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Issue Date: 2007-07-19
Volume: 186
Number: 15

News

Yemen hospital's legacy: love & grit

Southern Baptist doctors Judy Williams and Bruce Roach used to have a friendly competition at Jibla Baptist Hospital in Yemen: Who would work the longest “shift” without walking out the front gate?
NAMB missionary John Lewis dies
John P. Lewis, a Southern Baptist-endorsed chaplain and a 2007 North American Mission Board “Week of Prayer” missionary (an honor shared with his wife Diana), died of cancer July 8 in Benton, Ark. He was 56.
Metro Atlanta churches lead recent missions effort in New Orleans

“This team has been a witness in our community,” New Orleans pastor Fred Luter said after 120 volunteers ventured to the still-stricken city from Georgia’s African-American Fellowship and Sisters on Mission.
Mission workers jittery over passport backlogs

In the wake of tighter passport restrictions, thousands of jittery missionaries-to-be added something new to their prayer lists: passport delays.
Move over, Harry Potter, Christian fantasy has arrived

Whether using dragons, firefish, or sword-wielding soccer moms, writers in the emerging category of Christian fantasy fiction are clamoring for a spot in the marketplace.
Texas court dismisses confidentiality case against pastor

The Texas Supreme Court unanimously dismissed a suit brought by a former member of a Fort Worth church who accused her pastor of violating her confidentiality.
Colosseum, 'Christ the Redeemer' named new Wonders of the World

Move over, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Colossus of Rhodes: An international poll named a new set of Seven Wonders of the World on July 7.
Missionary fulfills grandparents' goal

After committing his life to missions in Mozambique, Brian Harrell learned that his grandparents also had a heart for the African country.
Meds and music: Jubalheirs broaden ministry scope

With more than 64 people in tow, the Jubalheirs’ recent mission trip to Moldova opened up a new avenue of ministry.
Being innovative at sharing Christ in Yellowstone

When Josh Dokey was awakened by the howl of a coyote at 4:45 a.m. – an occurrence he refers to as his personal alarm clock – he knew he wasn’t in Carrollton anymore. And when, 45 minutes later he was arranging pastries and prepping the breakfast buffet at Lake Yellowstone Lodge, he knew he was not on summer vacation.
American Legion, legal groups to defend religious symbols on memorials

The American Legion has joined forces with two conservative legal groups in a campaign to defend religious symbols on veterans’ memorials.
Israel sees an immigration of choice, not necessity

For Tanya and Alex Pomson, life was good in Toronto, where the British-born couple had moved in 1996 to advance Alex’s career. He became a tenured professor at York University and she stayed home to raise their four children.
Mourners lay unclaimed infants and fetuses to rest

By the side of a grave in Metairie Cemetery June 20, Lise Naccari bowed her head, held her husband’s hand, and let herself grieve.
First Baptist Brunswick helping to transform Ugly Betty into Cinderella

Sometime ago a family was contemplating a move to Brunswick, got on the Internet to explore suitable communities for their relocation, and came across one blogger who advised, “Avoid neighborhoods like Arco and Dixville.”
Arkansas exchange student accepts Christ, loses family

Sherzod Odilov, an exchange student from Uzbekistan, did not anticipate the high price he would pay for his decision to follow Christ, but knowing the price Christ paid for him, he stands firm.
Improved NOBTS North Georgia center now offers on-campus credit

Seminary students in North Georgia just got more education options.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Georgia Disaster Relief personnel dispatched to assist in southeastern Kansas flooding
Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Unit 10R was dispatched July 8 to help in recovery and cleanup following flooding in Kansas. The unit joined 27 others across 13 states to assist in the effort.
Committee on Nominations named for 2007-08
Seventy Southern Baptists from 35 state Baptist conventions have been named to serve on the 2007-08 SBC Committee on Nominations.
Progress of GBC radio right on track
Usage data compiled on GBC Internet radio shows the new ministry venture for the Georgia Baptist Convention to be where it should.

