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Candidates bring unique testimonies, positions, and experiences as messengers consider future SBC president

Candidates for SBC president: (top row, from left) Dan Spencer, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Sevierville, TN; Bruce Frank, lead pastor, Biltmore Baptist Church, Asheville, NC; Clint Pressley, senior pastor, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC; (bottom row, from left) Mike Keahbone, lead pastor, First Baptist Church, Lawton, OK; David Allen, professor and dean, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Cordova, TN; Jared Moore, senior pastor, Homesteads Baptist Church, Crossville, TN.
SUWANEE, Ga. – Six prospects currently stand as candidates to fill the role of SBC President soon to be vacated by Bill Barber as he completes his second term.
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Go Tell Ministries marks 35 years of evangelism through camps, crusades
Ask Rick Gage about Go Tell Ministries, and the conversation turns quickly to evangelism and seeing people’s lives transformed through the power of God’s Word. Gage’s enthusiasm seems contagious as he shares God’s stories of individuals who are now Christ-followers because they attended a camp or a crusade.
Patti Manley, 69, moves a shredded American flag as she gathers branches from the backyard of her mother's home on Morningdale Place in Mehlville, Mo., Monday, May 27, 2024, following a violent storm and possible tornado Sunday evening. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
At least 22 dead in Memorial Day weekend storms that devastated several US states
A series of powerful storms swept over the central and southern U.S. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, killing at least 21 people and leaving a wide trail of destroyed homes, businesses and power outages. The destructive storms caused deaths in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky and were just north of an oppressive, early season heat wave setting records from south Texas to Florida.
Nihar Kolakalurinhar, a graduate student from India, and Mark Riggins met on a mission trip in Hyderabad, India only to unexpectedly meet again in Atlanta. (Index/Charles Jones)
Unexpected reunion at Briarlake Church leads to ministry opportunities
DECATUR, Ga. — Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall, Mark Riggins stands out in a crowd and the choir loft of Briarlake Church, in Decatur. So, it may not be out of the ordinary when someone walks up and says, “We’ve met before.”
Beverly Skinner, right, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s collegiate ministry catalyst, poses with Georgia campus ministers at the 2024 Collegiate Summit held near Memphis, Tenn.
Georgia collegiate ministry leaders join others for largest-ever Summit Conference
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Twenty Georgia Baptist Collegiate Ministry campus ministers (full-time, part-time, and volunteer) joined more than 700 other BCM leaders from across the United States and Canada in early May for the 2024 Collegiate Summit held near Memphis, Tenn. This was the largest showing for the equipping event that is held every three years and is organized by the Baptist Collegiate Network.
The graduates of the first commencement program for the NOBTS Certificate Program, front row, pose with the NOBTS administrators and faculty, rear. (Index/J. Gerald Harris)
New Orleans Seminary's Church Training Institute holds inaugural commencement
DULUTH, Ga. — Cross Pointe Church in Duluth was the site of the first commencement for Georgia’s New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Church Training Institute. The ceremony was complete with all the dignity one might expect at such an auspicious event.
Baptist Life
Chaplain William

A chaplain's story: The life of William E. “Billy” Dodson

WESTFIELD, Ind. — On February 18, 1966, under the heading, “Navy Seeks Ministers as Chaplains,” Baptist Press posted the following: “The Southern Baptist Chaplains Commission has put out a call for Baptist ministers ready for immediate commission and active duty in the United States Navy. The demand was brought on by a Navy adjustment of the number of Baptist chaplains and by the stepped-up manpower needs resulting from the war in Vietnam.”
Last week, we were visiting my sister and her family in Bowling Green.  On Sunday morning, we joined them at Hillvue Church.  The pre-service music was playing.  People greeted and mingled.  The five-minute timer was ticking down.  My heart began to stir in anticipation.  
School is out! This means that my granddaughters' main goal each day is to find a pool to go to. I wish we had a subdivision pool but unfortunately that was not on our list when we moved to Jefferson.
In front of an Olympic venue, her phone camera hovers over the Olympic pin. The link appears and she selects her language, scans the landing page, and then decides she’d like to chat live with someone. Hesitatingly, she types “Hello” and waits.  
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief assessors are fanning out across the state in the wake of the weekend's severe storms and tornadoes. Assessors are positioned from east to west to determine how KYDR can bring hope, help and healing to devastated communities.
Georgia
Traffic slows on Interstate 75 approaching Atlanta on March 11, 2024. (Index/Henry Durand, File)

11 people killed, nearly 250 injured during 2024 Memorial Day travel period

ATLANTA — Georgia State Patrol troopers investigated eight fatal traffic crashes, and local law enforcement agencies investigated three fatal traffic crashes resulting in 11 deaths across the state during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period.

Georgia entering vacation season short of game wardens

ATLANTA – With the traditional summer vacation season getting underway, Georgia continues to suffer from a chronic shortage of game wardens to serve its 2 million hunters and 600,000 to 700,000 anglers.

Despite surging demand for long-term care, providers struggle to find workers

The hardest part of Culix Wibonele’s first job in long-term care was not getting injured.

Workers at Georgia school bus maker Blue Bird approve their first union contract

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — A year after they voted to unionize, workers at a Georgia school bus manufacturer have approved their first contract.
Nation
Haley Loukota, left, and her fiance Devin Johnson collect their belongings from storm debris after their home was demolished along Barnsley Loop, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Madisonville, Ky. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Kentucky families struggling after being hit for a second time by a tornado in the same locations

BARNSLEY, Ky. (AP) — Devin Johnson’s life was uprooted for a second time when a tornado flattened his home over the Memorial Day weekend — on the same lot in Kentucky where another storm left him homeless in 2021.

