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

CLEVELAND — Truett McConnell University professors joined with the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative as scholar-mentors, allowing qualified students the opportunity to participate as junior scholars in collaborative research on ancient Hebrew and Greek texts.

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imageApproximately 66 pastors attended the listening session hosted Jan. 23 by First Baptist Church in Lyons and Pastor Dannie Williams. HARRIS MALCOM/Special

Meteorologists have had a tough week. The ones in north Georgia did, anyway.

The forecast for a chance of up to an inch or so of snow where I live...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:48

Seeing Jesus in the Holy Land

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By Redunda Noble

Our family recently returned from spending a week in Israel. It wasn’t my first time visiting the Holy Land, but it felt like it. Honestly, I could visit Israel a hundred times and each time it would feel like the first. It’s a special place to unplug from my hectic...

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By Tim Ellsworth

WOODSTOCK (BP) —Fathers must train their children to use technology wisely, Brian Jennings told men in a breakout session at the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference.

Jennings, middle school pastor at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, led a session on “Digital...

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By Trennis Henderson

APPLING — Countless refugees around the world often cope with adverse weather conditions and inadequate shelter as they navigate hostile environments or endure crowded refugee camps. Inclement weather during Kiokee Baptist Church’s recent International Mission Study...

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By Aaron Hanbury

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) —Professor and pastor Thomas Vaughn Walker, who was the first African-American elected to any Southern Baptist Convention seminary faculty and who taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary beginning in 1986, died Sunday (Jan. 28) in Louisville,...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 22:49

A three-point biblical filter for your ministry

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I often get blamed for being a pragmatist. I guess that’s supposed to be an insult designed to shock me into getting back on track biblically.

The reason I get called that is because I talk and teach strategy.

I’m always asking the question “what’s working now” in local...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 21:35

Inside Out: Surrender Self

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Jesus summed up the law with two challenges, simple to understand but difficult to fulfill. He commanded us to love God, and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). He never commanded us to make ourselves comfortable or to seek our own happiness. No! He called His followers to...

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imageDarwin and those at Jefferson Avenue are quick to credit his wife, Carolyn, with contantly being by his side. “God called us into the ministry in 1968,” Darwin states. It was a common practice for Carolyn to even go on visitation calls Darwin would make as far north as Kennesaw from...

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By Tom Strode

ALBANY, N.Y. (BP) – New York may have re-established itself as America’s leading abortion state by enacting a law that critics say goes beyond even the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

imageDemocratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into...

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Ephesians 5:15-21Gregg Potts, lay minister Emerson

A preacher was winding up his sermon on alcohol with great fervor.

He said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and throw into the river.”

The congregation replied, “Amen!”

He continued, “If I had all...

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LifeWay to reduce ‘brick-and-mortar channel’

NASHVILLE (BP) — In light of “an accelerated rate of erosion” at “brick-and-mortar” stores, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer has announced that some LifeWay stores will be closing. The number of...

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By Jane Rodgers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) –For Carlos Navarro, pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church, the human need seen in migrant caravans moving from Central and South America toward U.S. borders is nothing new. Navarro, once an illegal immigrant himself, has been ministering to...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:31

Who’s your Waffle House waitress?

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By Lee Clamp

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) —You never know who you may run into at a Waffle House.

“What’s your name?” I asked our waitress as she gave us our menus. “Misty,” she said. We began to talk a little as I ordered a couple of eggs, and then I asked her how I could...

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DULUTH — A two-fold resolve to strengthen churches and encourage pastors included steps that affected 20 state missionary positions at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Vice President of Operations Kevin Smith confirmed today.

Calling those moves a “very difficult decision,” Smith...

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I admit my bias here. I am a seminary dean and professor, and I believe in education. Regardless of my own feelings, though, I believe church leaders should continue their education – including looking at doctoral degrees. Here’s why:

  1. The Christian life is about growth. Always, we...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:02

The power of a silent march

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Despite frigid temperatures on Jan. 22, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Liberty Plaza in Atlanta for the 34th Annual Georgia (silent) March for Life. Georgia Right to Life President Ricardo Davis, who has indicated that he wants “to nurture GRLT’s position as the pro-life thought...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 05:08

What tense is your salvation?

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One of the most important elements of grammar is verb tense.  Tense tells us the time in which the action took place – past, present, or future.  When it comes to our salvation, we should think of it in all three tenses. 

I was saved from the penalty of the sins of my...

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SOCIAL CIRCLE — With just around 35 regular members, Berean Baptist Church in Social Circle looks pretty ordinary. But this church has an extraordinary passion for missions – locally, globally, but specifically in Appalachia.

imageThe first year Berean Baptist Church collected backpacks, they...

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By Dawn Tolbert

ROME – The Shorter University baseball team welcomed 2019 by answering the call to missions. A group of 25 Hawks players and coaches took part in a six-day mission trip to Mexico at the beginning of January.

imageShorter University Hawks teach local children some of the ins-and-outs...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 04:45

Inside Out: Pull Back the Curtain

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I remember the first time I saw “The Wizard of Oz.” It was all so fantastic, with Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Lion, and Scarecrow, all determined to make it to the almighty Wizard who had the power to change their unfortunate fate.

After working so hard, overcoming...

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The last week has been instrumental in telling us the place historical, biblical, orthodox Christian thought holds in today’s culture. It’s been vogue for some time now for these positions to be ridiculed and questioned. However, today’s initial reaction now seems to be outright...

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As we begin the 2019 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, I want to say that one of the greatest blessings of my life is working with Georgia Baptists. This January will mark the beginning of 12 years working at the Capitol as a lobbyist. I began as a lobbyist with Georgia Right to...

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Psalm 42:1-3, 6-8; 43:3-5Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

The Book of Psalms provides a look at handling the raw emotions of the human experience. In these psalms we find expressions of joy and depression, calm and anxiety, contemplation and celebration. After even a casual...

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STONE MOUNTAIN — Former Christian Index Editor Jack U. Harwell, 86, died early this morning at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He served at the newspaper for three decades, the final 21 years as editor.

His Index ministry began in 1956 and concluded with his December 1987...

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