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Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called ‘mission’ during funeral

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) – Political leaders on Thursday honored Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana as a determined advocate for her beliefs during a funeral after she and three other people were killed in a highway crash last week.

NEWS DIGEST: ‘Difficult 6 to 12 months’ financially; Stocks react to economic news

GuideStone’s Spika sees difficult short term financial environment; Wall Street closing higher after shaky start on GDP report.

Excavation of graves begins at site of colonial Black church

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (RNS) – Archaeologists in Virginia began excavating three suspected graves at the original site of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches on Monday (July 18), commencing a monthslong effort to learn who was buried there and how they lived.

Faith on the field: Coaches were watching Supreme Court decision closely

SUNDOWN, Texas (BP) – Brannon Rodgers knows well how bright the lights burn over football fields in the Texas panhandle. They shine on teenagers barely old enough to drive as the main players on a stage, a stage that even in the smallest of towns, on Friday nights feels like the center of the world.

Russian Baptist Church helps 40 Slavic refugee families resettle in U.S.

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) – Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento has honed its purpose while helping diverse refugees of Russia’s war on Ukraine resettle here, Senior Pastor Mikhail Avramenko told Baptist Press.

McConnell says religious liberty victories part of important SCOTUS term

WASHINGTON (BP) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the U.S. Supreme Court not only rightly ruled in the Dobbs decision to change the landscape of abortion but also made two giant leaps for religious liberty during its most recent term.

Texas pastors relief fund depleted in one day amid record living costs

DALLAS (BP) – A $100,000 inflation relief fund for Baptist General Convention of Texas pastors was depleted within 24 hours of its availability, the BGCT announced July 13 as inflation reached its highest point in decades at 9.1 percent.

New looks into deep space bring new assurances of God’s presence, astronomers say

NASHVILLE (BP) – Within images released by the James Webb telescope, Christians can not only get previously unseen views of the cosmos, but resounding confirmation of God’s creative design and man’s perspective in it.

Illinois Baptists aid after shooting spree

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (BP) – “When you ask if [someone was] a victim of the parade shooting, you get several different responses,” said Bev Laechelt, a volunteer with Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief (IBDR). “Some people are very angry and they say ‘I-am-not-a-victim; I’m a survivor.’ Or they start crying because it’s the first time they’ve talked about it, and I have to get them to a counselor right away.”

After catalytic converter theft, Oklahoma church gets last-minute ride to camp

CANEY, Okla. (BP) – Car issues always seem to happen at the worst possible time, and that was exactly the case Monday morning for a group of students from First Baptist Church.