North Carolina

In Haiti, ‘Lord kept us in eye of storm’

July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Safe flights from Haiti following a violent citizen uprising have allowed most Southern Baptist mission teams to return to the U.S., Baptist Press has learned. Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee returned to the U.S. beginning July 9 after air travel resumed from the island nation.

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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced. The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.

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Ledbetter to be nominated N.C. Baptist 2nd VP

July 11 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Matthew Ledbetter, pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sylva, N.C., will be nominated for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Jeff Isenhour announced today (July 11). “I highly recommend Matt for several reasons,” said Isenhour. “First, because of his love for God’s inerrant word …

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Harrison to be nominated for BSC president

July 11 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

John Mark Harrison, pastor of Apex Baptist Church, will be nominated for president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina at the November annual meeting, Michael Barrett announced today (July 11). Harrison, 37, will “create unity and renew our vision for reaching the lost …

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Current BSC officers bow out of upcoming elections

July 10 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff

Lee Pigg, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), told the Biblical Recorder he will not seek a second term at the November 2018 annual meeting. Two other officers confirmed they also do not plan to run for office when their terms conclude this year.

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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, N.C., Brunson has been imprisoned by Turkey since Oct. 7, 2016. He was arrested and wrongly associated with a group that Turkish authorities say …

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Baptist Foundation changes slogan, refocuses

July 10 2018 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

The North Carolina Baptist Foundation (NCBF) rolled out changes to its logo and slogan this past spring, executive director Clay Warf told the Biblical Recorder in an interview June 14. NCBF is an agency of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina that manages trust assets and offers other financial services to North Carolina Baptist …

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

July 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team returned home July 9. “The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning!

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Taking time to read the ‘times’

July 10 2018 by Rudy Gonzalez

They say that hindsight is 20/20, but if that is so, why does the human race continue to commit the same mistakes history should have taught us to correct? You would think we would be the best equipped to finally get it right. After all, we, more than any previous generation, move the learning needle …

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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. (PNDNC) strategy to bring the gospel to unreached people groups across the state hasn’t changed. That is because “we already had the mentality that we’re equipping people to go to these individuals,” said Zac Lyons, senior consultant …

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