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Issue Date: 2007-05-10
Volume: 186
Number: 10


Atheist, New Orleans Seminary professor debate "the God question"

A recent debate at New Orleans Seminary was nominally called “The Future of Atheism.” But the heart of the dialogue explored a related question: Can mankind’s age-old belief in God be explained purely as a stubbornly recurring natural phenomenon, not much different than the common cold?
Bryan, Hartman named to Committee on Committees
SBC President Frank Page has named John Bryan, pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, and Steve Hartman, senior pastor of Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, as Georgia’s two representatives for the Committee on Committees. Bryan will serve as committee chairman.
Study says church is beneficial for children

Church is good for children.
Associations to mark 300th year
The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will celebrate three centuries of associational work in America during a three-day gathering June 9-11.
NAAF to spotlight San Antonio initiatives
San Antonio’s Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will host the opening session of the National African American Fellowship’s annual meeting at 6 p.m. June 10.
Twin Cities airport boosts fines for Muslim taxi drivers

Starting this month, taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who refuse to pick up passengers having alcohol will face stiffer penalties.
Murder at NASA spotlights victim’s faith

As David Beverly and William Phillips had lunch together last April 20 with another colleague, Beverly told Phillips about his faith in Jesus Christ. Later in the afternoon, back at their office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Phillips fatally shot Beverly, his supervisor, and then killed himself.
Wives to gain 'Strength for the Journey'
“Strength for the Journey” is the theme for the third annual Pastors’ Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference.
Black Servants Network plans to reorganize
A reorganization of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network is to be explained during its June 10 annual meeting in San Antonio.
New Orleans Seminary sells Decatur property for $8.4 million

New Orleans Seminary trustees have approved the sale of the seminary’s Decatur campus for $8.4 million.
'Voluntourism' a new trend for vacationers

More Americans are opting to spend their vacation time participating in what Christians have known for years as mission work – building houses and schools or visiting orphanages.
Disaster Relief, churches respond to state's largest wildfire
Sweat Memorial Baptist Church houses Ruskin Elementary School

The fires crept closer. At one point the flames were a mere 150 feet from swings, desks, and sleeping mats at Ruskin Elementary School.
Hispanic Baptists plan impact and celebration
“Rise and Build” will be the theme of the Hispanic events taking place June 9-11. Celebrations, meetings, and evangelistic activities are planned both for local Hispanic Baptist churches and for those coming from other parts of the country for the annual gathering.
Blue Angels chaplain ministers amidst crisis

For Lieutenant Michael Peyton, being on deck to offer a hand of comfort, a Kleenex, or a word of prayer in tragic times is all part of his assignment.
Sons of Jubal bring music of the gospel to Russian citizens

Russian citizens received a taste of the gospel wrapped in a Southern accent April 20-30 as the Sons of Jubal ministered in two of the nation’s largest cities
Korean annual meeting to be in Houston
Logistical challenges related to the annual meeting of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America have prompted the group to meet this year in Houston.
Study finds gross misuse of ministry funds
ABC News targeted the spending habits of the heads of some Christian ministry organizations that repeatedly ask people for monetary donations, with its 20/20 newsmagazine citing multimillion-dollar mansions and a private jet, for example, owned by Paul and Jan Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network.
U.S. government approves Wiccan symbol for veterans' gravestones

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the pentacle, a religious symbol used by Wiccans, as an official symbol for veterans’ gravestones, according to a settlement announced April 23.
Lillian Isaacs tied the knot between literacy and missions

While 88-year-old Lillian Isaacs was drifting in and out of consciousness in the last week of her life, she would occasionally make a barely legible comment. When caregivers attending to her in Tallahassee, Fla., asked what she was doing she would whisper, “Talking to Jesus.”
Messianics focus on Jewish evangelism
Aslam Masih, a church planting missionary with the North American Mission Board, and Jack Kinsella, editor of The Omega Letter website, will be the featured speakers at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship’s June 8-10 meeting in San Antonio.
BPC hoops star first to go pro
Monique Martin, the most prolific scorer in Brewton-Parker College basketball history, has signed a free agent contract with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. She becomes the first basketball player from BPC to play at the professional level.
Sweet Vidalia: Teen uses honey jar to lead church in giving

