North Carolina

FBC Sylva honors former pastor John Bunn in Sunday service

July 2 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

John Thomas Bunn, 88, died in his home on June 25. His life was celebrated as a regular service at First Baptist Church of Sylva. The former pastor and town mayor did not want a lot of attention so Pastor Jeff Mathis preached from the floor, leaving the pulpit “empty in his honor …

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Calabash church project might point way to new ministry

June 30 2015 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Teams of volunteers with N.C. Baptist Men (also known as Baptists on Mission) have been working on River of Life Church’s new building since last year. The partly completed building sits in a prime location beside U.S. Highway 17 at Calabash, not far from the South Carolina border.

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Elected from North Carolina

June 30 2015 by BR staff

The following North Carolina Baptists were elected by the messengers of the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting held June 16-17 in Columbus Ohio. They were elected to a wide range of positions in SBC organizations, committees and seminaries.

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Elizabeth church gives Christian flag prominence

June 29 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

When the Christian and American flags are flown in proximity to one another, flag etiquette calls for the American flag to be in the prominent position. Rit Varriale wants to see churches reverse that tradition in favor of a more biblical statement. Varriale said the church will raise two flags …

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N.C. ultrasound law loses at the Supreme Court

June 22 2015 by Leigh Jones, World News Service

North Carolina abortionists will not have to describe to mothers ultrasound images of their unborn babies. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that overturned a law requiring abortionists to show women the ultrasound images so that they would fully understood what happens during the procedure

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Cowboy church ropes hearts with rodeo, worship

June 15 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

Each year Triad Cowboy Church attracts people from its community and beyond by hosting a professional rodeo. While roping calves and riding bulls are not generally associated with most churches, this Archdale congregation places a high priority on offering a free event to the cowboy community.

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Southeastern, Campbell, Gardner-Webb leaders offer graduates advice

June 15 2015 by BR staff

At the May 2015 commencement ceremonies 110 North Carolinians graduated from Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, Southeastern, Midwestern and Southern Baptist theological seminaries with religious degrees at the masters and doctorate levels. Presidents and keynote speakers offered sage advice to graduates at each of the schools ...

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N.C. House overturns governor’s marriage bill veto

June 13 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The North Carolina House voted June 11 to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, which allows government officials the ability to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. McCrory vetoed the bill May 28, saying government workers needed to uphold their oath of office and perform their duties, according to WRAL. 

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N.C. passes 72-hour abortion wait period

June 9 2015 by Courtney Crandell, WORLD News Service

North Carolina’s state legislature approved a bill June 3 that extends the state’s abortion waiting period to 72-hours, joining four other states that have passed similar legislation. The legislation also requires a doctor or other medical professional to inform a woman before she obtains an abortion that alternatives exist and ...

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BSC announces Annual Meeting theme, website

June 3 2015 by Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications

“Echo: Reproducing Gospel Life in Others” is the theme for the 2015 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting. The theme is based on 2 Timothy 2:2. This passage demonstrates obedience to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ when He instructed His followers to “go and make disciples.”

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