North Carolina

‘Blue collar missions’ promoted at GO Conference

February 8 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

“To the ends of the earth” was the theme of this year’s GO Conference, held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. The event focused on international missions, but each of the talks addressed the topic in unique ways.

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7 ways to pray for racial reconciliation

February 2 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Sunday, Feb. 14 has been designated as Racial Reconciliation Sunday by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission encourages us “to place any thoughts of racial or ethnic prejudice at the foot of the cross.” Several pastors from across North Carolina contributed the following prayers ...

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Appeals court weighs county commissioners’ prayers

February 2 2016 by Daniel James Devine, World News Service

The elected members of the Rowan County, N.C., Board of Commissioners have been regularly praying in Jesus’ name at meetings since 2007. Some county residents aren’t happy about it. On Jan. 27, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a case challenging the right to Christian prayers at the gatherings.

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N.C. Baptists celebrate missions giving

January 29 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Giving totals exceeded the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2015 operating budget of $29 million by more than $68,000. That marked the first time since 2006 that the BSC met or exceeded its CP budget. “We not only met the budget, we exceeded the budget, which makes it all the sweeter,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr.

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N.C. Baptists set aside $500K to employ retiring IMB missionaries

January 28 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina approved a recommendation Jan. 26 to set up a $500,000 reserve fund to utilize International Mission Board retirees returning to North Carolina. Potential jobs will focus on strategic efforts facilitated by the five BSC ministry teams …

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Pregnancy center shines hope into uncertainty

January 26 2016 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

The first nine days, or 216 hours, after a woman finds out she is pregnant are critical, according to Tonya Baker Nelson, executive director of A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Center in Fuquay-Varina. That’s why the staff at A Hand of Hope organized Reality 216, a nine-day initiative ...

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Charlotte native, football star talks fatherhood, Panthers

January 26 2016 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A

Former football player Eugene Robinson, who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers, sits down with Roman Gabriel III to discuss the super bowl experience. “There are so many things working against family in professional sports …” Robinson says.

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‘Reveal’ leaders share how to make disciples

January 26 2016 by BR staff

Leaders at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina want to “Reveal” how to make disciples with an event Feb. 29. “Reveal: Share Your Life. Speak the gospel” is a one-day conference aimed at teaching church leaders and laypeople how to make disciples in a variety of ministry settings.

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2015 CP gifts up in North Carolina

January 26 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Cooperative Program (CP) gifts from North Carolina Baptist churches rose slightly in 2015 according to a report from the Business Services office of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Total CP funds increased $239,069.11 or .83 percent above 2014 gifts.

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Political tension and the pastor

January 26 2016 by Chris Hefner and Rit Varrialle, N.C. pastors

The discussion of “religion and politics” is among those sensitive subjects that pastors and Christians in general have been advised to avoid, or at the very least, limit the expression of their views when speaking from the pulpit or in a Bible study class.

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