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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NASHVILLE (BP) — Preventing and responding to sexual abuse was a major focus during meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Feb. 18-19 in Nashville. Among the EC’s actions was recommending an amendment to the SBC Constitution stating churches are not...

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By Brandon Elrod

MIAMI —Full of color, life, beauty and disparity, Miami is a city where “you can lose yourself and find yourself all at the same time,” said church planting missionary Muche Ukegbu.

imageMuche and Diamone Ukegbu are Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® 2019 Week of...

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 By Elizabeth Smith

ROME— During the Summer of 2018, Shorter University student Cally Glass had the opportunity to meet people from around the world and experience a multitude of cultures – all within 100 miles of home.

imageCally Glass served as an intern with Reach The Nations...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 05:08

Getting off the wrong bus

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I was having a conversation with another pastor once and we began discussing Jon Gordon’s book “The Energy Bus.” That got me thinking on how we view leadership.

Have you ever been traveling somewhere and suddenly discovered that you were on the wrong bus, the wrong plane, the...

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Every once in a while, moments arrive that have a different feeling. Often it’s difficult to go back and see when things could go in one direction or the other for an individual and organization. Other times, it’s easy to see.

The message presented by Southern Baptist Convention...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:00

12 things churches can do to protect minors

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For a podcast produced by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board on this topic, click here.

  1. Institute the Two-Adult Rule: There must always be at least two adults in the room, in the car, in the van, or anywhere that minors are gathered. These two can NOT be husband and wife.
  2. Institute the...

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By Diana Chandler

imageChick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, right, stands with Chick-fil-A Foundation head Rodney Bullard, promoting Bullard’s 2018 book “Heroes Wanted.” FACEBOOK/Special

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) — An LGBT advocacy group cites Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s support of...

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imageThe cast of “Into the Woods” works out their choreography for one of the final songs during rehearsal for this year’s BCM at UGA Dinner Theatre production. “Into the Woods” is just the latest production in a SendMeNow fundraising program that has been running for 38...

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imageSouthern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear addresses the SBC Executive Committee last fall in this file photo. In tonight’s SBC Executive Committee gathering, Greear spoke on the recent reporting of sexual abuse in the SBC and steps to address it through an advisory group formed last...

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MOUNT VERNON – Nearly 300 guests gathered at First Baptist Church of Lyons on Feb. 5 for Brewton-Parker’s second annual Warren C. Crawley, Sr. Gala. Celebrating African-American History Month and the diversity of the community and the church, the evening honored the legacy of...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 01:55

Greenway nominated to lead Southwestern Seminary

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FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus Adam W. Greenway, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been unanimously selected by Southwestern Seminary’s presidential search...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 01:42

It’s all in the blood

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FRIENDSHIP, Tenn. (BP) — I had just walked into my house. The tree cutters were splitting the last of the limbs from the hundred-year-old hickory tree which had to be taken down due to a virus.

Suddenly I heard someone banging on our door. Rushing to the door to open it, I looked into the...

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The accumulation of great knowledge does not necessarily make a great person. The key to a purposeful and fruitful life is in knowing God, because in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). True wisdom is rooted in an understanding of our place...

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1 John 2:18-29Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

Back in the early nineties, I was pastor of a church in Mississippi. One day while making some prospect visits, I met a lady who was a member of a cult, a false religion. I asked her how she had gotten involved with the false religion. The lady told me...

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This commentary’s original title was “50 years after: Bill Wallace and the meaning of heroism” and was produced by Baptist Press on Feb. 22, 2001.

By Erich Bridges

imageSouthern Baptist missionary surgeon Bill Wallace, center, and his Stout Memorial Hospital staff, seen here in 1946,...

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imageKen Cloud responds to being named Associational Missionary of the Year after being presented the honor by Georgia Baptist Executive Director Thomas Hammond, right. Cloud’s leadership and efforts in Bowen Baptist Association in the days following Hurricane Michael were instrumental toward...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:49

Here We Go Again: Horse racing proposed in Georgia

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Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing is once again being introduced in the Georgia Senate by Republican Senator Brandon Beech (21th Dist.). However, not only is it being reintroduced, but disguised! Yes, it is being called the “Rural Georgia Jobs and Growth Act,” Senate Bill 45!

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 23:53

Daily Bible Readings for February 16-28

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Saturday, February 16Leviticus 1:1-3:17Mark 1:29-2:12Psalm 35:17-28Proverbs 9:13-18

Sunday, February 17Leviticus 4:1-5:19Mark 2:13-3:6Psalm 36:1-12Proverbs 10:1-2

Monday, February 18Leviticus 6:1-7:27Mark 3:7-30Psalm 37:1-11Proverbs 10:3-4

Tuesday, February 19Leviticus 7:28-9:6Mark 3:31-4:25Psalm...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 23:24

Dry bones come back to life!

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If you saw a news headline that declared, “Dry bones come back to life!” you might think you were reading from a tabloid news outlet or maybe the entertainment section. You certainly would not expect it to be written by an eyewitness reporter who was on the scene when it happened. But...

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By Tom Strode

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — Southern Baptists celebrated the power of partnership with a veteran National Football League player and his family in dedicating a new ultrasound machine in a New Orleans health center.

imageBenjamin and Kirsten Watson, shown with ERLC President Russell Moore...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 03:48

What’s your altitude for missions?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Feb. 11-17 is Focus on WMU week in the Southern Baptist Convention.

imageSandy Wisdom-Martin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) — According to an insect identification database, 647 types of bugs and insects are found here in Alabama. Some downright scare me. I looked at images of each...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:41

IMB appoints Georgia Baptist missionary, 18 others

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RICHMOND, Va.(BP) — International Mission Board trustees appointed 19 new missionaries for service around the globe during their Feb. 6-7 meeting in Richmond, Va.

Natalie Samford*, a Georgia Baptist, was one of the missionaries appointed. Sent by Clarkston International Bible Church, she will...

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By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND – Three students from the Truett McConnell University Pilgram Marpeck School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) will present their senior research capstone project at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM)...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 12:41

The power in your witness you may not see

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The double-wide in which I grew up had a lot of issues. I remember knowing where to place cooking pots for when the roof leaked during downpours. If the Alabama sky got that angry shade of black and green, we took off for a storm pit down the road to wait things out. On many cold winter mornings,...

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By Art Toalston

imageSouthern Baptist Convention leaders responded this weekend to a report by The Houston Chronicle documenting sexual abuse by SBC ministers and volunteers stretching back to 1998. BP/Special

HOUSTON (BP) — A Houston newspaper, in reporting on instances of sexual abuse by pastors...

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