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Smith resigns from ERLC board, issues apology for removal of Leatherwood ‘without a formal vote’

Kevin Smith. (Photo/Baptist Press)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP) – Southern Baptist pastor Kevin Smith announced Tuesday morning, July 23, that he has resigned as chairman and from the board of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Smith’s resignation comes on the heels of a turbulent 24 hours for the Southern Baptist public policy entity.
From left, Rhon Carter, Chad Rising, Charles Garrison, Tony Embrick, Jay Tucker, Shane Roberson, and Danny Dean pray over Brayson Dean. (Photo/Blacks Creek Baptist Church)
Calling out the Called: Brayson Dean licensed into gospel ministry, will attend Truett McConnell in fall
Brayson Dean was licensed into the gospel ministry Sunday, July 14, 2024 , at Blacks Creek Baptist Church in Commerce, Ga.  Brayson accepted the call to the ministry while attending Student Life Camp in 2021.
The congregation of First Baptist Dallas gathers for worship in the nearby Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, Sunday morning, June 21. (Photo/Baptist Press)
First Baptist Dallas meets in convention center following devastating fire
DALLAS (BP)—Two days after a four-alarm fire ripped through the historic sanctuary at First Baptist Dallas, the church gathered for worship in the nearby Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Sunday morning, June 21.
President Joe Biden speaks at a news conference July 11, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Biden drops out of 2024 race after disastrous debate inflamed age concerns and he endorses Harris
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election.
Firefighters work to extinguish the fire at First Baptist Dallas. (Photo/FBC Dallas via Baptist Press)
Fire engulfs historic sanctuary at FBC Dallas, Texas
DALLAS (BP)—The historic sanctuary at First Baptist Church Dallas burned Friday evening, July 19. The cause of the blaze is not yet known. The Victorian-style, red brick sanctuary building was erected 1890 and is a recognized Texas Historic Landmark.
Members of a Georgia BCM team on a Send Me Now trip to the Czech Republic pose for a group photo. From left: Eric Bergrab, Colt Brady, Alisha Philpot, Daniel Obuah, Chris Bryan, Montana Arnold, Erika Rowland, and Georgia Miller. (BCM/Chris Bryan)
For Georgia college students on summer mission trips, there is joy in serving the Lord
STATESBORO, Ga. — “What are you guys doing here?” It was a question the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Send Me Now team from Georgia heard repeatedly during their time in the city of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. It was a query which opened doors for sharing the gospel on their ten-day journey in June.
Baptist Life

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief teams deploy to Iowa, headed to Texas

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers clean up flood damage in a home in Iowa. (Photo/GBDR)
Teams of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers headed west to Iowa last week to assist residents dealing with damage caused by record flooding. Severe storms in late June dropped torrential rains on Iowa, causing major flooding as dams failed and rivers overflowed their banks. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds estimates that more than 5,000 homes were damaged by the storms, including at least 2,000 that are likely irreparable.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and one of its most diverse, and it is a vibrant land known for its art, music, film, and sun-kissed beaches. Despite the abundance of beauty, nutrition remains scarce.
GuideStone’s impact investing initiatives made significant contributions across a range of global ministry areas last year, with results highlighted in its inaugural, just-released 2023 Kingdom Impact Report. 
Chyler Hughes had never seen a Black missionary. At church, she learned to minister in her local community, but no one ever talked about international missions.  The concept entered her world when she left Kentucky and enrolled at Lincoln University, a historically Black university in Jefferson City, Missouri.
The late UCLA men’s basketball coach, John Wooden, is credited with saying, “It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” Of course, the idea is selflessness, teamwork and anonymity.
Georgia

University of South Carolina and University of Virginia enrolling rural residents for online weight management study

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers, together with colleagues at the University of South Carolina, have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine if online behavioral weight-management programs for rural residents can be improved by adding a human touch. The goal is to help residents of rural areas, where in-person weight-loss programs can be scarce.

Georgia transportation officials set plans for additional $1.5 billion in spending

ATLANTA (AP) — Transportation officials on Thursday announced plans to spend an extra $1.5 billion on projects in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp and lawmakers approved the money earlier this year, dipping into the state's $10.7 billion surplus to speed up state and local roadbuilding.

Georgia man arraigned on charges of threatening FBI Director Christopher Wray, authorities say

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man was arraigned Thursday on federal charges of threatening to kill the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. John Donovan Woodbury, 34, of the Atlanta area suburb of Roswell, was arraigned in federal court in Atlanta, U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan announced.

A Georgia death row inmate says a prosecutor hid a plea deal with a key witness, tainting his trial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys for a Georgia inmate sent to death row 25 years ago are accusing a prosecutor of hiding a deal that they contend casts doubt on the credibility of a crucial trial witness. Warren King was sentenced to death in September 1998 after an Appling County jury convicted him of murdering Karen Crosby, a convenience store clerk who was fatally shot during an armed robbery in southeast Georgia.
Nation
U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle prepares to testify about the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee at the Capitol, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Secret Service director steps down after assassination attempt against ex-President Trump at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the Secret Service said Tuesday she's resigning following the assassination attempt against ex-President Donald Trump that unleashed intensifying outcry about how the agency tasked with protecting current and former presidents could fail in its core mission.

Iowa law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy to take effect Monday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ruled the state's strict abortion law will take effect Monday, preventing most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Secret Service director, grilled by lawmakers on the Trump assassination attempt, says 'we failed'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle said Monday that her agency failed in its mission to protect former President Donald Trump, as lawmakers of both major political parties demanded during a highly contentious congressional hearing that she resign over security failures that allowed a gunman to scale a roof and open fire at a campaign rally.

