Former editor Don Kirkland publishes collection of personal and devotional columns in new book, ‘Something Ventured’

Don Kirkland, editor emeritus of The Baptist Courier, has published a collection of columns he wrote while serving as editor from 1996 to 2012. “Something Ventured: Selected Writings from My Career in Christian Journalism” (2014, CourierPublishing, $10), includes nearly 70 columns written under Kirkland’s signature “Commentary” heading. While the articles are reflective of the times […]

‘The child comes first’ for newly elected Connie Maxwell president

The president-elect of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home says he will do everything in his power to be “an advocate for the fatherless.” Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will become the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in September. He told his congregation May 18. He will succeed Ben Davis, who will […]

Jim Austin stepping down as SCBC chief executive

Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, has announced that he will retire on Oct. 7 of this year. Dwight Easler, chairman of the SCBC Executive Board, confirmed to The Courier that Austin, 60, told the Executive Board of his decision on May 28. Easler provided a copy of […]

SCBC official: Bats cleared, White Oak Conference Center safe for summer campers

With summer camps for youth and children set to begin in early June, the problem of bats invading sleeping quarters at White Oak Conference Center appears to be solved, an official says. Parents should “absolutely” feel confident in sending their children to stay overnight at White Oak, said Roger Orman, an associate executive director for […]

Randy Harling to be next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home

Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will be the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. He informed his congregation Sunday, May 18. Harling will succeed Ben Davis, who will retire Sept. 1 after serving at the Greenwood-based ministry to children for 21 years. Davis has been president since 2002. Harling has served […]

S.C. Disaster Relief provides aid to its own, looks forward

At about midnight on Feb. 12, in freezing rain, Dorothy Edwards held a flashlight while Jack, her husband of 50 years, poured gasoline into a generator that powered lights and a small electric heater for an elderly woman in their community near Marion. Earlier the same day, in the midst of a winter storm that […]

Men find good food, gospel at ‘The Barn’

On an unseasonably mild late afternoon in February, a setting sun expends the last of its warmth on a red barn in southern Greenville County, about five miles west of Fountain Inn. Two chattering boys toss a football near the barn’s twin garage-door openings, while Chloe, a 6-month-old black Lab, works earnestly to make a visitor feel welcome, shaking off a spray of pond water.

SCBC budget misses mark in 2013

South Carolina Baptists were $1.14 million shy of funding the state convention budget in 2013, marking the fourth budget shortfall in the last five years. Budget receipts from churches totaled $27,458,991, about 4 percent below the $28.6 million targeted in the SCBC spending plan. The state convention budget, which is supported primarily through Cooperative Program […]