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Eastwood Baptist Church seeks to 'plant trees' for the present and future generations

Senior Pastor Randy Cheek, left, and Executive Pastor Kevin Scott look at the new footprint for Eastwood Baptist Church in Marietta. (Photo/Eastwood Baptist Church)
MARIETTA, Ga. — Dr. Randy Cheek was approaching 70 years old when he was called as senior pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Marietta. His first Sunday he preached a message that has become his personal prayer, “Lord, whatever you want, I want.”
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)
Pressley addresses Law Amendment, praises ARITF
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.
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 — In 2023, 35 out of 41 Southern Baptist state conventions reported increases in baptisms from the previous year. During his report to the SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell invited several of those state leaders to join him to recognize NAMB’s partnership in evangelism with state conventions.
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.
Georgia
Three vessels work to load and unload cargo at the Georgia Ports Authority Ocean Terminal, June 24, 2022, in Savannah, Ga. (Stephen B. Morton/Georgia Port Authority via AP)

Port of Savannah reports 22% growth in containers

ATLANTA – A strengthening retail market and new customers are combining to drive growth at the Port of Savannah. The port handled 490,330 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, up 22% compared to May of last year, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Thursday.

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.
Nation
Boxes of the drug mifepristone sit on a shelf at the West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

Supreme Court rejects bid to ban abortion pill

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously reversed the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals and told opponents of the Food and Drug Administration their argument over the safety of mifepristone, commonly known as the abortion pill, should be taken up with the Biden administration rather than the courts.

After rare flash flood emergency, Florida prepares for more heavy rainfall in coming days

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A tropical disturbance has brought a rare flash flood emergency to much of southern Florida as residents prepared to weather more heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday.

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.
World
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the First Appeals Court of General Jurisdiction in Moscow, Russia, April 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

US reporter Evan Gershkovich, jailed in Russia on espionage charges, to stand trial, officials say

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, who has been jailed for over a year in Russia on espionage charges, will stand trial in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, where he was detained, authorities said Thursday.

G7 summit opens with deal to use Russian assets for Ukraine as EU's traditional powers recalibrate

BARI, Italy (AP) — A Group of Seven summit is opening Thursday with agreement on a U.S. proposal to back a $50 billion loan to Ukraine using frozen Russian assets as collateral, giving Kyiv a strong show of support even as Europe's political chessboard shifts to the right.

Milei's radical overhaul passes Argentina's Senate as protesters clash with police

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Senate narrowly approved President Javier Milei ’s sweeping proposals to slash state spending and boost his own powers on Thursday, handing the libertarian leader a much-needed first legislative victory even as opposition senators scrapped an income tax package and tweaked some contentious parts of the plan.

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.
Perspectives
In 1787, while Benjamin Franklin was walking out of the convention hall, a woman approached him and asked him if she could just ask him just one question. He granted her permission. She asked, “What have you given us?” Franklin said, “A republic, if you can keep it!”
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.
Business
Vehicles pass the Tesla Gigafactory, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Elon Musk wins back his $44.9 billion Tesla pay package in shareholder vote

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla shareholders voted Thursday to restore CEO Elon Musk's record $44.9 billion pay package that was thrown out by a Delaware judge earlier this year, sending a strong vote of confidence in his leadership of the electric vehicle maker.

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.
Sports
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez throws during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Lopez, Albies shine as Braves beat Orioles 6-3 and snap slide

BALTIMORE (AP) — After Reynaldo Lopez matched his season high with eight strikeouts over six shutout innings in the Atlanta Braves' 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, the new MLB ERA leader revealed the catalyst for exceptional season: his wife.

Atlanta Falcons forfeit fifth-round pick, fined for tampering with Kirk Cousins

The Atlanta Falcons were stripped of a fifth-round pick in next year's draft on Thursday for violating the NFL’s anti-tampering rules prior to signing quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receiver Darnell Mooney and tight end Charlie Woerner in free agency in March.

GM on Braves' struggles: 'It's about making sure you get to the playoffs one way or the other'

BALTIMORE (AP) — Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos held a media session before a game — which sort of says it all about how the Braves have been playing.

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.