North Carolina

Harris stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

August 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets – especially his preaching on the family and gender roles. But Mark Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte who is running as a Republican in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district …

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Church planting leader retires

August 22 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Known for his leadership in church planting, Mark Gray retires from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Nov. 5. “He is not only an effective trainer coach, he is a practitioner of reaching people for Christ through church planting,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer, in a statement to the Biblical Recorder.

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Charlotte woman celebrates 65 years of perfect attendance

August 22 2018 by Dee Dee Vogt, BR Editorial Aide

July 2018 marked Mary Payne’s 65th year of perfect attendance in Sunday School. She’s been a member of Berryhill Baptist Church in Charlotte since 1963. Despite recent health-related difficulties, Payne continues to teach Sunday School, training other teachers and shepherding her class of older adults. 

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Former missionary, longtime Cooperative Program leader retires

August 22 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

From his experience on the international mission field, Mike Creswell knows the value of cooperating. Creswell, who retired Aug. 20 from his role as senior consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), has served the BSC since 2004.

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Do you have ‘Open Hands’?

August 21 2018 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr.

Scripture continually reminds us of the grace that God has demonstrated to us. One such verse is Psalm 145:16, which encourages us to offer praise to God for all the ways He takes care of His creation. The verse reads, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (NKJV).

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Creedmoor pastor killed in car accident

August 21 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Marc Tilley, senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Creedmoor, died in a car accident Aug. 10. “The way he carried himself and the vision he had for the church was certainly a draw,” said David Herman, associate pastor, to WNCN. “He was a great friend and a mentor to me.

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Youth ‘Re-imagine’ parables of Jesus

August 21 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Middle and high school students from across North Carolina took a fresh look at some of the most well-known teachings of Jesus throughout the summer as part of summer Youth Weeks held at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell. “Re-imagine” was the theme of youth weeks, which drew nearly 6,500 teen-agers from more than 270 churches …

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Blackwell celebrated for 35 years of ‘bold’ leadership

August 21 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) honored Michael Blackwell as he passed a 35-year milestone July 1 as executive director of the historic ministry. In a blog post last month, BCH highlighted Blackwell’s “bold choices” over the years to expand the ministry’s reach, even while facing personal difficulties.

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Campers pack 2 millionth meal for Haiti

August 21 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Nine years ago, Merrie Johnson sat in the corner of Hatch Auditorium at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell praying that God would show her how she could incorporate a missions component to summer Youth Weeks. Johnson, senior consultant for youth evangelism and discipleship with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina …

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Bolick lives testimony of brokenness, restoration

August 21 2018 by BSC Communications

Betsy Bolick serves at Perkinsville Baptist Church in Boone as the minister to women. She is also the founder and director of Small Enough Ministries. Betsy is passionate about reaching all women with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and she desires to make disciples for the Kingdom of God while fulfilling the mission Christ has called her to. 

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