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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DULUTH — Life at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center generally consists of serving churches, encouraging pastors, preparing for ministry assignments, facilitating church plants, equipping church leaders, etc. But occasionally, the staff celebrates some personal blessing like an...

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Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), introduces the past presidents of the SBC and thanks them for their service to the convention June 13 during the opening session of the two-day SBC annual meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center. ADAM COVINGTON/Special

By David Roach

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Friday, 23 June 2017 05:24

Boost your spiritual immune system

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EL CAJON, CA (BP) — Everybody knows the principles for maintaining good physical health – nutritious food, exercise, pure water, lay off the junk food, plenty of sleep, healthy and loving relationships – right?

Yet one-third of Americans are now obese and another third are...

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Several Georgia Baptist associational missionaries gathered in Phoenix for the annual Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders meeting. Pictured left to right are: Greg Bentley, Altamaha/New Sunbury Association; Bobby Braswell, Middle Baptist Association; Ray Gentry, Southside Baptist...

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Georgia Baptist Convention President Thomas Hammond challenges messengers during his report at the 2016 Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting held at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah. Hammond recently announced “Win Georgia” as the theme for the 2017 annual meeting, to be held...

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Sandra McKown retired on June 11 after 60 years of service as organist at Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville. Pictured at the anniversary recognition are, left to right, Sandra and her husband, Donald, and Worship and Operations Pastor Terry Pearman. BBC/Special

DOUGLASVILLE — The year was...

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Texas pastor Dwight McKissic moved to bring his proposal on the “Alt-Right” to messengers on June 13. It was originally declined by the Resolutions Committee but after a grassroots call for its reconsideration the document was presented to messengers — but with the deletion of the...

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As The Freeze, former Shorter University track star Nigel Talton hasn’t been unbeatable, but close. TWITTER/@BeatThaFreeze

ATLANTA — It’s become the single most entertaining fan participation gig in sports. Lining up against the wall in left field, a fan gets a 200-foot...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:41

The most vital part of the worship experience

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Dennis Nunn, founder and president of Every Believer a Witness Ministries, shared the following story communicated to him by Jeremy Atwood, a pastor in Kentucky who had hosted a “Pastor Equipping Conference” in his church.

Nunn explained, “Jeannie Krebs, age 47, walked down the...

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It’s the proverbial “chicken-or-the-egg” kind of question: For Southern Baptists, which comes first – evangelism or church planting? It is true that all chickens hatch from eggs and all chicken eggs are laid by chickens but do we have a “causality dilemma” in the...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 06:02

Discovery and Recovery in Retirement

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By Frank Crumpler

Every minister knows, we assume, that he will someday retire. Yet, when that time actually arrives the reality may be disconcerting. Even with preparation and planning, many questions remain. What will I discover in this new phase of life? What, if any, opportunities...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 04:58

Bible Study for June 25: See Their Worth

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2 Samuel 11:1-9; 14-17 Levi Skipper, pastor Clermont Baptist Church, Concord

How do you learn lessons? Typically we learn by listening to what we should do, watching someone do it, and then actually doing it ourselves. We learn by good examples. But don’t miss the lessons you can learn from...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 04:20

Daily Bible Readings June 16-30

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Friday, June 16 1 Kings 15:25-17:24 Acts 10:24-48 Psalm 134:1-3 Proverbs 17:9-11

Saturday, June 17 1 Kings 18:1-46 Acts 11:1-30 Psalm 135:1-21 Proverbs 17:12-13

Sunday, June 18 1 Kings 19:1-21 Acts 12:1-23 Psalm 136:1-26 Proverbs 17:14-15

Monday, June 19 1 Kings 20:1-21:29 Acts 12:24-13:15 Psalm...

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Parker Gordy has been a mainstay at the BCM on campus ever since starting classes at Georgia Tech in the summer of 2016. SHERRI GORDY/Special

By Adam Wynn

Sherri Gordy, a member of Rincon First Baptist Church in Effingham County, had long pictured the day she would take her son off to college. It...

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Messengers raise their ballots Tuesday, June 13, to approve a request by the Resolutions Committee to present a resolution on “the anti-Gospel alt-right white supremacy movement” at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, on the last day of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the...

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At the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix I talked to a young pastor who was recently called to a church that was founded in the 1950s and within the last ten years had transitioned from a traditional style of worship to a more contemporary style of worship.

The young pastor indicated that he...

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My wife and I talk about how every family has their “thing.” It’s whatever sets you apart and makes you see life different from others. Your thing may be a job situation, caring for aging parents, or dealing with unruly neighbors. It could be something beyond your control; it...

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Speaking to CNN, Representative Barry Loudermilk (District 11, Cassville) explained that gunman James Hodgkinson turned his attention to the first base line dugout where Loudermilk and others sought cover shortly after opening fire Wednesday morning. By that time, said Loudermilk, he believes...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 01:58

SBC denounces ‘alt-right white supremacy’

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Karen Cunigan, weeps while her husband, Cecil, claps after a vote for a new resolution condemning the racism of the alt-right movement unanimously passed June 14. MATT JONES/BP

By Tom Strode

PHOENIX (BP) — Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting denounced...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 23:37

‘Ignorance of fire or intellect on ice’

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Johnny Hunt, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, gives a brief sermon June 13 during the afternoon session on the first day of the two-day Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center. Believers...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:00

A musical artist’s tribute to her father

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Shelly Johnson, a member of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, has become a noted Contemporary Christian songwriter and artist. Part of her work relays the pain and grief her family experienced when her father, Jerry, died from cancer. SHELLY JOHNSON/Special

WOODSTOCK — Shelly Edwards...

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Members of the Sons of Jubal record their latest CD, “Were You There?” at the group’s annual retreat in January. Proceeds from the CD will go toward the group’s mission trip in 2018 to Wales and England. EDDY OLIVER/GBMB

DULUTH — A newly-available CD featuring the Sons...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:45

Repentance is a life-giving word

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What do you think about when you hear the word ‘repent’?

For some, the word conjures up an image of a pompous person pointing his finger in your face and telling you what to do. However, repentance is actually a very good word. As a matter of fact, it is a life-giving word that can open...

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UPDATED: Ken Alford, pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Valdosta and Georgia’s only representative on the Resolutions Committee, posted on Twitter this morning the committee worked late to redraft a resolution on The Anti-Gospel of Alt-Right White Supremacy

PHOENIX —...

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Janice and I were on Lake Lanier the other day when all of a sudden she said, “Did you see that fish jump over there?”

I said, “No I didn’t see him, but I see the rings where he jumped.” Though I didn’t see the actual fish I did see the results of his impact on...

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