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 Jenny Gregory

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Dr. Robert Bowen and graduate student, Elise Lombard, demonstrate an experiment to prospective students. TMU

CLEVELAND –  This past week, Truett McConnell University (TMU) hosted its second STEM Day (science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics) for prospective...

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Springfield members Jerry and Cheri Harrell have begun a generator ministry to bring power to water wells throughout the Jakin Community. JOE WESTBURY/Index

JAKIN — The scene outside Springfield Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon was very misleading compared with what the congregation had...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 03:55

Reflecting on privileges, burdens of ministry

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By David Chancey

A church member recently had knee replacement surgery, and his procedure reminded me of an experience from my previous pastorate.

A senior lady chose to have both knee replacements done in the same operation because she planned to bounce back as quickly as possible to care for her...

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By Gerald Harris

ATLANTA – Kelvin Cochran, a fellow Georgia Baptist and current Chief Operating Officer of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, has won his case with the city of Atlanta. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who had represented Cochran in his lawsuit against former Atlanta...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:34

Bible Study for Oct. 21: A Prayer of Praise

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Matthew 6:9b; Psalm 96:1-9 Victor Lyons, PastorSecond Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

Who do you revere in your life?

What place does God hold in your life?

Honor and shame were important elements in the ancient world. Deeds that would bring honor were valued, and shame was to be avoided. Shame usually...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:32

God’s Grace Is Greater Than Our Past

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This post originally appeared on Gregg Potts’ blog on Oct. 16, 2018.

Recently I was talking with a person and the individual began telling me of the past indiscretions of a certain individual. I listened and I admit, it bothered me to hear some of these things. Hearing these things...

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This post originally appeared on Chuck Lawless’ blog on Monday, Sept. 17. 

Too many believers, I suspect, watch the news about victims of recent storms, but then fail to pray with compassion and fervor for them. Here are some practical ways to pray for them:

  1. Pray for peace and...

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The missing steeple, which tore a nearly 8-foot-hole in the roof, only hints of the destruction inside the sanctuary.The gaping hole allowed rain and wind to enter the building, compounding the damage. The back brick wall collapsed in the storm. KEITH BOWEN/Special

DONALSONVILLE — At least two...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: Oct. 16-31

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Tuesday, October 16 Jeremiah 28:1-29:32 1 Timothy 1:1-20 Psalm 86:1-17 Proverbs 25:17

Wednesday, October 17 Jeremiah 30:1-31:26 1 Timothy 2:1-15 Psalm 87:1-7 Proverbs 25:18-19

Thursday, October 18 Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 1 Timothy 3:1-16 Psalm 88:1-18 Proverbs 25:20-22

Friday, October 19 Jeremiah...

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Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White, center, visits with Cindy Little, seated, and Tommy Fountain, left, before the annual Health Care Ministry Foundation Awards Banquet earlier this year. White, who retires on Dec. 31 of this year,  was elected president and chief executive...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 12:03

Bible Study for Oct. 14: The Object of Our Prayer

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Matthew 6:9a; Psalm 103:1-5, 11-13, 19-22 Victor Lyons, pastor First Avenue Baptist Church, Rochelle

Today we begin a study of prayer, highlighting the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6) and supplementing it by a second passage of Scripture.

Whether one feels satisfied, inadequate, or resistant to...

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High winds ranging from 80 to 120 mph tore through Southwest Georgia, such as those ripping vinyl from the sides and roof shingles from the sanctuary of Hopeful Church in Hopeful. KAYLA CROSS/Special

HOPEFUL — Initial reports of serious church damage throughout Southwest Georgia remain sketchy...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 06:05

Preaching from God before God

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By Tony Wolfe

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — As a young man, when I accepted the call to pastor a church I was both excited and terrified — excited to begin the new season of leading and serving Christ’s bride yet terrified that I may fail them.

When it came to weekly tasks, my greatest...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:19

How to live a positive life in a negative world

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Years ago, I read the book Raising PG Kids in an X Rated Society by Tipper Gore, former wife of former vice president, Al Gore. In the book Tipper points an accusing finger at some of the contemporary bands of the 1990s like Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Death by Stereo, and Led Zeppelin and suggests...

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Ken Cloud of Bowen Association has been unable to leave his yard following the destruction of Hurricane Michael. KEN CLOUD/Special

PELHAM — South Georgia Baptists are reeling today after the strongest hurricane since 1898 tore through the Florida Panhandle and through the heart of the...

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Hurricane Michael, at Category 4, is the most powerful storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. Bowen Association is Ground Zero for the storm. MYRADAR/Special

BAINBRIDGE — “Houses are losing roofs. Big pines are coming down. It is like a war zone.”

Those are the only words Bowen...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 04:22

Tim Shumaker and the Wonder Factory

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GARFIELD – Tim Shumaker is pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Garfield and quite an interesting fellow. He has a unique and fascinating ministry that was designed to reach children, but adults are also captivated by his distinctive talent. It all started when as a teenager he was part...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 07:49

We are in an evangelism crisis

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Some of you may think I sound like Johnny One Note, a 1937 show tune from the Rogers and Hart musical Babes in Arms. The one note that Johnny sang was “Ahh.” One of the verses goes like this:

“Poor Johnny one note got in Aida / Indeed, a great chance to be brave / He took his one...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:59

2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

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By Julie McGowan

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide — the second-highest Lottie Moon...

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WRENS — Andy Perryman, associational missions strategist for Georgia Baptist Association, knew his ministerial roots ran deep. But on Sept. 30 he had the chance to be part of something solidifying his connection to that past.

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After morning worship, lunch in the fellowship hall, and a short...

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WAYCROSS — Sarah Joyce Ivey Woodcock, 88, wife of longtime Georgia Baptist pastor and state missionary Waldo Woodcock, passed away at Satilla Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness on Oct. 6. Sarah was born in Milledgeville, Ga., on May 2, 1930.

She grew up the child of a Baptist...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 13:47

The Death of Civility

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I was watching the gridiron slugfest between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers on Saturday afternoon. There were 19 penalties totaling 163 yards and the rain that drenched the field in the second half even added more drama to the hard-fought contest between the two SEC schools....

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 12:59

TRUSTEES: NOBTS names Kelley chancellor

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By Gary D. Myers

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees named Chuck Kelley as chancellor of the school through July 31, 2019, and approved the accelerated M.Div. program during their fall meeting Oct. 3.

Kelley announced his plans to retire from the school on July...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:33

Prayer Ground

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When I was a boy growing up in a pastor’s home, my dad had a prayer ground. You don’t hear about these places anymore, but for my dad it was a very sacred place for him to go and pray. It was a place in the woods where he could be alone with God and hear from Him. I can remember going...

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COLUMBUS – Georgia Baptist layman, John Dawson, was mercilessly murdered and his wife, Virginia, brutally attacked in their Columbus home less than 24-hours after attending services at Northside Baptist Church in Columbus.

At the invitation of Pastor Jerry Speer, I had the privilege of...

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