New York Partnership

The BSCNC New York Partnership connects North Carolina Baptist Churches to the influential city of New York, NY. You are invited to learn more about this strategic partnership by meeting John Ramirez, associate executive director at the Metro New York Baptist Association. John will be in Summerfield on July 9th at Summerfield First Baptist Church […]

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Priorities . . . What really matters!

Priorities! How do you set your priorities? What comes first in your life? Of all the things that you do, what matters the most? Determining our priorities can be an illusive and difficult task, especially for people like me who are not wired to think like that. I think most people do things without really […]

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The Joy of Easter

I love Easter and I love the springtime, don’t you? It is a time of Joy.  I would like to share with you a few thoughts about joy today, and what it means to have “the joy of the Lord” in your life. There is a verse a Scripture found in Hebrews 12:2. This verse […]

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Silence and Solitude

Have you ever thought about the importance of silence and solitude in your spiritual growth and formation? I come from a tradition and culture that places a high value on being busy and doing things for God, so much so, that taking time to sit quietly and enjoy the presence of God is often neglected. […]

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The Gathered and Scattered Church

The record-breaking storms this winter caused huge delays in airline flight schedules, and as a result, thousands of people were stranded in airports all over the country.  Because of the backlog of canceled flights, many airports looked like pajama parties gone awry, with people gathered everywhere — many sleeping on couches, benches, chairs, tables, and floors.  […]

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Surviving and Thriving Under Pressure

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the United States government developed and deployed nuclear powered submarines.  The USS Thresher was one of these early vessels. Designed with steel bulkheads and heavy steel armor the Thresher could dive deep, and withstand the tremendous pressure of the ocean. Unfortunately, on a test run in 1963, the Thresher’s nuclear engine failed, and it […]

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How is Business?

It has been said, there are two, critical questions every successful CEO and business owner must answer.  First, “What is your business?”  Second, “How is business?” If we put these two questions to the Church, how would we answer them?   “What is our business?”  In other words, what is our purpose, or our reason for […]

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