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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Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:02

The power of a silent march

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Despite frigid temperatures on Jan. 22, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Liberty Plaza in Atlanta for the 34th Annual Georgia (silent) March for Life. Georgia Right to Life President Ricardo Davis, who has indicated that he wants “to nurture GRLT’s position as the pro-life thought...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 05:08

What tense is your salvation?

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One of the most important elements of grammar is verb tense.  Tense tells us the time in which the action took place – past, present, or future.  When it comes to our salvation, we should think of it in all three tenses. 

I was saved from the penalty of the sins of my...

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SOCIAL CIRCLE — With just around 35 regular members, Berean Baptist Church in Social Circle looks pretty ordinary. But this church has an extraordinary passion for missions – locally, globally, but specifically in Appalachia.

imageThe first year Berean Baptist Church collected backpacks, they...

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By Dawn Tolbert

ROME – The Shorter University baseball team welcomed 2019 by answering the call to missions. A group of 25 Hawks players and coaches took part in a six-day mission trip to Mexico at the beginning of January.

imageShorter University Hawks teach local children some of the ins-and-outs...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 04:45

Inside Out: Pull Back the Curtain

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I remember the first time I saw “The Wizard of Oz.” It was all so fantastic, with Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Lion, and Scarecrow, all determined to make it to the almighty Wizard who had the power to change their unfortunate fate.

After working so hard, overcoming...

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The last week has been instrumental in telling us the place historical, biblical, orthodox Christian thought holds in today’s culture. It’s been vogue for some time now for these positions to be ridiculed and questioned. However, today’s initial reaction now seems to be outright...

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As we begin the 2019 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, I want to say that one of the greatest blessings of my life is working with Georgia Baptists. This January will mark the beginning of 12 years working at the Capitol as a lobbyist. I began as a lobbyist with Georgia Right to...

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Psalm 42:1-3, 6-8; 43:3-5Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

The Book of Psalms provides a look at handling the raw emotions of the human experience. In these psalms we find expressions of joy and depression, calm and anxiety, contemplation and celebration. After even a casual...

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STONE MOUNTAIN — Former Christian Index Editor Jack U. Harwell, 86, died early this morning at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He served at the newspaper for three decades, the final 21 years as editor.

His Index ministry began in 1956 and concluded with his December 1987...

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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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