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Famed Army Ranger Jeff Struecker calls for thunder from America's pulpits

ATLANTA – The hope of America is in the hands of her pastors, says a former U.S. Army Ranger who rose to fame in the aftermath of the Battle of Mogadishu, an intense 18-hour firefight in Somalia that was chronicled in the book and movie Black Hawk Down.
Black Hawk Down's Jeff Struecker: America's hope is the pulpit, not politics
ATLANTA, Ga. – Jeff Struecker has a powerful message about the importance of the gospel to share with pastors and government officials who will gather for a prayer breakfast at the state Capitol on Thursday.
'Whoa, that's not right': Georgia towns lead census appeals
When officials in Chester, Georgia, heard that the 2020 census had pegged their small town at 525 people, their jaws dropped. They believed the town was almost triple that size and feared an inaccurate number could force them to make budget cuts.
Afghanistan leads world in persecution of Christians, Open Doors reports
SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – Afghanistan tops Open Doors' 2022 Watch List of top countries for Christian persecution, sending to second place North Korea which had held the top spot for 20 years.
Russia, Ukraine tensions should be a matter of prayer for Southern Baptists, former missionary says
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia maintained a tough posture Wednesday amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine.
Soul-winning station: Brewton-Parker College reports 350 professions of faith
MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Not all students at Brewton-Parker College, a conservative Baptist school in southern Georgia, are Christians when they enroll, but, says President Steven Echols, the hope is that they will be by the time they graduate.
Baptist Life

Church looks to future after having building destroyed by tornado

MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) – Members of one of the oldest churches and the only African American Southern Baptist church in Mayfield are finding ways to look ahead despite the sorrow of the Dec. 10 storms that brought significant damage to their small town.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As trustees gathered via Zoom, Lifeway Christian Resources President and CEO Ben Mandrell shared significant ways in which God has continued to bless the organization and highlighted decisions guiding the future.
Pregnancy Care Centers are critical to the pro-life work in the United States, creating safe and loving environments for women facing unplanned pregnancies. 
WASHINGTON (BP) – Thousands of people braved a brisk 23-degree afternoon to gather at the National Mall for the 49th annual March for Life Friday.
Georgia Baptist Convention President Kevin Williams has appointed 14 people to serve on the 2022 Committee on Nominations.
Georgia
Fiery Georgia crash that killed 6 women leads to lawsuits

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Family members of women in a sober living group home who were killed and injured in a fiery van crash last year are suing a car company and the group home, saying the 2002 Dodge Ram was prone to tipping over and was not properly maintained.

Infant killed in Atlanta; mom says car caught in crossfire ATLANTA (AP) — A 6-month-old baby was fatally shot Monday while riding in a car in Atlanta, authorities said.
Cargo surge pushes Port of Savannah to 5.6M container record SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Port of Savannah saw a whopping 20% increase in shipping containers moving across its docks in 2021 as U.S. seaports scrambled to keep up with a surge in cargo that crammed container yards and forced ships to line up and wait at sea.
Authorities: Knife-wielding man killed in Georgia standoff NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man as he approached a woman during a domestic disturbance in a greater Atlanta suburb, authorities said Monday.
Nation
Meet the man who won a trip to space and gave it to a friend

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — He told his family and a few friends. He dropped hints to a couple of colleagues. So hardly anyone knew that the airline pilot could have — should have — been on …

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court.
1 body found in Coast Guard search for 38 lost off Florida MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that its crews recovered one body and continue to search for 38 other people in the ocean off Florida days after their boat left the Bahamas in a suspected human smuggling attempt.
US orders families of Embassy personnel to leave Ukraine as war fears mount WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion.
World
Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the main Russian demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, including giving Moscow a guarantee that its western neighbor can never join the alliance.

77 years after Auschwitz, Jews honor those who rescued them DURACH, Germany (AP) — Andrzej Sitkowski was 15 years old when his mother told him that she had been asked by a neighbor to hide a little Jewish girl from the Nazis at their home. “It was a …
Soldiers say military junta now controls Burkina Faso OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen mutinous soldiers declared Monday on state television that a military junta had seized control of Burkina Faso after detaining the democratically elected president following a day of gunbattles in the capital.
Analysis: Crisis in Ukraine a showdown of two world views NEW YORK (AP) — The crisis in Ukraine is hardly going away — a showdown of two world views that could upend Europe. It carries echoes of the Cold War and resurrects an idea left over from the 1945 Yalta Conference: that the West should respect a Russian sphere of influence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Perspectives
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — As believers, most of us know that our faith is not something to be kept to ourselves. Jesus commanded us to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
It’s amazing to me that people from 187 countries have read stories in The Christian Index over the past month.
For more than seven years the Georgia General Assembly has been dealing with the issue of expanding gambling in Georgia. Every year the proposed legislation has failed to pass out of the House and the Senate.
GRANTVILLE – In Luke 7: 43-50 Jesus tells a beautiful story about a woman who apparently had a sordid past, but who came to Christ and was forgiven.
A couple of weeks ago The Augusta Press ran an article of mine concerning Faith and Choice.  There was a lot of good response to that article which took the common sense approach to one of the most discussed subjects of our day: abortion. 
Business
Wedding trends: More couples getting married on weekdays

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic forced 30-year-old Stephanie Harnen to twice postpone her wedding. When she finally did get married, in June last year, she settled for a Thursday because her venue was …

Boeing posts $4.16 billion loss on problems with its 787 jet Boeing is reporting a $4.16 billion loss for the fourth quarter as the financial fallout from production flaws in one of its best-selling planes keeps getting worse. The aircraft maker took a …
Stocks climb back after steep slide on Fed, Ukraine jitters NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished a volatile day slightly higher on Monday after reversing a steep slide caused by uncertainty over inflation-fighting measures from the Federal Reserve and the possibility of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Ford recalls 200K cars because brake lights can stay on DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 200,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off.
China's Xi rejects 'Cold War mentality,' pushes cooperation GENEVA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping called Monday for greater world cooperation against COVID-19 and pledged to send an additional 1 billion doses of vaccine to other countries, while urging …
Sports
China demands US halt Olympics 'interference'

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding the U.S. end “interference” in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next month, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and …

Column: Baseball harmed itself more than Bonds ever did Whatever harm Barry Bonds did to baseball pales in comparison to the damage baseball inflicted on itself both at the time and since. So say what you will about the steroids era, at least the games …
Column: Epic playoffs show new wave of quarterback talent Aaron Rodgers seemed tired and uninterested, almost as if working overtime to spread fake science and conspiracy theories was more important to him than getting the Green Bay Packers to the Super …
Fresh off UGA title, Lanning hits ground running at Oregon Dan Lanning was all-in as Oregon's new head coach the moment he stepped off the field from celebrating Georgia's national championship. Lanning was hired by the Ducks last month, but first he …