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Issue Date: 2007-02-15
Volume: 186
Number: 4

News

IMB trustees appoint 43 missionaries, respond to Burleson motion
International Mission Board trustees heard a challenge to speed up the sluggish growth of Southern Baptists’ global mission force and appointed 43 new missionaries during their Jan. 29-31 meeting in Ontario, Calif.
"This isn't supposed to happen on a missions trip"

One moment, Cary Roth was riding in the back of the truck with fellow missionaries, Hondurans, and construction supplies. The next, he was on the ground.
North American People Groups NAMB/IMB website launched

The presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board and International Mission Board simultaneously hit buttons to launch the new North American People Groups website (www.peoplegroups.info) on Feb.7 during a joint ceremony.
'It's a New Day' conferences emphasize personal stewardship
Hebron Baptist in Dacula helping show the Road to Financial Freedom

A financial resource kit piloted by a leading Georgia Baptist church will be a key part of a set of three national conferences designed to help Southern Baptists tame the almighty dollar. The training will be held in Georgia on April 12-13.
Two volunteers from Tabernacle Baptist Church killed when truck rolls over on mountain road
Georgians again grieving loss of life in Honduras

Four years to the month when a dozen mission volunteers tumbled from a swinging bridge into a treacherous ravine – killing one – Georgia Baptists are again mourning the loss of life in the same Central American country.
Final defendants sentenced in Baptist Foundation of Arizona fraud case, leniency not given to the guilty

The final defendants in the lengthy Baptist Foundation of Arizona fraud case have been sentenced, with some receiving harsher penalties than expected.
Study: Majority of Americans see link between economic, spiritual health
A majority of U.S. adults say that the overall health of the nation’s economy is dependent on how spiritual Americans are, a survey by the Gallup Organization shows.
Fallen missionaries remembered, celebrated

In talking about Ric Mason, Perry Goad, and Martha Fuller, First Baptist Minister of Missions Mike Emeott doesn’t mince words.
Revival Reports
Beyond walls, beyond borders
Sisters Who Care looking to expand outreach, influence

Now in its fifth year, the impact of the annual Sisters Who Care Missions Summit has grown. Participants and leaders would like to see that trend continue.
Haggard says he's 'completely heterosexual,' plans to move

Ted Haggard, who left his Colorado megachurch and the National Association of Evangelicals amid a sex and drug scandal, believes he is “completely heterosexual,” the Denver Post reported.
Peavine on the fast track through evangelism, missions

The first time Stephen Anthony met Gene Lowery it was under a circumstance some might think unbecoming of a minister.
Insurance a "must" on mission trips

Take a rather uneventful day, add decent weather and mix with a commitment to share the gospel. What should result in a harvest of souls resulted, instead, in a loss of life.
Bush calls America 'nation of prayer' at National Prayer Breakfast

Calling the United States a “nation of prayer,” President Bush joined religious leaders and politicians at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 1.
Roswell Street reaches missions giving milestone

Pastor Ernest Easley of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta reports a record missions offering in December of 2006 of $384,329.14.
What do SBC's leading churches have in common?
Baptisms among Southern Baptist churches have numbered less than 400,000 each of the last five years, and 2005 saw the lowest total since 1993.
Churches use Web to reach old, new members

When Tom Litteer looked out over his congregation from the pulpit one Sunday morning a few years ago, he saw rows and rows of empty seats.
Vote on NAMB president to come in late March, early April trustees say

The North American Mission Board’s presidential search committee hopes to have a recommendation by late March or early April, committee chairman Greg Faulls reported to NAMB’s board of trustees at their meeting on Feb. 7.
Church planting tough in Seattle, where only 4 percent are evangelical Christians

Seattle can seem like one big paradox.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Camp Pinnacle sets September reunion
Camp Pinnacle will celebrate its 60th anniversary in September with a reunion of summer staff and counselors who served during the summer camping seasons.
First Baptist Vidalia's Kennedy is nominee for Georgia Baptist Convention presidency
Vidalia pastor Bucky Kennedy will be nominated as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention when it meets in annual session in November in Augusta.

