When hip-hop meets religion
When hip-hop meets religion

At GeneratiONE Church in Huntersville, Pastor Quinn Rodgers has created a worship environment unlike anything most churchgoers have seen or experienced.

Churches combat health risks through Village HeartBEAT program

Churches combat health risks through Village HeartBEAT program

Village HeartBEAT is a 10-month wellness program that encourages Mecklenburg County church teams to engage in activities from exercise classes to healthy cooking demonstrations.

Church mourns 3 killed in crash, including pastor's son

Church mourns 3 killed in crash, including pastor's son

Members of a Rocky Mount church are in mourning this week after three of their members – including the pastor’s oldest son – were killed in a fiery car crash early Friday.

Not one of us is perfect

Not one of us is perfect

How is it so easy for one to judge another without any thought? With the blink of an eye, words of judgment are spewed, never considering the harm it might do.

Elevation Church to build in University City

Elevation Church to build in University City

Elevation Church plans to open a new 1,200-seat campus in University City’s Innovation Park – the former IBM headquarters – by Easter 2015, according to an audit of the church’s 2013 finances.

Elevation Church donates $300,000 to combat homelessness

Elevation Church donates $300,000 to combat homelessness

The donation comes as media outlets are beginning to question the governance policies at Elevation, with draws about 14,000 worshipers each weekend 10 locations.

The tragedy of unoffered prayers

The tragedy of unoffered prayers

How may times have you promised a friend or co-worker that you will pray for them when you know you probably wouldn't. Tanya Wilson's column this week addresses that issue.

The Park Church celebrates 100 years

The Park Church celebrates 100 years

What started 100 years ago as an informal prayer gathering by a group of South Carolina sharecroppers has today grown to become one of Mecklenburg County's largest churches.

What's holding you back from fulfilling your purpose?

What's holding you back from fulfilling your purpose?

What have you done today to move your dream forward? Each day, commit to doing at least one thing that will move you closer to fulfilling your life's purpose.

Lessons from Lazarus: Part 6

Lessons from Lazarus: Part 6

Morning Glory Devotional

Is there a situation in your life that seems beyond hope? Listen to this week's installment of "Lessons from Lazarus," a 9-part series that examines Christian faith amid difficult situations.

Don't go it alone

Don't go it alone

In a world where selfishness and greed are commonplace, partnering and sharing can still yield great benefits.

National Baptist Journal

National Baptist Journal

A daily blog of the places we go and people we meet while covering the annual session of the National Baptist Convention USA, which is meeting this week in Charlotte.

 

Clifford Jones will seek to lead the National Baptist Convention

Clifford Jones will seek to lead the National Baptist Convention

Clifford A. Jones Sr., pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, said he will run to be the next president of the National Baptist Convention USA, the nation's largest and oldest black Baptist association.

Scene at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Friends & Family Cookout

Scene at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Friends & Family Cookout

Scene at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church annual Friends and Family Cookout. (Photo Gallery)

Members at Charlotte church protest pastor's leadership

Members at Charlotte church protest pastor's leadership

Tensions ran high at a north Charlotte church Sunday morning as members protested Pastor Andrew Rollinson’s leadership, saying he was fired nearly three months ago but refuses to leave.

Colored people, move to the back of the bus

Colored people, move to the back of the bus

GUEST COMMENTARY

What did the African American community gain by having black leaders rush to support the gay rights agenda as a civil right? Judging by this week's Supreme Court rulings, absolutely nothing.

Living Outside the Box

Living Outside the Box

Commentary -- We allow our failures to dictate what we can and can’t do, where we can and can’t go, what we can or can’t achieve. We constantly categorize people and attach labels to their lives.

Standing still in the face of adversity

Standing still in the face of adversity

OPINION -- I'm still on the fence concerning Michelle Obama’s decision to confront a heckler at a June 6 Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

Andrew Young to JCSU grads: 'You are in God's hands'

Andrew Young to JCSU grads: 'You are in God's hands'

Civil rights icon Andrew Young challenged graduating seniors at Johnson C. Smith University to find a purpose in life by working to solve the world’s many problems.

Broken glass

Broken glass

Just as artists are creating masterpieces from broken glass, every piece of our lives -- the good and the bad -- makes up the total of who we are.

Who's whispering in your ear?

Who's whispering in your ear?

Commentary: When we begin to care more about what man is telling us, disregarding what we know to be right for us, we allow ourselves to be dragged off course and away from the path to our destiny.

St. Paul Baptist

St. Paul Baptist

Located in the Belmont community of east Charlotte, this mission-oriented congregation made a conscious decision to remain in a "challenged neighborhood."

