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11 ways to pray for yourself every day

One of the key elements in prayer is petitioning, or praying for yourself. Some people shy away from such prayers, thinking that it violates humility and draws attention to themselves rather than …

Church shootings are becoming more commonplace in today’s society. Keeping church members safe from active shooters has become a new concern for Southern Baptist pastors and staff. On Sunday, …

Billy Graham’s 100th year

Southern Baptist evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 99th birthday on Nov. 7, 2017.  Dr. Graham’s son, Franklin, said, “Dad is entering his 100th year. He told us on his …

‘Twas the Month Before Christmas ‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the land Every creature was shopping in need of a plan. Christmas fashion they sported with …

How Keaton helps us all stand

Before even watching it, I was struck by the video. The still frame of a little boy, a look of hurt and confusion on his face. Like us, he didn’t understand why people are mean just because they …

By Thom Rainer When you are in your worship services next Sunday, look at the people around you. Do they all look like you? Do they all come from the same economic backgrounds? Are they are …

Journalist Osita Nwanevu called President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “an event of almost Biblical significance.” In 1995 Congress overwhelmingly …

Ten Christmas traditions at our house

Christmas is a festive, joyful, celebratory time of the year. It is the time for acknowledging that God was manifested in the flesh, that Jesus, the Messiah, came as the virgin born Lamb of God to …

In the 2017 legislative session under the Gold Dome there was a concerted effort to introduce a so-called destination casino resorts bill, but it failed ingloriously, not even having the votes …

5 key steps to reach and retain guests

By Thom Rainer We are living in a world of post cultural Christianity. Our churches can no longer expect guests to show up just because we have the doors open. We have to be prayerful. We have …

Preppers, fear, and faith

By Erich Bridges RICHMOND, VA (BP) — Have you built your underground bunker yet? Don't wait too long. If hurricanes and earthquakes don't get you, terrorists and North Korean nukes might …

I’ve mentioned previously the growing trend to hire church staff members from within the church. Here are some reasons to get on board with this trend ... and a few cautions against it. Why …

Customizing Christ to fit our lifestyle

I love people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, etc. They are all precious souls for whom Christ died. If Jesus lived on this earth today I believe He would love …

Our radical, often-martyred ancestors

A statue of Martin Luther stands in Wittenberg, Germany. GETTY IMAGES Editor’s note: The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation collided with the reality that there are still martyrs …

GETTY IMAGES At some point, we have to stop the madness. We have to change the pace. That truth hit home to me the day after Thanksgiving as we drove home from our family visits. At first the …

Dear Mr. Potter

James Stewart's George Bailey, right, stares down Mr. Potter, played by Lionel Barrymore, in "It's a Wonderful Life." Amongst the citizens of Bedford Falls dwells a man by the name of Potter. He …

Amazing lessons from a teenager

Brinley Harris holds the flag for the Dominican Republic. She graduated from high school in May and decided to take a year to do mission work instead of go to college. She worked in a Christian camp …

Mainstreaming alternate lifestyles

By Sue Ella Deadwyler It took 39 years, but the education establishment has reached its 1978 goal to transform culture. 1978 was the year the president of the National Education Association, …

We should not need to have a “Thanksgiving Day” to remind us to be grateful. Neither should we need God’s Word to repeatedly prompt us to be thankful. Yet, the words “thanks, thanksgiving, …

10 surprising places to see a pastor

Every once in a while, I’m in a conversation where a church member has expressed “surprise” to see his or her pastor in a given place. I thought you might enjoy hearing some of those …

The church of the comfortable

NOTE: This editorial originally appeared in the Nov. 8, 2007 edition of The Christian Index. Vance Havner, a preacher’s preacher of the last generation, used to say, “It is the …

By Emory Dunahoo After reading the editorial on the Gainesville Times page Oct. 29, I feel compelled to respond as a legislator from Hall County. The Times is supporting the position that our state …

When God provides a ram ...

In my Facebook and blog posts, I’ve shared many of the lessons God has taught Holli and me over the last nineteen months. Another lesson God has taught us is provision or … faith. During …

ReachingNextGen

Georgia Baptists are kicking off an initiative to reach the next generation in the years ahead. Keith Fordham has had good success in reaching youth in his revival meetings. The Christian Index asked …

Veteran’s Day is coming up…I’ve been asked this question so many times, I think this is the best way for me to respond in writing to the recent issue of protesting the flag. I don’t claim to …

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