North Carolina

Oakhurst: Replanted church grows through cooperation

August 20 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Four years ago Oakhurst Baptist Church was prepared to close its doors. Located just a few miles southeast of Charlotte’s city center, the once-thriving congregation had weathered a changing demographic and economic climate but retained only a few dozen members.

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N.C. pastor plans to start Kenyan orphanage

August 20 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

Because of a trip to East Africa eight years ago and a life of twists and turns, Wesley Wallis believes God has equipped his family to start an orphanage in Kenya. “God has prepared me,” said the pastor of Walstone Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville. “God has prepared my wife.”

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Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene. Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide …

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Love Life: More prayer, fewer abortions

August 6 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

A group of pro-life advocates in North Carolina believes God can end the abortion industry, and they are working with people across the state to make it happen. “We really can do something about it,” said Josh Kappes, director of city development at Love Life, a non-profit that leads people to pray and rally near abortion clinics …

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World Changers repair homes, deliver meals in Chattanooga

July 31 2018 by Megan Conley, World Changers

The sound of hammers radiated down North Chamberlain Avenue in Chattanooga, Tenn. Every few minutes, shingles were tossed off one side of the roof, and new shingles were lined up on the other. Even though this particular July morning had barely begun, the sun was already radiating off the hot tar paper.

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Imprisoned U.S. pastor in Turkey moves to house arrest

July 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

American pastor Andrew Brunson has been granted transfer from a Turkish prison to house arrest awaiting an Oct. 12 hearing, his attorneys said July 25. The move comes a week after a Turkish court denied Brunson’s plea for release after nearly two years’ imprisonment on allegations of terrorism and spying.

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‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

July 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An original arrangement of “Blessed Assurance” at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word “assurance” at the same time. “Oh what a blessed assurance.” “Blessed assurance, this is my song.” “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,” sang the Whosoever Will Choir …

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Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs

July 25 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

LifeWay’s Ridgecrest Conference Center celebrated record attendance last year as approximately 70,000 guests visited the Blue Ridge Mountain retreat site. “It was the most people we’ve seen in almost 30 years,” said Art Snead, executive director at Ridgecrest. “The fingerprints of God’s blessings are everywhere.”

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Expo to offer worship training for entire church

July 24 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

A comprehensive training event designed for anyone involved in worship and music ministry in a local church is coming to North Carolina this fall. The Renewing Worship Expo, a first-of-its-kind event sponsored by the Worship and Music Ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 …

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Give thanks and pray for godly leaders

July 24 2018 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

I hope that you are already making plans to attend this year’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina on Nov. 5-6 in Greensboro. I look forward to the worship, business matters and fellowship with our messengers and guests from across the state that will take place over the course of these two days.

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