Baptist News Summary

Joshua's Mission honors missionaries' fallen son
As a tribute to their son, an American soldier killed in Iraq in 2003, Lloyd and Mary Byers established “Joshua’s Mission” to help church members understand the urgency of prayer for the nation.
Universities open bivocational centers
The Southern Baptist Bivocational Ministers’ Association announced June 11 a partnership with three universities to provide regional centers for bivocational ministry.
Four faculty members elected at NOBTS
New Orleans Seminary’s trustee executive committee elected four faculty members June 5 and approved an expansion of the seminary’s international certificate training program.
Harris named as NAMB vice president, missions advancement
Richard Harris, longest serving vice president at the North American Mission Board, will assume new responsibilities effective immediately. Harris served as vice president, evangelism, at the former Home Mission Board before being named vice president, church planting, at NAMB’s founding 10 years ago this summer.
LifeWay announces 2008 VBS themes
Vacation Bible School options for 2008 – an aloha-style adventure or a trail-blazing trip through the Wild West – were introduced during the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 annual meeting in San Antonio.
ERLC launches Web community, includes forum
With overall Internet usage rising from 58 percent of U.S. citizens five years ago to more than 73 percent today according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is laying out plans for a Web-based community.
Baptists continue flood relief efforts
Despite the Fourth of July holiday, Southern Baptist disaster relief crews in Kansas and Oklahoma braced for a busy week, as floodwaters continued to rise in those two states.
Names in the News
David P. Gushee is joining the faculty of Mercer University in Atlanta as distinguished professor of Christian ethics after 11 years on Union University’s faculty in Jackson, Tenn.

Religious Newsbriefs

Polluted Jordan River placed on endangered sites list due to sewage, runoff contamination
The lower portion of the Jordan River is so polluted that the World Monuments Fund (WMF) has designated it an “Endangered Cultural Heritage Site.”
Mission fields now sending missionaries
After a century or more of receiving missionaries, Christians in many countries now are becoming missionary senders themselves, according to the leader of an organization that helps Christians use their professional skills in missions ministries in Asia and the Arab world.
Methodists, Presbyterians, Brethren report steady drop in membership rolls
Three mainline Protestant denominations – the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Church of the Brethren – have experienced continual steady decreases in U.S. membership rolls, according to separate June reports.
Nepalese goddess loses title after U.S. tour
A 10-year-old Nepalese girl lost her title as a Hindu living goddess because she left the country to promote a film.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves
Revival Report
Homecomings

Cooperative Program Stories

SuperWow students planted where help is needed

Even with the heavy heat of summer, Margie Dyar sits on her porch and watches the comings and goings of her neighborhood and the factory across the street. It’s a familiar place for Dyar – her home since she was born in that little house in 1936. It’s the house where her mama raised 15 children and where Dyar later raised her own three children.

Bible Study

When Overcome by Responsibilities

1 Kings 3:1-15
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, August 5
Agreeing On the Basics

Acts 15:1-2, 4-5, 12-15a, 23-29
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, July 29

Columns

The why and wherefore of embryonic stem cell research

A recent Newsweek survey indicates that George W. Bush has a 26 percent overall job approval rating with 65 percent disapproving of his leadership as president. It is doubtless that some Georgia Baptists disapprove of the leadership of the nation’s 43rd president, but all Georgia Baptists should applaud his veto on June 20th.
Fathers play critical role in their sons' lives

What will God do on Thursday nights this summer?

The Thursday commitment service at the Henderson, Ky., World Changers turned into something very special last summer. It happened when staffer Sammy Jo Turner issued a challenge for students to be involved in vocational missions.
The Open Door

Janice and I made the decision this year that we would drive to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in San Antonio. An important part of this trip would be the opportunity to drop down from I-10 to travel along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and on the return to ride into New Orleans to view lingering damage from Katrina and see how the relief effort is progressing. What a great blessing Georgia Baptist folks have been to those who have suffered from this amazingly devastating storm.

Letters

The first seven minutes of your day …

The first seven minutes can set the pace and tone for the rest of your day:
Questions need for anonymity in India article on witnessing

The article, “India and the United States: Culture, values, business impacting one another” has the notation “Names changed for security reasons.” This makes me wonder: Since when did God lose His omnipotence? Is our God not all-knowing? Is our God not sovereign? Has God’s word become errant?
Appreciates article on India missions

I enjoyed Kelly Durham’s thorough article on “India and the United States” in the July 5 issue. It was wonderful to read of the mission trip that several of our Atlanta-area people participated in. A great illustration was used in the Henna painting and the Cross story; how precious is our personal relationship with Jesus, Our Lord and Savior.
Pleased with India coverage

Let me start off by saying what an amazing article on how India and the United States impact each other. The article covering my parents’ native culture and how my generation can effect Asian Indians was so well-written and photographed.
'Distressed' over homosexual coverage

I’m greatly distressed with the full-page article, including pictures, about homosexuals in your July 5 issue. Can’t we call them what they are, and as God’s word sees them?