Baptist News Summary

Podcast for students highlights international missions testimonies
The International Mission Board has joined the world of podcasting with the launch of its “podTask,” taking students on missions adventures around the world.
Music legends & leaders gather for Hymnal Summit
A Hymnal Summit hosted by the LifeWay Worship Music Group Jan. 12-13 drew 100 participants selected because of their expertise to provide feedback on potential content for “The Worship Project,” which includes a hardback hymnal to be released in 2008 and a 1,000-song digital hymnal repository.
Volunteer killed after ice storm relief work in Missouri and Oklahoma
While disaster relief work continued in Oklahoma and Missouri following an ice storm earlier this month, one disaster relief volunteer was killed in a car accident while returning to his home in Osceola, Ark.
Tornado damages four dorms, chapel at Florida conference center
A tornado touched down at Florida Baptists’ Lake Yale Conference Center at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, causing extensive damage to its North Camp area as a series of storms tore across central Florida in the early morning hours.
Online community launched for those with Ridgecrest, Glorieta links
Connecting a rich past and seeking to encourage a new generation of campers, staff, and volunteers, LifeWay Conference Centers has launched “GloriRidge,” an online community for current and former employees, summer staff, volunteers, and others with personal experiences at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center and LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center.
North Greenville Univ. alum appears on American Idol
Chris Sligh, a former student at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., made it to the next round of American Idol auditions in Hollywood after passing the first round Jan. 30.

Religious Newsbriefs

Watchdog group says Romania religion law "institutionalized discrimination"
According to The Institute on Religion and Public Policy, Romania now has the most restrictive religious registration system in Europe.
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. Carlos Hernandes of the Association for a More Just Society received a death threat immediately after an associate, attorney Dionisio Diaz Garcia, was shot to death on his way to court, Steve Geurink of Worldwide Christian Schools told Mission Network News.
Muslims concerned over 24 plot line
The fictional plotline of Fox’s hit drama 24 has mirrored the nightmares of many American viewers – including American Muslims.
Shakespeare's church crumbling and seeking $6 million for repairs
The tiny church in England where William Shakespeare was baptized and buried is falling apart, and fans of the Bard are being asked to help raise more than $6 million to repair the ravages of eight centuries.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Anniversaries
Obituaries
New Trustees

Cooperative Program Stories

New room, new blessing

They might not have curtains on the windows, but the women at Bethel Church finally have their own Sunday School room – thanks to 18 volunteers who they had never met just a week before.

Bible Study

Show Me Proof

John 6:30-31, 35-36, 41-47, 66-69
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, Feb. 25
Jesus Forgives Our Sins

John 8:2-11, 30-36
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, March 4

Columns

Beware of false advertising

I don’t think I want to be standing near Brian in a thunderstorm. He was raised a Catholic, and says he became a born-again Christian when he was 13. Now he professes to be an atheist and has entered a contest with God that makes the prophets of Baal in Elijah’s day look like featherweights.
I remember Benny Delmar
A Johnny Appleseed of church planters

I remember Benny Delmar.
The Open Door

As Executive Director of the Convention and also as a member of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, I want to extend an invitation to you to attend the 2007 Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference, which will be held in our church February 26-27.
Financial struggles lead to day-care question

Letters

Use an opportunity

The NFL has shown us its colors now, hasn’t it? They have flagged churches for illegal procedure for sponsoring Super Bowl parties, yet they have allowed sports bars to proceed unpenalized, even encouraging the same activity from them. I guess churches have not doled out the necessary sponsorship millions to buy “most protected” status. After further review the penalty should be assessed the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Appreciates editorial stance

I have just finished reading the commentary “Historic Baptist gathering at the Carter Center” by Gerald Harris. I very much enjoyed the article. I am very pleased to know that we have such leadership that is prominent in their area of ministry.