Rescue teams find hiker who was missing for 2 weeks in Kentucky's Red River Gorge

SLADE, Ky. (AP) — Rescue teams found a man who had been reported missing more than two weeks ago in the Red River Gorge, a wilderness area full of steep cliffs and jagged terrain in eastern Kentucky.
World
A woman cries as hundreds of people gather at the site of a mudslide in the Kencho Shacha Gozdi district, Gofa Zone, southern Ethiopia, Monday, July 22, 2024. (Isayas Churga/Gofa Zone Government Communication Affairs Department via AP)

From the mission field: Death toll in southern Ethiopia mudslides rises to at least 229 as search operations continue

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Mudslides triggered by heavy rain in a remote part of Ethiopia have killed at least 229 people, including many who tried to rescue survivors, local authorities said Tuesday, in what the prime minister called a "terrible loss."

Rivals Hamas and Fatah sign a declaration to form a future government as war rages in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a declaration in Beijing vowing to form a government together, the groups said Tuesday, in the latest attempt at resolving their long rivalry.

Israel orders evacuation of part of Gaza humanitarian zone

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military ordered the evacuation Monday of part of a crowded area in the Gaza Strip it had designated a humanitarian zone, saying it is planning an operation against Hamas militants there.

Israel shoots down a missile fired from Yemen hours after a deadly Israeli strike on Houthi rebels

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen early Sunday, hours after Israeli warplanes struck several Houthi targets in the Arabian Peninsula country. The Israeli airstrikes — in response to a deadly Houthi drone strike on Tel Aviv — were the first time Israel is known to have responded to repeated Houthi attacks throughout its nine-month war against Hamas.
Perspectives
Several years ago, while serving in North Georgia, I made visits one hot Spring afternoon. I drove to the home of a lady who visited the previous Sunday. She lived a mile or two off the main highway. I located her house, knocked on her door, and no one answered. I left my card with a note, returned to my car and noticed a loud hissing sound. My tire was going flat.
When I was in elementary school—it was either the sixth or seventh grade—my classmates elected me to fight a boy named Johnny because he supposedly was picking on smaller kids.  It was almost an honor.
On a recent Sunday, Connie and I were able to attend our home church together and reconnect with some of our friends. We heard a great sermon from Dr. Andy McDonald, who is serving as our interim pastor while we search for our next pastor.  
While on vacation or traveling for business, finding a place to worship, especially when a tight schedule requires traveling on Sunday, can be a challenge. Yet, the worship and fellowship experienced on many of those occasions may be enhanced by the providential hand of God, opening the church doors we normally would not have opened, and by introducing us to new friends along the way.
It’s been written that Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, once hired an expert to gauge the efficiency of his company.  A few weeks later, the man presented a very positive report, except for one thing. “It’s that man down the hall,” the expert reported. “Every time I go by his office he’s just sitting there with his feet on his desk. He’s wasting your money.” “That man,” answered Ford, “once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At that time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now.”
Business
A Delta Air Lines plane leaves the gate on July 12, 2021, at Logan International Airport in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

US is investigating Delta's flight cancellations and faltering response to global tech outage

U.S. regulators are investigating how Delta Air Lines is treating passengers affected by canceled and delayed flights as the airline struggles to recover from a global technology outage.

UPS boosts volume in US for first time since 2022, but profit and revenue slide

UPS boosted its volume in the U.S. for the first time since 2022 during its second quarter, but profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations, partly due to a hefty charge. henryShares dropped more than 7% before the market opened on Tuesday.

Delta Air Lines says cancellations continue as it tries to restore operations after tech outage

NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines, including Delta Air Lines, continued to struggle to restore operations two days after a faulty software update caused technological havoc worldwide and resulted in several carriers grounding flights.

Small businesses grapple with global tech outages created by CrowdStrike

NEW YORK (AP) — An owner of a consumer insights research firm couldn't pay her employees, make Friday's deadline to sign a contract for a new business or send key research to a key client. A psychiatrist, who runs a virtual mental health practice in Maryland, saw his business hobbled as some of his virtual assistants and therapists couldn't either make phone calls or log on to their computers. And a restaurant owner in New York City was worried about how he was going to pay his vendors and his workers.

Airlines rush to get back on track after global tech disruption

Transport providers, businesses and governments on Saturday are rushing to get all their systems back online after long disruptions following a widespread technology outage. The biggest continuing effect has been on air travel. Carriers canceled thousands of flights on Friday and now have many of their planes and crews in the wrong place, while airports facing continued problems with checking in and security.
Sports
Cincinnati Reds' Elly De La Cruz (44) celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jason Allen)

Hunter Greene gives up 2 hits in 7 scoreless innings as Reds run to 4-1 win over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Hunter Greene allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings, Will Benson homered and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of their speed to beat Reynaldo López and the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday night.

Braves recall Nacho Alvarez Jr., sign veteran Whit Merrifield following Albies' wrist injury

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves made two moves to replace injured second baseman Ozzie Albies on Monday, recalling infielder Nacho Alvarez Jr. from Triple-A Gwinnett and signing veteran Whit Merrifield.

Braves 2B Ozzie Albies expected to miss about 8 weeks with broken wrist

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies broke his left wrist late in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and is expected to miss about eight weeks.

Burleson, Goldschmidt hit home runs in Cardinals' 6-2 win over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit one of four Cardinals home runs after getting dropped in the order and St. Louis knocked off the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Sunday to win the weekend series.