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Issue Date: 2007-03-15
Volume: 186
Number: 6

News

Former SBC Executive Committee member, pastor cleared on soliciting sex

A former member of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee was found not guilty on March 7 of offering to engage in a lewd act.
Churches often the first stage for Idol contestants

When LaKisha Jones belted out a song from the movie Dreamgirls in her debut on this season of American Idol, the Michigan church that helped nurture her soulful sound was rooting her on.
Alcoholics are not the only people with a drinking problem
Alcoholics are not the only people with a drinking problem, according to a new study.
Leaders and pastors gather Feb. 15-17 to discuss Baptist Identity
Youngest child may change view of unborn, specialists say

The birth and record survival of a baby less than 22 weeks gestation could have an impact on the perception and treatment of unborn human beings, pro-life bioethics commentators say.
NAMB missionary uses the great outdoors to reach people for Christ in northern Michigan

Evangelistic deer hunts. Christian fish fries. Wild game dinners at church. North American missionary Ken Wilson has a lot of tools in his gospel-sharing toolbox to win people to Christ amid the thick woods and crystal-clear lakes of northern Michigan.
Scholarships established in memory of Georgia Baptists who died in Honduras
Separate foundations have been established in memory of two Georgia Baptists killed while on a mission trip in rural Honduras.
Evangelism conference attendees challenged, inspired

With the theme “Vision to go,” attendees representing 300 churches were challenged to live out Christ’s challenge at the 2007 Evangelism Conference sponsored by Evangelism Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The event was held Feb. 26-27 at North Metro First Baptist Church here.
"Jesus tomb" documentary ignores evidence, logic, experts say

The controversial claim by a television special that researchers have discovered Jesus’ “tomb” falls apart under both scientific scrutiny and simple logic, scholars in New Testament and archaeological studies say.
Georgia church receives seminary "healthy church" award
Salem, McDonough honored by New Orleans Seminary
Salem Baptist Church of McDonough is one of three initial recipients of New Orleans Seminary’s first “Healthy Church of the Month” award. The recognition is a joint venture of the Seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health and the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry.
Soaked and surrendered in San Francisco
Braves right-fielder Jeff Francoeur tells how an athletic and spiritual slump ended after being . . .

What does a Major League baseball player do when he is submerged in a dismal slump at the plate?
Mohler supports changing fetus' orientation, if possible

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, says he would support medical treatment, if it were available, to change the sexual orientation of a fetus inside its mother's womb from homosexual to heterosexual.
NAMB's Courts Redford Award presented to UGA, Mercer for student missionary work
The University of Georgia and Mercer University are two of only eight colleges and universities in the United States being honored with the Courts Redford Award for Excellence in Student Missionary Deployment by the North American Mission Board.
The Bible's Impact
"I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing the Good Book and the Spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses … whether we look to the First Charter of Virginia, or to the Charter of New England, or the Charter of Massachusetts Bay, or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut."
Winded in Georgia: Disaster Relief teams help in cleanup process

Nine Georgians died, five Georgia Baptist churches were severely damaged, and an associational office destroyed in a round of storms and tornados that passed through the state on March 1. Hardest hit were Americus and Columbus in central Georgia and Thomson near Augusta.
Trustees to vote on third-generation missionary as new NAMB president

Missionary work has been part of Geoff Hammond’s life from his earliest days. He was born on the mission field to British parents who were serving in Nigeria. His father was born in China to missionary parents.
NAMB appoints eight missionaries with Georgia ties
The North American Mission Board has appointed eight missionaries with ties to Georgia.
Life's Choices
Unless you have just arrived from another planet, you are aware of the news that has been filled with information about the death of a certain former exotic dancer-turned-model. The celebrity status of Anna Nicole Smith is forever written in stone in this current culture.

Baptist News Summary

IMB missionaries in stable condition after attack in Tanzania
Southern Baptist missionaries Carl and Kay Garvin are in stable condition after two robbers attacked them Feb. 23 in Tanzania.
Southwestern officers may have meeting with trustee McKissic
Southwestern Seminary Board Chairman Van McClain has confirmed plans for the board’s officers to meet privately with Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, to address what McClain deemed possible trustee policy violations during McKissic’s first year on the board.
Churches break with N.C. convention over homosexuality
At least five churches are publicly at odds with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina over the issue of homosexuality after messengers to last fall’s annual meeting voted by nearly a three-fourths margin to change the convention’s articles of incorporation regarding membership.

People and Places

Honors and Achievements
Ordinations
Ministerial Moves
Anniversaries
Obituaries
Graduations

Cooperative Program Stories

Spies in the land
Georgia Baptists partnering with church planters in Appalachia

Two years ago a group of seniors from an Alabama church decided to head for Pennsylvania for sightseeing. But instead of just visiting Hershey’s chocolate factory, sightseeing through Amish country, and checking out quilt shops, the group decided to add something more significant to their trip.

Bible Study

What Does Jesus Do for Us?

John 11:1, 3, 6-7, 20-27, 38-40, 43-44
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, March 25
Jesus Died for Us

John 12:12-15; 13:21, 26-27; 19:16b-19, 33-37
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, April 1

Columns

Does Jesus' 'Tomb' mean the end of faith?

For many years I’ve wondered about the following scenario: What if an archeologist turned up the bones of Jesus and had some decent proof? And what if it was hard to deny the claims?
The Open Door

One of the outstanding ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention is our disaster relief ministry under the leadership of Stuart Lang. Stuart, who recently joined our staff, has plunged into this ministry thoroughly in a very short period of time. You will be glad to know that when the tornadoes hit Alabama and Georgia recently that your Georgia Baptist disaster relief units responded to the needs across Georgia.
Men vs. women: long may they differ

Has the Conservative Resurgence helped the SBC?

The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention met in Nashville last month. Morris Chapman, the president of the Executive Committee, asked a pertinent, poignant, and penetrating question: “Is our convention any better spiritually because biblical conservatives are leading?”

Letters

Get laymen involved

Throughout my life I’ve heard about the “Lay Renewal” movement in church, but I had never had the opportunity to experience this until this past week (March 2-4).