O Little Town of Bethlehem

Scripture makes it crystal-clear that Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1 and Luke 2:4). That makes Bethlehem important for believers but insignificant among the cities of the world. Even today, it is a small town of approximately 25,000 people. Bethlehem is located in the Judean mountains on the West Bank. Tourism accounts for 65 […]

Thanksgiving Is Always in Season

I dearly enjoy the Thanksgiving season, even though so much of it in our culture has little to do with giving thanks — and even less with thanking God. In fact, it’s relatively easy to enjoy the holiday season and put together a great Thanksgiving Day meal — when compared with the challenge of obeying […]

You Do WHAT Kind of Ministry?

Jamie Ballentine is in the “mascot ministry.” What does that mean? He says, “My talent is performing as a stuffed animal.” He was “Cocky,” the mascot for the South Carolina Gamecocks, from 2002 to 2006 and planned a career as a professional mascot. Working in different places, he eventually landed in Charleston and was the […]

Coming Home … To Plant a Church

In Mark 5:19, Jesus said to the formerly demon-possessed Gerasene demoniac who wanted to travel with him, “Go home to your people … .” That is what Cleveland native Tony Loseto and his wife, Beth, are doing. “At first, many people shy away from the idea of planting a church where you came from. It […]

Resources and References for Christians

About 35 years ago, I was browsing in a Christian bookstore when the owner of the store asked me if I could recommend a book to a young Jewish man who had recently become a Christian. He wanted something to help him grow in his faith. I recommended he start by reading the Gospel of […]

Upstate men share ‘Lamb of God’ in Israel

“I have come from South Carolina to tell you I love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. My love for the God of Israel has given me a love for the people of Israel.” That was Michael Post’s introduction to several Israelis during an evangelistic trip in August. “This opened up the door to […]

Resources That Help

The sheer volume of books, magazines, DVDs and online resources that offer people insights in knowing Christ and living a Christian life can be overwhelming. Baptists, known as “people of the Book,” are quick to acknowledge the Bible as our basic and most important spiritual resource. Do we need help understanding and applying God’s Word […]

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 […]