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Tennessee pastor Dan Spencer to be nominated for SBC president

Dan Spencer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, preaches at the church. (Photo/FBC Sevierville livestream)
SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Dan Spencer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, has become the sixth nominee for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention at the 2024 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Trustees elected Adam Groza as the eighth president of Gateway Seminary. From left: J. Robert White, Adam Groza, Jeff Iorg, Phil Kell. (Photo/Gateway Seminary)
Gateway Seminary trustees elect Adam Groza as president
ONTARIO, Calif. – In a unanimous vote on Monday, April 15, Gateway trustees elected Adam Groza as Gateway Seminary’s eighth president during their spring 2024 meeting.
Charlie Cooper preaches recently at Middle Ground Baptist Church. (Index/J. Gerald Harris)
Middle Ground pastor Charlie Cooper proves that ‘it’s hard to keep a good man down’
SYLVANIA, Ga. — Despite his planned retirement, pastor Charlie Cooper knew in his heart that he wanted to still have opportunities to preach. The night before his last Sunday preaching at First Baptist Sylvania in February 2021, Cooper prayed that the Lord would still be able to use him.
One of the teams competing at the 20th annual Holy Smoke barbeque competition. (Photo/Macedonia Baptist Church)
2024 Holy Smoke barbeque competition raises over $17,000 for children's homes
PRESTON, Ga. — Springtime in Preston means that it’s once again time for the Holy Smoke Christian Grilling Competition, sponsored by Macedonia Baptist Church. Other churches in the area also joined to support the barbeque competition, which raises funds for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Meansville and the Methodist Girl’s Home in Americus.
Participants start the 2024
Photo gallery: Nearly 150 participate in 'Miles for Moms' 5K race to support pregnancy center
DALLAS, Ga. — Paulding Pregnancy Services hosted its third annual "Miles for Moms" 5K race on Saturday, with the event starting and ending in the parking lot of Fortified Hills Baptist Church. Nearly 150 participants ran, walked, or strolled to complete the course.
Interceptors missiles are launched into the sky early Sunday, April 14, 2024, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Israel hails 'success' in blocking Iran's unprecedented attack
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Sunday hailed its successful air defenses in the face of an unprecedented attack by Iran, saying it and its allies thwarted 99% of the more than 300 drones and missiles launched toward its territory. But regional tensions remain high, amid fears of further escalation in the event of a possible Israeli counter-strike.
Baptist Life

Stephen Fountain and FBC Buford are passionate about connecting with the community

Stephen Fountain, lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Buford, preaches recently at the church. (Photo/FBC Buford livestream)
BUFORD, Ga. — Stephen Fountain, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Buford, is a winsome and caring pastor who has led his church to become a loving and compassionate fellowship. He has successfully connected his church with the community because he is intricately bonded with the community himself.
I take my 10-year-old granddaughter, Liza, to school every morning. About two weeks ago, we scheduled our summer family vacation with our kids and grandchildren. Every morning she counts down the days and tells me how she is going to have to wait SO long until we can go. She is not even the least bit excited about school being out because she is so focused on waiting for vacation.
MATHIS, Texas — Pastor Felix Treviño knew the metric stating a healthy church should have one baptism per year for every 15 people in average worship attendance, but First Baptist Church of Mathis simply was not seeing God move in that way.
MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — Brewton-Parker College hosted its 7th Annual Southern Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Metter Ford at the Willow Lake Golf Club, in Metter, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2024. Through the generous support of business sponsors and local teams, the event had 84 players and raised over $30,000.
ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. — In just seven days, Bridge of Faith Community Church witnessed incredible transformation through fellowship and service. In partnership with Send Network, Bridge of Faith worked with two distinct groups, known amicably as “the farmers” from the First Baptist Church of Braymer, Mo., and "the players" from the Aurora University football team in Illinois, united as one mission team in Rockaway Beach.
Georgia
The clubhouse of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., is seen April 3, 2005, file photo. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Man charged in transport of Masters golf tournament memorabilia taken from Augusta National

A man has been charged in federal court in Illinois in the transport of millions of dollars worth of Masters golf tournament merchandise and memorabilia stolen from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Tuition and fees will rise at Georgia public universities in fall 2024

BARNESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Students will pay more to attend Georgia's public universities and colleges in the the 2024-2025 academic year, with officials saying schools face rising costs and must charge more to maintain a quality education.

State energy regulators OK Georgia Power plan to boost generating capacity

ATLANTA – The state Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a request by Georgia Power Tuesday for a huge increase in electrical generating capacity power utility executives said is needed to meet the growing demands of large industrial customers.

Atlanta airport remains world’s busiest

ATLANTA – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport retained its distinction as the world’s busiest airport last year, the industry organization Airport Council International reported Monday.
Nation
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, speaks during the hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Congress moving swiftly on bipartisan action to punish Iran after revenge attack on Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran's attack against Israel over the weekend has spurred a flurry of bipartisan legislative action in Congress, uniting lawmakers against the country even as the risk of a larger regional war looms.

Four people shot — one fatally — in the Bronx by shooters who were riding on scooters

NEW YORK (AP) — Four people were shot — one fatally — on a street corner in the Bronx by shooters who were riding on scooters, police said. About 10 shots were fired after two scooters pulled up to the intersection after 6 p.m. Tuesday and passengers on the back of each pulled out guns, Assistant Police Chief Benjamin Gurley said.

