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May 2006 Issue

The North Carolina cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point will be teeming with Southern Baptist volunteers June 10-11, when Crossover Triad 2006 comes to the area the weekend before the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) annual meeting in Greensboro, June 13-14.

Thousands of volunteers representing hundreds of SBC churches will blanket the three-city area, taking the Gospel outside church walls and into the streets, according to Don Smith, national coordinator for Crossover. The campaign is jointly sponsored by the North American Mission Board, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and the Southern Baptist churches of the Piedmont, Pilot Mountain, and Central Triad Associations.

North Carolina's "Piedmont Triad" area includes about 1.5 million people in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and the surrounding areas. Geographically, it lies between North Carolina's mountains and its coast, and is a ...

Having scheduled sixty-eight Everyone Can Win One rallies and pastors' luncheons across North Carolina, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch completed his eighteenth such meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Carthage during his March 5 through April 30 schedule.

Continuing the "Everyone Can" Kingdom Challenge! he launched when he was elected SBC president in 2004, Welch said the rallies and pastors' meetings will encourage thousands of North Carolina Southern Baptists to sign up for and attend the Crossover evangelistic opportunities preceding this year's SBC annual meeting in Greensboro. This year's Crossover Triad evangelistic thrust is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, with the SBC's annual meeting to follow on June 13-14 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Welch said his Everyone Can Win One meetings "represent my heart's desire and soul-deep convicti...

The SBC Funding Study Committee (FSC) is an ad hoc committee of the Executive Committee, having been charged by action of the full Executive Committee in February of 2002 with the task of studying Southern Baptist Convention funding issues. The study was begun against a backdrop of recognition that the SBC seminaries faced financial challenges, although funding issues relating to all our entities are within the committee's scope of discussion and review. At the Southern Baptist Convention, June 13-14 in Greensboro, North Carolina, the SBC Executive Committee will present the following recommendations from their report.


That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention recommend to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, June 13-14, 2006, that the Southern Baptist Convention request that the Executive Committee post the Organization Manual on the Web s...

It has been nearly four years since Southern Baptists officially set themselves on a quest we call Empowering Kingdom Growth. I came to the Executive Committee to become EKG's first full-time national strategist nearly three years ago. Southern Baptists were insistent that EKG not become another slogan or program. Thus we have faced a challenge in our attempt to develop an EKG process without allowing it to become another program.

It is apparent when you look at the needs of our local churches and the lostness of our world that we need a spiritual awakening that revitalizes local churches and gives them a renewed passion for reaching the lost in their neighborhoods and around the world. Thus EKG is about spiritual awakening, and as such...

Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization

Editor's Note: God loves the Egyptians — all 76 million of them. You can love them too during this year's Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization, June 4. On that day, Southern Baptists and other Christians will unite their voices in prayer for the peoples of Egypt.

Next time you think of Egypt, don't think about King Tut and the pyramids. Instead, imagine you are:

• A university student, one of more than 2 million in Cairo alone. You're intelligent and ambitious, but what's the point of studying hard with so many graduates competing for so few career opportunities? So you hang out late in coffee shops with your friends. Last year you saw The Passion of the Christ when it played in local theaters. You've also heard about Jesus on satellite TV and the Internet. You want to know more, but who d...

Cooperation in Action

Nine months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the people and landscape of New Orleans, a tidal wave of Southern Baptist volunteers is still needed to help rebuild the historic city and surrounding areas.

In March, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) announced a $5 million, two-year rebuilding project called Project NOAH (New Orleans Area Hope), which will use Southern Baptist volunteer labor to rehab more than one thousand homes and twenty Baptist churches over the next two years. The program was slated to be up and running by the end of April.

"Project NOAH is a challenging plan that represents a new level of commitment and cooperation, because Southern Baptists should consider nothing less," the announcement said of the NAMB effort that will be coordinated in partnership with the Louisiana Baptist Convention and New Orleans-area Bapti...

Tuesday Morning, June 13

"I'm It" to Witness

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

8:00 Inspirational Music - Combined choir and orchestra, First Baptist Church Daytona Beach, Larry Black, interim music minister, Daytona Beach, FL, and First Baptist Church North Spartanburg, Mickey Henderson, minister of music & worship, Spartanburg, SC

8:10 Congregational Praise and Worship - Jim Whitmire, Convention music director, visiting professor of music & worship<...

