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July 11, 2018

Current BSC officers bow out of upcoming elections

July 10, 2018 by BR Staff
Lee Pigg, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said he will not seek a second term at the 2018 annual meeting. Two other officers confirmed they also do not plan to run ... READ MORE 

N.C. mapping initiative going strong amid demographic changes

July 9, 2018 by Liz Tablazon & Seth Brown, BR Staff
As North Carolina’s population continues to shift toward greater ethnic and cultural diversity, the Peoples Next Door N.C. strategy to bring the gospel to unreached people groups ... READ MORE

N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

July 10, 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Forty-eight of 50 North Carolina senators signed a senatorial statement urging the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson. A Presbyterian minister from Black Mountain ... READ MORE

Shepherd's Flock breaks ground for first building

July 9, 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Seven years ago, Larry and Kathy Martin joined 30 other Baptists in Sanford, North Carolina to plant Shepherd’s Flock Baptist Church. Growing to 120 members today, the church ... READ MORE

First seminary chairwoman saw 'God's open door'
Baptist Foundation changes slogan, refocuses
Hollifield: Evangelism, discipleship go hand-in-hand
Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

Filipino president's comments on God rebuked
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Good stories, changing leadership 

I’m excited about the stories in this week’s print edition of the Biblical Recorder. News tends to lighten up in the summer, but we have some interesting stories about God’s work in North Carolina, and people need to know about these ministries. Some of those stories are highlighted in today’s BRweekly: the N.C. mapping project, the ministry of the N.C. Baptist Foundation, the first building for Shepherd’s Flock church, the State Legislature’s actions to help a N.C. pastor overseas and much more! If you subscribe to the Digital Edition, you don’t have to wait for the printed newspaper to arrive at your door. (Click here to read a sample digital edition if you are not a current subscriber.)

However, one important story reached us as we went to press Monday morning. Lee Pigg, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), called to say he will not be running for a second term as our president. Both Joel Stephens, first vice president, and J.D. Grant, second vice president are completing their terms of office and do not plan to seek another office. Read the full story here. This may be the first time in BSC’s history – certainly in recent decades – that there will be no incumbents running for office.

This likely raises questions in some minds, but I know all of these men very well, and each of them assured me that they have other priorities they must focus on. Each of these men have served faithfully and joyfully. Each has emphasized that nothing negative has led them to this decision. Pray for those that God is raising up for leadership.

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