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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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  • Tornadoes: 2 Georgia Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    January 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Tornadoes: 2 Georgia Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    As the Southeast recovers from a deadly storm system that swept the region, Georgia Baptists are mourning the deaths of an elderly couple who were members of First Baptist Church in Nashville, Ga. Meanwhile, the president of William Carey University said the campus “looks a lot better” following initial cleanup efforts.

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  • Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

    January 24 2017 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

    Southern Baptists throughout the Southeast have started responding to a deadly storm system that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 19 people from Georgia to Mississippi over a two-day period this past weekend. Severe weather, which lasted through Sunday night extended into South Carolina and north Florida.

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  • Stanley’s expansive In Touch Ministries reaching globe

    January 12 2017 by Gerald Harris, Georgia Christian Index | with 1 comments
    Stanley’s expansive In Touch Ministries reaching globe

    When pastor Charles Stanley launched “The Chapel Hour” in 1972 on Atlanta-area television stations, he probably never dreamed that 45 years later his ministry would cover most of the earth. Many may contend that few people have had the impact upon the world for good and for God like Stanley.

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  • Georgia Baptists increase budget to $41M

    November 29 2016 by Christian Index staff | with 0 comments
    Georgia Baptists increase budget to $41M

    Messengers to the 195th Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting approved an increased Cooperative Program budget of $41,000,000 – 42 percent of which will be forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes. In addition, they re-elected Alpharetta pastor Thomas Hammond as president at the gathering at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah.

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  • Doctor, pastor sues Georgia after sermons cost him new job

    April 25 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Doctor, pastor sues Georgia after sermons cost him new job

    A week after offering Eric Walsh a job in 2014 as district health director for Northwest Georgia, state officials combed through his online sermons, which allegedly ranged from topics such as the sin of homosexuality to the corrupting influence of pop culture. After they revoked his job offer, Walsh sued for discrimination.

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