North Carolina

N.C. surf pro shores up faith, family

March 4 2019 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A

Brett Barley has dreamed of being a surfer since he was 5 years old. Growing up in Buxton, N.C., he began competing as a young man in the Eastern Surf Association and progressed into larger surfing leagues within a few years, such as the Association of Surfing Professionals (now called the World Surf League).

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Identity encapsulates theme of GO conference

March 4 2019 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

The fifth annual GO Conference focused on God’s character as a lens through which the 834 high school and college students should view their identity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) Feb. 15-17. The Identity Flows concert following the Friday night sessions featured hip hop artists Legin (Nigel Anderson) and The Ambassador (Duce Branch).

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Mark Harris bows out of new N.C. election

February 27 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris has pulled out of the running for Congress, just days after agreeing to a new congressional election amid concerns of fraud. Harris cited health concerns including sepsis and two strokes in an email today (Feb. 26) to state election officials saying he would not remain in the new race …

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Workshop highlights Southeastern’s heart for pastors

February 27 2019 by Lauren Pratt, Southeastern Seminary

The second annual Christ-Centered Exposition Workshop, focused on the Book of Acts, is one of the many ways that Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SEBTS) Pastor’s Center is seeking to equip pastors and students to effectively lead in the local church. “Teaching others the truth of God’s word is an essential element of the Great Commission …

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Board calls for new election in N.C. District 9

February 22 2019 by From wire reports

On Feb. 21, the North Carolina Board of Elections ordered a new election for the contested District 9 congressional seat. Former Charlotte First Baptist Church pastor Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the seat, called for the new election after hearing days of testimony that illegal activity was going on in the district.

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With ‘Gospel above all,’ Greear tackles sex abuse

February 20 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Maintaining his signature theme of the “Gospel Above All,” Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear detailed a prescription to battle sex abuse and its enablers at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 18 in Nashville. “We serve a God who laid down His life to protect the vulnerable,” Greear said in his presidential address.

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Baptist communicators honor Blume

February 18 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

More than two dozen news and communications experts from across the Southern Baptist Convention honored K. Allan Blume, editor-president for the Biblical Recorder, during the Feb. 11-14 annual meeting of the Association of State Baptist Publications in Charleston, S.C. Blume announced last year that he would retire May 31, 2019 …

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Gardner-Webb announces new president

February 14 2019 by GWU Communications

The Gardner-Webb University (GWU) Board of Trustees announced Feb. 13 that William M. Downs has been named the institution’s 13th president. He currently serves at East Carolina University (ECU) as the dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences in Greenville, N.C.

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Greear addresses unreported victims of sexual abuse

February 12 2019 by J.D. Greear and Brad Hambrick, The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has set forth counsel to victims of sexual abuse who have not yet sought help. An article coauthored with biblical counselor Brad Hambrick has been posted at Greear’s website,, and is printed in full below.

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N.C. Baptists celebrate 2018, look ahead to 2019

February 5 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Leaders of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) celebrated 2018’s successes and outlined ministry initiatives for the year ahead during the state convention’s first board of directors meeting of 2019. The highlights came from BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr. and other members of the state convention’s executive leadership team during the Jan. 28-29 meeting …

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