Christianity is Nothing Without the Resurrection

“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith is also in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. If Jesus rose from the dead, everything He taught is validated, every promise He gave is proven true, and anyone who believes in […]

The Great Commission Is Not the Main Thing

This column may not be as controversial as the headline. In this issue of The Courier, we are focusing on “The State of the Church.” Our culture is rapidly becoming more secularized, and churches are not impacting the culture or reaching the percentage of people we once did. Some local churches are vibrant, but most […]

State of the Church: Baptist Leaders Weigh In

Determining the state of the church is not unlike a state of the union address — it is a subjective conclusion based on some hopefully reliable statistics. Is the viability of a church measured by attendance, baptisms or budget, or can it be determined by other spiritual measures like the fruit of the Spirit, mission […]

Healthy Marriages and Compatibility

It is generally acknowledged that Genesis 2:24 is the most important verse in the Bible on the subject of marriage. It does not, on first reading, say anything about compatibility. However, it is evident we cannot have a one-flesh relationship without it. Compatibility is essential for a godly and healthy marriage, but the key is […]

Trail Life launches in S.C.

The newly formed camping program for boys, Trail Life USA, began the official chartering process on Jan. 1, with nearly 500 churches launching Trail Life troops. Trail Life is the Christian-based program that has many former leaders, parents, and scouts from the Boy Scouts of America program. According to Mark Allen, Charleston-area point man, the […]

McCall camp director called to Evergreen Church

Eddie Pettit, who has worked with McCall Royal Ambassador camp for the past 20 years, has resigned as camp director to accept a call as pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Effingham. “I really enjoyed working at Camp McCall,” said Pettit, who served for many years as camp manager before being named camp director in […]

Marriage and Ministry: Serving God in a ‘sun-scorched land’

On their first date, Shannon Jennings informed her future husband: “The Lord has called me to be a minister’s wife.” They met while playing in the Western Region band at Furman University when they were sophomores in high school. They lost touch after six months but were reunited by a mutual friend while she was […]

For former tough-guy atheist, ‘life is better serving God’

Mike Rushton, the youngest of three boys, grew up tough. His dad borrowed boxing gloves and taught his sons how to fight. “We were always told not to ever start a fight, but if we were involved in a fight we better not lose,” he said. “We did not lose many fights.” His father did […]

The Last Word: Receiving and Giving Care

My dad passed away a few years ago. Today, my mom, who has Alzheimer’s, lives in an assisted living home near us. Neither of my parents ever wanted to be a burden to anyone, but we wanted to provide the help they needed and to do our best to care for them personally at a […]

A Man and His Mission: The Sanctity of Human Life

Robert Jackson is a family physician in Spartanburg who, for more than 30 years, has faithfully followed his mission: to promote the sanctity of human life. A dedicated Christian and Southern Baptist, Jackson said that during his second year of family medicine residency, “God confirmed my pro-life commitment. I realized that I needed to not […]