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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As I sat and chatted with Pastor Gerald Gibson, I couldn’t help but be excited in my spirit. He represents what I’m seeing as a growing number of pastors, particularly in African American church settings, who are realizing that it takes more than good preaching and good music to reach...

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“I never wanted to just be a part of church that just does church on Sunday and goes away,” says Gerald Gibson, pastor of Grace Temple Christian Church in Decatur. “I’ve always thought about church ministry as a community that happens to do church.” GTCC/Special

The...

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Jeff Broggans (not his real name) and his family will be using Crossover Phoenix as a family mission trip in June. BROGGANS FAMILY PHOTO/Special

LYONS — Jeff Broggans (not his real name) and his family have added a new dimension to their summer vacation which they hope will become a tradition:...

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In this file photo from 2015, literacy ministry volunteer Anne Parks, right, uses objects in her English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) lesson plans. SUE HENSON/Special

Increasing one’s reading ability can not only change an individual. The ripple effects stretch across generations.  

Barbara...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 04:31

Down Memory Lane

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In April of 1967 – 50 years ago – I was called to pastor Newport Baptist Church near Morehead City, NC. I had pastored a church in Raleigh during most of my seminary days at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, but the Newport church was the first one to call me...

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I love people with ambition, drive, determination, and vision. Tim Riordan, pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church in Newnan, is just that kind of person.

image He has written, “When I was nineteen years old I made a list of 100 things I wanted to do in my life.” Some of those things were rather...

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Fred Lodge, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Blairsville, and Chidren’s Minister Debbie Braswell, register for the May 18 conference. They were accompanied by fellow staff minister and Minister of Music Ed Lawrie. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Johnny Hunt may not know everything about pastoring,...

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Summer, in my mind, is a beautiful word. When I was growing up, summer was the season I cherished the most.

The reason was clear; school is out in the summer. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy school, it’s just that in our home, summer was the season we got to spend more time together....

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A tractor prepares to turn onto a dirt road and enter the cow pasture behind O’Quinn Baptist Church in Screven County. GOOGLE MAPS/Special

SCREVEN — O’Quinn Baptist Church typifies many congregations you’d find in Georgia. Situated in a rural area, a two-lane paved...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 05:12

More than good deeds

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By Diana Davis

PENSACOLA, FL(BP) — Have you noticed? “Doing good” is in style.

It may be called “paying it forward” or community service. Clubs do it to help their community. Universities or businesses may encourage students or employees to do it. Fundraisers,...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:51

Deep in the heart of Appalachia

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Mac Stricklin, director of the Big A Club at First Baptist Church in Hampton, TN, directs children on a recent afternoon. GEORGIA WMU/Special

HAMPTON, TN — There are vast areas of the Appalachian Region that are poverty stricken. The mountains of Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia,...

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Recently, The Atlanta Journal Constitution website ran: “Vacuum cleaner used as a weapon in DeKalb road rage, cops say.” (www.ajc.com, April 24, 2017).

Chamblee police said a 24-year-old woman used a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner as a weapon against a driver who approached her car and banged...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:44

Bible Study for May 21: Life in the Community

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Matthew 25:34-40 Levi Skipper, senior pastor Concord Baptist Church, Clermont 

Following the rapture of the New Testament Church, the world will experience a tribulation period unlike anything ever faced. What seems to be a positive move for Jews during this time turns negative in a...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:27

A red Ferrari is nice; God’s gifts are better

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I don’t know anything about cars but I know a nice one when I see it. This was a nice one. It was a red Ferrari. When I looked at it, I saw a little bit of myself. Now before you bail out on me for comparing myself to a Ferrari, just hang on.

I don’t see cars like this where I live....

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“We will be developing prayer teams for Sunday morning and establishing prayer summits for our deacons and leadership,” says Josh Saefkow, new pastor at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville. FCBC/Special

FAYETTEVILLE — Flat Creek Baptist Church got a Christmas present...

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State Missionary Ben Lang, who serves in Church Planting Ministries, details lostness in Georgia. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Does Georgia, affectionally regarded as the buckle on the Bible Belt, really need another church?

Couples considering their callings as church planters explored that question at a...

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) — Theologians of all ideological stripes agree Walter Rauschenbusch was a key figure in 20th-century Baptist history and that his 1917 book A Theology for the Social Gospel marked an important juncture in the social gospel tradition.

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The impact of theologian Walter...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:41

What Happened to the Third Stanza?

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By Freddie Smith

I grew up in church singing the hymns of the church, but often wondered why we generally neglected to sing the third stanza. The third stanza has as much Gospel in it as the others. Here is the third stanza of the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross,” written by Rev. George...

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At left Jeff Daniels, moderator of Northwest Georgia and Lookout Valley Baptist associations, reads an expression of appreciation for Eddy and Becky Rushing. NORTHWEST GA/LOOKOUT VALLEY ASSOCIATIONS/Special

ROCK SPRINGS — On Sunday, April 30, Northwest Georgia Baptist Association and Lookout...

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A cyberattack that began last Friday on computers in 150 countries has reinforced the need for organizations, including churches, to be vigilant in maintaining online security.  

Malicious software called WanaCrypto0r 2.0, or WannaCry, infiltrated computers around the world with ransomware, a...

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Just as surely as the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz leads to the Emerald City, the Primrose Path of liberalism leads to destruction.

In case you are not familiar with the phrase “primrose path,” let me enlighten you with a worthy definition. A primrose path equates to a life of...

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Ordained ministers not serving as pastors, click here for a larger version.

A list of ordained ministers who are not currently serving as pastors and who are certified by a Georgia Baptist church or association and a list of full-time evangelists certified by a Georgia Baptist church will be...

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Last week, two more stories from airlines provide even more evidence that civility is on the decline.

On Monday night a riot occurred at the Spirit Airlines gate at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Angry customers protested Spirit’s cancellation of nine flights. Then on Tuesday, a...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: May 16-31

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Tuesday, May 16 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24 John 8:31-59 Psalm 112:1-10 Proverbs 15:12-14

Wednesday, May 17 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15 John 9:1-41 Psalm 113:1-114:8 Proverbs 15:15-17

Thursday, May 18 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29 John 10:1-21 Psalm 115:1-18 Proverbs 15:18-19

Friday, May 19 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44 John 10:22-42 Ps...

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This commentary is the third in a three part series on developing an effective church ministry. If you have not read the previous two installments, please check them out on our website. Click here to read the first installment and here for the second

These twelve steps are observations I have...

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