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Issue Date: 2007-05-24
Volume: 186
Number: 11


Jerry Falwell dead at age 73

Jerry Falwell, a founder of the modern Christian conservative movement who started one of America’s largest churches and launched one of its largest Christian universities, died May 15. He was 73.
Shining the spotlight on the IMB's church planting movement

In his book, Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World, David Garrison, the International Mission Board’s Regional Leader for South Asia, tells how the first- century explosion of Christianity has been reborn in the 21st century.
'Forgive me ... whomever': The Internet is the 21st century confessional

Food was becoming an obsession bordering on worship, and the addict wanted to confess.
D. James Kennedy shuts down two political centers

Two conservative political centers founded by the ailing religious broadcaster D. James Kennedy have been closed, but one has reopened under new ownership.
Many statewide mourn Falwell's death

Georgia Baptists are mourning the loss of Jerry Falwell and reflecting on his impact on the national scene.
Russian minority to be lifted up on Day of Prayer

No father should have to bury a son.
Police chaplains attuned to officers' challenges

Police officers “have stresses on them that civilians can’t fathom,” a police chaplain told 80 officers, spouses, and guests from 15 states attending a Western Law Enforcement Summit at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, N.M.
Evangelical scholar turns Catholic, stuns colleagues

A respected Baylor University scholar and president of the Evangelical Theological Society has shocked colleagues by returning to the Catholic faith of his youth.
IMB adopts revised baptism, prayer guidelines

International Mission Board trustees have adopted revised guidelines on baptism and the practice of tongues and private prayer languages among prospective missionaries. The revisions, both of which are now termed “guidelines,” retain much of their original wording.
Southern Baptist to lead military chaplains as Major General
New U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains grew up in Dykes Creek Church in Rome

For the first time since 1954, a Southern Baptist has been nominated to lead the U.S. Army’s chaplains. The Army’s public affairs office announced May 10 that Chaplain Brigadier General Douglas Carver has been appointed to the grade of Major General for assignment as Chief of Chaplains.
Churches pressure travel and hospitality industries to help stop child sex tourism scourge

Faith groups are using their collective influence and financial wherewithal to press the travel and hospitality industries to take greater steps to protect children from sex trafficking.
SBC president clarifies views on public education

With some news stories seemingly tying him to the so-called public school “exit strategy,” Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page issued a statement May 9 saying he “strongly supports” Christian families involved in public school education but also is “deeply concerned” for parents who cannot afford to choose alternatives to public education.
New president says NAMB board faces 'historic moment'

In his first official appearance as the North American Mission Board’s new president, Geoff Hammond told trustees he believes the board stands at an historic moment and that “God has shown favor on us.”
How does the IMB define a church?
In addition to adhering to the definition of a local church as given in Scripture and in the 2000 edition of the Baptist Faith and Message, the IMB observes the following guidelines in church planting, leadership training, and statistical reporting.
Retired Ministers Fellowship

Nearly 100 retired church and denominational workers gathered at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center on May 11 for a luncheon expressing appreciation for their ministry.
New Orleans Seminary holds first post-Katrina commissioning

“Have you ever tried to do the work of God apart from the Spirit of God? It’s not a good feeling, is it?” Tony Merida said during a New Orleans Seminary missions commissioning service May 9.
Yolanda King, oldest child of Martin Luther King, Jr., dies
Yolanda King, the oldest child of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., collapsed and died unexpectedly May 15 while visiting with her brother, Dexter. She was 51.
Tammy Faye Messner bids her fans goodbye
Down to 65 pounds and unable to continue treatment for cancer, Tammy Faye Messner, one of the most colorful figures in religious broadcasting, has posted a goodbye letter to fans on her website.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Western Baptist Association gets familiar face for interim leader
A former associational missionary has come out of retirement to serve in a familiar role.
GBC Radio now up and running
On May 18, the Georgia Baptists became the first state convention in the SBC to have an Internet radio site all their own.
Brewton-Parker receives $50,000 grant
Brewton-Parker College has received a $50,000 unrestricted contribution from a prominent Atlanta philanthropy, the John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc., announced Pamela Davis, BPC vice president for college advancement.

Baptist News Summary

Korean Southern Baptists, Golden Gate Seminary celebrate partnership
This year’s 50th anniversary of Korean Southern Baptist work in the United States holds special significance to Golden Gate Seminary: Every Korean Southern Baptist church in the San Francisco Bay Area has or has had a Golden Gate graduate as a pastor.
WMU offers on-demand resources
Woman’s Missionary Union now offers print-on-demand Bible studies to help small groups in churches increase in biblical and missional understanding of their opportunities for sharing the gospel.
Boyce degree in Spanish announced
Beginning in the fall, Hispanic church leaders will be able to earn an associate’s degree online in their native language through Boyce College, the undergraduate college of Southern Seminary.
IMB training center prayer garden honors missionary's intercession
A few days before her death on Oct. 11, 1998, International Mission Board missionary Deborah W. McCord spent time in prayer with personnel who were preparing for overseas service, encouraging them with words of experience and love for missions.
Presidential candidate's remarks on evolution at debate causes a stir
When three Republican presidential candidates raised their hand during a debate May 3 signifying they didn’t believe in evolution, they probably got more criticism and attention than they expected.
Operation NOAH reaches 10,000 workers for Hurricane Katrina cleanup
At its first anniversary, Operation NOAH Rebuild has topped more than 10,000 volunteers and 200 professions of faith in helping New Orleans-area residents recover from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
GuideStone ends April at $10 billion
GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention reached a significant milestone – $10 billion in organizational assets – as of April 30.
VBS still top SBC evangelism tool
Keeping with its 10-year pattern, Vacation Bible School continues to have the greatest evangelistic impact in the Southern Baptist Convention, with 26 percent of baptisms in SBC churches a direct result of VBS.

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Revival Report
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Sit down a minute. Be still and look around and God has a way of showing you what he’s doing.

Bible Study

Admit Your Struggle With Sin

Deut. 1:6-8, 26-33, 42-46
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, June 3
Practice Obedience Diligently

Deut. 4:1-2, 6-9, 15-20, 39-40
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, June 10


VBS with a good bowl of G.R.I.T.S.

I love most everything inherently southern. Whether it is sweet tea, my Grandmother’s yeast rolls, a Southeast Conference football rivalry, wading across a creek, or a Saturday night gospel singing. Mention one of those things and you automatically have my attention.
The Open Door

Janice and I recently returned from a mission trip to Russia. We traveled with the Sons of Jubal, our Georgia Baptist singing men. There were one hundred in the chorus and brass ensemble and they were absolutely incredible. I want to thank our pastors who not only allowed, but also encouraged, their ministers of music to make the trip. We will not know this side of heaven the amount of good that was done for the Kingdom of God, but I am confident that it was significant.
Quantity and quality both vital when spending time with kids

Old Fashioned? Guilty as charged!

I love to read the sermons of preachers of days gone by. Maybe it is because some of those stalwart characters were my contemporaries – almost.


Appreciation for campus ministers

My daughter recently graduated from UGA. Another daughter will graduate next year, also from UGA. That is the bragging.