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North Carolina’s new governor has raised the ire of educators in the state’s university system by suggesting that the only purpose of higher education worth funding is training that will lead directly to jobs. I suspect he’s not the only governor doing so these days. In a radio interview with conservative talk show host Bill Bennett – […] Read More

On May 8, North Carolinians were given the opportunity to vote on the following amendment to their state constitution: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” Despite concerns – voiced by the ACLU and several North Carolina lawprofessors – about […] Read More

The citizens of Ashville, N.C., recently elected an atheist, Cecil Bothwell, to serve on their city council, but North Carolina’s state constitution prohibits anyone “who shall deny the being of Almighty God” from holding public office.   Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, however, says “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification […] Read More

Two items in the Oct. 27 issue of the News & Observer were particularly distressing.   The first was a front-page story, along with several sidebars, regarding shenanigans carried on by former governor Mike Easley. Previous articles had revealed shady real estate deals that got the guv a big discount on a waterfront lot, and […] Read More

The lottery’s no longer the only game in town, at least in many towns across North Carolina. Recent challenges to laws regulating video poker and sneaky ways of skirting the law have led to a boom in “sweepstakes” outlets that often masquerade as Internet cafes.   Unlike the typical Internet cafe where most users check […] Read More

Coaching churches and church leaders maximizes time and energy. It focuses around passion, calling and growth challenges in ways that seminars promise but often miss.   Leaders – whether local, global, church or denomination or judicatory, clergy or lay leaders – all face overwhelming demands these days and find it frustrating if not discouraging. Most […] Read More

It’s not enough for Christians to “walk the walk,” Fred Craddock told participants attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina’s (CBFNC’s) 2009 General Assembly March 20-21. “Somebody needs to talk the talk.” Craddock, a retired professor who is perennially cited as one of America’s top preachers, spoke to an enthusiastic group of more than […] Read More

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — You might say that Larry Hovis started his new job as the coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina in the fall of 2004 with a mission about missions. “From Day One,” he said in a recent interview, “I tried to start people thinking more about what we could and […] Read More

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is helping to promote a “Christian School 101” conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools, scheduled Aug. 27-28 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. According to the Biblical Recorder, Executive Director Milton Hollifield told the state convention Executive Committee the seminar is not part of an […] Read More

Five North Carolina Baptist colleges and universities are moving toward loosening ties with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. A convention committee earlier this month signed off on a proposal from the schools to elect their own trustees, give up $6.2 million in annual funding from the convention and establish a scholarship program to […] Read More