Top stories

Pressley addresses Law Amendment, praises ARITF

Newly elected SBC President Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., speaks to reporters Wednesday at the SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. (Baptist Press/Sonya Singh)
INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Newly elected SBC President Clint Pressley, in his first press conference following the election Wednesday, June 12, expressed his confidence in Southern Baptists as he responded to questions on issues dealt with in the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center.
New SBC officers are, from left to right, Registration Secretary Don Currence, Second Vice President Eddie Lopez, President Clint Pressley, First Vice President Brad Graves, Recording Secretary Nathan Finn. (Baptist Press/Sonya Singh)
Pressley leads slate of 2024 SBC officers
INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley, elected SBC president from a field of six nominees, begins his term with two newly-elected officers and two officers reelected during the 2024 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Clint Pressley (The Baptist Paper/Van Payne)
North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley elected SBC president in 2nd runoff
INDIANAPOLIS — Emerging from a field of six candidates, North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
A messenger to the SBC Annual Meeting holds ballots Wednesday, June 12, in Indianapolis. (The Baptist Paper/Pam Henderson)
Law Amendment fails on second vote by SBC messengers
INDIANAPOLIS — In a highly anticipated vote on the final day of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, messengers narrowly defeated the proposed Law Amendment which specified that only men can serve “as any kind of pastor or elder as qualified by Scripture.”
Southern Baptist messengers approved recommendations presented by the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force on Tuesday. (Photo/The Baptist Paper)
SBC messengers approve ARITF recommendations; questions remain
INDIANAPOLIS — Southern Baptist messengers approved recommendations presented by the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force on Tuesday, June 11.
Cars are displayed during the Cars and Crafts at the Creek 2024 event at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga., on Saturday, June 1. (Photo/Flat Creek Bap0tist Church via Facebook)
Fayette County cites Flat Creek Baptist pastor for car show
It’s likely a Fayette County first: A county marshal ordered a church pastor to appear before a judge to answer for a publicly advertised car show held during daylight hours entirely within the church property.
Baptist Life

New IMB missionaries celebrated during SBC annual meeting

Messengers and guests at the Southern Baptist Convention applaud IMB missionaries who will serve in countries where it is either illegal to share the gospel or Christians are strongly persecuted as part of a Sending Celebration in the first session of the annual meeting on Tuesday in Indianapolis. (Photo/IMB
INDIANANPOLIS — Newly appointed missionaries looked around the Indiana Convention Center’s hall at the urging of Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board president. He gestured from the stage to more than 13,000 messengers and guests sent by local churches to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis. 
INDIANAPOLIS — Kate, a young member of a Girls in Action group, approached her parents in the fall of 2023 with the idea of doing a project for Haiti. They thought it might be something small, but she told them she wanted to raise $7,000 to build a church in Haiti.
Just after my family moved to Prestonsburg over 20 years ago, Leah Dane, one of our older deacon’s wives, made us a loaf of banana bread. The small bundle was wrapped in foil. Opening it up, we found it already sliced for our convenience.
My husband is the king of “made up” games for the grandkids. They play “fish bait,” where he throws an empty lotion container, which is the bait, in the middle of the bed and the kids try to get it like fish. They play their own version of click list (which is quite entertaining) among other crazy made-up games like restaurant ordering, hair salon etc.
INDIANAPOLIS — Dean Inserra said “football nerds” like him watch with great interest every February as football players showcase what they can do at the NFL Combine, which takes place in Indianapolis just down the street from where Southern Baptists held this year’s annual meeting.
Georgia
A Gwinnett County Ga. commuter bus sits in the road where it was stopped in Smoke Rise, Ga., on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Man accused of hijacking bus in Atlanta charged with murder, other crimes

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of hijacking a commuter bus in downtown Atlanta, fatally shooting one person and leading police on a chase through three counties faces more than two dozen criminal charges, including murder.

Gunman wounds 3 in Atlanta foot court before being shot by officer, police say

ATLANTA (AP) — A gunman shot three people at a food court in downtown Atlanta before then getting shot by a police officer Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. All four people who were shot at the Peachtree Center food court are expected to survive, including the suspect, according to Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp journeys to South Korea in sixth overseas trip

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is traveling to South Korea in his sixth overseas trip as governor. The Republican left late Monday for a roughly 10-day trip to the Asian nation, arriving on Wednesday in South Korea. He plans to return in the middle of next week.

Dutch king and queen visit Georgia's oldest city and trade powerhouse during US visit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The king and queen of the Netherlands spent the second day of their U.S. tour Tuesday visiting Savannah, Georgia's oldest city that is both a historic gem and a growing powerhouse in global trade.
Nation
A driver blinks their hazard lights as heavy rain falls over parts of South Florida on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)

Florida's 2024 hurricane season arrives with a rainy deluge

Dangerous flooding from a tropical disturbance inundated much of southern Florida on Wednesday, blocking roads, floating vehicles and delaying the Florida Panthers on their way to Stanley Cup games in Canada against the Edmonton Oilers.

Palestinian supporters vandalize homes of Brooklyn Museum officials and other locations in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Pro-Palestinian protesters vandalized locations associated with the Brooklyn Museum and the United Nations in New York City, throwing red paint across their entrances.

