When Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 no one could have imagined the devastation that would be wrought by this unprecedented cataclysm. By the time the storm launched its assault on the Gulf Coast its winds had been measured as high as 175 miles per hour. Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the first ever mandatory evacuation of the city, referring to Katrina as “the storm that most of us have long feared.”
Diane Reasoner, long-time communications specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention, was killed in an auto accident on Palm Sunday (April 1) in metro Atlanta.
We Believe By Barbara Curnutt, Executive Director-Treasurer, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia Published April 12, 2007
Do you believe that every child deserves a safe and loving home? You can be thankful that Georgia Baptists not only believe this, but that we are providing places of safety for hundreds of hurting and wounded children through the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. (GBCHFM).
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China are perhaps four times more religious than the government previously thought, according to a new survey conducted by East China Normal University. About 400 million people – more than 30 percent of the country’s population – practice a religion.
On March 1, GuideStone announced that it has adopted new guidelines to allow more retirees to qualify for financial assistance through its Adopt An Annuitant ministry.
How Pistol Pete found purpose Basketball legend was baptized at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta By Michael Foust Published April 12, 2007
With his shaggy hair, floppy socks, and unparalleled flair for showmanship, “Pistol Pete” Maravich set basketball records that may never be broken and did things on the court that may never be duplicated.
An estimated 2,000 Southern Baptist volunteers will join forces for “Crossover San Antonio” prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 annual meeting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Georgia missionary An Van Pham was recently named the North American Mission Board’s “Asian Church Planting Missionary of the Year” for his work to start new churches among Asians in Georgia during 2006.
Record numbers of Southern Baptist volunteers from across the nation are rebuilding flooded homes in New Orleans, establishing the most productive month so far since Hurricane Katrina hit. Volunteers from California to Georgia and as far north as Alaska were part of the effort with Baptist College Ministries students from Syracuse, New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and other universities taking part as well.
Richard Land presented the 2006 Richard D. Land Distinguished Service Award of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to Anne Stone in honor of her late husband, Ted Stone, prior to chapel at Southeastern Seminary March 20.
SBC immediate past president and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bobby Welch has been named to the position of Strategist for Global Evangelical Relations with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.
The author of a controversial new book that says a small number of Jews living hundreds of years ago may have ingested the blood of Christian children has asked his publisher to stop distributing the book.
The Cooperative Program is the Southern Baptist way of funding missions that makes it possible for every Baptist church member to be involved in changing lives for Christ. With more than 10,000 missionaries on the field in the United States and across the globe, every Southern Baptist is part of the task of reaching every person with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Loving Obedience By J. Shepherd Johnson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Douglas Published April 12, 2007
John 13:34-35; 14:21-24; 15:9-16
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, April 22
In one of the latest examples of “we’re-out-to-destroy-the-U.S.-Constitution” rulings, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has made another unthinkable decision. I hope you’re sitting down for this … the court concluded that the words “marriage,” “natural marriage,” and “family values” are hate speech.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published April 12, 2007
The Georgia Baptist Convention sustained a great loss on Palm Sunday afternoon when Diane Reasoner, specialist in Communications for the Convention, lost her life in a tragic automobile accident in Atlanta. Even as I type these words, they seem so unreal to me. Through nearly fifteen years of working closely together, Diane and I had developed not only a very close working relationship, but a deep and abiding friendship as well.
Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for “Hooray for Hollywood” in 1938 when Hollywood was much different than today. He declares, “Come on and try your luck. You could be Donald Duck. Hooray for Hollywood.”
A nation at war that has forgotten God is in a very perilous position. I think most of us realize if someone had traveled to Mars 50 years ago and came back to the United States today they would not recognize the place – specifically the moral decline.
At a recent On Mission Celebration, we were confronted with a shocking statistic: Sixty percent of the people in our area claim no religious affiliation. Couple that with the fact that ninety percent of our communities are effectively unchurched, and we can see that we are failing miserably.
Al Mohler’s observation about the possibility of homosexuality being biologically based and giving a solution to correct the condition is a mark of genius. This will bring both sides into answering some tough questions.