It's time we launch a nonviolent America

It's time we launch a nonviolent America

GUEST COMMENTARY

As we celebrate another Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, I can think of no better tribute to his legacy of peace than for Congress to ban the manufacture and sale of military-style assault weapons.

How to become a joyful person

How to become a joyful person

GUEST COMMENTARY

We all want to be joyful, but if we look around, we find that those of us in church are no more joyful than those outside the faith.

Life Impact Center Ministry to Launch Nov. 11

Life Impact Center Ministry to Launch Nov. 11

Pastor Kendall Anderson's ministry will meet at Sun Valley 14 movie theater in Indian Trail and focus on "helping people awaken to experience Life in God that is present within us all."

Clergy, community leaders respond to museum exhibit about lynching

Fifty-five community leaders gather to view and discuss "horrifying" images and news accounts displayed in "Without Sanctuary"

Black preachers vow to register new voters

Black preachers vow to register new voters

Spurred on by new voter laws, African American preachers attending the National Baptist Convention, USA's annual conference said they will continue longtime efforts to get blacks registered to vote.

Running with the horses

Running with the horses

When I look back, everything I have been through, as tough as it was at times, was preparing me for the destination that the Lord has assigned for me and only me.

To build up or tear down?

To build up or tear down?

Everyone wins when we seek to establish common ground and ways to build up one another rather than tearing down people and ideas.

When blessings arrive without explanation

When blessings arrive without explanation

Isn’t it powerful when great things occur in our lives, against all odds and in contradiction to what we can see with our own eyes?

I'll visit your church, but I ain't speaking in tongues

I'll visit your church, but I ain't speaking in tongues

SPEAKEASY

I was raised Baptist, so I was somewhat reluctant when the woman I met in stainless steel invited me to worship with her Church of God congregation.

The Lord’s commentary on poverty in 2014

The Lord’s commentary on poverty in 2014

More than 2,000 years ago Jesus gave a chilling economic forecast that touched on poverty. It still rings true today as we confine poor people to third-class citizenship in a nation of prosperity.

Staying humble in our success

Staying humble in our success

The greater our blessings, the more opportunity we have to share with others how we arrived and what we went through to get there.

The Park Church 100th Anniversary Gala

The Park Church 100th Anniversary Gala

More than 700 members of The Park Church gathered Saturday, Nov. 16, for the congregation's 100th anniversary gala at the Westin Charlotte.

Lessons from Lazarus: Part 8

Lessons from Lazarus: Part 8

Morning Glory Devotional

As much as we all like to fell that we are in control of our lives, there is much about life that seems arbitrary and unfair.

What message is 'Preachers of LA' sending?

What message is 'Preachers of LA' sending?

For me, it's not about the possessions of the reality-TV preachers, although it’s difficult to see the message in the middle of their bling.

Pastor builds gigantic home in Waxhaw

Pastor builds gigantic home in Waxhaw

Charlotte is abuzz with news that Steven Furtick, founder and pastor of Elevation Church, is building a 16,000-square-foot home on 19 acres in Waxhaw.

First Fellowship Ministries of Charlotte

First Fellowship Ministries of Charlotte

A Church You Should Know

Founded in 2006, First Fellowship Ministries of Charlotte recently moved into a new east Charlotte home, where it seeks to become a vital part of the local community.

Lessons from Lazarus, Part 2

Lessons from Lazarus, Part 2

Morning Glory Devotionals

One of the hardest things we do as humans is wait. But the story of Lazarus teaches us that God's delay is not the same as God's denial.

Take time for self-reflection

Take time for self-reflection

Making an appointment with ourselves can be one of the most important meetings we schedule.

Health care unites black Baptists and Obama administration

Health care unites black Baptists and Obama administration

Qcitymetro talks with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, acting director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Department of Health and Human Services. She is in Charlotte for the National Baptist Convention. (Q&A)

Charlotte Pastor: Only whites at front door of church

A pastor at a north Charlotte church sent an email asking that "only white people" stand at the front door to greet worshipers to the church’s 9 a.m. service, WBTV is reporting.

Daniel Davis performs at First Baptist Church-West

Daniel Davis performs at First Baptist Church-West

Contemporary violinist Daniel Davis, who has played for notables such as President Barack Obama, is in Charlotte this week to perform during the annual session of the National Baptist Convention.

National Baptist Convention puts focus on message, not money

An estimated 20,000 members of America’s oldest and largest black Baptist organization have arrived in Charlotte for a week of music, preaching and service.

A case of divine intervention

A case of divine intervention

Something miraculous happened inside the Atlanta-area school where bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff encountered a heavily armed gunman intent on taking lives.

Donnie McClurkin booted from MLK concert over ex-gay claims

Donnie McClurkin booted from MLK concert over ex-gay claims

The gospel singer said he was asked not to perform at a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial concert after gay-rights groups objected to statement he has made about his homosexual past.

