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  • Though not in Congress, N.C. pastor at 'peace'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 03, 2019 (one month ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- With his apparent election to Congress still uncertified nearly two months after Election Day, former pastor Mark Harris said he is wounded by questions about his character but determined to persevere in his quest for public office.

    Meanwhile, a Baptist associational leader in Charlotte, N.C. -- where Harris pastored First Baptist Church until 2017 -- said churches and pastors are praying for Harris. On Christmas Eve, Harris told Metrolina Baptist Association executive director Bob Lowman he feels "a peace" amid media coverage and allegations of election fraud. Read More

  • N.C. pastor's election to Congress still uncertain

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- On election night, it appeared former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris finally had fulfilled a years-long sense of calling by being elected to Congress. But a month later, North Carolina's State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has yet to certify Harris' narrow victory in the state's 9th Congressional District amid allegations of election fraud.

    The Harris campaign told Baptist Press Dec. 4 Harris has never been aware of any wrongdoing associated with his campaign and expects all volunteers and staff to be above board in their behavior. Harris trusts the election process and God's sovereign guidance of it, the campaign said. They added that the allegations surrounding Harris have not shaken his faith and may even have deepened his relationship with Christ. Read More

  • Vote splits Congress; judicial outlook called hopeful

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Voters returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party Tuesday (Nov. 6) but seemed to have strengthened the Republican Party's hold on the Senate and on its ability to confirm conservative Supreme Court justices and federal judges.

    Meanwhile, at least two Southern Baptists appear to have won first-time seats in Congress, and two states approved pro-life measures among a host of ballot initiatives that were decided.

    Republicans lost their majority in the House for the first time since the 2010 election during President Obama's first term. Democrats held a 222-199 advantage with 14 races still undecided as of 1 p.m. CST Nov. 7, according to CNN. Read More

  • Gender, marriage spotlighted in final campaign ads

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Biblical teaching on gender roles and marriage are the focus of last-minute campaign ads in two closely-contested political campaigns.

    In North Carolina's 9th congressional district, attack ads have taken aim at former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris' preaching on gender roles in the family. In the Colorado governor's race, ads from the conservative Family Policy Alliance suggest Democratic nominee Jared Polis could threaten the religious liberty of business owners who oppose same-sex marriage. Read More

  • House candidate stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets -- especially his preaching on the family and gender roles.

    But Mark Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte who is running as a Republican in North Carolina's 9th congressional district, told Baptist Press it should not be regarded as a "news flash" that a "Baptist preacher preaches the Bible." Past sermons, he added, don't "really have any bearing on electing a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives." Read More

  • Former N.C. pastor Mark Harris unseats GOP congressman

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Former pastor and Baptist State Convention of North Carolina president Mark Harris has become the first congressional candidate this year to force an incumbent out of office.

    Harris -- who resigned the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., last year to focus on a run for the U.S. House of Representatives -- defeated three-term U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger May 8 by a 49-46 margin in the Republican primary for North Carolina's 9th District. Read More

  • Pastor eyes run for Congress with divine 'burden'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    Mark Harris, a Charlotte N.C., pastor and past president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, has drawn media focus for his decision to resign his pastorate as he considers a second run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More

  • GOP picks Trump; Lucifer invoked in race

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "The president that we choose in November is not just a four-year decision but really a 40-year decision."

    -- Mark Harris

    CLEVELAND (BP) -- Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee Tuesday (July 19) on a day when the devil was invoked at the GOP convention as part of a reason not to vote for his Democratic opponent.

    The controversial billionaire easily passed the 1,237 votes needed to secure the nomination during a state-by-state roll call, ending a divisive, even bitter, campaign season among Republicans. Read More

  • Charlotte council passes LGBT ordinance

    by Emily Blake/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- After voting down a highly controversial sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) ordinance in March 2015, the Charlotte City Council passed a similar measure Feb. 22 requiring places of "public accommodation" to abide by a non-discrimination policy that includes "marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression." Read More

  • Huckabee tests GOP's social conservatism

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 03, 2015 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Despite backlash against former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's recent criticisms of "gratuitous profanity" and sexual immorality in America, GOP politicians and Baptist leaders agree that social conservatives still play a prominent role in the Republican Party.

    "There has been a huge push for fiscal conservatives to step out and lead in Republican policy issues and decision-making," U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Baptist Press. "But the vast majority of Republicans are social conservatives. They're also fiscal conservatives, but they're social conservatives first. While some people would say, 'Be quieter on those issues,' that's who we are." Read More