Bucky Kennedy, pastor of First Baptist Church, got his idea for reducing the church debt from the annuals of the church’s history.
Georgia Baptists named to various committees and boards at San Antonio convention
Georgia Baptists were among nominees selected by the 2007 SBC Committee on Nominations to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, three denominational boards, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southwestern Seminary, the Credentials Committee and the Tellers Committee.
SBC seminary luncheons slated June 13

Georgia Newsbriefs

Two new leaders named to associational missions work
A retired pastor and an associational missions strategist have been named associational missionaries for the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Baptist News Summary

CP giving 2.59% ahead of last year
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program are 2.59 percent ahead of the same time frame in 2006, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
Golden Gate Seminary trustees approve $10.1 million budget
Trustees of Golden Gate Seminary approved a $10.1 million budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year and dedicated a renovated and renamed residence hall during their spring meeting in Mill Valley, Calif.
Union University to acquire Stephen Olford Ministries
The late Stephen F. Olford’s preaching on radio and television was heard around the world and countless preachers benefited from training provided at the Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching in Memphis, Tenn.
Georgia among leaders in embracing Acts 1:8 Challenge
More than 3,000 Southern Baptist churches have registered commitments to develop an intentional and comprehensive missions strategy through the Acts 1:8 Challenge.
Criswell College acquires Jewish journal
Mishkan, a premier journal on Jewish ministry, has been acquired by Criswell College’s Pasche Institute of Jewish Studies in Dallas.
SBC travel includes tour options
The Alamo and other historic and cultural sites around San Antonio will be featured on tours offered to messengers and their families in conjunction with the June 12-13 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Names in the News
As part of a new initiative among LifeWay Christian Resources, the North American Mission Board, and the International Mission Board, Ed Stetzer will become director of LifeWay Research, effective June 1. Stetzer, missiologist and senior director of the Center for Missional Research at NAMB, also will serve as LifeWay’s missiologist in residence.
Southeastern adds youth, college M.Divs.
Southeastern Seminary trustees approved two new degree tracks – in student ministry and collegiate ministry – during their April 16-17 meeting in Wake Forest, N.C. The tracks will begin in the fall.
Missouri volunteer drowns in El Salvador
Missouri Baptists have vowed not to let the tragic drowning of a volunteer missionary from their state halt efforts to spread the gospel in El Salvador.

People and Places

Special Honors
Staff Addition
Ministerial Moves
Revival Report

Cooperative Program Stories

Training churches for missions

Not too many Baptist associations have a budget for fruit salad and balloons, but at Hephzibah and Kilpatrick associations those are just two of a long list of items that are part of mission projects.

Bible Study

Confront in Love

Matt. 18:15-17; Gal. 5:13-15; 6:1-5
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, May 20
Be Reconciled

Gen. 50:15-21; Matt. 5:23-24; Col. 3:12-15
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, May 27


Our religious freedom IS slipping away

On May 3 the United States House of Representatives voted by a substantial margin to approve H. R. 1592 or the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007. This bill, which will soon appear before the U.S. Senate, also expected to give the bill its stamp of approval, will make homosexuals or gender confused individuals federally protected classes under federal law. If this happens, homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and other “sexual orientations” can claim protected minority status.
The Bible is back!

On March 8th, the Georgia Board of Education voted to add two more classes to the state’s curriculum: “Literature and History of the Old Testament Era” and “Literature and History of the New Testament Era.” They are now set to appear in Georgia classrooms next year.
The Open Door

The theme for this year’s Children’s Home Day Offering is “We Believe!” When you read the words of Dr. Kenneth M. Dobbs, president and CEO of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc., you will understand the meaning of this year’s theme, “We Believe!”
Forgive parents for their flaws; they won’t be around forever


Virginia Tech shooting reflects sin, evil

The campus massacre at Virginia Tech last month horrifies and shocks us down to the very core of our being.