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  • Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. director

    September 13 2018 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. director

    Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members voted with a singular “yes” to a search team’s recommendation Tuesday (Sept. 11) that pastor Thomas Hammond become the convention’s next executive director. Hammond, 56, is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta and was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention from 2015-2017.

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  • A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

    June 7 2018 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

    It’s Thursday evening, and a group boards a bus at the Georgia Baptist Convention building for several strip clubs, a few hotels and an apartment complex where human trafficking has been reported. The “Unholy Tour,” jointly sponsored by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and the Georgia Baptist public affairs office, stretched nearly three hours …

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  • Scott Barkley tapped as Georgia’s Christian Index editor

    June 1 2018 by The Christian Index staff | with 0 comments
    Scott Barkley tapped as Georgia’s Christian Index editor

    Scott Barkley, associate managing editor of The Christian Index, will be promoted to editor effective June 1, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s executive director, J. Robert White, has announced. Barkley, 44, in his 15 years with The Index, has served as production editor, web content editor and associate managing editor.

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  • Association disfellowships church over racism charges

    April 5 2018 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Association disfellowships church over racism charges

    What began as a harmonious relationship between a declining Anglo church and a growing African American church plant in Georgia ended when Mallary Baptist Association disfellowshipped Raleigh White Baptist Church on grounds of racism. After two years of intervention, the association’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to remove the church from its membership.

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  • Flu outbreak prompts churches to take precautions

    January 23 2018 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Flu outbreak prompts churches to take precautions

    Johnny Nix of Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church has asked volunteers to consider staying away. “We’ve instructed our volunteers and workers to postpone coming by for a couple of weeks if they or someone in their family has had [the flu],” Nix said.

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  • Church’s firewood ministry helps families stay warm

    January 12 2018 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Church’s firewood ministry helps families stay warm

    In the mountains of north Georgia, volunteers at Antioch Baptist Church work year-round on a unique ministry – providing firewood to those in need. During the recent cold snap when temperatures dropped to near zero some days, it’s been more important than ever.

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  • Brewton-Parker athlete shot, killed at off-campus party

    September 27 2017 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Brewton-Parker athlete shot, killed at off-campus party

    Brewton-Parker College is mourning the loss of a student who was shot and killed over the weekend in an off-campus party. The shooter fled the scene and was being sought by Mount Vernon Police and related law enforcement agencies as of Sept. 26. Police have labeled the death a homicide.

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  • As evacuees headed north, Georgia Baptists gave shelter

    September 15 2017 by Joe Westbury, Georgia Christian Index | with 0 comments
    As evacuees headed north, Georgia Baptists gave shelter

    As Hurricane Irma evacuees streamed north, Baptists in Georgia welcomed Floridians fleeing the storm’s looming wrath. One church even turned some of its 16 acres into a makeshift RV campground. At Lighthouse Baptist in Macon, Ga., pastor Tim Sizemore and church leaders decided they could offer evacuees more than their small sanctuary.

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  • Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

    August 23 2017 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

    Doyle Pennington, a pioneer in mobilizing Southern Baptist laypersons for missions and ministry, died Aug. 13 in Stockbridge, Ga., following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. Pennington was a longtime veteran of Southern Baptists’ lay renewal movement, which sought to bolster church life, marketplace witness and missions.

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  • Church begun in 1794 holds first Vacation Bible School

    July 28 2017 by Scott Barkley, Georgia Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Church begun in 1794 holds first Vacation Bible School

    Island Creek Baptist Church joined in for the first time since its founding in 1794. The church had a Vacation Bible School. Over time, folks from Atlanta-area communities had bought retirement homes on the shores of Lake Sinclair and found a church home at Island Creek near Sparta, Ga.

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  • Student missions team involved in deadly bus accident

    June 13 2017 by Margaret Colson, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Student missions team involved in deadly bus accident

    Thirty-eight students and adult chaperones traveling from Huntsville, Ala., to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a mission trip to Botswana were involved in a horrific accident June 8 that left dozens injured and killed one student. The church bus from Mount Zion Baptist Church flipped onto its roof, claiming the life of 17-year-old Sarah Harmening.

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  • 88-year-old retired pastor fulfills collegiate goal

    May 18 2017 by Caleb Britt, Shorter University | with 0 comments
    88-year-old retired pastor fulfills collegiate goal

    As Shorter University’s class of 2017 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, one graduate received a standing ovation for his long journey. Horace Sheffield, now 88, first enrolled at Shorter in 1961 and left with 115 credit hours because his own daughters were soon to enter college.

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  • ADF: Georgia college, others violating student rights

    May 3 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ADF: Georgia college, others violating student rights

    A Georgia college’s suppression of a student’s effort to share his Christian faith is an example of the First Amendment violations occurring at America’s public colleges and universities, according to a leading religious liberty organization. Russell Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity, decried the trend.

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  • Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

    March 27 2017 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

    Richard Eckler has helped construct more than 120 accessibility ramps since 2014 for homes in Elbert County, Ga., as part of Elberton First Baptist Church’s ramp building team. People need the ramps for different reasons. Whatever the case, a basic set of steps out their front door becomes a danger.

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  • Pastor in discrimination case to collect $225,000

    February 13 2017 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Pastor in discrimination case to collect $225,000

    A Georgia pastor fired from his government job over sermons alleged to be discriminatory will instead receive a $225,000 settlement from the state based on his own discrimination lawsuit. First Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit on Walsh’s behalf, contending the state fired him because of the content of sermons he delivered as an ordained lay minister.

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