North Carolina

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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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 broke ground June 23 on its first building. Gathering under an unusually large pecan tree on a hot Saturday afternoon, almost 100 people met for the combined …

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Reflections on the annual meeting

June 26 2018 by Milton Hollifield

It was great to see so many North Carolina Baptists in Dallas, Texas, for this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting. Based on the unofficial registration figures as of June 14, a total of 540 messengers from North Carolina were in attendance, which ranked fourth among all states.

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‘Post-truth’ strikes close to home

June 26 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the international word of the year and added it to their dictionary. The action was prompted by the intense debates surrounding that year’s “Brexit” vote for Great Britain to withdraw from the European Union, the heated presidential election in the United States and controversial social movements worldwide.

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Lori McDaniel hopes to convey message of being chosen

June 26 2018 by BSC Communications

Lori McDaniel will be a worship speaker at the 2018 N.C. Baptist Women’s Retreat on Oct. 26-27 at Caraway Conference Center in Sophia. She recently took some time to answer the following questions about her walk with God and what she plans to share at this year’s retreat.

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WinShape announces partnership with Gardner-Webb for 2019

June 12 2018 by Pinkston Group

WinShape Camps announced a new partnership with Gardner-Webb University that will expand its overnight camp offerings to the Carolinas starting in 2019. Early registration for the one-week boys’ and girls’ camps opened June 6, and first-time overnight campers are eligible for a 50 percent discount. “Each year, thousands of campers come to WinShape Camps to …

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Mission: Dignity offers life-saving ministry

June 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

At 85, Hilda Mount celebrates little things – still living on her own and being able to get around a bit. While she can’t move as well or as fast as she once did, Mount expresses gratitude at how God has blessed her through her family and Mission:Dignity (M:D). “I just want to thank everybody who …

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N.C. Baptists ask, ‘Who is my Neighbor?’

June 11 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

“Who is my Neighbor?” is the theme for the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting, scheduled for Nov. 5-6 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. This year’s theme is derived from a question that was asked of Jesus in Luke 10:29 in the parable of The Good Samaritan.

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Dads: Lead like Joshua

June 11 2018 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

Near the end of his life, Joshua gathered the children of Israel together and made the well-known admonition and declaration that we read in Joshua 24:15 in which he says, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord” (NKJV). While Joshua …

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Never stop praying!

June 11 2018 by Michael Waters

In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey “Pete” Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation, due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife, Norma, was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become home bound with declining health. She …

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