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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Pastor Neal Hager, holding balloon, was honored last spring for his 30 years of service at Southside Baptist Church in Camilla. Hager’s experience, he says, has shown him the importance of a church working toward change in order to reach others with the gospel of Christ. SBC/Special

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:05

Seven things that happen when pastors blame others

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This post originally appeared on Chuck Lawless’ blog on Nov. 26. 

As a pastor, I really do understand. Ministry is hard, and some people in churches never get on board. Even Jesus’ 12 disciples had one who never truly followed Jesus; in fact, he turned on the Messiah....

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:00

Hatred, racism, forgiveness

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EASLEY, S.C. (BP) – Do you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like.

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Keith Shorter

His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on June 15, 2015, at Mother...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 23:39

Tiny ‘beka’ stone helps confirm, clarify Scripture

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By David Roach

JERUSALEM (BP) — Archaeologists’ discovery of a small weight from the period of Israel’s monarchy helps confirm the Old Testament system of weights and the existence of Solomon’s Temple, two Southern Baptist archaeologists say.

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A 3,000-year-old stone weight...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 05:31

Discipling goats

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A conversation with Evangelist Jon Reed is always good for an idea about an editorial. He recently told me he was going to write a book on “discipling goats.” He was referring to the difficulty most churches have in getting their members to evangelize or go soul-winning. He said,...

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In 1971, under the ministry of then-Pastor Furman Lewis, the congregation moved across Highway 197 to property it owned to construct the current sanctuary. Four other expansion projects followed through 2017. BBC/Special

CLARKSVILLE — The year was 1818 and in early January, Andrew Jackson left...

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By Paul Baxter

Stephen Hawking followed in the oversized footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton (holding for three decades “Newton’s Chair” at Cambridge University deemed “perhaps the most prestigious ‘chair’ in science”).  Hawking left his own super-sized marks...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:38

Canup called to First Baptist Church High Falls

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By Gerald Harris

HIGH FALLS – Earlier this month Glenn Canup was called as pastor of First Baptist Church of High Falls. Prior to his call to the High Falls church, Canup was serving as executive pastor of Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon.

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Glen Canup has distinguished himself as a staff...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 05:42

No Spartan, but thankful … aches, pains, and all

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NASHVILLE (BP) —  The back brace I wore much of this summer is now collecting dust in the garage. That chair I had to sit on for weeks in the shower is somewhere in a garbage dump. And my running routine has for the most part returned —  though I’m more sore on some...

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On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision that same-sex couples are guaranteed the right to marry by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

I knew that once...

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American missionary John Allen Chau apparently was killed this month by the Indian people group he sought to reach with the gospel. Screen capture from CNN.

By David Roach

ANDAMAN ISLANDS, India (BP) — The last reported sighting of American missionary John Allen Chau was Nov. 17. Fishermen...

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By Tony Perkins

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If you think the malls are busy at Christmas, you should see the attorneys! From mangers to pageants, the secular crowd is already gearing up for another flurry of complaints about anything remotely religious. At one Virginia school, the turkey hadn’t even been...

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When Democratic Congressman Chuck Schumer introduced the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993, it’s highly doubtful he could imagine the shock of someone today reading the first half of this sentence. It’s also doubtful he could have conceived of the way such...

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Senior Pastor Bryant Wright, joined by his wife Anne, talks about the journey that led to his announcing Sunday, Nov. 25 of the beginning of the search process for his successor. Wright has been the only pastor at the church, which began in 1981 in an Atlanta...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:30

Bible Study for Dec. 2: Isaiah’s prophecy

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Isaiah 7:10-14; 9:6-7; 11:1-5 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

In a sense, God introduced the idea of Christmas in the Garden of Eden. In pronouncing the punishments on Adam, Eve, and the serpent (Genesis 3:14-19), God told the serpent, “I would put hostility between you and...

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Georgia Baptist Convention President Mike Stone preaches at the Monday evening session in this file photo, filling in for Arkansas evangelist David Miller. This story focusses on Stone’s Tuesday afternoon Convention Sermon. SCOTT BARKELY/Index

WARNER ROBINS — Outgoing Convention...

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From time to time The Christian Index gets some gracious communications for which we are eternally grateful. Last week we received an email from a dear friend and supporter of our publication. His name is Mariano Pidlaoan. He is a member of Pinehurst Baptist Church in Columbus.

Mariano was born at...

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Farley returned to UGA in time to participate in the group’s BCM winning the Confluence Cup for the first time this Fall. The competitive event included a 3K race, backpacks collection, school spirit, and relay. They lost the backpacks element but still collected 191 for disadvantaged...

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Mason Welch has more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving that she has fingers to count her blessings on, she says. JOE WESTBURY/Index

This is the final installment in a five-part series of Thanksgiving Week conversations with survivors of Hurricane Michael. The interviews, titled...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:12

Five reasons to give thanks

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I really appreciate people who live in the atmosphere of thanksgiving and are quick to express gratitude for not only the slightest benefit or blessing, but for every circumstance in life.

God’s will is for us to be appreciative of everything that comes our way, because He is orchestrating...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:10

Surviving Michael: “Thankful for God’s grace”

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Ronnie and Jennifer Welch could not image where the leaks were suddenly coming from through their ceilings. Then the storm peeled off sections of the room exposing them to the nighttime fury of the rain and wind. JOE WESTBURY/Index

This is the fourth in a five-part series of Thanksgiving Week...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 04:42

Be thankful together

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By Autumn Wall

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) — Thanksgiving is a great time to remind our hearts of the importance of expressing our gratefulness to God and to each other. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18tells us, we’re to be “thankful in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 21:25

Surviving Michael: “Thankful for being alive”

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Carlos Aguilar and his wife, Nell, were unable to flee the storm due to her being bed-ridden. He stands next the roots of the massive tree which narrowly missed them when it crashed into their home. JOE WESTBURY/Index

This is the third in a five-part series of Thanksgiving Week conversations...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 05:02

Can we no longer be proud to be an American?

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Today there are many in our nation who are embracing the concept of globalism and denigrating the concept of nationalism. Although we seem to be struggling to maintain our distinctiveness as a nation, American exceptionalism is still a reality. I agree with Lee Greenwood who wrote and has often...

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Paul Chitwood and his wife, Michelle, talk with Jonathan and Rebecca McNiel, sent by Pleasant View Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky. The couple will serve in Poland. CHRIS CARTER/IMB

RICHMOND, Va.— Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday,...

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