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

By David Roach

imageMartin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

EDITOR’S NOTE: January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

NASHVIL...

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imageGeorgia Baptist Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr., holds a widow’s mite replica while addressing Mission Board staff on Jan. 3. The widow’s mite (Luke 21) serves as a reminder, he said, of Georgia Baptists’ sacrificial giving and the Mission Board’s responsibility in...

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Friday, 18 January 2019 03:18

Prohibition Baptists 100 years later

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Jan. 16 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.”

By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) – When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100...

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THOMASVILLE— When Milton Gardner was a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary he also served as pastor of a rural church in Sulphur, Kentucky. Instead of making the 40-mile drive on Sunday mornings, he and his wife, Nancy, would spend Saturday night with various church members....

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:22

A question from India for us here in Georgia

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Yesterday I received an email from a Christian in India who reads The Christian Index. He asked me about when it comes to making decisions how we as Christians can be sure what to do, such as whether or not to take a certain job. As I thought about this question from a brother in faraway...

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imageFamilies fill the fellowship hall at Kentucky’s White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church for a meal and backpacks distribution.

There’s good news and not-so-good-news on last year’s Christmas Backpacks collection for impoverished children.

The good news is that since the outreach began...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:55

Can films heal a divided nation?

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By Phil Boatwright

Despite our differences, and possibly because of them, we share a unique stewpot commonality: We’re all Americans.

At times, movies have reminded us of that fact – times when the motion picture industry has both served to admonish us and unite us.

Here are several DVD...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 04:26

The Index’s most valuable resource? You.

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When I walked in on my first day as a staff member of The Christian Index 15 years ago, things were a lot different. Not many churches had a website. No one had a social media account, since they didn’t exist. Our cameras worked with film.

Yes, so much has changed since then. New technology...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 04:12

Church dropout rate among young adults studied

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP) –  Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings.

Two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 02:27

Seven reasons staff teams sometimes fall apart

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This post originally appeared onChuck Lawless’ blogon Jan. 2.

I’ve seen it in local churches, and I’ve seen it on the mission field. When I ask church leaders what they most struggle with, it’s not uncommon to hear that interpersonal relationship battles are the biggest...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 13:00

Bailey Smith – at home in heaven

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imageBailey Smith was ” a generous Christian gentleman with a resilient spirit, deep convictions, and a love for the Lord and the lost,” says his friend Gerald Harris. SMITH FAMILY/Special

Bailey Eugene Smith, a powerful preacher, devoted pastor, and faithful friend, graduated from his...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 10:32

Make a home a center for hospitality

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imageSean Wegener, right, and his wife Danielle routinely welcome others into their home, such as First Baptist Summerville member and Chattoga Baptist Association missionary Barry Peppers, in jacket. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

SUMMERVILLE — Sean Wegener makes it clear: He’s no extrovert.

“If...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 06:41

Protestants remain majority group in Congress

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By Tom Strode

WASHINGTON (BP)– Self-identified Protestant Christians – including more than 30 Southern Baptists – continue to make up by far the largest religious group in Congress.

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Protestants total 293 members, or 55 percent, of the 116th Congress, according to a...

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By Art Toalston

EDITOR’S NOTE: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations go to the Christian Care Center https://www.christiancarecenter.org. A small memorial service for Stanley of invited guests is scheduled for Jan. 20, at First Baptist in Eureka, with Arthur and Rick Gage...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 02:55

Criticism can help you grow

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Recently, I shared an article from a Christian site that raised questions about the public’s trust of my profession – pastor. I originally shared the article on an online forum for pastors of small churches like my own. Most reacted, as did I, with sadness and a desire to do...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 00:08

Inside Out: Trade suits for boots

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Christianity’s decline in America has been well documented, and few dispute the seeming disregard for evangelism among believers these days. Our SBC Executive Committee chairman and south Georgia pastor, Mike Stone, recently reminded the messengers of the Georgia Baptist Convention of our...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:30

Daily Bible Readings for January 16-31

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Wednesday, January 16Genesis 32:13-34:31Matthew 11:7-30Psalm 14:1-7Proverbs 3:19-20

Thursday, January 17Genesis 35:1-36:43Matthew 12:1-21Psalm 15:1-5Proverbs 3:21-26

Friday, January 18Genesis 37:1-38:30Matthew 12:22-45Psalm 16:1-11Proverbs 3:27-32

Saturday, January 19Genesis 39:1-41:16Matthew...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:00

Bible study for Jan. 20: When life is expendable

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Exodus 1:16-17, 22 – 2:9Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Churches across the country today observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Since life is a gift from God, we as good stewards should do all we can to respect, preserve, and protect human life. 

The Fear of God

As...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 03:41

The APA and differing views of masculinity

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One of my favorite places growing up was a spot on Terrapin Creek. We called it Seven Springs for the series of fountains bubbling up from the ground, giving the stretch of water a particularly refreshing temperature. It was a perfect place following the morning practice during two-a-days.

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I was walking the streets of Washington, D.C., last April and thoroughly enjoying all the monuments and plaques in that monumental city. One of the more unique and humorous I saw more than once jokingly said, “On this spot in 1795 (or 1840 or 1903…) absolutely nothing happened of any...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:42

Sitting down with … Denver Harris

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imageDenver Harris serves as senior pastor of Wofford’s Cross Roads Baptist Church in White. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

WHITE — While a fifth grader at Johnson Elementary School in Rome, young Denver Harris entered a public speaking contest. He did well enough to win the school competition, then...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 05:01

An angry pastor’s thoughts on debt

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By Jeff Struecker

Ninety-five percent of the pain and the heartache of being a pastor comes during the week in the form of counseling and crises. The other five percent comes before or after services on Sunday or mid-week. Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t spend my life doing anything...

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imageBobby Boswell opens the January Bible study yesterday (Jan. 9) at the chapel service at the Missions and Ministry Center. JOE WESTBURY/Index

People.

That is the Number 1 thing that comes to mind when Bobby Boswell thinks about what he has enjoyed about his job of the last 35 years.

Fishing....

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 23:24

Honoring men in our work

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By Jacki C. King

The number one question I get from women is “How do you and Josh work together so closely and still maintain a healthy relationship both at work and at home?”

I have the privilege of leading our women’s ministry at church while being married to my pastor, and I...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:17

Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP)– As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services through LifeWay Christian Resources’ OneSource program.

“The numbers have increased dramatically since we began our relationship with...

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