Pastors' Conference
June 11-12, 2006
Greensboro, North Carolina

Sunday Evening, June 11, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Blended Worship in Greensboro Coliseum

Johnny Hunt, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA; Dick Lincoln, Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC; & Ed Young (Jr.), Fellowship Church, Grapevine, TX

Testimony by Chuck Kelley, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Monday Morning, June 12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions at the Sheraton at Four Seasons

Reaching Today's World Through Differing Views of Election: Al Mohler, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, & Paige Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Reaching Today's World Through Multi-Campus Churches: Ronnie Floyd, First Baptist Church...

On May 19, Columbia Pictures will release The Da Vinci Code — a movie based on the controversial novel by Dan Brown that challenges some of the most basic truths of the Christian faith.

In response to the movie, pastors will undoubtedly receive questions about the life of Jesus, the reliability of the four Gospels, and whether Jesus is truly God. To field these questions, pastors will need to know the plot of the movie and to what resources they can turn for reliable information on the issues raised in The Da Vinci Code.


Brown's novel, on which the movie is based, opens with the curator of the Louvre found murdered. Paris police call Harvard professor Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu to interpret a strange symbol left on the victim's body. As they investigate, Langdon and Neveu realize that the crime is linked to the legendary search for the Holy Grail.

When N...

Most have seen ABC TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where they tear down a house and rebuild it. Unfortunately, there has been another Extreme Makeover happening to the American home. Some are trying to tear down traditional marriage and redefine it.

Bible believing Christians were shocked as we witnessed the so called "Massachusetts marriages" and "San Francisco ceremonies" where two men or two women were "married" and kissed one another for the cameras. Homosexual activists have been very effective in promoting their extreme makeover of the family. From 1990-2000, the number of homosexual households has skyrocketed by more than 400 percent,1 and we are only one Supreme Court decision away from legalizing same-sex marriage all across America.

Allow me to offer a message outline and encourage you to challenge your church to stand for biblical marriage. In fact, you may e-mail me for a full text of this mes...

(Wrong Place, Right Time or Right Place, Wrong Time?)

Are you always ready to give an answer for what you believe? Doug Maravolo, from Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, was, and lives were changed!

I am a member of a great church, Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. Our pastor, Michael Lewis, is strong on evangelism training. But because of time constraints I had a lot of reasons not to enroll in the evangelism training offered by my church. I really didn't think this was an avenue where I would be comfortable serving. But with urging from the pastor and our singles director, along with much prayer, I enrolled. I have been in three semesters of training and have seen great things happen.

I found myself in an unfortunate circumstance. I was arrested on a probation violation from eighteen months previously for not making restitution on a misdemeanor case. As I sat in the county jail, I thought back on times when God had used my service to Him. I missed my worship times, church friends, and family,...

God told His children that they should plunder the Egyptians by taking what they needed to be successful on their journey. As a psychologist, I have used that principle - take from the secular to use for the spiritual - as long as it does not violate biblical authority, commands, or principle. I have had the privilege of visiting one of America's most successful enterprises, and I was able to look behind the magic curtain and travel underground to Mickey's domain inside the amazing "Wonderful World" of Walt Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Behind the magic, the sparkle, all the fantasy, all the fireworks, adventure, and discovery is one of the most impressive showcases of management you will ever see run by a mouse. I learned many valuable management principles from Mickey Mouse and his entire cast. This Mickey Mouse operation is more that flash and pixie dust. Here's the magic in a nutshell that this "dumbo" learned.

You must see the big pictu...

On the Road Again
With a Message of Hope for Those Trapped by Addiction

Ted Stone, who completed his third walk across America in 2000, will attempt his fourth crossing in June.

Stone, an evangelist from Durham, North Carolina, will use the walk to advance his ministry of hope to those trapped in substance abuse and to challenge churches to engage in helping others overcome addictions by having an open heart for broken people.

In June 2002, Stone announced his fourth trek would start in August of that year, crossing America east to west, setting out from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. However, doctors diagnosed colon cancer a few weeks later, causing cancellation of the walk; S...