North Carolina

Parkwood Baptist honors M.O. Owens

July 28 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

M.O. Owens Jr. preached his last sermon as the pastor of the traditional service at Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia on Sunday, July 26. He is pastor emeritus and founding pastor of the church. In September Owens will be 102 years old.

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New workshops provide audio training for churches

July 28 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

A series of new training workshops being offered across North Carolina will provide vital training for audio technicians at churches to help them in making worship services the highest quality they can be to the glory of God. The worship ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will offer several audio seminars ...

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First Choice delivers hope for unplanned pregnancies

July 27 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Emotional shockwaves rolled over many Americans when an undercover video surfaced that revealed a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the organization’s practice of selling aborted fetal parts. Again many were stunned when a second video showed former president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council negotiating prices for baby organs.

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‘God Before Government’ goes viral

July 27 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Rit Varriale thought raising the Christian flag above the American flag at Elizabeth Baptist Church on July 5 would get the attention of people in Shelby and the surrounding North Carolina mountains. He did not expect the explosive attention that catapulted the event and the discussion of religious freedom into the national limelight.

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Students experience ‘More’ at summer Youth Weeks

July 27 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Thousands of students attending youth weeks at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell this summer are learning that following Christ is so much more exciting than anything the world may promise. “More,” taken from Ephesians 3:20, is the theme for the 2015 summer youth weeks at Fort Caswell.

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Fire destroys Bethlehem Baptist worship building

July 21 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

A severe thunderstorm moved through the western North Carolina town of Taylorsville July 18, sending a bolt of lightning to the steeple of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Fire officials reported the 3:09 p.m. lightning strike appeared to traverse the length of the sanctuary causing the building to burn out of control.

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Executive Committee gives approval to 2016 budget

July 14 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina gave its approval to a proposed 2016 budget that will increase giving to missions through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention by three percent. The $29.5 million budget approved on Thursday, July 9...

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Rural association identifies, engages internationals

July 14 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Many find it unsurprising that booming industrial and educational centers in North Carolina are teeming with internationals. However, for the first time, a rural North Carolina association is targeting the international population. The Johnston Baptist Association is identifying and engaging multiple, global people groups in their area.

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‘War Room’ shows believers who they are really fighting

July 14 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

The latest movie from Kendrick Brothers Productions uses North Carolina as a backdrop for a story about spiritual warfare. Pitts Baptist Church in Concord,  along with more than 80 churches in 19 different towns in and around Charlotte helped make “War Room” possible.

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Gardner-Webb professors, students cover SBC

July 14 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

Almost 10 years ago Bob Cary, chairman of the department of communication and new media at Gardner-Web University, began to bring a team of students with him to help cover the Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings and Crossover events. “We enjoy covering assignments and fellowship together for the week,” said Carey.

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