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Issue Date: 2007-06-21
Volume: 186
Number: 13


'Hemmed in Prayer' ministry keeps orphanages stocked
Sowing Seeds by Sewing Seams

Most churches would be blessed to have one “Dorcas” in their fellowship, but Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Hoboken has more than a dozen.
Focus on repentance at SBC annual meeting
Messengers pass motion calling BF&M 'consensus statement'

Southern Baptists meeting in San Antonio June 12-13 re-elected Frank Page as president, focused on a call for repentance, and passed a motion identifying the Baptist Faith and Message as the denomination’s “only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs.”
Ruth Bell Graham dies at 87, to be buried at Billy Graham Library in N.C.
Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died at 5:05 EST June 14, surrounded by her husband and five children at her Montreat, N.C., home. She was 87.
Horse Whisperer comes to Carrollton Fair Grounds

Louis L’Amour, the popular and prolific American author of Western fiction, describes one of his cowboy heroes as “A big man, wide-shouldered, with the lean, hard-boned face of the desert rider. His toughness was ingrained and deep, without cruelty, yet quick, hard, and dangerous. Whatever wells of gentleness might lie within him were guarded and deep.”
SBC addresses child abuse, global warming, hate crimes
Resolutions wrap-up

Messengers to the 2007 Southern Baptist Convention approved eight resolutions, including one renouncing child abusers and churches that protect them.
New Pinnacle administrator presiding over spruced-up facility

As surely as the swallows return to Capistrano each year, GAs are flocking to Camp Pinnacle for a summer of outdoor recreation, Bible study, and missions education. But this year, for the first time in nearly a decade, there will be a new face to greet them in the role of camp administrator.
'Sturgis call' given for Georgia Baptists to assist at annual motorcycle rally

When up to 800,000 bikers gather in Sturgis, S.D., in early August for the annual bikers rally, it might be the last place they would to expect to find a Georgia Baptist minister. But Phil Pilgrim, dressed in black leathers and riding his Harley Davidson, will be right at home – sort of – as he shares the gospel with the unique subset of American culture.
Messengers send one signal on doctrinal purity; agency heads take exception, citing doctrinal threats
Mixed signals over Baptist Faith and Message

What does a Southern Baptist look like?
Google, Holocaust Museum offer close view of Darfur violence

An unprecedented look at the devastating crisis in Darfur is a free download away under a new partnership between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google.
Nepal believers' faith is beacon in Hindu nation

Imagine heading to church on Sunday, but this week you walk in the doors – not of a large brick building with a cross ascending from the roof – but of a fellow believer’s humble home.
Crossover brings gospel with a Hispanic flavor to San Antonio events
Nearly 1,000 accept Christ in week-long emphasis

Georgia Baptists joined 1,000 other volunteers from around the nation for a weeklong Crossover emphasis prior to the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting in mid-June. The evangelistic event culminated in a massive two-day soul-winning extravaganza on June 9-10.
Can you say 'Canamerimex'?

In order to keep the debates going I open with a question, “Are we in a war we cannot win?” I am not talking about the war against terrorists being fought in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan. I am talking about the illegal immigration war. Depending on the person doing the talking we have upwards from 1 to 40 million people in our country illegally. There is a process that allows for entrance into our nation. We have laws established that places a certain process on those people who desire to make this their country of residence and work. Somewhere, it seems, we have decided that there must be around 12 or 13 million people that we can count who are in this nation without proper papers.
Half of SBC pastors believe in private prayer language
Lifeway study reveals suprising stances among Protestant clergy

A recent study by LifeWay Research on the use of private prayer language indicates that half of Southern Baptist pastors believe the Holy Spirit gives some people a special language to pray to God.
Listening for the truth
One of my basic tenets of life is that when you listen long enough to politicians you will hear them tell the truth. Listening to many people who offer themselves for public office you discover they are all over the map with their answers. Depending on the group to whom they are speaking they have a ready scripted answer to the questions posed to them. Listening long enough, however, one can uncover deeply held truths. An example of truth coming out was unveiled in news reports telling us that recently Howard Dean, the head of the Democrat Party, announced the best way to get the truth from politicians is to ?“ the press.”
Having the courage to speak up
Someone has said that courage is the ability to act in spite of fear, not the absence of fear. Once, I taught an adult public speaking class. One of the class members was a war veteran who led men into battle where life and death was determined by his ability. He had a great outgoing personality, comfortable with people from various strata of society. The first night he appeared in my class, he entered the room looking pale. As he introduced himself to the other members of the class he was able only to get his first name out before he passed out from fear. After this tough specimen of a man revived, he sat for the remainder of the class in silence. The day following the incident in this first class, this man called my office with determination to withdraw from the class. We met a day or two later in my office. He was open, calm, and easy to express his embarrassment as a result of having passed out trying to speak to the room filled with strangers. I led him through several possibilities that would allow him to save face in withdrawing from the class. Finally, he said, “There is no way I can live with myself if I drop this class.” He admitted to being more afraid to stand in front of a group of strangers making a speech than going into combat where it could mean death if he made the wrong decision. The decision was made; he would stay in the class. He made me promise that I would not go easy on him. After four weeks, this man turned into one of the most articulate and calm public speakers I have ever coached. What made the difference? He was a man of enormous courage. Fear never left this man when he would stand to speak, but he learned to use the fear to his advantage. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to act in spite of fear.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Bland named new director of missions for Tattnall-Evans Association
James Bland, previous associational missionary for Georgia Baptist Association, was recently named the new director of missions for Tattnall-Evans Association. He will begin his new post July 1.

