Blessings and Balderdash: Commentaries from The Christian Index, America’s Oldest Religious Publication


For 15 years, J. Gerald Harris sat at the helm of America’s oldest Christian publication, The Christian Index. Now, we have a collection of the best and brightest, the “blessings” and the “balderdash” that flowed from his pen into his weekly editorials. With over 400 editorials to his name, this collection contains the heart of Christian thinking about current events over the 15-year period from 2003 to 2018. From thoughts about the Southern Baptist Convention to atheism to Mother Theresa to post-modern culture, and so much more, this book will encourage you, provoke you, and enlighten your understanding of the flow of Christian thought during this pivotal time.

While this book is not about dispensationalism, it is written by a pre-trib, pre-millennial author with a conservative Biblical worldview.

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J. Gerald HarrisGerald Harris, a North Carolina native served as a pastor for forty-one years in churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia, prior to becoming the editor of The Christian Index in 2003. This book is a compilation of his more popular editorials. Some received praise while others were denounced, thus the title “Blessings and Balderdash.”

In addition to serving as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, the author also served on the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay), the Executive Committee and the Funding Study Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has written four books including Pardoned to the Priests and Olympic Heroes: World Class Athletes Winning at Life by Broadman & Holman Publishers, A Gentle Zephyr, A Mighty Wind by Free Church Press and The History of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (1972 to 2017).

Dr. Harris has a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University, a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. He is married to Martha Jean Maxwell of Newnan, Georgia. They have three adult children and thirteen grandchildren.


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Weight .80 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in


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