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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ATLANTA – In the United States, Georgia is ranked last in maternal mortality. In fact, the mortality rate for women in Georgia is more than double the national average. Additionally, the infant mortality rate has also increased in recent years. Daphne Harris Nicely found this statistic to be...

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For more than 45 years I have either preached a sermon or written a commentary to advocate the sanctity of life. I am grateful that The Christian Index editor, Scott Barkley, has accorded me the privilege of writing a commentary on that subject at the beginning of 2019.

Last fall I had the privilege...

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By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. –According to the SR Education Group’s 2019 Most Affordable College list, Truett McConnell University (TMU) ranks as the 13th most affordable bachelor’s degree in finance online program, 24th most affordable bachelor’s degree in marketing, and...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 06:39

Bible study for Jan. 13: When races collide

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Ephesians 2:11-22Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Today’s passage comes after one of the richest theological passages in all of the Bible. Ephesians 2:1-10 clearly explains the great grace that provides salvation for all who will believe in Jesus Christ. In the following...

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‘Lord protected us,’ Baptist pastor says of gunman

VIDOR, Texas (BP) – “The Lord protected us,” a Texas pastor proclaimed after police arrested a masked gunman more than 250 miles away who cited the specific church as his destination.

“There is an overwhelming...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 03:49

A book you should read

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Nearly 16 years ago, faced with a very big decision regarding who I would ask to consider becoming the next editor of The Christian Index, I made one of the finest decisions of my entire ministry, and especially of my ministry as executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. I reached...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 13:00

Inside Out: Drop the Rocks

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It’s official – we live in a world that’s been turned upside down. Our society has been sliding down a slippery slope of moral relativism for decades, while the church has been turning more inward every...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 00:59

Third gender option takes effect in NYC, Calif.

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By Diana Chandler

NEW YORK (BP) —People who don’t believe they’re either male or female can now choose a third gender in New York City and California, joining six other states and Washington, D.C., that allow the option.

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Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon,...

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imageGeorgia Baptist Executive Director Thomas Hammond explains the purpose behind a series of listening sessions, beginning Jan. 23 at First Baptist Church in Lyons.

DULUTH — Twelve opportunities scattered around the state beginning Jan. 23 will provide Georgia Baptist pastors the opportunity to...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 01:08

Weighing in on death of John Allen Chau

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As news cycles go, the death of young adventurer-missionary John Allen Chau is old news but it keeps coming to mind. The story broke mid-November when Sentinelese warriors killed Chau on North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea 700 miles off India’s mainland.

This isolated tribe has...

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By Thom Rainer

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Despite the tough reality many congregations face today, I remain an obnoxious optimist as we move into 2019. Just yesterday, I received an email about a church that I thought was headed for closure. Through a series of God-blessed events, the church has turned the corner and will...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 01:00

Daily Bible Readings for January 1-15

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Tuesday, January 1Genesis 1:1-2:25 Matthew 1:1-2:12 Psalm 1:1-6 Proverbs 1:1-6

Wednesday, January 2Genesis 3:1-4:26Matthew 2:13-3:6Psalm 2:1-12Proverbs 1:7-9 

Thursday, January 3Genesis 5:1-7:24Matthew 3:7-4:11Psalm 3:1-8Proverbs 1:10-19

Friday, January 4Genesis 8:1-10:32Matthew 4:12-25Psalm 4:1-8...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 17:16

Bible Study for Jan. 6: The Wise Men’s Worship

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Matthew 2:1-11 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Worship is at the heart of what we do as believers. Sometimes, however, our worship becomes a matter of routine. When that happens, we lose the meaning of the things we do and the One to whom we offer it. This week’s lesson helps...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 05:51

I prefer refocusing to retiring

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Dr. White gave me a call in January 2003 and asked me if I would pray about becoming the editor of The Christian Index. I prayed, and he called me back in May and asked me to meet with The Index Board of Directors. They were kind enough to extend an invitation for me to become the editor of your...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 23:46

Christmas and the road it offers

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“Myron probably didn’t expect to be running from the police a few days before Christmas because he knocked his girlfriend’s tooth out,” I explained to my son as we drove to his school this morning. 

The local radio station explained how Myron (not his real name) had...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 13:00

The reality of God’s favor

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DURHAM, N.C. (BP) — What do we mean when we talk about the “favor of God”?

The house you’ve always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it’s straight A’s. You find out that a long lost relative left...

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imageMissionary John Faulkner riding on his John Deere Tractor delivering Christmas present to his 272 neighbors. EDDIE LOWERY/Special 

By Gerald Harris

MARIETTA – John Faulkner is an incredible example of the spirit of Christmas. He has been giving away gifts of love and grace to 272 of his...

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imageGoing to East Asia opens students’ eyes to lostness in a way that transforms how they view their lives back home, said Keith Wieser, pastor of Resonate Church based in Washington State. Resonate sends dozens of students to East Asia each year to build relationships and develop missions...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 05:01

John Bonner’s Christmas Story

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Mr. John Bonner was born May 10, 1915. He died May 12, 2004, two days after his 89th birthday. He was 60 and silver haired when I first met him in 1975. For almost 30 years I saw him on Sundays at Vienna First BaptistChurch.

He faithfully served in many capacities including deacon, treasurer, and...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 02:24

Bible Study for Dec. 30: Simeon’s Proclamation

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Luke 2:25-35 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

Research in the field of mental health indicates to us that Christmas is a difficult time for many people. Yet the angels proclaimed to the shepherds that the coming of Jesus is good news of great joy for all people. So then where is the...

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imageMembers of Faith Baptist Church, Bowman line up at the Hartwell Walmart with tubs containing toys for each child to be helped through Christmas for Gulf Coast Kids. In addition to a Bible, every child will also receive a new bicycle that will be taken to Callaway, Florida this Saturday. FBC/Special

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 21:30

Bible Study for Dec. 23: The Angels’ Announcement

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Luke 2:1-14 Jim Duggan, Pastor Bellevue Baptist Church, Macon

The birth of Jesus is the climatic event in human history. This one event is so significant, it has become the standard by which we divide time – BC and AD.  But the birth of Jesus was not a coincidence or accident. Too many...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 13:00

Daily Bible Readings: December 16-31

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Sunday, December 16 Micah 5:1-7:20 Revelation 7:1-17 Psalm 135:1-21 Proverbs 30:5-6

Monday, December 17 Nahum 1:1-3:19 Revelation 8:1-13 Psalm 136:1-26 Proverbs 30:7-9

Tuesday, December 18 Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 Revelation 9:1-21 Psalm 137:1-9 Proverbs 30:10

Wednesday, December 19 Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 Revela...

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LOGANVILLE — Rodney Massey had a vision for how church should be. It ought to be built on the gospel, yet look different than what he’d seen. Church should reflect the gifts and hues found throughout God’s people. It should serve as a living example that, yes, we are all under the...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:28

Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other.

A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more...

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