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
Sunday, 26 August 2018 07:46

Jots and tittles

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I generally preach from the King James Version of the Bible. I find that it is more widely accepted than any other version. Most of the scripture I have memorized is from the King James Version; and as an English literature major I think the language of the Shakespearean or Elizabethan era is...

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Johnny Hunt, right, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news this morning. Here, Hunt is...

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Harets Pointe Fellowship Church is located in Evans, GA. HPF/Special

Harvest Pointe Fellowship in Evans (Augusta Association) celebrated its 5th anniversary as a constituted church on Sunday, Aug. 19. After beginning in the Augusta Christian Schools Gymnasium in 2013, the church now meets in...

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DULUTH — Georgia Baptists can soon pre-register for the annual meeting scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins.
 
The online pre-registration process enters its third year in application. No messenger cards, leadership emphasizes, willbe mailed ahead-of-time to...

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Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon is one of three Georgia Baptist educational institutions accepting scholarships through the Scholarship Achievement Award program. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Myra Ashley Gray is thankful to Georgia Baptists for providing a competitive college scholarship program for...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 02:21

Former slave sees God’s answer to his prayers

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Cudjo Kossola Lewis was captured by an enemy tribe in Africa and sold as a slave shortly after having his teeth sharpened, a rite of passage signifying the transition from boy to man. THE ALABAMA BAPTIST/Special

By Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) — The dirt road snaked long...

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A man observes the morning comings and goings in front of his store in the old city of downtown Baku, Azerbaijan. IMB/Special

By IMB Staff

Two years ago, Defne* got her hands on a Bible. The love of a Father-God attracted her — it was foreign to anything she had ever experienced in her 22 years...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 04:30

Seven Gifts You Can Give Your Pastor

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Recently, I participated in my son’s ordination service. Jonathan serves as associate pastor of worship and discipleship at Lakeside Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, SC, and his church ordained him to the gospel ministry.

Ordination to the ministry occurs in a worship setting and recognizes...

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“When high-profile preachers fall into well-publicized scandal, what can we say in defense of Christianity?”

Critics of Christianity love to talk and write about anything and anyone that scandalizes our faith. While they have more ammunition than we might want to admit, we do not need to...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:07

10 ways to pray for college students

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When I was in college in the 90s Conan O’Brien and his sidekick on Late Night, Andy Richter, had a bit where they looked to the future … the year 2000. In it they’d make these goofy predictions connected to the news of the day. “The year 2000,” the phrase they kept...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 07:04

The ‘wow’ factor of the Ark Encounter

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The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY stands against a sky of cumulus clouds at sunrise. ANSWERS IN GENESIS/Special

WILLIAMSTOWN, KY — It has been called “the eighth wonder of the world.” At least that is what some people have called the mammoth ship located in northern Kentucky...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 06:34

Church and politics

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By Sue Ella Deadwyler

As long as a church is operating and functioning as an organized church body, it is automatically exempt from paying taxes to the IRS. But, in the past, many pastors and churches have assumed they could not be politically active and keep their tax-exempt status.

However,...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 06:24

Convenience Store Christianity

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I’ve recently been with believers from another part of the world, and I was again reminded that our brothers and sisters around the world often pay a heavier price than we pay to follow Christ. I don’t want to overstate the case here – as I really do believe that many, many...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 05:54

Bible Study for August 26: Praise 

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Nehemiah 8:9-12; 12:27-31a Harris Malcom, state missionary Middle Georgia Region 

Israel’s past disobedience had seen many of them carried off into exile. For those who remained, their homeland was desolate and the walls of Jerusalem were broken and burned...

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By Barbara Burson

Foothills Community Church in Marble Hill welcomed our new pastor, Charles R. Parish, III, on July 1. He is joined by his wife Lacy and their children: Andy, 12; Lincoln, 9; twins Abel and Luke, 7; and daughter Haven, 2. “Pastor Charlie,” as he likes to be called, was...

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James Emery White served as the feature speaker for the first general session of GO Georgia in addition to leading a breakout session afterwards, above, titled “Rethinking Evangelism and Apologetics.” SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

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At left James Charles Chambless, chairman of deacons at Macedonia...

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Baby Boomers left churches in large numbers in their youth but new research shows as many as 20% are returning as they approach their senior years.

State Missionary Kathleen Harris in Church Research Services contributed to this report.

Many church members feel they know why people leave the church,...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 01:50

Why they leave and why they stay

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Georgia Baptists are becoming passionate about reaching the next generation (#ReachingNextGen). At least we had better be passionate, enthusiastic, and zealous about it, because we are only one generation away from total atheism.

Several years ago Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, wrote a book...

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The incoming group of students is estimated to be Truett McConnel University’s largest in history, lending projections for total student enrollment this fall to creep up to 3,000. TMU/Special

Members of the TMU soccer teams helped carry items in the dorm rooms of new students. TMU/Special

CLEVEL...

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University of Iowa religious student organizations have received temporary recognition after being deregistered from the school. The controversy came when the groups’ constitutions were deemed not in line with the school’s human rights policy. BP/Special

By David Roach

IOWA CITY, Iowa (BP)...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:44

The most important hour of your day

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On the very first day when God created the earth, He first created light. Then He separated the light from the dark to form the first day. “And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:5). So from the beginning, the...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:03

How to lose the culture war

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There is a battle that seems to be raging all around us every day. Rarely does this battle make the headlines of the evening news. (The rare exceptions are cases where a community explodes with rioting and violence after a tragic event.) Often this battle is a subtle undercurrent that’s...

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Pastor Jeff Hicks greets Frank Barnett on homecoming Sunday, August 12, at Beacon Heights Baptist Church in Madison. GERALD HARRIS/Index

MADISON — Jeff Hicks is pastor of Beacon Heights Baptist Church and a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee. He is a native of...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:55

Daily Bible Readings August 16-31

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Thursday, August 16 Nehemiah 11:1-12:26 1 Corinthians 10:14-33 Psalm 34:11-22 Proverbs 21:14-16

Friday, August 17 Nehemiah 12:27-13:31 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Psalm 35:1-16 Proverbs 21:17-18

Saturday, August 18 Esther 1:1-3:15 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Psalm 35:17-28 Proverbs 21:19-20

Sunday, August 19 Est...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:36

Bible Study for August 19: Prioritize 

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Nehemiah 6:1-3,15-16; 8:1-3,5-8
Harris Malcom, state missionary
Middle Georgia Region

Distractions come from all kinds of sources and directions. The enemy wants to stop God’s work any way possible. It could be settling for what is good above what is God. Sometimes it is by...

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