Americans celebrate their flag every year, and the holiday was born in Wisconsin

WAUBEKA, Wis. (AP) — Each June, the people of Waubeka venerate perhaps the nation's most enduring symbol, celebrating Flag Day, a holiday that escapes the notice of many Americans. But this unincorporated Wisconsin town about 35 miles north of Milwaukee takes the day seriously. After all, it lays claim to being the birthplace of Flag Day, thanks to a tenacious teacher in a one-room schoolhouse.

Thefts of charging cables pose yet another obstacle to appeal of electric vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Just before 2 a.m. on a chilly April night in Seattle, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup stopped at an electric vehicle charging station on the edge of a shopping center parking lot.
World
Jane Muthoni, 65, cooks using firewood at her home in Kiambu, Kenya, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Kasuku)

From the mission field: Respiratory diseases plague Kenya as more people burn wood to save money

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Piles of firewood surrounded Jane Muthoni in her kitchen made of iron sheets. The roof, walls and wooden pillars were covered in soot. As she blew on the flame for tea, the 65-year-old was engulfed in smoke.

Russia fires more missiles and drones at Ukraine ahead of diplomatic efforts to stop the war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces fired missiles and drones at the Kyiv region and five other areas of Ukraine in a nighttime attack, officials said Wednesday, ahead of several days of intense diplomatic activity around the war that is now in its third year.

2 Russian warships approach Cuba ahead of military exercises in the Caribbean

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A fleet of Russian warships reached Cuban waters on Wednesday ahead of planned military exercises in the Caribbean in what some see as a projection of strength as tensions grow over Western support for Ukraine.

Malawi's vice president and 9 others are confirmed dead after their plane's wreckage is found

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine other people died when the small military plane they were traveling in crashed in bad weather in a mountainous region in the north of the country, the president said Tuesday. Chilima was 51.
Perspectives
Former Minnesota Twin Harmon Killebrew died May 17, 2011. The Hall of Fame slugger, 12th on baseball’s all-time home run list with 573, once shared, “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ​My dad would tell her, 'We’re not raising grass. We’re raising boys.'”
The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a personal, visible, and physical return. This Jesus is the  same one who was born in a manger, lived a holy life, suffered death on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. His return will have consequences.
According to D.L. Moody, the renowned evangelist from a previous generation,  “You might as well try to see without eyes, hear without ears, or breathe without lungs, as to try to live the Christian life without the Holy Spirit.”
I have a deep concern that the reckless spending of the federal government will plunge the next three or four generations into an abysmal debt. At age 83 the impact upon me will likely be incidental. However, it deeply concerns me that we are plunging future generations into deep debt and an unsustainable economy.
Finding a genuine community can be challenging. Georgia consistently ranks as the loneliest state in America. Nearly 50% of all adults in Georgia are lonely, and 30% of those are young adults under 30, according to the US Surgeon General's report in 2023.
Business
Signs display gas prices at stations alongside Interstate 95 in Brunswick, Ga., Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Index/Henry Durand)

US gas prices are falling, and experts point to mild demand at the pump ahead of summer travel

NEW YORK (AP) — Gas prices are once again on the decline across the U.S., bringing some relief to drivers now paying a little less to fill up their tanks. The national average for gas prices on Monday stood around $3.44, according to AAA.

Apple expected to enter AI race with ambitions to overtake the early leaders

Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference on Monday is expected to herald the company's move into generative artificial intelligence, marking its late arrival to a technological frontier that's expected to be as revolutionary as the invention of the iPhone.

Internet group sues Georgia to block law requiring sites to gather data on sellers

An internet trade group is suing the state of Georgia to block a law requiring online classified sites to gather data on high-volume sellers who advertise online but collect payment in cash or some other offline method.

US employers added a robust 272,000 jobs in May in a sign of sustained economic health

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added a strong 272,000 jobs in May, accelerating from April and a sign that companies are still confident enough in the economy to keep hiring despite persistently high interest rates.

Many Americans are still shying away from EVs despite Biden's push, an AP-NORC/EPIC poll finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans still aren’t sold on going electric for their next car purchase. High prices and a lack of easy-to-find charging stations are major sticking points, a new poll shows.
Sports
Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser celebrates his two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cowser's 2-run homer in the 8th lifts Baltimore to its 6th straight win, 4-2 over Atlanta

BALTIMORE (AP) — Colton Cowser hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles won their sixth straight game, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Obituary: Jerry West, a 3-time Hall of Fame selection and the inspiration for the NBA logo, dies at 86

Jerry West, who was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame three times in a storied career as a player and executive, and whose silhouette is considered to be the basis of the NBA logo, died Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Clippers announced.

Kentucky baseball coach credits divine intervention for team's success

In the past month alone, Nick Mingione has witnessed personal and professional triumphs in his life and gives God all of the credit he has accomplished on both ends of the spectrum. Prior to his team’s current run in the NCAA Tournament, the University of Kentucky baseball coach watched as his son (Reeves Mingione) was baptized.

Falcons' Bijan Robinson hopes to have Christian McCaffrey-like role under new coach Raheem Morris

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — As a rookie in 2023, Bijan Robinson showed he was a running back capable of lining up at wide receiver while flashing the all-around skills that prompted the Atlanta Falcons to make him the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft.