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November 14, 2018

Building honors 105-year-old M.O. Owens

November 12, 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Gaston Christian School in Gastonia honored M.O. Owens Jr. in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new 26,000-square-foot facility Nov. 8. The Dr. M.O. Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center bears the name ... READ MORE 

Q&A: Loritts on racism, ethnicity & being an 'insider-outsider'

November 12, 2018 by Maina Mwaura, Special to the Recorder
Bryan Loritts is the son of a well-known evangelical preacher, Crawford Loritts, and has himself become a popular speaker and author in evangelical circles. 

Key leaders focus on discrimination, Kingdom first

November 12, 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor
Two key North Carolina leaders challenged messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 6 to confront discrimination and pursue holiness. READ MORE

Messengers hear reports from BSC ministries

November 13, 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications
Representatives from several ministry groups of the state convention gave updates to messengers during reports throughout the 2018 annual meeting held Nov. 5-6 ... 

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Biblical Recorder skips last December issue
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Owens honored, annual meeting reviewed 

M.O. Owens has made a profound impact on my life and on the lives of countless other pastors and lay leaders. I first met him more than 30 years ago. I was a young pastor in Charlotte who was concerned about the future direction of our state convention. A friend suggested I meet Dr. Owens, who pastored in nearby Gastonia. A friendship was forged, leading me to invite him to gatherings of other pastors who shared our burden.

Owens became a mentor and friend who encouraged me, counseled me and prayed for me. So when our mutual friend, Don Warren, called me several months ago to let me know about a building that was being named in Owens’ honor, I knew the Biblical Recorder must tell this story. Please read the story I wrote about this 105-year-old Baptist pastor who is still walking, talking and looking great. You’ll see how his vision for Christian education has flourished under the banner of Gaston Christian School.

Looking back at N.C. Baptists’ annual meeting last week, I’m thankful for all who visited the Biblical Recorder’s booth in the Exhibit Hall and shared comments about the way we serve the churches and church leaders in our state. Thank you! Our staff is honored to serve as part of your church staff to feed congregations the news and information they need to support the pastor’s leadership. Help us spread the word to the whole church – the Biblical Recorder’s print, website, e-newsletter and social media are here to serve you because People Need to Know!

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‚ÄčThis week's print edition is loaded with stories from the annual meeting in Greensboro. I hope you take time to read each one. You will be encouraged and challenged!

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