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Chicago pastors seek prayer to end violence

CHICAGO (BP) – Pastors are calling for prayer after the long July Fourth holiday weekend came to a violent end with at least 108 people shot in Chicago, 17 fatally.

Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Air Force is mostly responsible for a former serviceman killing more than two dozen people at a Texas church in 2017 because it failed to submit his criminal history into a database, which should have prevented him from purchasing firearms.

Mississippi’s ‘In God We Trust’ license plate draws atheist lawsuit

(RNS) – Atheist and humanist groups are suing Mississippi over the state's "In God We Trust" license plate, calling it unconstitutional and seeking alternatives that don't require additional fees for Mississippi drivers.

Sailor’s remains found and buried in plot bought long ago in hope of his return

LEWISPORT, Ky. (BP) – Joyce Phillips Nall still has the grass skirt her Uncle Daymond sent from Hawaii 80 years ago when he was stationed on the USS Oklahoma.

Charleston church shooter making appellate arguments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The man on federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation is making his appellate argument that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned.

Biden speech receives mixed response from SBC leaders

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine effort received Southern Baptist commendation, but the president’s advocacy for an expansive gay and transgender rights bill earned disapproval after his first speech to a limited, joint session of Congress.

Southern Baptist leaders react to Chauvin verdict

MINNEAPOLIS (BP) – Leaders and pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention joined others this evening in commenting on the verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin as guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.

Police identify suspect in Boulder shooting

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Police on Tuesday identified a 21-year-old man as the suspect who opened fire inside a crowded Colorado supermarket, killing 10 people, including a police officer.

FIRST-PERSON: Honoring God with your stimulus money

HEBRON, Ky. (BP) – The federal government has passed three separate COVID relief bills to cover losses during a pandemic year. Christians will disagree on whether these bills were prudent or needed, but it has resulted in individuals and families receiving money they would never have expected.

Georgia church condemns ‘extreme and wicked’ actions of member, initiates church discipline

MILTON, Ga. (BP) – Elders at Crabapple First Baptist Church condemned both the “extreme and wicked” actions and the purported motives of a church member who allegedly killed eight people in a series of shootings, calling them a direct contradiction of his professed faith in Christ and the church’s teachings.