SCBC’s Public Affairs Committee presents awards

Churches and individuals were honored at the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting for their efforts in promoting biblical values in the arena of public opinion and legislation. The SCBC’s Christian Life & Public Affairs Committee presented awards to Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, foster children’s advocate Randy Harling, and S.C. Rep. Garry R. Smith. […]

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal: $175 Million

As David Platt was explaining his decision to become the new president of the International Mission Board, he recalled a flight returning home from Nepal. On that flight, he said, God burned into his heart that “it is not tolerable that a couple of billion people have little to no access to the gospel.” Last […]

New Courier Publishing website is active

A new website is up and running for Courier Publishing ( and offers resources for both writers and readers of books. The website serves as an online bookstore for Courier Publishing titles and features a secure online ordering process. The site also provides information for any writer interested in having his or her book professionally […]

‘Mom & Me’ books are a family affair

Tammy Batson and her daughter, Tara Batson Davis, have released their first three children’s books in a series called “Mom & Me” (Courier Publishing, 2014). The three books, subtitled “Family Reunion,” “At the Beach” and “Storms,” are the realization of an idea that Tammy and her late sister, Suzanne J. Williams, first imagined more than […]

Kimberly Chastain releases new book

Kimberly Chastain, a marriage and family therapist and a member of Pickens First Baptist Church, has published a new e-book, “ABCs of God’s Character.” The book is designed to help parents teach their children about the characteristics of God. With bright colors, the e-book is designed for preschool and school-age children. Each letter of the alphabet […]

Rocky River pastor Bobby Jones celebrates 50 years in ministry

Bobby Jones, pastor of Rocky River Baptist Church, Iva, celebrated 50 years of ministry on Dec. 13. He was ordained Dec. 13, 1964, by Friendship Baptist Church, Abbeville, and the late Bill Ellison served as moderator of the ordination council. During his ministry, Jones has held nine pastorates at churches in South Carolina. He and his wife, Grace, reside in Calhoun Falls. They have […]

Have you been blessed by giving to someone else?

Courier editor Rudy Gray tells the story of when he was a youth director at his home church and took a group of kids out for an evening of miniature golf and hamburgers at McDonalds.  Even though he’d told the teens to bring enough cash for the outing, one of the girls did not, and […]

‘Bethlehem Walk’ in Inman features costumed actors, elaborate sets

Holston Creek Baptist Church in Inman will hold a “Bethlehem Walk” Dec. 12-14 featuring more than 150 actors and elaborately constructed outdoor scenes. The event is free and runs from 6:00 to 9:30 each night. “Bethlehem Walk” is just that — a walk — that takes about 30 minutes for visitors to complete. Groups of […]