New recruiting programs put Army, Air Force on track to meet enlistment goals while Navy will fall short

WASHINGTON (AP) — After several difficult years, the Army and Air Force say they are on track to meet their recruiting goals this year, reversing previous shortfalls using a swath of new programs and policy changes. But the Navy, while improving, expects once again to fall short.

Salvage crews race against the clock to remove massive chunks of fallen Baltimore bridge

SPARROWS POINT, Md. (AP) — Nearly three weeks since Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed under the impact of a wayward cargo ship, crews are using the largest crane on the Eastern Seaboard to haul the wreckage to a nearby salvage yard.
World
Shlomi Berger sits in his daughter Agam's bedroom in Holon, Israel, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Agam was abducted two days after the start of her army service along the border with Gaza. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israelis grapple with how to celebrate Passover, a holiday about freedom, while many remain captive

JERUSALEM (AP) — Every year, Alon Gat’s mother led the family's Passover celebration of the liberation of the ancient Israelites from Egypt thousands of years ago. But this year, Gat is struggling with how to reconcile a holiday commemorating freedom after his mother was slain and other family members abducted when Hamas attacked Israel.

Tsunami alert after a volcano in Indonesia has several big eruptions and thousands are told to leave

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami alert Wednesday after eruptions at Ruang mountain sent ash thousands of feet high. Officials ordered more than 11,000 people to leave the area.

Netanyahu says Israel 'will do whatever is necessary to defend itself'

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault earlier this week.

From the mission field: Homes are demolished in Ivory Coast's main city over alleged health concerns, leaving thousands homeless

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Dame Touré rushed to quickly gather what she could as bulldozers rolled into her neighborhood in Ivory Coast's fast-growing economic hub of Abidjan. Her three children joined her, stuffing plastic bags with clothes and whatever other items they could grab, before their home was reduced to rubble as armed security forces looked on.
Perspectives
Did you see the recent B. C. Sunday comic in which the character is working strenuously to climb the steep mountain? Each panel shows his progress. Then he finally reaches the summit, and asks, “Ever arrive at a place and forget why you’re there?”
In a recent breakfast meeting with Pastor Todd Wright of Midway Church in Villa Rica, our conversation turned to the importance of leaving a legacy for those who will come behind us. It was a meaningful discussion for many reasons, but I was reminded of the words of King Solomon in Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (NKJV).
Recently, my wife, Carolyn and I were eating a sandwich for lunch in one of our favorite restaurants. We were quietly talking about a lot of things when suddenly my wife pointed out a little bug which was sitting on the window ledge.
More than 2 million people flocked to northern Italy in 2015 to take a rare glimpse at the Shroud of Turin, purportedly the burial cloth in which the crucified Christ was wrapped and which now bears His image. Around the same time, CNN featured the shroud in the first of several documentaries attempting to uncover the “historical Jesus” by examining such relics.
We are once again looking forward to our 2024 public affairs training events. Our theme for this year’s training will be the same as last year, "Living for Christ in the Public Square."
Business
A 2023 Model X sits outside a Tesla dealership on June 18, 2023, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Tesla wants shareholders to reinstate $56 billion pay package for Musk rejected by Delaware judge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tesla will ask shareholders to reinstate a $56 billion compensation package for CEO Elon Musk that was rejected by a judge in Delaware this year and to move the electric car maker’s corporate home from Delaware to Texas.

Fed chairman Powell says elevated inflation will likely delay rate cuts this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell cautioned Tuesday that persistently elevated inflation will likely delay any Fed interest rate cuts until later this year, opening the door to a period of higher-for-longer rates.

China's economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations, though weak spots remain

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter of the year with help from policies and stronger demand, though signs of weakness in the troubled housing market persisted.

Government says Ford remedy for Bronco Sport gas leaks doesn't fix the problem

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety agency has opened an investigation into a Ford recall for gasoline leaks from cracked fuel injectors that can cause engine fires, saying in documents that the remedy doesn't fix the leaks.

Driver of electric Ford SUV was using automated system before fatal Texas crash, investigators say

DETROIT (AP) — The driver of a Ford electric SUV involved in a February fatal crash in Texas was using the company's partially automated driving system before the wreck, federal investigators said Thursday.
Sports
Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan, left, and Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic reach for the ball during the first half of an NBA play-in tournament game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Coby White scores career-high 42 points as Bulls roll past Hawks 131-116 in play-in game

CHICAGO (AP) — Coby White drew roars from the crowd early on with vicious crossovers and spins toward the basket. He was so effective he had fans chanting his name as the final minutes ticked away. It was that kind of night.

Ozuna homers, Arcia's RBI in 10th lifts Braves to 5-4 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit his major league-leading eighth homer and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday. It completes a three-game sweep of the struggling Astros and is Atlanta’s fourth straight victory.

Reynaldo López pitches 6 scoreless innings, Braves beat Astros 6-2

HOUSTON (AP) — Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Ozzie Albies put on injured list by Atlanta Braves with broken right big toe

HOUSTON (AP) — Second baseman Ozzie Albies was put on the 10-day injured list by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday because of a broken right big toe. Manager Brian Snitker didn’t give a timetable for Albies' return.