North Carolina

Publicity surrounding Chibok girl’s escape questioned

May 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Nigerian government has used the escape of Amina Ali Nkeki to create photo opportunities for good publicity internationally, while skirting the ongoing tragedy that the government has not recovered any of the missing girls, Open Doors USA’s advocacy director Kristin Wright told BP.

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Serve others and point them to Christ, Akin tells grads

May 24 2016 by Harper McKay, SEBTS

Sent to lead? Perhaps. Sent to serve? Absolutely. These words were part of a charge given to the spring 2016 graduates of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. During the May 20 commencement ceremony, President Danny Akin encouraged the seminary and college graduates to follow Christ’s model of service. 

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Hispanic St. Louis community in Crossover plans

May 24 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A yearly evangelistic outreach, Crossover precedes the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in the host city. It will peak on Saturday, June 12, as local Baptists and volunteers from across the country conduct block parties and other community events throughout the metro St. Louis area.

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Ezell refutes ‘gag order’ allegations

May 20 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, released a statement May 17 to refute allegations that he misused contractual agreements to exercise undue influence over state convention operations. The blog post came amid calls for NAMB trustees to investigate claims made by former executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network Will McRaney.

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BSC Board approves alignment with strategy

May 20 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

The board of directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) approved three motions at its May meeting aimed at aligning the structure of the board with the convention’s strategic emphasis on disciple-making. The motions adopted by the board included:

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J.D. Greear Q&A for SBC president

May 19 2016 by Baptist Press

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, one of three pastors to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions Baptist Press posed to each candidate. Greear’s nomination was announced March 2 by Jimmy Scroggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Couple donates to NCMO in lieu of wedding gifts

May 19 2016 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications

Last summer, when her last name was still Hodges, Sarah Stalls addressed a letter to N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM)/Baptists on Mission with a check enclosed. Sarah and her then-fiance, Bobby, had opted to make this donation to NCBM ministries instead of receiving gifts from guests at their upcoming wedding shower.

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Seeing God’s hand at Summer Youth Weeks

May 17 2016 by Milton Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

For seven weeks each summer, youth from many of our North Carolina Baptist churches make an annual trek to Oak Island, N. C. , for the Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell. Middle school and high school students assemble for weeklong sessions filled with gospel-centered fun and learning about our Christian faith.

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Reaching the scattered nations

May 17 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Because of population shifts, Keelan Cook said churches with nearby migrants have an evangelistic task before them, called diaspora missions. “Diaspora means ‘to scatter,’” said Cook, “a fancy word that refers to people who have moved away from their place of origin to another place in the world.”

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N.C. Baptists run for Congress

May 17 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The Biblical Recorder encourages our readers to express your convictions in the political process, especially by voting in every election. The primary election for U.S. Congressional candidates was moved from March 15 to June 7 due to the redesign of congressional districts in North Carolina. We have identified six congressional candidates that we know to be affiliated with N.C. Baptist churches.

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