North Carolina

30 years later, association sees dream attained

October 18 2016 by Liz Tablazon, BR staff writer

Sydney and Alice Rochelle were long-time members of Lakewood Baptist Church in Durham and left half of their estate to the church. They gave the other half to the local Yates Baptist Association. For 30 years the Rochelles’ gift sustained Lakewood until the church held its final service on Easter Sunday 2014. ...

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Hundreds of Hispanics hear missions, discipleship messages

October 18 2016 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Nearly 400 Baptist Hispanic pastors, church planters and lay leaders gathered for two regional congresses on missions and church planting in Wilmington and the Winston-Salem area in July and August. Several pastors from Central America and the Caribbean joined with North Carolina Hispanics to challenge lay leaders and pastors towards greater participation in missions and church planting.

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Churches & parents: Partners in disciple-making

October 18 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

There’s a concept popularized by the Puritans that says every home should be a little church. “If every home is a little church, how can we equip those families who want their homes to be a little church?” asks Cheryl Markland, childhood evangelism and discipleship consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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Megan moves into the light

October 18 2016 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications

Megan and her houseparents laugh as they walk together. The sun-drenched greens of the grass and trees across the Baptist Children’s Homes’ Kennedy Home campus in Kinston reverberate their joy as they chatter. Megan’s life today shines in bright contrast against the backdrop of a tumultuous childhood. ...

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Baptist Children’s Homes hit hard by hurricane

October 17 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Seven locations of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, a storm that swept through the state Oct. 9, bringing widespread flash floods and abnormally high river flooding in eastern N.C. Weather reports estimated rainfall as high as seven inches per hour at peak.

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9Marks: Creating a culture of discipleship

October 17 2016 by Harper McKay, SEBTS Communications

More than 900 pastors, students and church members attended the eighth annual 9Marks conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Speakers Danny Akin, Mark Vroegop, Trip Lee, Mark Dever, Thabiti Anyabwile and Robby Gallaty addressed the theme of discipleship during six sessions and several panel discussions over the two-day conference.

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Franklin Graham caps 50-state tour with record crowd in N.C.

October 17 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Waving American flags, crowds of people gently swayed back and forth to the sound of worship music on the eastern side of the North Carolina State Capitol in downtown Raleigh. Church busloads poured onto the shaded lawn as they gathered to hear Franklin Graham speak, concluding the 10-month, 50-state Decision America Tour.

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Rivers continue to rise behind Hurricane Matthew

October 10 2016 by K. Allan Blume and Dianna L. Cagle, BR staff

North Carolina continues to reel from the after effects of Hurricane Matthew. As rising rivers have yet to crest in many areas, North Carolina Baptists are responding where they can. North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM), also known as Baptists on Mission, is responding to the crisis as quickly as conditions will allow.

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N.C. coats help people in New York find Christ

October 4 2016 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Last December, a 58-year-old man was baptized in New York City. Any baptism is cause for celebration, but this Bangladeshi man had been Muslim until he recently came to faith in Jesus Christ late last year. It was a quiet baptism, performed in a bathtub.

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Great Commission Advance: ‘Not alone’ in CP impact

October 4 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

“Great Commission Advance” shouldn’t be mistaken for a formal program. It’s more personal.  It’s a call for “every Southern Baptist ... living up to the high calling of disciple-making, evangelism and missions, biblical stewardship and fervent and effective prayer,” says Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

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