There are times when life is tough

There are times when life is tough

Sooner or later, we all experience difficult times in life, when no help is in sight and we can't seem to fix what is wrong. It is during those times that we must rely on our faith.

Forward together, and not one step back

Forward together, and not one step back

Guest Commentary

Our state and our nation have a painful history when it comes to protecting the rights of all citizens. It is therefore disappointing to see the N.C. legislature moving our state in the wrong direction.

John P. Kee posts musical tribute to Trayvon Martin

John P. Kee posts musical tribute to Trayvon Martin

As prosecutors wrapped up closing arguments in the George Zimmerman murder trial, the Rev. John P. Kee posted a music video on his Facebook page dedicated to Trayvon Martin.

Can salvation be lost?

Can salvation be lost?

A Minute with T.D. Jakes

(VIDEO) The Rev. T.D. Jakes addresses the notion of "once saved, always saved." Is it biblically sound?

Looking for justice in the Trayvon Martin trial

Looking for justice in the Trayvon Martin trial

COMMENTARY

In a nation that has come so far in areas related to diversity, the Trayvon Martin shooting is a reminder of the distance we've yet to travel.

Fred Hammond and United Tenors

Fred Hammond and United Tenors

Fred Hammond and United Tenors perform their hit song “Unshakable” during a live taping of the Yolanda Adams Morning Show during the 2013 CIAA basketball tournament.

Quilting for the National Baptist Convention

Quilting for the National Baptist Convention

Women of the National Baptist Convention met together to learn how to sew a quilt that will be auctioned at the upcoming Convention.

When situations don't line up with beliefs

When situations don't line up with beliefs

Commentary: Given the hatred leveled at President Obama, I wish Jamie Foxx had not signed on to star in the upcoming movie “White House Down.”

It's almost time for Vacation Bible School

It's almost time for Vacation Bible School

As June approaches, Charlotte-area churches are making plans for Vacation Bible School. Here are a few we know about.

Eagle scout helps restore historic black cemetery

Eagle scout helps restore historic black cemetery

After months of planning and hard work, Russell Grevera was presented with his Eagle Scout badge for helping restore a long-forgotten cemetery that once belonged to the city's first black Presbyterian church.

Remembering what matters

Remembering what matters

Commentary: A recent life-threatening illness reminded inspirational speaker and writer Tanya Wilson of the importance of family and friends.

Stop! Don't rewrap that gift

Stop! Don't rewrap that gift

COMMENTARY

What are you doing with the gifts you have been given, and are you challenging yourself to walk in your giftedness?

A hidden hurt

A hidden hurt

When we as black men abandon our sons, we create a longing that may be impossible to fill.

A tiny miracle

A tiny miracle

When we peel back the story of the toddler cured of the HIV virus, the presence of the Lord is magnificently clear.

Nations Ford Community Church

Nations Ford Community Church

Located in southwest Charlotte, this church is known for its belief that spiritual growth should be geared toward community and personal application.

The blessing of success

The blessing of success

It's easy to feel good about our own success, but few achieve greatness without the help of someone else.

A 'party' to address world hunger

A 'party' to address world hunger

At St. Paul Baptist Church in east Charlotte, more than 400 volunteers gathered on New Years Even to package rice -- enough to feed 300 children for an entire year.

Faith leaders want Americans to pray for civility

Faith leaders want Americans to pray for civility

A diverse group of religious leaders is asking Americans to engage in 18 days of prayer for political civility, which would end Jan. 21 with President Obama's second inauguration.

The gifts inside of us

The gifts inside of us

What are the gifts that God has placed inside of you? Are you actively working in those gifts, or are you allowing everything and everybody to cause a delay?

Gabby Douglas talks about faith, forgiveness and matzo ball soup

Gabby Douglas talks about faith, forgiveness and matzo ball soup

Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas has a new book out. In an interview with Religion News Services, she talks about her faith and overcoming obstacles to win the gold at the 2012 games.

Get out of the way

Get out of the way

Distractions can be lethal in one’s life. That’s why it is so important to make a conscious decision to stay focused on what is good.

Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church politicking

Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church politicking

The lawsuit claims that as many as 1,500 pastors endorsed candidates Oct. 7 on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” which was a violation of IRS rules for non-profit organizations.

 
Monday, July, 28 2014
5 questions for the Rev. Emile D. E. Sam-Peal
5 questions for the Rev. Emile D. E. Sam-Peal

For the last nine years, the Rev. Emile D. E. Sam-Peal has been superintendent/principal of the Lott Carey Baptist Mission School in Liberia. While visiting Charlotte this week, he spoke with Qcitymetro about the school, the Ebola outbreak and some of the other issues facing his country.

July 31, 2014
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