Perspectives

Best Pastors Day at the Capitol ever

What an awesome day it was at the 8th Annual Georgia Baptist Pastors Day at the State Capitol. Nearly 160 pastors, ministry leaders, laypeople, and legislators gathered on Feb. 27 to be inspired and encouraged to understand the political process from a Christian perspective.

Shannon Labrie knows what it means to hustle.  She grew up on a small farm in the Midwestern US. Farming communities large and small are marked by their incredible work ethic. Hustle and hard work grows something deep in a person that just cannot bear fruit any other way.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — As believers, most of us know that our faith is not something to be kept to ourselves. Jesus commanded us to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”

It’s amazing to me that people from 187 countries have read stories in The Christian Index over the past month.

For more than seven years the Georgia General Assembly has been dealing with the issue of expanding gambling in Georgia. Every year the proposed legislation has failed to pass out of the House and the Senate.

Change Church - Miracles in messy places

GRANTVILLE – In Luke 7: 43-50 Jesus tells a beautiful story about a woman who apparently had a sordid past, but who came to Christ and was forgiven.

The deception of the abortion movement

A couple of weeks ago The Augusta Press ran an article of mine concerning Faith and Choice.  There was a lot of good response to that article which took the common sense approach to one of the most discussed subjects of our day: abortion. 

Faith and choice

I suppose that there has never been an issue which divided our nation like the issue of abortion. 

As we approach the legislative session getting underway in Atlanta, we are beginning the second year of a two-year legislative cycle. This means bills that did not pass last year are still available for consideration this year.

Let me begin by saying that I am a U.S. citizen by choice. Even though I was born in Peru, the U.S. gave me an education, and for that I will always be grateful.

Time to remember the sanctity of human life

The late President Ronald Reagan, a champion for pro-life causes, proclaimed January 22 of each year would be set aside as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. 

The New Year brings the opportunity to start fresh and create a plan for the months ahead. It gives us each a chance to look at our past year and see what worked, what didn’t, where God showed up, and what He spoke to us in our struggles, strengths, losses and victories.

The Georgia Baptist Pastors Day at the state Capitol is happening Thursday, January 27, 2022!

Taking stock as we begin a new year

Welcome to 2022! The turning of the calendar presents a timely opportunity to evaluate where we are and set goals for where we’re going for the next 365 days.

Pastor to pastor: The best is yet to come

The week after Christmas is the least productive week of the year for many people. For me, it’s the MOST productive.

Faith, prayers and a brown bag Christmas

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh made headlines recently by stating he’ll give his bonus money to employees of the athletic department who suffered Covid-19-related pay cuts. Michigan defeated Ohio State November 27 to secure the Big Ten East division crown.

The theme for the 2022 Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference is Until All Hear! 

Looking at the life of Thomas Jefferson Bowen (1814-1875) and his struggles as a pioneer SBC foreign missionary, one might ask the question: “Was it worth it?”

It was so kind of Baptist Press to take the time to write an article about the built-in language translator used by The Christian Index. That translator allows readers to see articles in any of several languages with the click of a mouse.

The primary responsibility of every newspaper is to cover its community. The Atlanta Journal Constitution covers Atlanta. The Macon Telegraph covers Macon. The Augusta Chronicle covers Augusta. And The Christian Index, of course, covers the Georgia Baptist community, which is arguably the largest community in the state with some 1.4 million people.

I spent most of Wednesday in the kitchen. It was the day before Thanksgiving and there were eggs to devil, sweet potatoes to mash, pies, and banana pudding to be made.

Getting the most out of Christmas

I love the Blondie comic strip. In one December comic several years ago, the pesty neighborhood boy Elmo tells Dagwood, “I tried to set up a skype video chat with Santa, Mr. B, but all I got back was an email form letter.”

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – One snowy day in the 1940s, Robert White was working as a bellhop in the Grand Hotel in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, when a stranger showed up.

Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, who fought an extended and high-profile legal battle over religious liberty, has settled her case and is moving into retirement. What follows is a letter she shared through Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that represented her in court.

My recent vision trip to Colombia was a trip that I will never forget because of a certain scripture that really pressed on my heart. It was the scripture that speaks into the life of those who are followers of Jesus Christ.

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