Protecting Our Children

Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift of the Lord.” Yet, according to the latest available statistics from the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect in 2012. Child abuse is a horrible reality that cuts across cultural and socioeconomic barriers. Since only […]

Remember to Care

Jeffrey Baldwin was an innocent 5-year-old boy who died from septic shock and bacterial pneumonia caused by prolonged starvation. This happened while he was in the care of his grandmother and her common-law husband. Jeffrey’s case has been called the worst case of child abuse in Canadian history. His story is one of tragedy, abuse, […]

Varnville pastor to be nominated for SCBC president

Tommy Kelly, pastor of First Baptist Church of Varnville, has told The Courier he will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the Nov. 11-12 annual meeting at Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia. Brad Goodale, pastor of Philippi Baptist Church in Union, will nominate Kelly. Kelly currently serves as SCBE first vice […]

From Deep Darkness to Great Forgiveness

He gives people cowbells and tells them about Jesus. His name is Rob Young, and his story is a compelling drama of God’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Young was a custom homebuilder in his early 30s — successful, connected, and financially strong. “I lived what most people would consider an ideal life: a beautiful wife, a […]

What Is the Purpose of School?

It is possible to go to a school and not receive a very good education, and it is also possible to be educated without the formality of school. What is the purpose of school? The short answer is to educate or to teach knowledge and how to use it. To be an educated person includes, […]

Retired Upstate pastor issues call for ‘Prayer Patriots’

Prayer Patriots, a concept developed by Alastair Walker, a well-known retired pastor, is something he hopes will become a national movement. The pastor emeritus of Spartanburg First Baptist Church and former state convention president believes massive participation in small prayer gatherings across the nation could be the last hope for America. “We are suffering today […]

From the Editor: Faith and Freedom

Can a Christian also be patriotic? I am a Christian and a patriot. I love Christ Jesus and I love America. It is possible to love God and country. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, said recently, “I don’t think that showing love for one’s country or region […]

The Watsons: One Couple’s Journey in Grace

Gary and Edna Watson plan to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 1 this year. They have traveled a road paved with blessings and times of near death. After their wedding in 1962, Gary was drafted into the Army in April 1966 and arrived in Vietnam in October of that year. On his arrival […]

Is Biblical Preaching Relevant Today?

What helps Americans grow in their faith? Most who are reading this would probably include in their answer the study of God’s Word and being involved in church. However, a recent survey by Barna Research dealt with that question. Church was not in the top 10. Over half of the respondents said attending church was […]

Myers Family Prepares for Life in Canada

Brett Myers, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in Westminster for the past four and a half years, had the idea of church planting in his mind since his student days at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Now, he and his family are moving to Calgary, Canada, next year to plant a church in what he calls […]