Statement on Asian American Racial Violence

CBFNC Executive Coordinator Larry Hovis responds to the recent violence and racism toward Asian Americans. “Our nation recently witnessed more acts of racial violence, this time directed at Asian Americans. As Cooperative Baptists we stand firmly against all forms of racism and related violence and we decry the events that took place in Atlanta. I…

2021 CBFNC Virtual Annual Gathering

The 2021 CBFNC Annual Gathering will be a little different this year. Because of the ongoing pandemic, our time together will be completely virtual on Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Though we will miss gathering with you in-person, we hope you will still join us online for this annual…

An Appeal to Our Fellowship

Over the past week our nation has processed the horrific, violent images on our screens of the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Epiphany – January 6, 2021. I was proud to join other CBF state and regional coordinators in condemning the actions of the rioters who stormed the Capitol (https://cbfnc.org/blessed-are-the-peacemakers/). I…

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

CBFNC Executive Coordinator Larry Hovis has joined with other CBF state and regional leadership to issue the following statement:   BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS (Mt. 5:9) A Response to Violence at The United States Capitol by CBF State and Regional Coordinators As Baptist Leaders who represent a rich tradition of faith, freedom and responsibility, we…

Advent Series: Love

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16) I took a quick tour through the Baptist Hymnal (1991) in the sections labeled “Advent” and “Birth.” I was curious as to which words showed up…

Advent Series: Proclaim

“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,” (Luke 2:17). Even though we Baptists have learned to join the larger Christian church and observe Advent during the four weeks leading up to Christmas, most of us don’t really wait until December 25 to celebrate the…

Gifts Bags of Welcome

Embracing vulnerable neighbors right here in our own communities has been the mission priority for CBFNC and our churches for over five years now.   Especially during Advent, it’s quite common for CBFNC staff to field questions from church leaders across the state looking for alternatives to some of the larger, more well-known Christmas mission opportunities.…

Advent Series: Repent

“John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4) Who are your favorite characters in the Christmas story? Shepherds, wise men, the holy family, maybe even Elizabeth or Zechariah? I bet you didn’t name John the Baptist. Yet John is a central character in the…