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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Children at Houston Lake Baptist Church in Perry line up for one of the day’s VBS activities last summer. Nearly one fourth of the 100 children who attended made professions of faith at the three-day event. NICK CRAWFORD/Special

By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE (BP) — Back in the 1890s, a pair...

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The Sons of Jubal perform with Prom Praise at iconic Royal Albert Hall. SOJ/Special

The Sons of Jubal, an integral part of the Worship/Music Ministry of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, have completed their “Ignite Tour 2018” to Wales and England. The mass men’s choir and...

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Note: The Index welcomes letters and commentary from Georgia Baptists on the recent decision by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees regarding former president Paige Patterson.

I am writing to Southern Baptists. I am assuming that some of you follow issues that are happening within our...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:48

From Whence Cometh Our Help?

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Note: The Index welcomes letters and commentary from Georgia Baptists on the recent decision by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees regarding former president Paige Patterson.

I remember being a 15-year-old boy at the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 2009. I grew...

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Psalm 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Being “cast down” is the biblical way of saying, “I feel like I’m in such...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 03:17

‘This is not my first rodeo’

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Mac Brunson, pictured with his wife Debbie, is the new pastor at Valleydale Church in Birmingham. VALLEYDALE/Facebook

BIRMINGHAM — Southern Baptists from near and far have been watching and waiting to see just where Mac Brunson, who recently resigned as pastor of First Baptist Church of...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 02:01

Random thoughts on a Monday morning

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Have attitudes shifted toward gay marriages?

Last August Macon’s First Baptist Church of Christ, a church aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, voted to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in the church. The resolution passed via secret ballot voting with 73 percent of the 230...

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Students at Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee look to Janice Rogers for her response on the “Laurel-or-Yanny” debate Wednesday, May 16. Looking on in back is Bradley Thomas, associate pastor of youth. (For the record, Rogers heard “Laurel.” SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

HIAWASSEE &m...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 03:47

Unity in the midst of diversity

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Diversity is always a positive experience only if it is accompanied with respect, understanding, gratitude, and hope.

It is not a surprise to any of us that the United States has become a highly multicultural and ethnically diverse country. As a nation, America has embraced, through the years,...

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J. Robert White speaks to the Sons of Jubal and trip participants at Olney, the city where William Cowper and John Newton collaborated on the Olney Hymnal in the late 18th Century. Newton’s most famous hymn is “Amazing Grace.” EDDY OLIVER/Worship and Music Ministry

I recently...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 14:00

Bible Study for May 27: Keep Standing

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John Yarbrough, director of Alumni Affairs and Public Policy Truett McConnell University

Esther 8:18, 920-23

I love happy endings. My wife had me watch the movie “Steel Magnolias.” When we reached the end of the movie the happy ending wasn’t there. In the end the star dies and the...

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Alanna and Kyle Woodfin begin their current Lego buying spree at Sugarloaf Mills in suburban Atlanta. JOE WESTBURY/Index

ALAMO — What began as a spontaneous birthday party on the first anniversary of Joshua Woodfin’s death has grown into a multi-state ministry that is bringing smiles to...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:57

Chaplaincy: It’s all about presence

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Army chaplains not only complete all rigorous Army trainings with men and women in uniform but also offer spiritual counsel to Army members by putting people first, providing professional care and focusing on the fruit that comes from sharing the gospel. NAMB/Special

By Josie Rabbitt Bingham

FORT...

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imageOne of our outstanding Georgia Baptist churches, First Redeemer Church in Cumming, sent survey questions to those candidates who are running for governor, lieutenant governor and state school superintendent.

Our Georgia Baptist Public Affairs Committee requested The Christian Index to publish the...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:00

Six common problems with church bylaws

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By Thom Rainer

Church bylaws are a necessity, both from a legal and an organizational perspective. They provide the framework from which the organization exists and operates.

So, hear me well. I not advocating the elimination, eradication, or minimization of church bylaws.

But I am suggesting church...

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Mac Brunson will be speaking in view of a call as senior pastor this Sunday at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, AL. VALLEYDALE CHURCH/Special

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Valleydale Church has announced that Mac Brunson will be preaching in view of a call as senior pastor this Sunday, May 20. Brunson,...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 04:01

Don’t just watch the world pass by

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By Terry Sharp

NASHVILLE (BP) — I have many memories from growing up in East Tennessee. On hot summer days my friends and I would walk to the local grocery store to buy soft serve ice cream cones. As I recall, it was the best ice cream ever. After buying our treats, we’d then walk over...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 05:27

The best crop to cultivate is your heart

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I planted a garden this year. Even though I am 53 years old, I still like to play in the dirt. I like to cultivate things. It’s not a large garden by any means, but it’s mine.

What do you cultivate?

All of us try to grow something in our lives. For some, it’s our financial standing....

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A native of Peru who holds dual citizenship in the United States, Javier Chavez went to school at Lee University and Wheaton College before being a pastor and church planter in his home country for 13 years. In 2014 he returned to the U.S. and a year later launched Amistad Cristiana Gainesville....

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Warren Baptist Church in Augusta has tablets as well as standing kiosks to make giving as convenient as possible … as well as passing the offering plate for more traditional givers. JOHN BRYAN/Special

According to a survey on online giving, the number of American churches hosting online or...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 20:49

Daily Bible Readings: May 16-31

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

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

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

Saturday, May 19 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44 John 10:22-42 P...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 04:21

Evangelicals and Israel’s birthday

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As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence (May 14, 2018) we need to explain to others, and to remind ourselves, why many evangelicals fervently support Israel and the Jewish people.

According to Lifeway Research in Nashville, at least half of self-identified...

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If Southern Baptists were as zealous to share the message of salvation, as they are to hurl words of condemnation and denunciation at one another, life would be more peaceful, our ministries would be more fruitful, and the world would be more receptive to what we have to say.

Paige Patterson,...

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John Yarbrough, director of Alumni Affairs and Public Policy Truett McConnell University

Have you ever had someone doing you wrong? I am not talking about someone beating you to a parking spot at Walmart. I mean has anyone ever really done you, your family, your career, or your reputation wrong?

How...

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First Bossier Pastor Brad Jurkovich will nominate Ken Hemphill for SBC president.

From the Louisiana Baptist Messenger

BOSSIER CITY (LBM) – Brad Jurkovich, the 44-year-old pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana, has announced he will nominate Ken Hemphill for president of...

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