|October 20, 2014 by Tom Strode & Bonnie Pritchett, Baptist Press|
|The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom.|
|October 20, 2014 by BSC Communications|
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Board of Directors approved bylaw changes for annual meeting messengers to consider in November and voted on property issues relating to Baptist Campus Ministries and Fruitland Baptist Bible College.
|October 21, 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Relgion News Service|
The owners of an Idaho wedding chapel have filed suit against their city officials, claiming it is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by forcing them to perform same-sex marriages or face fines and jail time.
OTHER BR NEWS
Fall Board of Trustees and Southeastern Society meetings
Blume: Is Houston coming to your door next?
Other events during N.C. annual meeting
Floyd: Stand up for Houston pastorsMarriage ‘non-decision’ draws Roe comparison
K. Allan Blume
The Houston scandal
When we were engaged in North Carolina's Marriage Amendment debate in early 2012, I shared a series of emails with a man who said he was raised in a Baptist church. He did not understand or agree with my view that marriage is between one man and one woman. He insisted that granting homosexuals legal status to marry would have absolutely no impact on my life, on churches or on anyone's freedoms. The gentleman boldly stated that if he thought basic religious freedoms would be impacted, he would not vote for the Marriage Amendment.
It was a joyful prvilege to celebrate the 99th anniversary of Kennebec Baptist Church in Angier last Sunday with pastor Mark Howard, and with former BR board member, associate pastor Larry Whichard. I am always grateful for the honor of preaching the Word in the great churches of our state.
Tuesday night, Oct. 21, I was with our Baptist family in the Carolina Baptist Association for their semi-annual meeting at Crab Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Sandy Beck, director of missions, reminded the crowd that this association has many great churches, including the church that leads the state in Cooperative Program gifts, First Baptist of Hendersonville. Another church in that association is featured in this week's Biblical Recorder. Read this interesting story about Mud Creek Baptist Church.
Don’t miss the N.C. Pastors' Conference and the annual meeting Nov. 9-11 in Greensboro. Did you download your annual meeting app yet? Get it here.