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 […]

Searching for the Right Christian Counselor

Counseling is a word full of meanings. There are hundreds of counseling theories and at least 250 types of psychology. People spend time and money seeking help for the issues that affect them. Christian counseling (or biblical counseling) also has a variety of meanings. The sheer number of options, theories and ministries can be confusing. […]

Restaurant owner exudes God’s grace and serves up Southern cuisine

Mention the name Ann McDonald in Mullins, S.C., and residents will likely respond with smiles. She is 75, twice-widowed and going strong as the owner of Webster Manor, a five-star restaurant/bed and breakfast inn located one block from her church, First Baptist of Mullins. She had a challenging childhood. “I grew up very, very poor. […]