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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agreeing On the Basics By Peter Lumpkins, Church Administrator, Fayetteville First Baptist Church Published July 19, 2007
Acts 15:1-2, 4-5, 12-15a, 23-29
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, July 29
1 Kings 3:1-15
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, August 5
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published July 19, 2007
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.