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  • Immigrant assistance to be N.C. Baptist outreach

    by Mike Creswell, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, posted Thursday, September 06, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina Baptists are stepping up their ministry to immigrants.

    A new Baptist Immigrant Services (BIS) ministry being gradually launched by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) will set up a yet-unspecified number of immigration ministry centers across the state. The first center is being established in Lincolnton.

    Churches and associations will be encouraged to establish a variety of ministry efforts to engage immigrants with the Gospel. In addition, the ministry centers will be staffed by individuals trained and qualified to help immigrants understand their rights and immigration options. Read More

  • House candidate stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets -- especially his preaching on the family and gender roles.

    But Mark Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte who is running as a Republican in North Carolina's 9th congressional district, told Baptist Press it should not be regarded as a "news flash" that a "Baptist preacher preaches the Bible." Past sermons, he added, don't "really have any bearing on electing a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives." Read More

  • Former N.C. pastor Mark Harris unseats GOP congressman

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Former pastor and Baptist State Convention of North Carolina president Mark Harris has become the first congressional candidate this year to force an incumbent out of office.

    Harris -- who resigned the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., last year to focus on a run for the U.S. House of Representatives -- defeated three-term U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger May 8 by a 49-46 margin in the Republican primary for North Carolina's 9th District. Read More

  • N.C. Baptists pray for revival, celebrate record CP support

    by BSC & Biblical Recorder staff, posted Wednesday, November 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) -- Messengers from churches across North Carolina huddled in small clusters for an extended prayer service emphasizing revival and spiritual awakening to climax the Baptist State Convention (BSC) of North Carolina's annual meeting Nov. 6-7 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.

    Messengers also approved a record 2018 budget, passed a resolution denouncing racism, and affirmed another on human sexuality and marriage. Read More

  • Tebow to N.C. Bapt. DR: You've gone above, beyond

    by Seth Brown/Biblical Recorder, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (one year ago)

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    BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (BP) -- Professional athlete, sports analyst and native Floridian Tim Tebow thanked North Carolina Baptist churches in a Facebook video posted Thursday (Sept. 21) for their disaster relief efforts across Florida after Hurricane Irma.

    "I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for what you're doing," said Tebow, a former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida. Tebow now plays professional baseball for the New York Mets organization. "You've gone above and beyond, and we thank you so much." Read More

  • Diaspora ministry summit returns for 2017

    by K. Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- A diaspora ministry conference inaugurated last year was so successful that organizers have scheduled a second event Oct. 27-28 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

    Chuck Register, a "Reaching the Nations in North America" summit organizer, said he was "more than pleased" with the response to last year's conference held in Brentwood, Tenn.

    "There were just under 400 registered participants, which was beyond our ... Read More

  • Pastor eyes run for Congress with divine 'burden'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (one year 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 the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More

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

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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