict Jesus to reflect ethnicity of congregations

The Jesus is white. The Jesus is black.
Facing the Giants DVD release set for Super Bowl Weekend

Congregations like Colonial Woods Baptist Church near Lilburn are helping to bring to pass one of the dreams of the Kendrick brothers who wrote and produced the Facing the Giants movie: using it as an evangelistic outreach tool.
NAMB responds to book written by former director of marketing

The North American Mission Board has released a statement in response to a book written by a former employee that details what she considered to be objectionable operating procedures during the agency’s founding years.
Michael Guido and his walk of faith

Michael Guido, a 92-year-old evangelist from this town in East Georgia, is a man whose life is marked by faith. Years ago he determined to live by faith and his prayers have produced so many miraculous provisions that he has been called a modern day George Mueller.
State-approved historical documents now available
Display includes Ten Commandments

Georgians who desire to see a display of the nation’s historical documents installed in public areas in their communities can now request the items from Ten Commandments Georgia. The organization is making them available for a suggested contribution of $895 plus shipping. Individual framed copies are available for $125 each.
This Ford does have a better idea: share Jesus with vacationers on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast of Alabama is blessed with a usually warm, emerald-green ocean for swimming and sugar-white, soft-sand beaches for sunning. It’s a paradise that draws six million people a year, but 70 percent of them don’t know Christ.

Baptist News Summary

IMB, 'Fuge' camps partner to expand youth missions
In an effort to mobilize more youth around the country for worldwide missions, the International Mission Board is partnering with LifeWay’s rapidly expanding camp programs.
$1 million in alleged arson suffered by historic North Carolina congregation
One of North Carolina’s oldest Baptist church buildings suffered at least $1 million in damages from a blaze set by suspected arsonists Jan. 13.
No one injured when church roof collapses during Missouri ice storm
About half a dozen people were inside First Baptist Church in Webb City, Mo., when a large part of the building’s roof collapsed early Jan. 15 following an ice storm, but no one was injured.
Statement read by Pastor David Cox to members of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach
The following statement was read by Pastor David Cox to members of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jan. 24.
RSS alerts, Facts & Trends latest LifeWay cyber resources
Alerts on resources, events, ministries, and other news from LifeWay are now available through RSS feeds being introduced by the Southern Baptist entity.
Names in the News
Tenure refused for woman professor at Southwestern
A woman who had held a tenure-track position was denied tenure at Southwestern Seminary in 2004, according to a Jan. 19 Dallas Morning News story.
David Cox resigns FBC Daytona Beach pastorate after five months
On Aug. 28, David Cox became senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. On Jan. 24, he resigned.

Religious Newsbriefs

Believers executed in North Korea
The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea is well-known as a country where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Last month, details about four Christians executed for their faith have been released through the World Bible Translation Center’s Gary Bishop.
Warsaw archbishop steps down over past cooperation with Polish secret police
Instead of celebrating his appointment as archbishop of Warsaw on Jan. 7, Stanislaw Wielgus gave up his office after confirming media reports that he had collaborated with Poland’s secret police in the 1960s and 1970s.
Palestinian Christian leaders condemn factional violence, offer help as "mediators"
Thirteen patriarchs and bishops representing the Jerusalem-based Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican communities released a joint statement in early January voicing concern over the escalation of violence between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah.
Honduran Christian leader in hiding
The president of a Christian organization that helps poor people in Honduras has gone into hiding after a lawyer for the group was murdered in December.

People and Places

Association meetings
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Ministry gives seafarers chance to sit right back and hear a tale …

A two-inch stack of $5 international phone cards are always somewhere near Everett Tumblin. He passes them out like peppermint candies.

Bible Study

Something You Must Do

John 3:1-8, 13-18
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 11
Like Father, Like Son

John 5:17-23, 36-42, 46-47
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 18


Are Georgia Baptists missional?

Most leaders have added a new word to their vocabulary in recent days – missional. As church leaders strive for relevant and purposeful ministry, the cry to become missional has become increasingly popular, especially among younger and so-called emerging leaders.
The Open Door

Today we had a staff meeting at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center and it was truly inspiring. At one point in our meeting we went around the room and each staff member shared how God was blessing their ministry and also talked about important events that have recently transpired as well as those that are being anticipated in the near future.
Challenges surface when two families come together

Whatever happened to the Holy Spirit?

Joe Graham, GBC specialist in Collegiate Ministries, invited me to speak to our Georgia Baptist campus ministers at their December retreat. During their meeting I was privileged to hear Jim Slack, a representative from the International Mission Board, who was speaking about the growth of Islam in Europe and America. He asked rhetorically, “How are they managing to grow so rapidly when we have the Holy Spirit and they have nothing?”


Looking for old photos

Bethel Association is in the process of building a new headquarters building in Edison and we are seeking photographs of our former associational missionaries.