Religious Newsbriefs

Australian aborigines get first 'Kriol Baibul'
Australian aborigines finally have the Bible in their own language, thanks to the efforts of more than 100 translators working almost 30 years. The “Kriol Baibul” opens the way for most of the country’s 500,000 indigenous people to understand the gospel message in a far better way.
College for Christian home-schoolers receives full accreditation from national agency
Patrick Henry College, the Virginia institution founded in 2000 and known for preparing Christian home-schooled students for careers in public service, has received full accreditation.
Proposed Pakistani law would make conversion from Islam punishable by death
A draft bill in Pakistan’s National Assembly would impose the death penalty on Muslim men – and a life sentence on Muslim women – if they renounce Islam.

After year-long ban, Georgetown agrees to allow six Protestant groups back on campus
Georgetown University will officially allow outside evangelical Protestant ministries back on campus in the next school year, according to an announcement May 7.

People and Places

Georgians graduate from Billy Graham School of Evangelism
The list of graduates from Southern Seminary’s Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church growth included four with ties to Georgia.
Special Praise
Ministerial Moves
Ten Georgians among New Orleans Seminary graduates
Ten students with links to Georgia took part in graduation ceremonies at New Orleans Seminary May 19.
Six Georgia Baptists earn degrees from Southern Seminary's School of Theology
Southern Seminary held its 199th graduation commencement May 18 on the school’s Louisville campus. Those with Georgia ties receiving degrees from the seminary’s school of theology include:

Cooperative Program Stories

Christmas in June

It started as an empty trailer. Then Georgia Baptist volunteers added a water tank and shower stalls and floors. Then they packed it up and drove it to southwest Pennsylvania.

Bible Study

United We Stand

Acts 2:42-47; 4:23-24, 29-35
Related Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies for Life, June 17
Finding Our Place of Service

Acts 6:1-7; 9: 36-40; 11:29-30
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, July 8


The trilogy of the Alamo

One of the joys of attending the Southern Baptist Convention is the opportunity it affords of renewing old acquaintances and establishing new friendships. While in San Antonio for last week’s annual meeting of the Convention, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Daniel Sanchez. Sanchez, a professor of missions at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, is a native of San Antonio.
Son seeks parent's advice on pending engagement

Ruth Graham: The silent rock

Throughout the six decades of Billy Graham’s career, his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, served as the only true constant in his life other than his faith.
The Open Door

I recently received communication from Terry Sharp with the International Mission Board, regarding the final accounting of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions for the year 2006. I am happy to report to you that Southern Baptists exceeded the 2006 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal with the largest gift ever given in the 118-year history of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This is great news for Southern Baptist ministries across the world.


Camel method of teaching

This strategy sounds exciting and encouraging to me as a tool to spread God’s Word. The Camel Method appears to be able to remove barriers up front encouraging the hearers to have an open mind early on in the witnessing process.
Fill the pulpit – please!

I would like to respond to Dr. Harris’ editorial in the June 7 edition of The Christian Index. Dr. Harris’ editorial is both timely and true! Preachers have never been called to “fill the pews,” we have been called to, “preach the word.” Unfortunately, pragmatism in ministry is creeping in, and “filling the pew” is becoming the focus instead of “proclaiming the word.”
Jesus failed?

Whoa! Jesus, the Son of God, never “failed miserably” in anything He ever did while performing His earthly ministry. You owe Jesus an apology.
Ironic infallibility

I can so resonate with the Index editorial of June 7th. Your point about church growth taking the place of an emphasis on God’s Word is quite telling.
"Private prayer language"

Maybe I need more clarification in what the International Mission Board is trying to say but it appears that they need to read I Cor. 14:39, especially paying attention to where it says “... forbid not to speak with tongues.”