But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Rod Hampton sits in the Life With Purpose Radio studio on the third floor of the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth and is part of the LWP team. He was one of six state missionaries on the Communications team who received an award for professional excellence in national...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:00

What To Do When You Disagree

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Lately, Pastor Marc Minter and I have used The Christian Index to walk through our differing views (hopefully, we have represented those with our views well). I believe this interaction may prove beneficial for Southern Baptists because it may give us some guidelines for future...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:00

The coming persecution of the American church

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Christians are being ignored and marginalized in America, ridiculed in industrialized nations, driven underground and persecuted in multiple countries, and slaughtered by militant terrorists and rogue regimes in Africa and Southeast Asia.

On Palm Sunday, two Coptic Christian churches were targeted...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:56

Bible Study for April 23: Life in Christ

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Luke 9:18-26
Bucky Kennedy, evangelist

“The fact is, only one person ever lived the Christian life; it was Jesus, and He did so to the pleasure and glory of His Father.” ~ Luke 3:21-22; 9:28-35

Having fleshed out the perfect life in undeviating obedience to the will of God, ‘He...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:29

Barny B: Unveiled Hopeful

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By Marc Minter, Senior PastorFirst Baptist Church, Diana, TX

When I wrote my public reaction to Brad Reynolds’ debut of “Bobby and Bonnie Baptist” I was not thinking about an ongoing public dialogue with a university professor. I merely hoped to exemplify what I believe is an often...

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The Georgia Baptist Convention voted in its annual meeting in November in Savannah to grant the African American Fellowship a seat on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Jean Ward, as president of the group, now represents the Fellowship on the policy-making body. JOE...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 09:56

Home: a place of love, comfort, and rest

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By Kathy Mims

The Georgia Baptist Children’s Home is a place I had “heard of” for years and, like many others, assumed it was a place for children who were orphans or growing up in troubled homes. About 12 years ago my church began serving one week each summer at Camp Hawkins, a...

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“Exciting day at Northside Baptist Church in Valdosta,” reported Pastor Robby Foster. “This is the 9:00 service. Had over 1300 for Worship, and 525 for Friday night service.” FACEBOOK/Special

New steps brought new results for churches, as well as new beginnings for many...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:41

Using the Amazon as an example

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With numerous smaller tributaries contributing, the Amazon River becomes a marvel to behold. WIKIPEDIA COMMONS/Special

For years there has been some debate as to the source of the Amazon River. Throughout the 1700s, the Maranon River in northern Peru was thought to be the Amazon’s source....

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 22:45

Daily Bible Readings: April 16-30

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Sunday, April 16 Joshua 13:1-14:15 Luke 18:1-17 Psalm 85:1-13 Proverbs 13:7-8

Monday, April 17 Joshua 15:1-63 Luke 18:18-43 Psalm 86:1-17 Proverbs 13:9-10

Tuesday, April 18 Joshua 16:1-18:28 Luke 19:1-27 Psalm 87:1-7 Proverbs 13:11

Wednesday, April 19 Joshua 19:1-20:9 Luke 19:28-48 Psalm 88:1-18 Prove...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:12

Churches are using tents for their events 

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The tents come in three sizes and can ignite significant interest in an event you are hosting under the “canvas tabernacle”.

DULUTH – There are 79 verses in the Bible about “tents”. The Hebrew word pronounced “oh-hale” means “a tent,” more...

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Georgia Baptists will join with other like-minded residents on April 21 to stand for shared values such as biblical-based marriage and religious freedom. WSWG/Special

ATLANTA — Georgia Baptists concerned about the erosion of their religious freedoms will want to attend two important events set...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 05:12

Is your church an incubator or a refrigerator?

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An incubator, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is an apparatus designed with a controlled warm temperature to nurture new or sick babies for special care and protection.  In other words, it is a place conducive to the growth and health for those fortunate enough to be in that...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:47

Bobby meets Barnabas Baptist

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A few weeks ago I wrote an article introducing Bobby Baptist. This past week pastor Marc Minter wrote a reply, introducing Barnabas Baptist. Since, Marc specifically mentioned my article, and me and since this conversation seems to be helping others understand the positions represented in SBC, I...

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The recently-constructed balcony at Victory Baptist Church came as a result of the church’s phenomenal growth. VBC/Special

ROCKMART — Victory Baptist Church in Rockmart has expanded their facilities once again. On May 18, 2014 the church moved into their new worship center that seated...

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A smiling L.R. Scarborough pauses after being hit by a snowball on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. Scarborough served as president of the seminary from 1914-1942. Recently, the institution’s undergraduate school, The College at Southwestern, was renamed Scarborough College in his honor....

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State convention leaders from across the country gathered at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City to discuss and strategize for revitalizing plateaued and declining Southern Baptist churches. This marked the fourth year for the state revitalization network meeting. BP/Special

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:18

Orville Rogers – One remarkable man

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FORT WORTH — You will never meet a more remarkable man than Orville Rogers. Today he is 99 years old, a competing athlete, and a world record holder in track and field championships.

He is the oldest man to run a 10-minute mile. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at an altitude of...

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Attend a student ministry conference, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear a particular grumble.  

The relationship between senior pastor and youth minister can be tricky. One is the face of the church, the one where the buck stops. The other leads the...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:33

9 lessons I’m learning in transition

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After nearly 18 years as senior pastor at the same church in northwest Georgia, I’ve relocated to a new congregation in a growing area in Metro Atlanta. It was a move I prayed about and anticipated for quite a while. Nevertheless, the transition has not been as easy as I thought. Here...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:17

Bible Study for April 16: He Is Risen

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Luke 24:1-8, 36-40 Bucky Kennedy, evangelist

When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He paid the penalty for or sins. But when He arose from the grave He broke the power of sin. Some people, mostly intellects and gnat-chasers, will engage those events carrying the most significance. This is kind of...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 05:21

Fear and Great Joy: A resurrection meditation

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So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Matthew 28:8 (ESV)

It’s a strange mixture. We don’t usually hear about people being afraid and joyful at the same time. It’s always one or the other. Either someone is afraid or they are...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 02:32

Meet 90-year-old pastor Maurice Crowder

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Maurice Crowder chats with Don Startup, worship pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville. Crowder, pastor of Big Horse Creek Baptist Church near Millen, was in Cartersville visiting his children and grandchildren. GERALD HARRIS/Index

CARTERSVILLE — He looks good. He says he...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 00:19

I need an explanation

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When children’s lives are at stake, writes Index Editor Gerald Harris, does it make a difference the context that places them in danger? SCREEN GRAB/CNN

Witnesses stated and worldwide media reported that warplanes attacked the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria last Tuesday morning,...

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Jon Duncan, state missionary in Worship and Music Ministries, rehearses the Jubalheirs prior to Crescent City Praise at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. The Jubalheirs, a women’s chorus comprised of Georgia Baptists, recently took a mission trip to New Orleans the week of March 5....

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