Letter: SCBC should ‘stand strongly against’ Noble’s teachings

I have been following the controversy regarding Mr. Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, most recently related to his reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments. I have also read South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly’s gently worded letter reminding all ministers to regard their ministries as sacred trusts and their testimonies for Him as His called […]

Letter: God Uses Imperfect People to Spread the Gospel

From the Southern Baptist Convention Constitution: Article IV. Authority: While independent and sovereign in its own sphere, the Convention does not claim and will never attempt to exercise any authority over any other Baptist body, whether church, auxiliary organizations, associations, or convention. Being the son of a Southern Baptist minister who served many times as an […]

Letter: Is the Christian Church Vanishing?

Recently I have seen many articles and questions about how churches are failing. Not long ago I saw somewhere that 80 percent of the churches in America are failing and that 4,000 churches close every year. An article on Patheos.com states that 3,500 people leave the church every single day. Select churches are growing. Unfortunately, many of these […]

David Dockery to speak at Charleston’s Hamrick Lectureship

David Dockery, president of Trinity International University, will be the featured speaker Jan. 18-19 for the 20th annual John A. Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church of Charleston. Dockery previously served for 18 years as president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He has also served as chief academic officer at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, […]

McDowell brings Connie Maxwell relationships to new position

Debbie McDowell, the new director of volunteer services at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, is no stranger to her latest surroundings. Her home church, Temple Baptist in Ninety Six, supported the children’s home throughout McDowell’s life. In Greenwood’s schools, McDowell taught and coached many Connie Maxwell children. One of those students is now her coworker. McDowell […]

Part-time pastor named top leader among small churches

Juan Molina, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Alpha y Omega in Landrum, was named Small Church Pastor of the Year during the November meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Originally from Mexico, Molina immigrated to the U.S. and began working in construction. While in Florida, he was invited to church services, and his life was […]

Obituary: Sim Smith

Sim Smith, 78, of Sumter, died Nov. 15, 2014. Born in Kershaw County, he was ordained at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. He attended Mars Hill Baptist College, the University of South Carolina and Coker College. Smith preached and pastored for more than 63 years. He led nearly 150 revivals across Tennessee, North Carolina and […]