SCBC 2014: With resolutions, S.C. Baptists endorse biblical marriage, decry Christian persecution

Editor’s note: Full-text versions of the resolutions adopted Nov. 11 by SCBC messengers can be read here. South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers adopted a slate of resolutions Nov. 11 reaffirming support for biblical marriage, urging elected officials to combat Christian persecution, and encouraging congregations to become more vigilant in protecting victims of abuse and neglect. […]

Messengers gather at Shandon Church for 2014 SCBC annual meeting

Editor’s note: Please follow us on Twitter @BaptistCourier and Facebook for updates from the 2014 SCBC annual meeting. Messengers from churches across the South Carolina Baptist Convention are gathering in Columbia today (Nov. 11) and tomorrow at Shandon Baptist Church for the denomination’s 194th annual meeting. This year’s theme of “LiveIT” is reflective of the convention-wide vision emphasis of […]

Boston church plant to be ‘catalyst for encounters with Christ’

When Chris Causey and Jason Hodges were friends and classmates at Columbia International University, they talked of someday working together in ministry. They even dreamed about planting a church together. A few years later, they began serving on staff together in the student and adult ministries at Taylors First Baptist Church near Greenville, S.C. The […]

South Carolina Baptists to gather under ‘LiveIT’ banner for 2014 annual meeting

Representatives from churches across the South Carolina Baptist Convention are set to convene Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia for the denomination’s 194th annual meeting. This year’s theme of “LiveIT” is reflective of the convention-wide vision emphasis of “Great Commission Living,” which was adopted at last year’s annual meeting. In addition to welcoming […]

Horton: Let’s celebrate ‘winning team’ at SCBC annual meeting

Recognizing that the yearly meetings of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are not as well attended as they once were, SCBC president D.J. Horton hopes to inject a spirit of celebration into this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. “I’m hoping we’ll have the largest gathering of […]

Davis a ‘godsend’ for children’s home, says successor

Randy Harling, who took the helm as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home on Sept. 2, says his predecessor, Ben Davis, has been a “godsend” to the ministry, especially in guiding the institution through the Great Recession that peaked in 2008. “Those were dark days for most non-profits, but Ben led Connie Maxwell through that period,” […]

For Ben and Polly Davis, Connie Maxwell is ‘place of hope’

Driving a visitor along the shady streets and country lanes of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, Ben Davis clearly loves the “teaching farm” tucked away on a few acres in the southwest corner of the campus — not only for its tranquility, but also for the therapeutic role the farm plays in healing hurting […]

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 […]