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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February is Black History Month

By Tobin Perry

MESQUITE, Texas (BP) —  Terry Turner understands the value of knowing African American history by having seen the importance of discovering his own family’s history.

Turner, a past president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention,...

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Genesis 2:18-25Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

When a family or an individual decides to build a new home, they hire a contractor. After leveling the ground, one of the first thing the contractor will do is build forms that will serve as parameters for cement to be poured in. The cement will...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 22:30

When our version of right and wrong goes blind

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam inserted himself into the news cycle earlier this week when discussing a Democratic lawmaker’s call to change the range of the state’s abortion laws. Since then Northam has done more to bring calls for his resignation, and in the process opened up blind...

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Super Bowl awareness is at a high level in Atlanta this week. The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are in town for the big game and there is a media overload throughout the city.

I don’t know who will win the game, but I am particularly glad that the Rams’ Todd Gurley and...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 04:02

Winning hearts and minds

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By Jeff Struecker

One of the most difficult parts of winning a war is to capture hearts and minds. Armies have faced this challenge for hundreds of years. The latest military technology cannot win someone’s heart. All of the smart bombs in the world will not ultimately capture the heart of the...

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DURHAM, N.C. (BP) —J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Yates Baptist Association of Durham, N.C., led and simulcasted an event to preview an upcoming evangelism emphasis called “Who’s Your One?” The aim is to encourage every Southern Baptist...

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By Tim Ellsworth

ATLANTA (BP) —About 150 volunteers from First Baptist Church in Atlanta packed 500 gift baskets on Jan. 30 that will be delivered to local children’s hospitals as part of the Super Baskets of Hope initiative.

The project, sponsored by Basket of Hope, a charity based in...

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By Tim Ellsworth

imageHeather Havard leads a group of college students from Texas to participate in human trafficking awareness during the Super Bowl week. BP/Special

ATLANTA (BP) -— When Heather Havard was a freshman in high school, she heard the song “27 Million” by worship leader Matt...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:51

Daily Bible Readings for February 1-15

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Friday, February 1Exodus 13:17-15:18Matthew 21:23-46Psalm 26:1-12Proverbs 6:16-19

Saturday, February 2Exodus 15:19-17:7Matthew 22:1-33Psalm 27:1-6Proverbs 6:20-26

Sunday, February 3Exodus 17:8-19:15Matthew 22:34-23:12Psalm 27:7-14Proverbs 6:27-35

Monday, February 4Exodus 19:16-21:21Matthew 23:13-39Psal...

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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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