During the Dark Ages in Europe the church for the most part was neglected and abandoned. With the advent of the Renaissance came the rebirth of learning and rediscovery of the Bible. Consequently, the Bible was translated from Latin into the languages of the people and became the centerpiece of learning.
First impressions are crucial for Joel Aplin, a member of Unity Baptist Church. For the past six years he has gone the extra bucket of paint to create jaw-dropping set designs for Vacation Bible School. Aplin recently talked to Index production editor Scott Barkley about what motivates him in this ministry.
Election Day dawned with Hurricane Sandy storm survivors voting in tents – along with a reminder of the preparation of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Prior to Sandy's landfall, SBDR area commander Mark Gauthier reminded state DR leaders to make sure deploying volunteers voted absentee before they traveled to begin ministry.
One of the most heralded rivalries in college football is the annual contest between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators. The interest in this year's gridiron battle between the two Southeastern Conference foes was heightened by several extenuating circumstances.
"It takes a leader with a Kingdom mindset, one who is theologically sound and who is humble so that others are not threatened by him." That is how Bartow Associational Missionary David Franklin describes Don Hattaway, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
At least two Georgians are among a group from around the nation who are forming the Middle East and North Africa Baptist Fellowship. The fellowship, brought together by the North American Mission Board, will lay the groundwork for jointly reaching Arabic-speaking North Americans.
Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River, and with size comes responsibility on a variety of levels ... above all, spiritual. That God-given responsibility frequently comes with formidable challenges.
Giving cover GBC tents provide a home for ministry By Scott Barkley, Production Editor Published November 15, 2012
There's a quandary for churches looking to minister outside its walls but needing walls for a specific ministry or outreach. Shelter can come in handy for picnics, outdoor revivals, and off-site Vacation Bible School.
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, has challenged SBC churches to renew their commitment to unified ministry through the SBC's Cooperative Program by a 1 percent-of-budget increase.
Hit the Streets By Gabriel Stovall, pastor, NewLife Christian Church Forest Park Published November 15, 2012
Bible Studies for Life, Nov. 25
Yahweh Our God By Jeff Gongwer, senior pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Snellville Published November 15, 2012
Exodus 6:2-8; 15:1-3,11-13
Bible Studies for Life, Dec. 2
On Nov. 6 Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. were re-elected as president and vice president of the United States. January 20 has been declared as Presidential Inauguration Day; but since January 20 is on a Sunday all the pomp and ceremony will be pushed back a day. So, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will be sworn in privately on January 20, but the actual ceremony will be on January 21. The Christian Index congratulates Mr. Obama upon his re-election.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published November 15, 2012
Twenty years ago, as the Georgia Baptist Convention was meeting in Macon, Georgia, I received an invitation from the executive committee to become the executive director of the convention. I must confess, it was the culmination of a spiritual journey and genuine struggle for Janice and me.
First, we want to congratulate you on your victory on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We know that running for public office requires tremendous sacrifice. As Americans we are thankful for men and women who devote the time and energy necessary to run a political campaign.