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‘Caring Well’ leads to changes in procedures and lives, churches say

NASHVILLE (BP) – There had been existing policies at Megan Nauman’s church to prevent sexual abuse, but the Caring Well Challenge helped identify a predator in their midst, she said.
Pastor’s home burns as he preaches; treasured Bibles spared
DAMON, Texas (BP) – The Sunday before Thanksgiving, Darrin George preached on Psalm 100:4 at Hilltop Fellowship Church, emphasizing gratitude.
New undergraduate degree at Brewton-Parker prepares students for careers in fitness, sports and physical therapy
MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker College is adding a new degree in sport and exercise science that’s intended to help students prepare for careers in physical therapy, athletic training, health, human performance and coaching.
Christmas around the world: Georgia Baptists celebrate Jesus' birth in 27 languages, varied customs
The Georgia Baptist Convention is comprised of 3,491 churches and missions that worship in 27 languages every Lord’s Day. These churches touch the lives of people from five continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Some of these special ethnic and language groups have their own unique Christmas celebrations.
Churches grow and multiply in Czechia thanks to IMB missionaries
When Larry and Melissa Lewis and their family moved to Czechia in 2009 as IMB church planters, they knew they had a tough job ahead. Only 29 percent of the population acknowledges the existence of a god and less than 1 percent choose to follow Jesus. In fact, Czechia is well known for being the most irreligious country in Europe.
Weather aside, Russia proves warm, hospitable for Baptist missionaries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) – Robin Covington remembers the day she was no longer an outsider. “It was in a little village where everyone knew everyone,” she said. “We loved living there. It also had a little museum where we would take visitors.”
Baptist Life

Practicing Christians more generous givers, research shows

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – American Bible Society research shows practicing Christians are more generous than others.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Meeting with the Puerto Rico Baptist Convention, church planters and other partners in San Juan through our partnership with North American Mission Board, we were excited to see the first vision tour come about.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – Music publishing company Brentwood-Benson has announced it will close by the end of this year. The company has been a longtime leader in providing new songs and arrangements for church worship, including choral music and cantatas, orchestrations, children’s musicals and more.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – Victor Chayasirisobhon, newly elected president of the California Southern Baptist Convention, believes he can leverage his background to help unify the diverse convention.
WASHINGTON – As a showdown over abortion played out in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond Jr. issued a call to prayer.
Georgia
Georgia nuclear reactors expected to see more delays, extra $1B in costs

ATLANTA (AP) — Monitors say even the most recent pushback of completion dates for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia isn't enough to account for all the delays and increased costs they see coming.

Amazon says it plans solar farm in eastern Georgia WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Amazon announced recently that it plans to build a solar farm in east Georgia, its first in the state.
Alabama inmate who survived execution bid buried with family BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate who survived an execution attempt and died years later of natural causes was laid to rest in a grave dug by family and friends, his lawyer said.
4 killed, including officer and suspect, in Georgia shooting ATLANTA (AP) — Four people are dead, including a police officer, after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call Tuesday in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, state investigators said.
Nation
Survivors gather to remember those lost at Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor gathered Tuesday at the site of the Japanese bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

Socialist Kshama Sawant faces recall vote in Seattle SEATTLE (AP) — A controversial member of the Seattle City Council – firebrand socialist Kshama Sawant – faces a recall election Tuesday one month after voters chose moderate candidates over …
Dangerous storm threatens havoc across Hawaiian archipelago HONOLULU (AP) — From the empty shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the snowy summit of the Big Island’s highest peak, an unusually strong winter storm is clobbering the Hawaiian Islands and …
Bob Dole to lie in state at Capitol as nation honors senator WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Dole's casket will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as congressional leaders honor the former Republican presidential candidate and World War II veteran who served in Congress for 36 years.
World
Indonesian militant given life sentence in 2005 attack

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant who eluded capture for 16 years to life in prison on Wednesday after finding him guilty of making bombs used in a 2005 …

Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians KUJE, Nigeria (AP) — Yunusa Bawa rolled his motorcycle away from the health care clinic where he works in Kuje, southwest of Nigeria's capital of Abuja, and secured a black box of COVID-19 vaccine for the rough ride ahead.
China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit by announcing an American diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Games. Foreign Ministry …
US religious group says Haitian gang releases 3 hostages PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A religious group based in Ohio announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain abducted.
Perspectives
It was so kind of Baptist Press to take the time to write an article about the built-in language translator used by The Christian Index. That translator allows readers to see articles in any of several languages with the click of a mouse.
I spent most of Wednesday in the kitchen. It was the day before Thanksgiving and there were eggs to devil, sweet potatoes to mash, pies, and banana pudding to be made.
I love the Blondie comic strip. In one December comic several years ago, the pesty neighborhood boy Elmo tells Dagwood, “I tried to set up a skype video chat with Santa, Mr. B, but all I got back was an email form letter.”
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – One snowy day in the 1940s, Robert White was working as a bellhop in the Grand Hotel in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, when a stranger showed up.
Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, who fought an extended and high-profile legal battle over religious liberty, has settled her case and is moving into retirement. What follows is a letter she shared through Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that represented her in court.
Business
American Airlines CEO Parker to step down next March

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire on March 31 and be replaced by the airline’s current president, Robert Isom. Parker has led Texas-based American since late 2013, …

US drugstores squeezed by vaccine demand, staff shortages A rush of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are squeezing drugstores around the U.S., leading to frazzled workers and temporary pharmacy closures. Drugstores are normally busy this …
Holiday shoppers navigate shortages with mixed results NEW YORK (AP) — Like many shoppers, Kathleen Webber understands the struggles of getting the right gifts for her three children this holiday shopping season amid widespread shortages. She …
Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced …
Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary vote to boost president's clout MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan cast ballots in a parliamentary election Sunday that comes just over a year after a forceful change of government in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. …
Sports
Home, not sweet home: Falcons keep losing in A-T-L

ATLANTA (AP) — Home is not-so sweet for the Atlanta Falcons. If they can't figure out a way to win their final two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, they are headed for a fourth straight losing season.

Ball St, Georgia St to play on Christmas in Camellia Bowl Ball State (6-6, Mid-American) vs. Georgia State (7-5, Sun Belt), Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m. ET LOCATION: Montgomery, Alabama TOP PLAYERS Ball State: WR-KR Justin Hall, 61 catches, 613 yards …
Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey dies as age 77 ATLANTA (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey, one of the NFL's most fearsome pass rushers during the 1970s with the Atlanta Falcons but long overlooked on mostly losing teams, has died at the age of 77.
Georgia loses heartbreaker to Alabama in SEC championship ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Young stunningly carved up the nation's top-rated defense, giving Nick Saban and Alabama a shot at another national championship.