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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Paul Chitwood and other short-term missionaries in South Africa pray for a terminally ill AIDS patient on July 2, 2015. The trip was conducted through a partnership between the Kentucky Baptist Convention and Baptist Global Response, a primary ministry partner of the IMB. Participants delivered...

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By Gary D. Myers

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s 11-member presidential search committee held its first meeting Nov. 1, unanimously selecting Georgia pastor Frank Cox as chairman.

The committee spent the day on the NOBTS campus in focused prayer and began...

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Landon Dowden was voted as the new lead pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula on Sunday, Nov. 4. HEBRON BAPTIST CHURCH/ Special

DACULA — Members of Hebron Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly yesterday, Nov. 4, to bring Landon Dowden as lead pastor.

“We’re thankful for your...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 03:53

Baptists alcohol: Is the consensus shifting?

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By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) — Amid a years-long battle with postpartum depression, anxiety and insomnia, a therapist gave Jenny Morrison what proved to be a life-altering suggestion: “Why don’t you try drinking a small glass of wine at night?”

When Morrison, a...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:00

Bible study for Nov. 11: Praying for Others

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Matthew 6:11 (CSB—Matt. 6:11b); John 1 Victor S. Lyons, pastor Second Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

What should be our principal prayer for others?

Evangelism Professor Cecil Thompson, author of Concentric Circles, describes the rings of influence in a person’s life. According to him, oth...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 03:15

Don’t let pastor appreciation stop in October

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We’re all guilty of moving from one focus to the next. On Wednesday, your day may have been dominated by candy and kids knocking on your front door. Today, you’re already dreaming about turkey and dressing as well as falling asleep in front of the TV watching football.

Contrary to what...

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Robby Foster

VALDOSTA — Robby Foster, pastor of Northside Baptist Church of Valdosta, will be nominated by Jeremy Morton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, for president of the Georgia Baptist Convention at the annual session of the GBC at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins on...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 06:18

Why are there so many empty pews?

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We have more empty pews at church than we used to. It didn’t happen suddenly or under the leadership of any one pastor or group of leaders. It’s been a gradual thing over several decades.

My wife and I joined First Baptist Church shortly after moving to Vienna in December of 1975. ...

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Either Stacey Abrams or Brian Kemp will soon become Georgia’s 83rd governor. Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, was born in Athens and is a lifelong Georgia native.

Abrams came to Georgia by way of...

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CARTERSVILLE — When, once again, his fingerprints didn’t show up on the scanner, Tommy Harris wondered aloud how that could be when his wife’s showed up fine.

“That’s because she works with her hands more,” replied the officer.

Harris, pastor of Macedonia Baptist...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: Nov. 1-15

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Thursday, November 1 Ezekiel 1:1-3:15 Hebrews 3:1-19 Psalm 104:1-23 Proverbs 26:24-26

Friday, November 2 Ezekiel 3:16-6:14 Hebrews 4:1-16 Psalm 104:24-35 Proverbs 26:27

Saturday, November 3 Ezekiel 7:1-9:11 Hebrews 5:1-14 Psalm 105:1-15 Proverbs 26:28

Sunday, November 4 Ezekiel 10:1-11:25 Hebrews...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:55

The Christian’s Involvement in Election 2018

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As we think about this year’s election, we need to remember it is imperative that Christians vote and be engaged in this process. It’s one of the most basic rights we have as Americans and one of the great responsibilities we have as followers of Christ.

There are at least three things...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:48

10 ways to tell you need to take a break

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This post originally appeared on Chuck Lawless’ blog on Oct.25. 

All of us in ministry need breaks. I’m not talking, though, about dropping out of ministry. That drastic step may be necessary at times, but I’m talking about taking a walk around the church campus . ....

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:02

Christians! Be alert and vote your values Nov. 6

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By Reg Hamman

Christians, be aware that we are in a civil war. For decades the U.S. has protected, fed, and evangelized the world. The enemy does not like for people to be safe, nourished, and especially saved by the grace of God. This fantastic experiment in freedom is at odds with all the desires...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:24

Not all Hispanic people speak Spanish!

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Latinos or Hispanics in the United States come from various backgrounds, cultures, and dialects (a particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group). Even though we share a common language, there are differences in dialects.

Don’t get me wrong – we are...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:43

Milner pastor Ken Ross at home in heaven

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MILNER – Ken Ross 72, who died from complications of heart disease on Oct. 19, was a winsome Christian gentleman and a faithful Georgia Baptist pastor for many years. A native of Seminole County, he was born July 15, 1946, a son of the late Albert and Dorothy Ross.

Ross was featured in an...

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The note to me was neither cynical nor critical. The pastor had a powerful point to make.

“Thom,” he said, “as you provide leadership toward church revitalization, please communicate one thing very clearly to pastors in these churches. Sometimes a pastor gets fired because the...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 06:04

Your Vision is Your Life’s GPS

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I love the GPS on my cellphone. The GPS app that I use on my phone guides me along the path to my destination. The app also warns me of road hazards, traffic jams, and other potential pitfalls in my path.

But for my GPS to work, I must enter a destination. My GPS will not tell me...

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By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Politics is important for most evangelicals, but not so important that they question the faith of those who vote differently from them.

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A new survey from LifeWay Research and sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College explored the voting...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 00:55

Housing allowance defended in appeals court

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By Roy Hayhurst and Tom Strode

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CHICAGO (BP) — Lawyers for both the U.S. Justice Department and a religious freedom organization defended the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance Oct. 24 before a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 23:00

Bible study for Nov. 4: Praying for Ourselves

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Matthew 6:11 (CSB—Matt. 6:11b); Isaiah 38:1-6, 15-17 Victor S. Lyons, pastor Second Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

What are your needs today?

The phrase “daily bread” echoes Proverbs 30:8-9 where poverty and wealth are two conditions to be avoided at all cost. The wise teacher has...

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Sunday, November 11 will mark a very special day in the history of the United States. On this Veteran’s Day we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought about the peace that ended World War I. To remember the sacrifices of 4.7 million Americans who served in the...

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A group of Georgia Baptists section-hiked a part of the Appalachian Trail in September, ending at Mount Katahdin on the northernmost point of the trail. Minister and Georgia Baptist historian Charles Jones, standing at sign, finished the hike with Donnie Pickering, on left in the photo at right,...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 01:50

Preaching – a hazardous enterprise

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In a recent interview with Janet Mefferd, the host of the nationally syndicated daily Christian talk show, Janet Mefferd Today, Paige Patterson responded to questions about his termination as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After almost five months of virtual silence,...

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By Tony Perkins

Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic is not your normal physician. He came to fame more than two decades ago, making a name for himself as one of the world’s premiere genital reconstruction surgeons. After years of helping men and women transition into a body they weren’t born with,...

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