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

Apologetic Report - Christian Index

By Jason K. Allen

KANSAS CITY, MO(BP) — The Cooperative Program ought not be a sacred cow, but it is close to one for me. Begun by Southern Baptists nearly a century ago, it has proven to be a most effective and enduring way to support our collective ministry and mission work. I often...

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Al Davis, retired associational missionary for Northwest Georgia and Lookout Valley Baptist associations, died March 17. He was 89.   

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Al Davis

Davis served from September 1970 to March 1993 as an associational missionary. In addition, he was a volunteer with Georgia Baptist Disaster...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:01

Bible Study for March 26: Victorious Faith

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Hebrews 11:1-6 Bucky Kennedy, evangelist 

Christians, at times, can make the simplicity of the Gospel anything but simple. In 30 years of ministry I’ve seen some of the most convoluted interpretations of faith one could imagine. From formulas to chants, people (professing...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:41

Why Telling the Truth Matters

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Truth has taken quite a hit lately. The press has created two new terms to describe our untruthful habits: fake news and alternate facts. Everyday we encounter dishonest politicians, salespeople, strangers, friends, and sadly, even church people. I’m sad to say that, yes, even preachers fall...

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Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, speaks in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life on Jan. 26. On March 20, Moore and the ERLC Board released statements asking for unity in the Southern Baptist Convention stemming from controversy over several issues...

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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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Crimson Ridge, a men’s singing group with a country style, led worship for the group of 450-500 men at the conference. GERALD HARRIS/Index

MINERAL BLUFF — God is forever looking for men who will stand tall for Him in a world tending toward chaos. In Ezekiel 22:30 God said, “I...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 05:18

Robust and Relevant

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Merriam-Webster defines these two terms this way:

robust– a: having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health; b: having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness; c:  strongly formed or constructed

relevant – a: having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand;...

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The French term “laissez faire” means “leave it alone.” The phrase epitomized the 19th century economic and political philosophy in the English-speaking world. It calls for and supports a “hands-off”’ policy on the part of government.

In the...

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Georgia Baptist public policy spokesman Mike Griffin, seated at near right, testifies March 16 on HB 118, which seeks to legalize daily fantasy sports to Georgia. TOM RUSH/Special

Yesterday, March 16, Georgia Baptist Mission Board Public Affairs Representative Mike Griffin testified before the...

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Numerous ethnicities gathered March 13-15 at Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon for the annual Intercultural Leadership Conference. INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES/Special

MACON — Approximately 100 Georgia Baptist pastors and their spouses representing numerous nations and ethnicities...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:53

How Russell Moore Assisted the LGBTQ agenda

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By Thomas Littleton

An Open Letter to Dr. Russell Moore:

I write this letter to you, Dr. Moore, at a time when your reputation within the SBC has taken a turn. Being aware that many voices are joining the public discourse, I wanted to hit pause in the critique and appeal to you directly and openly. I...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 01:40

March Mildness?: Americans share views on sports

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP) — Thanks to wild buzzer beaters and unbelievable upsets, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has become known as March Madness. For most Americans, however, their attitude toward sports is more mild than mad.

A study released from LifeWay Research March...

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There are three reasons a pastor, and for that matter any professing Christian, should be a teetotaler: because of the Social Impact, the Scriptural Injunctions, and the Spiritual Influence. In a previous article we covered the social impact of alcohol. We turn our attention now to the next point.

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Steve Parr, state missionary in staff coordination and development, talks about U2019, an effort to reach children and youth in Georgia with Gospel, alongside Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White. The presentation came at the Executive Committee meeting held March 14 in...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:14

Daily Bible Readings: March 16-31

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Thursday, March 16 Numbers 24:1-25:18 Luke 2:1-35 Psalm 59:1-17 Proverbs 11:14 Friday, March 17 Numbers 26:1-51 Luke 2:36-52 Psalm 60:1-12 Proverbs 11:15

Saturday, March 18 Numbers 26:52-28:15 Luke 3:1-22 Psalm 61:1-8 Proverbs 11:16-17

Sunday, March 19 Numbers 28:16-29:40 Luke 3:23-38 Psalm 62:1-12 Pr...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:45

Bible Study for March 19: Victory over Sin 

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Romans 6:4-14 Bucky Kennedy, evangelist 

The doctrine of regeneration is often lost in a culture driven by emotion and the preaching of self-help and felt-needs. Regeneration is the act of God providing the individual believer with a new spiritual vitality and direction to their lives when...

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Dr. Robert S. Bowen, Dean of STEM and Associate Professor of Physiology stands in the TMU biology lab. TMU/Special

By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND — The Truett McConnell University (TMU) Pilgram Marpeck School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) announces its...

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I recently had the wonderful opportunity to attend worship at Clarkston International Bible Church. This amazing congregation is made up of people from all over the world who have come to live in the Clarkston community.

It is often said that Clarkston is the most ethnically diverse square mile in...

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Much-needed attention has been given over the past few weeks in regards to stopping casino legislation. However, while this has been happening, most people have not noticed that the legislation regarding the legalization of internet sports gambling (Daily Fantasy Sports) has been flying through the...

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Frank Gillespie lettered in three major sports at Clemson in the 1940s, earning 11 letters in all. GILLESPIE FAMILY/Special

WINSTON – Frank Irvin Gillespie’s last year playing football at Clemson was 1949. That was 20 years before Dabo Swinney, coach of Clemson’s 2016 National...

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The following column first appeared at Baptist Press on Feb. 15, 2010.

By R. Albert Mohler Jr.

LOUISVILLE, KY (BP) — The publishing world sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published...

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Megan and Daniel Peavy hold the T-shirt quilt presented on the last Wednesday night, March 8, of Daniel’s service as student minister at First Baptist Church in Jackson. The quilt was made up of 25 shirts from nine years’ worth of camps, mission trips, and other events from First...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 05:23

TobyMac and Me

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The TobyMac Hits Deep Tour stopped at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth Thursday night and made a fan out of Index Editor Gerald Harris. GERALD HARRIS/Index

I went to the Hits Deep Tour featuring TobyMac Thursday night at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. I didn’t go alone, but with my family...

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By David Roach

LAUREL, MD (BP) — The president of a network of some 4,000 predominantly African American Southern Baptist churches has issued an open letter urging reconciliation between Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and those threatening to withhold...

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