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  • Refugees, immigrants spark Reaching the Nations focus

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Spreading the Gospel among the more than 42 million foreign born refugees, immigrants and international students in the U.S. is the focus of the Reaching the Nations in North America conference, an upcoming national event spearheaded by North Carolina Baptists.

    Termed "diaspora missions," ministry to those in the U.S. living outside their birth countries can help evangelize unreached, ... Read More

  • N.C., Target transgender restroom debates rage on

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the continuing political debate of transgender restroom policies, one U.S. state has received a threat from the Obama administration over its restroom use restrictions while another has asked discount retailer Target to explain how it will protect women and children from abuse of an open restroom policy.

    North Carolina pro-family leaders say the Obama administration has engaged in "bullying" and an "attack on religious freedom" by ... Read More

  • Bans on travel to Miss., N.C., called 'ridiculous'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- At least nine U.S. cities and five states have banned non-essential travel by government employees to North Carolina, Mississippi or both, claiming religious liberty bills adopted there discriminate against homosexual and transgendered persons.

    A Mississippi pastor told Baptist Press he's proud of his state legislature's courage and confused by the seeming hypocrisy of some critics. Pastors in Vermont and Washington -- two states to enact bans -- said such actions are a predictable outworking of the secular worldview that dominates their local cultures. Read More

  • N.C. bathroom restrictions challenged by activists

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo from North Carolina General Assembly website
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Despite a federal court challenge, social conservatives in North Carolina are defending a state law upholding religious liberty and requiring individuals in state government buildings to use restrooms based on the gender indicated on their birth certificates. Read More

  • N.C. sets aside $500,000 for retiring IMB missionaries

    by K. Allan Blume/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Friday, January 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina approved a recommendation Jan. 26 to set up a $500,000 reserve fund to employ International Mission Board retirees returning to North Carolina.

    Executive Director-Treasurer Milton Hollifield Jr. said, "This reserve will provide additional funding for strategic efforts to impact lostness through disciple-making ... as we seek to capitalize on the expertise of IMB missionaries who are returning to the United States." Read More

  • N.C. increases CP, affirms immigrant ministry

    by Seth Brown/Biblical Recorder , posted Thursday, November 12, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Dianna L. Cagle
    GREENSBORO, N.C.(BP) -- North Carolina Baptists approved an increase to their Cooperative Program budget and affirmed a resolution addressing ministry among immigrants during their annual meeting Nov. 2-3 in Greensboro.

    A total of 1,518 messengers, plus 234 guests, rallied around this year's theme, "Echo: Reproducing Gospel Life in Others." The theme was taken from 2 Timothy 2:2 that describes how making disciples is a recurring process that is passed from one person to another and continues for generations: "what you have heard from me ... entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Read More

  • N.C. history museum to host Billy Graham exhibit

    by K. Allan Blume, North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Thursday, October 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- The North Carolina Museum of History will open a special exhibit to honor the life of Billy Graham on Nov. 6, the day before the famed evangelist's 97th birthday.

    The exhibit will include memorabilia, displays and multimedia documenting his early days as the son of a dairy farmer, his family life, his friendships with dignitaries and his leadership through national and international crises like 9/11. Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-15: Hurricane was 'defining moment'

    by Dianna L. Cagle/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- Hurricane Katrina was a "defining moment" for North Carolina Baptist Men, the missions organization's leader remembers.

    "It was amazing that that many people would give up so much time … and there were people who made 20-30 trips who drove every time," Richard Brunson, NCBM executive director, said. "They were taking people with them. It was just amazing … even our on-site coordinators. Some of them quit jobs and went down there and worked." Read More

  • N.C. Baptists affirm marriage

    by Staff, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (3 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) -- The month following a federal judge's ruling that North Carolina's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's annual meeting adopted a resolution expressing their support for traditional marriage. Read More

  • Gay marriage, 'faith' spur judges to resign

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 (3 years ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- When Gayle Myrick received a memo from the North Carolina state government threatening criminal prosecution unless she performed gay wedding ceremonies, she knew she had to resign her job as a magistrate -- even though resignation left her unemployed and without retirement benefits at age 64. Read More