Weather-weary Texas battered again as powerful storm, strong winds kill 1, cause widespread damage

HOUSTON (AP) — Power outages remained widespread Wednesday in storm-weary Texas a day after another burst of severe weather flooded streets, uprooted trees and ripped off roofs. Authorities said a teenager was killed at a construction site while working on a home that collapsed.

Death toll from weekend storms in US climbs to 25 as Texas is getting battered again

Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled north Texas on Tuesday as much of the U.S. recovered from severe weather, including tornadoes, that killed at least 25 people during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Generations of American families have grown up not knowing exactly what happened to their loved ones who died while serving their country in World War II and other conflicts.
World
Israeli soldiers work on a tank near the Israeli-Gaza border, in southern Israel, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel says it's taken control of key area of Gaza's border with Egypt awash in smuggling tunnels

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military said Wednesday it seized control of a strategic corridor along Gaza’s border with Egypt to cut off smuggling tunnels as it tries to destroy the militant Hamas group in a war now in its eighth month.

From the mission field: Nearly 3 out of 10 children in Afghanistan face crisis or emergency level of hunger in 2024

ISLAMABAD (AP) — About 6.5 million children in Afghanistan were forecast to experience crisis levels of hunger in 2024, nongovernmental organization Save the Children said. Nearly 3 of 10 Afghan children will face crisis or emergency levels of hunger this year as the country feels the immediate impacts of floods, the long-term effects of drought, and the return of Afghans from neighboring Pakistan and Iran, according to a report released late Tuesday by Save The Children.

Haiti's new leader vows unity, says he's 'very honored' in first statement since being selected

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Garry Conille, Haiti’s new prime minister, said Wednesday that he was “very honored” to be chosen for the post, in his first statement since a transitional council selected him to lead the troubled Caribbean country under siege by gangs.

Authorities in Papua New Guinea search for safer ground for thousands of landslide survivors

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Authorities in Papua New Guinea were searching on Wednesday for safer ground to relocate thousands of survivors at risk from a potential second landslide in the South Pacific country's highlands, while the arrival of heavy earth-moving equipment at the disaster site where hundreds are buried has been delayed, officials said.
Perspectives
Having been to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, I could never think about anything but having compassion for the Jewish people. Yad Vashem is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center where the devastation of the Third Reich upon the Jewish people is documented in ways that are indescribable.
​Cleaning out my desk, I found my “Handyman Club of America” sticker. I remember the day I received it. This piece of junk mail caught my eye, I opened it, and my self-esteem received an immediate boost.
There is much you and I can’t do anything about.  If you live, you can’t stop aging. The only way to stop aging is to die. 
 When the renowned evangelist D.L. Moody was asked to have a campaign in England, a skeptical pastor protested, “Why do we need this ‘Mr. Moody’? He’s uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?” A discerning minister stood up and responded, “No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody.”
Growing up, my family went to a lot of revival meetings. Not only did we attend the revivals at our home church, but we would also attend revivals at neighboring churches and camp meetings. At the time, those revivals typically lasted a week, and rarely would we miss any service.
Business
A line of unsold 2024 Edge utility vehicles sit at a Ford dealership Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Inflation pressures lingering from pandemic are keeping Fed rate cuts on pause

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes for interest rate cuts this year by the Federal Reserve are steadily fading, with a stream of recent remarks by Fed officials underscoring their intention to keep borrowing costs high as long as needed to curb persistently elevated inflation.

ConocoPhillips buying Marathon Oil for $17.1 billion in all-stock deal as energy prices rise

ConocoPhillips is buying Marathon Oil in an all-stock deal valued at approximately $17.1 billion as energy prices rise and big oil companies reap massive profits. The deal is valued at $22.5 billion when including $5.4 billion in debt.

Major retailers are offering summer deals to entice inflation-weary shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who spend Memorial Day scouting sales online and in stores may find more reasons to celebrate the return of warmer weather. Major retailers are stepping up discounts heading into the summer months, hoping to entice inflation-weary shoppers into opening their wallets.

Friday's preholiday travel breaks the record for the most airline travelers screened at US airports

ATLANTA (AP) — A record was broken ahead of the Memorial Day weekend for the number of airline travelers screened at U.S. airports, the Transportation Security Administration said Saturday. More than 2.9 million travelers were screened at U.S. airports on Friday, surpassing a previous record set last year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, according to the transportation security agency.

Massive wind farm proposal in Washington state gets new life from Gov. Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday rejected a recommendation to cut a proposal for what would be the state's largest wind farm in half, giving new life to the $1.7 billion project.
Sports
Scottie Scheffler speaks during a news conference  after the second round of the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Charges against world's top golfer Scottie Scheffler dropped after arrest outside PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Criminal charges against Scottie Scheffler have been dismissed, ending a legal saga that began with images of the world’s top golfer being arrested and handcuffed in Louisville during the PGA Championship.

Thomas hits 3-run homer, Nationals beat Braves 7-2 to spoil Schwellenbach's debut

ATLANTA (AP) — Lane Thomas hit a three-run home run and the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta 7-2 on Wednesday night to spoil Braves right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach's major league debut. Schwellenbach (0-1), who had never pitched above Double-A, lasted five innings, giving up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts, one walk and a hit batter.

Messi scores, but Inter Miami's 10-match MLS unbeaten streak ends in 3-1 loss to Atlanta United

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi scored yet again. It was the lone real highlight for Inter Miami, as its 10-match Major League Soccer winning streak was ended by an Atlanta United side that got its first league win in nearly two months.

Condon emerges as NCAA leader in homers, batting average after beginning Georgia career as a walk-on

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Wes Johnson knows it wouldn't be fair to use Charlie Condon's success as a sales pitch for future walk-ons.