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  • James Griffith, former Ga. Baptist exec, dies

    by Joe Westbury & J. Gerald Harris/The Christian Index, posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (3 years ago)

    PALMETTO, Ga. (BP) -- James H. "Jim" Griffith, 89, executive director emeritus of the Georgia Baptist Convention, died May 7 at Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City, Ga. He had been admitted to the facility the previous Wednesday in failing health. Read More

  • Ga. Baptist missions-ministry center now debt-free

    by Staff/Georgia Christian Index, posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury/Christian Index
    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The debt on the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center has been paid in full by a $25 million gift from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation.

    The announcement of the gift, which relieves the convention of an annual $1.6 million debt obligation, was made during the GBC Executive Committee's March 10 meeting at the Atlanta-area center in Duluth, which opened in September 2006. Read More

  • Atlanta fire chief fired over pro-family book

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated following a city investigation into a book he wrote that calls homosexual behavior immoral and upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, a cooperating church with the Georgia Baptist Convention. A two-time Atlanta fire chief, Cochran also served as U.S. Fire Administrator under President Obama from 2009-10.

    Mayor Kasim Reed said Jan. 6 that Cochran's failure to obtain proper city permission to publish the book and his refusal to remain silent about the matter during an investigation contributed to the firing. Read More

  • Atlanta fire chief gets Baptists' defense

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are rallying to defend Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has been suspended without pay for a month and ordered to undergo sensitivity training over a book he wrote that upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Ga. Baptists cut budget, plant new churches

    by Joe Westbury/The Christian Index, posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (4 years ago)

    MACON, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptists launched a church planting partnership in Augusta and decreased their budget to its lowest level in 17 years during the 193rd annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More