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  • Pastor eyes run for Congress with divine 'burden'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (23 hours ago)

    Mark Harris, a Charlotte N.C., pastor and past president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, has drawn media focus for his decision to resign his pastorate as he considers a second run for Congress. Read More

  • N.C.'s repeal of restroom bill called 'a loss'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (3 months ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina legislators have repealed a controversial law that required individuals in state buildings to use restrooms corresponding to the gender indicated on their birth certificates.

    The repeal of House Bill 2 today (March 30) marked a compromise between Democrats and Republicans and culminated more than a year of contentious debate since the bill's passage in April 2016. Read More

  • N.C. refusal to repeal restroom law draws support

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders welcomed the North Carolina legislature's refusal to repeal its hotly debated restroom privacy law.

    The state Senate defeated in a 32-16 vote Wednesday night (Dec. 21) a proposal to rescind the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the controversial bill known as H.B. 2 that requires individuals in government buildings to use the restrooms of the sex on their birth certificates rather than of their gender identity. The House of Representatives took no action during a day-long special session. Read More

  • Incoming N.C. gov. negotiates restroom law repeal

    by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (6 months ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- After months of angry debate over North Carolina's restroom law, state lawmakers are planning to repeal it.

    North Carolina Republicans passed HB2 in response to a Charlotte ordinance that forced city businesses to open their restrooms based on gender identity. Signed in March, HB2 superseded the ordinance before it took effect. The state law requires persons to use restrooms and locker rooms according to the sex listed on their birth certificates and applies to government buildings, schools and universities. It blocks municipalities, such as Charlotte, from adopting their own restroom rules. Read More

  • N.C. Baptists celebrate missions giving

    by Staff/Biblical Recorder & BSCNC, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (7 months ago)

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    GREENSBORO, N.C.(BP) -- North Carolina Baptists gave more than $32 million dollars to Southern Baptist missions and ministries in the last fiscal year, leading the 42 state conventions in cooperative giving through both the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (more than $14.6 million) and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (more than $6 million).

    Messengers to the 2016 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) annual meeting, Nov. 14-15, voted to approve a budget that increases the percentage of Cooperative Program funds forwarded to the Southern Baptist Convention causes for the 2017 fiscal year to 40.5 percent (or $11,417,637), representing a half-point increase over last year's allotment. The total budget for 2017 comes to $30,375,000, which is up nearly 3 percent over 2016. Read More

  • Restroom law likely safe despite N.C. election saga

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (7 months ago)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- Regardless of who emerges victorious in North Carolina's still undecided governor's race, some of the state's Baptists believe a controversial law limiting transgender restroom access will remain in force.

    Incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who has defended the law known as House Bill 2, trails Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat and staunch H.B. 2 critic, by some 5,000 votes with more than 58,000 provisional ballots to be adjudicated and potentially counted, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Read More

  • N.C. anticipates weeks of continued Matthew recovery

    by Joe Conway, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (8 months ago)

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    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of 1999's Hurricane Floyd are playing out across a 250-mile stretch of North Carolina. Already North Carolina Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, and those from seven other states, have served Hurricane Matthew survivors by preparing more than 400,000 meals from six SBDR kitchens.

    North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief director Gaylon Moss said some of the same areas affected by Floyd were hard hit again by Matthew. Moss said volunteer days served in North Carolina have already surpassed 7,000. Read More

  • Hurricane Matthew DR volunteers needed in N.C.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 24, 2016 (8 months ago)

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    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Disaster relief volunteers are urgently needed to help North Carolina residents recover from flooding damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew, said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM).

    "Teams are needed to help individuals and families remove the wet furniture, floors, walls and other items as needed. We will need many recovery volunteers for many months to come," Brunson said today (Oct. 24). "Thousands of homes and many thousands of people were affected by Hurricane Matthew and we need volunteers to assist with cleanup for the long term." Read More

  • N.C. plans for long haul after Hurricane Matthew

    by K. Allan Blume and Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder , posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (8 months ago)

    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina continues to reel from the damage and flooding left by Hurricane Matthew. As rising rivers have yet to crest in many areas, North Carolina Baptists are responding where they can and as quickly as conditions will allow -- a state Baptist disaster relief leader reported Monday (Oct. 10).

    North Carolina Baptist Men's (NCBM) 30,000 meal-per-day unit, Manna One, was headed to Lumberton, N.C., from Florida on Monday, reported the ministry's leader, Richard Brunson. According to The New York Times today (Oct. 11), the death toll in North Carolina had risen to 17 people as the state suffers record-breaking flooding across the eastern part of the state. Read More

  • N.C. restroom bill doesn't deter SBC annual meeting

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 19, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Amid controversy over North Carolina's controversial transgender restroom law, Southern Baptist Convention leaders estimate they're less than two weeks away from finalizing contracts to hold the 2023 SBC annual meeting in Charlotte.

    And they say they're glad to support the state for its moral stand on gender and sexuality.

    SBC President Steve Gaines said that "while other organizations such as the ... Read More