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Guidestone's 'Mission: Dignity' ministry cares for pastors and their families in their retirement

Marilene and Kenneth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last August.
TOCCOA, GA – James reminds us that pure and undefiled religion will prompt believers to care for widows (James 1:27). The writer of Proverbs penned, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17).
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)
Eastwood Baptist Church seeks to 'plant trees' for the present and future generations
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.
Baptist Life

Fayette County cites Flat Creek Baptist pastor for car show

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)
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.
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

6 people, including 3 children, killed in a Georgia house fire, authorities say

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Six people, including three children, were killed in a fire that destroyed a home southwest of Atlanta early Monday, the local coroner said.

Spread of solar farms in Georgia about to get legislative scrutiny

ATLANTA – Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River, with eight million acres of prime farmland. Yet, there’s so much concern over the spread of solar farms eating up huge portions of that acreage with vast fields of solar panels that the state Senate has formed a study committee to explore what can be done to save the most fertile land for farmers.

An Georgia inmate used a gun to kill a prison kitchen worker before killing himself, officials say

GLENNVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An inmate used a gun to kill a kitchen worker at a Georgia prison early Sunday before fatally shooting himself, state officials said.

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.
Nation
President Joe Biden walks to his limousine as he arrives on Air Force One, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Secret Service agent robbed at gunpoint during Biden's Los Angeles trip, police say

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. Secret Service agent was robbed at gunpoint as President Joe Biden was visiting Los Angeles for a fundraising event over the weekend, officials said.

Judge rules that federal agency can't enforce abortion rule in Louisiana and Mississippi

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Monday granted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as employers in two Southern states, temporary relief from complying with a federal rule that would have required them to provide workers with time off and other workplace accommodations for abortions.

Perfectly preserved centuries-old cherries unearthed at George Washington's Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — George Washington never did cut down the cherry tree, despite the famous story to the contrary, but he did pack away quite a few bottles of the fruit at his Mount Vernon home.

Biden will announce deportation protection and work permits for spouses of US citizens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning to announce a sweeping new policy Tuesday that would lift the threat of deportation for hundreds of thousands of people married to U.S. citizens, an aggressive election-year action on immigration that had been sought by many Democrats.
World
The USS aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower sails in the Red Sea on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

US aircraft carrier counters false Houthi claims with 'Taco Tuesdays' as deployment stretches on

ABOARD THE USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER IN THE RED SEA (AP) — The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may be one of the oldest aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy, but it's still fighting — despite repeated false claims by Yemen's Houthi rebels.

Russia's Putin to visit North Korea for talks with Kim Jong Un, both countries say

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea for a two-day visit starting Tuesday, both countries announced, amid international concerns about their military cooperation.

Chinese and Philippine ship collision just the latest in a string of South China Sea confrontations

BANGKOK (AP) — China has been at odds with many other countries in the Asia-Pacific for years over its sweeping maritime claims, including almost all of the South China Sea, a strategic and resource-rich waterway around which Beijing has drawn a 10-dash-line on official maps to delineate what it says it its territory.

Through connection to their land, Tarahumara runners are among Mexico's most beloved champions

CHIHUAHUA, México (AP) — Miguel Lara was born to run. It’s in his blood, his people’s history and tied to the land he calls home. “That’s what we do,” said the 34-year-old ultramarathoner near his cabin in Porochi, an Indigenous community in the remote Tarahumara mountains of northern Mexico.
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
A derailed BNSF train on the Swinomish tribal reservation near Anacortes, Wash. on March 16, 2023. (Washington Department of Ecology via AP)

Judge orders railway to pay Washington tribe nearly $400 million for trespassing with oil trains

SEATTLE (AP) — BNSF Railway must pay nearly $400 million to a Native American tribe in Washington state, a federal judge ordered Monday after finding that the company intentionally trespassed when it repeatedly ran 100-car trains carrying crude oil across the tribe's reservation.

Surgeon general asks Congress to require warning labels for social media, like those on cigarettes

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. In a Monday opinion piece in The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that social media is a contributing factor in the mental health crisis among young people.

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.
Sports
Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies runs the bases after putting the Braves ahead with a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, June 17, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Albies hits go-ahead homer in 8th as Braves overcome strong start by Olson and beat Tigers 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a go-ahead home run with two outs in the eighth and the Atlanta Braves overcame a strong start by Detroit right-hander Reese Olson to beat the Tigers 2-1 on Monday night.

Bryson DeChambeau wins another U.S. Open with a clutch finish to deny Rory McIlroy

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau climbed back into the most famous bunker at Pinehurst No. 2, this time with the U.S. Open trophy instead of his 55-degree sand wedge, filling the silver prize with grains of sand to commemorate the best shot of his life.

Jose Siri hits tiebreaking 2-run homer in 9th, Rays beat Braves 8-6 to avoid sweep

ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Siri hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Braves closer Raisel Iglesias, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Atlanta 8-6 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Braves' Grant Holmes makes major league debut after decade in minors, throws 3 scoreless innings

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves' bullpen received an unexpected boost from someone who has been waiting a long time to make an impact in the major leagues. Right-hander Grant Holmes made his big league debut on Sunday after 10 years in the minors, working three scoreless innings in Atlanta's 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.