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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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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Monday, 04 March 2019 05:05

Don’t be a sore loser

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In the movie “On the Waterfront,” Terry Malloy was a dockworker who had been a promising young prizefighter until a mob-connected union boss instructed him to deliberately lose a fight he could have won.

Later Terry found his own life in danger and was in anguish about having thrown the...

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EDITOR’S NOTE: March 3-10 is the Southern Baptist Convention’s Week of Prayer and Mission Study for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.

The books of Luke and Acts, which were originally one volume, are like a hand and a glove. In Luke, we see the shape of the...

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By Brandon Elrod

MADISON, Wis.— Home of a population described by some reports as less religious than Los Angeles, Madison, Wis., has become a hub of secularism in the United States. In the middle of the city lies the University of Wisconsin where 40,000 college students navigate a campus...

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As a youth ministry professor, I’m always encouraging my youth ministry majors to pursue opportunities to intern or volunteer to gain youth ministry experience. It’s interesting to me how my view of college students in ministry has changed since living in a college town. When I served...

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Eccl. 2Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

The leisure industry is big business in America. Lots of money is spent on recreational vehicles, boats, jet-skis, time-shares, and kids travel-ball. All of this money is spent in an attempt to have fun. 

There is nothing wrong with having some...

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By Myriah Snyder

COLUMBUS and EAGLE’S LANDING – Christian education is vital because of one word – worldview. That’s the opinion shared by the heads of two Christian schools, both ministries of Georgia Baptist churches.

Last month, Christian education came under fire,...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:00

Still thankful for my Christian education

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Eight and a half years ago, a much more naive version of myself stood up at my high school graduation and said this in a speech:

“Attending Eastwood Christian Academy was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. It has been worth every sacrifice my mom and I have made… It means...

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Last Sunday I drove to rural Floyd County to join Pastor Richard McGinnis and The Refuge Church for worship. Normally I communicate with the pastor ahead of time as to my visit, just in case he’s not preaching that Sunday. I didn’t do that this time, though, finding The Refuge on Floyd...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 05:46

Daily Bible Readings for March 1-15

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Friday, March 1Leviticus 24:1-25:46Mark 10:13-31Psalm 44:9-26Proverbs 10:20-21

Saturday, March 2Leviticus 25:47-27:13Mark 10:32-52Psalm 45:1-17Proverbs 10:22

Sunday, March 3Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:1-54Mark 11:1-26Psalm 46:1-11Proverbs 10:23

Monday, March 4Numbers 2:1-3:51Mark 11:27-12:17Psalm 47:1-9P...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 03:28

A relevant motto

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By Nancy Turner

MESQUITE, Texas(BP) – “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One) was the national motto adopted by Congress in 1782. This Latin phrase, inscribed in the Great Seal of the United States, referred to the formation of one nation from 13 colonies.

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Although diverse...

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imagePastor Rodney Owens of First Baptist Church in Ty Ty was among those offering their testimony of the impact The Big Invite had on their Easter services. RODNEY OWENS/Facebook

DULUTH — This Sunday, March 3, marks seven weeks until Easter. As such, it’s the perfect time for churches to...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:28

Harbin introduces RFRA bill to Georgia Senate

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imageSenator Marty Harbin introduces SB 221, the Religious Freedom Act, this afternoon, Feb. 27. At right Georgia Baptist Public Affairs representative Mike Griffin holds up a copy of the bill as he leave the Capitol.

ATLANTA — Senator Marty Harbin (R-16), has introduced SB 221, the Religious...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:00

Churches named by Greear in abuse report respond

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) — After a workgroup of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee released a statement Feb. 23 on 10 churches noted by SBC President J.D. Greear in a report on sexual abuse, Baptist Press attempted to contact the churches for their response.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 04:12

Tebow sports film not 'predictable cliche'

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Tim Tebow, a devout Christian who also happens to be an NFL veteran, Heisman Trophy winner, and professional baseball player, now takes on a new challenge: the world of cinema.

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Along with brother Robby, Tebow has produced “Run the Race,” a dramatic film aimed at both...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 01:02

SBC bylaws workgroup releases sexual abuse response

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NASHVILLE (BP) — Following a called meeting via extended conference calls on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 22-23), members of the SBC Executive Committee bylaws workgroup have released a statement responding to SBC President J.D. Greear’s report earlier this week on sexual abuse.

In his...

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ATLANTA — The Living Infants Fairness & Equality (LIFE) Act, which recognizes life as beginning at conception and prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been determined, will receive support from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Public Affairs...

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DULUTH — Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr., has announced four more listening sessions to gather feedback by pastors. Three of those sessions will be held at churches whose congregations are not majority Anglo.

imagePastor Jay Chambers, 21, of Parkview Baptist...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 03:50

Chick-fil-A the church

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By Keith Shorter

Nearly every time I go to Chick-fil-A, it makes me want to be a better pastor.

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As I enjoy my chicken sandwich, I’m always impressed by something. The way they conduct their business and serve their customers fascinates me. The culture they have created is unlike...

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NASHVILLE (BP) — As U.S. lawmakers continue to debate the best approach to illegal immigration, most Protestant pastors say the solution should be multifaceted, according to a study released Feb. 20.

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LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Protestant pastors Jan. 14-30 on their views on...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 00:27

Bible Study for Mar. 3: When life feels empty

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Eccl. 1Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

What is the meaning of life? 

That’s a question man has asked through the ages. The question is often phrased this way; “What is my purpose in life?” or, “What is the purpose of life?” 

In 1992, Ross Perot, a...

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imageLead Pastor John Hull sits behind the binder containing all of Eastside Baptist Church’s safety protocols. Since spring 2016, Hull estimates the church has put up to $400,000 towards various training, programs, and other costs for its campus and child safety efforts. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

MARIET...

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