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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Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:30

Revivals Don’t Work Anymore

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Sitting around a table with four leaders in our denomination a few years ago, the late Jim Coldiron was told, “Revivals don’t work anymore.”

When he asked the four where they had made their professions of faith each said in an embarrassing manner, “In...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:30

Bible Study for Mar. 25: The problem with work

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Eccl. 2:18-23Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

If you ask someone if they like their job, you are normally going to get one of two responses: “Oh, it’s a job… you know… you got to pay the bills.”  Or you’ll hear, “I love my job! I have a great job!&rdqu...

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By Timothy E. Head

DALLAS, Texas (BP) — Protecting children, youth, and other vulnerable groups – as well as responding well to reports from victims of abuse in churches and ministry organizations – will be topics covered during a free upcoming webcast sponsored by GuideStone.

Dalla...

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By Diana Chandler

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) — Gateway Seminary is cooperating with Facebook to show the school is not a “hate group” in efforts to boost a post describing the Bible as the ultimate authority.

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Facebook refused to boost a post linking Gateway President Jeff...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:42

The pride and benefits found in work

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In recent days it’s become known that many parents bribed college officials to admit their children into prestigious universities. This was done by arranging scholarships for a sport their child didn’t play or paying to give test scores a boost. The idea was that for their child to have...

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ATLANTA — Georgia Baptist Public Affairs Representative Mike Griffin quoted former President Ronald Reagan to open his testimony Thursday, March 14, in favor of House Bill 481, commonly known as the heartbeat bill.

“He said it this way,” stated Griffin. “We cannot diminish...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 04:13

Daily Bible Readings for March 16-31

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Saturday, March 16Numbers 24:1-25:18Luke 2:1-35Psalm 59:1-17Proverbs 11:14

Sunday, March 17Numbers 26:1-51Luke 2:36-52Psalm 60:1-12Proverbs 11:15

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

Tuesday, March 19Numbers 28:16-29:40Luke 3:23-38Psalm 62:1-12Proverbs 11:18-19

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Some years ago, I posted on “Reasons Young Leaders Shy Away from Established Churches.” Since publishing that post, though, I’ve seen more and more young leaders actually seek out established churches to lead. Here’s what they tell me when I ask about their renewed...

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By Diana Chandler

ROUND ROCK, Texas (BP) — Abby Johnson was “vulnerable.” Raised in a Christian pro-life home and a church that never really talked about abortion, she believed her employer Planned Parenthood was “a woman’s empowerment organization.”

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Then she...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 05:53

Saving as Many Heartbeats as Possible

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As many of you now know, the Georgia House passed House Bill 481, known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act. This legislation will outlaw abortions after a doctor has determined that there is a heartbeat. This bill, sponsored by Representative Ed Setzler and supported by Governor...

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As many of you know by now the Georgia House passed House Bill 481, known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act. This will outlaw abortions after a doctor has determined a heartbeat. This bill sponsored by Representative Ed Setzler and supported by Governor Brian Kemp passed...

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By Brandon Elrod

imageAcross North America, church planting missionaries with the North American Mission Board are bringing the hope of the gospel to Chinese immigrants who arrive in search of the American Dream. DALEY HAKE/NAMB

While working on a doctoral degree in China, John* ardently sought to uncover...

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Eccl. 2:12-17; 7:23-29Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

In 1984, the Lord led me to a small rural church in south Mississippi. After becoming pastor, I was told of an elderly man whose health was declining.  I was asked by his son to visit him and I did. 

As I sat in the kitchen of...

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MARIETTA – Years ago, while living in New Orleans, Ann Lampert waited outside an emergency room. There, she saw a scene that would lead to what her husband Andy deemed her “calling.”

While waiting for her own son to finish a project in the hospital that day, Lampert saw a Hispanic...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 06:04

Dean resigns after college blocks Chick-fil-A

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By Diana Chandler

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (BP) — A dean has resigned from Rider University because the school used Chick-fil-A’s Christian views of LGBT lifestyles to block the restaurant from locating on campus.

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The Lawrenceville, New Jersey university’s decision is an...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 05:07

Overcoming the fear

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I was never into skateboarding, but even I knew who Tony Hawk was in the 80s and 90s. Hawk is legendary to his sport, taking it places it hadn’t been before. Although it’s debated in skating circles as to who’s the best skater ever, it’s hard to debate a more influential one....

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 23:36

Heartbeat bill passes Georgia House

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ATLANTA — House Bill 481, which outlaws abortions after a doctor has determined a heartbeat, passed through the House of Representatives late Thursday night by a 93-73 vote and will proceed to the Senate before its chance to land on the desk of Governor Brian Kemp.

Kemp expressed strong...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 04:57

‘The Heartbeat Bill’ needs your help

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Today is one of the most hopeful days I have had in the State Capitol. We are grateful to Chairman Sharon Cooper and members of the Health and Human Services who passed “The Heartbeat Bill” (House Bill 481) out of their committee last night. We are also grateful that Governor...

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Pastor Rodney Brown of Trinity Baptist Church in Ashburn released a statement this afternoon to The Christian Index regarding the dismissal of a lay leader who admitted to several years ago committing sexual abuse against minors.

The entire statement is as follows:

3/7/2019

From the desk of Pastor...

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imagePastor Javier Chavez of Amistad Critiana International Church in Gainesville counted 39 of 41 North Georgia Hispanic congregations being represented at the Feb. 5 Listening Session. CRYSTAL PRADO/Special

GAINESVILLE— The first text hit Javier Chavez’s phone around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 02:42

Mayberry moments

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I was driving from Center Hill Lake in Tennessee, headed back home to Georgia, late in the summer of 2017. Our oldest grandchild, Abby, was riding with me. My wife, Jane, daughter Carrie, and Abby’s siblings, Melanie and Walt, were in another vehicle behind us.

I don’t know exactly where...

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imageThe large crowd for Pastors Day at the Capitol filled out the Empire Room in the James “Sloppy” Floyd Building in Atlanta on Feb. 26. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

ATLANTA — An address from Governor Brian Kemp highlighted the morning part of Pastors Day at the Capitol before an afternoon...

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) — Amid ongoing discussion of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, one SBC Executive Committee leader has resigned from the EC and another has noted some “stumbling out of the gate” as the convention seeks to confront abuse.

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On Monday evening Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone issued the following commentary regarding the ongoing conversation of addressing sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention. In it Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear and a former Georgia...

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imageDrone footage shows damage from an EF-4 tornado that struck Lee County, Alabama on Sunday, March 3. SCREEN GRAB/CNN

COLUMBUS — While two deadly tornadoes that killed at least 23 in Alabama left little damage in southwest Georgia, pastors in that part of the Peach State are preparing to...

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