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

Christian Index - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 25 October 2018 07:51

Christian apologetics club wins free speech battle

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By Diana Chandler

KENNESSAW – A Christian apologetics group will be able to display pro-life and other messages freely at a state university, the result of a settlement reached through Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

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An Aug. 27 Ratio Christi display at Kennesaw State University in...

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Rome Shorter University’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Sport Management has been ranked among the Top 10 programs in the nation.

Sport-Management-Degrees.com ranked Shorter at No. 8 on its list of the Top 25 Best Sports Management Bachelor’s Degree Online...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 06:49

Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era

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Editor’s Note: This story was published yesterday prior to Game 2 of the World Series, won by Boston 4-2.

BOSTON – Luis Ortiz stepped into the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston 25 years ago to make his Major League debut with the Red Sox.

His career as a player,...

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Students worship in earnest as they turn their hearts to God. BPC photo

By Jerusha Yoder

Mt. Vernon – Andrew Murray once stated that “revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be...

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The Sardis Baptist Church, one of Georgia’s oldest churches, is beautifully situated in Wilkes County. FACEBOOK photo

RAYLE – Sardis Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Jim Newsome, celebrated 230 years of ministry in the spring and had an emphasis called, “Great Day...

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DULUTH — As ministry practices have changed, so have the methods by which to gauge their effectiveness, says Tim Smith.

Smith, Georgia Baptist Mission Board state missionary with Groups and Faith Development, looked at various criteria to determine the most effective congregations in the...

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The Faith and Freedom Coalition prepares and distributes thousands of non-partisan voter guides for concerned citizens.

Elections are important; and the midterm election on November 6th is one of the most critical in our history. Yes, I know I always say that, but I think America is getting ever...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:34

Jones releases study in Revelation

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WINDER — A 351-page commentary on the book of Revelation has been written by longtime Georgia Baptist pastor and state denominational specialist Shuford Jones. 

imageThe Revelation of St. John and the End of Planet Earth covers all 404 verses in the book of Revelation in...

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I’ve never, ever had a reason to root for Perdue. Saturday night the Boilermakers earned my fandom simply because they were playing Ohio State. The other reason came through Tyler Trent.

Like many, I was introduced to Tyler’s story that morning on ESPN’s College Gameday through Tom...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 07:27

Fall, family, friends

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EL CAJON, Calif. — This season of the year lends itself to gaining a renewed focus on what is important― not only for growing into a more intimate relationship with God but also to set aside time to let your family and friends know how much they mean to you.

I can’t prove this, of...

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While Joanna and I took a ghost walk with a ghoulish guide through a scary part of London one night, I wasn’t scared because I don’t believe in ghosts and goblins.  Although quite familiar with ye olde British prayer asking God to “deliver us from ghoulies and ghosties and...

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Mobs have been around for a long time. It was a cruel mob that called for the crucifixion of Jesus. Pilate suggested that Jesus should be chastised and released, because He had done nothing worthy of death, but in Luke 23:18 it says the mob “cried out all at once, saying, ‘Away with is...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 23:00

Bible study for Oct. 28: A Prayer of Surrender

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Matthew 6:10 (CSB—Matt. 6:10-11a); James 4:6-10, 13-17 Victor S. Lyons, pastor Second Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

Surrender is not a word that Americans like to use.

We recall the words of John Paul Jones, “I have just begun to fight.”

We remember the Alamo and the death of its...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:10

No easy task to serve up 76,500 meals in 9 days

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In this drone photography, Red Cross units, foreground, prepare to receive hot meals in red containers from the Georgia Baptist kitchen, background. A similar scenario was playing out on the other side of the parking lot where a kitchen was servicing The Salvation Army. BOB SPRINKEL/Special

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By Jerusha Yoder

MOUNT VERNON — Over 50 Brewton-Parker College students attended the third annual Lion’s Den Oct. 2. BPC’s Ministerial Association hosts this event each year where a panel of faculty and students from the Christian Studies department answer some of the toughest...

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By Trennis Henderson

DALLAS — Becky Ellison knows what it means to live one day at a time. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, she said a key question she seeks to live by is: “If I had one more minute and I wanted to live it like God wanted me to live it, what would that...

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DULUTH — Georgia Baptist associations fortunate enough to not experience the destruction of Hurricane Michael will be crucial in the ongoing rebuilding efforts of the southwestern part of the state.

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I believe it’s the worst storm to hit Georgia in [over 20 years],” Lang said.

The...

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By Jenny Gregory

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Dr. Robert Bowen and graduate student, Elise Lombard, demonstrate an experiment to prospective students. TMU

CLEVELAND –  This past week, Truett McConnell University (TMU) hosted its second STEM Day (science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics) for prospective...

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Springfield members Jerry and Cheri Harrell have begun a generator ministry to bring power to water wells throughout the Jakin Community. JOE WESTBURY/Index

JAKIN — The scene outside Springfield Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon was very misleading compared with what the congregation had...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 03:55

Reflecting on privileges, burdens of ministry

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By David Chancey

A church member recently had knee replacement surgery, and his procedure reminded me of an experience from my previous pastorate.

A senior lady chose to have both knee replacements done in the same operation because she planned to bounce back as quickly as possible to care for her...

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By Gerald Harris

ATLANTA – Kelvin Cochran, a fellow Georgia Baptist and current Chief Operating Officer of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, has won his case with the city of Atlanta. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who had represented Cochran in his lawsuit against former Atlanta...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:34

Bible Study for Oct. 21: A Prayer of Praise

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Matthew 6:9b; Psalm 96:1-9 Victor Lyons, PastorSecond Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

Who do you revere in your life?

What place does God hold in your life?

Honor and shame were important elements in the ancient world. Deeds that would bring honor were valued, and shame was to be avoided. Shame usually...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:32

God’s Grace Is Greater Than Our Past

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This post originally appeared on Gregg Potts’ blog on Oct. 16, 2018.

Recently I was talking with a person and the individual began telling me of the past indiscretions of a certain individual. I listened and I admit, it bothered me to hear some of these things. Hearing these things...

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This post originally appeared on Chuck Lawless’ blog on Monday, Sept. 17. 

Too many believers, I suspect, watch the news about victims of recent storms, but then fail to pray with compassion and fervor for them. Here are some practical ways to pray for them:

  1. Pray for peace and...

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The missing steeple, which tore a nearly 8-foot-hole in the roof, only hints of the destruction inside the sanctuary.The gaping hole allowed rain and wind to enter the building, compounding the damage. The back brick wall collapsed in the storm. KEITH BOWEN/Special

DONALSONVILLE — At least two...

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