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 […]

Obituary: Earl Wyman Satcher

Earl Wyman Satcher, 93, of Warrenville, died Dec. 7, 2014. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, supplying in several churches in the Aiken County area. He was pastor of Southside Baptist Church when members built their current sanctuary and later retired from Mt. Beulah Baptist […]

Abortion rate at lowest level since Roe v. Wade

The abortion rate in the United States has declined to its lowest point since abortion’s legalization in 1973, according to an annual report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by WORLD News Service Dec. 8. Forty-seven states reported 730,322 abortions in 2011 to the CDC (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire […]

Columbia pastor publishes new book, ‘The Stories of My Life’

Ronald “Dee” Vaughan, pastor of St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, has published a book, “The Stories of My Life.” It is a collection of personal stories from the author’s own life that taught him something important about the art of living and the journey of faith. The stories are drawn from messages Vaughan has […]

SCBC unveils transitional worship pastor ministry

Responding to an “overwhelming need in our churches,” the Worship & Music Office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in October 2014 launched a transitional worship pastor ministry. In adapting LifeWay Christian Resource’s transitional pastor manual, Mark Powers, director of the SCBC Worship & Music Office, worked with Monty Hale, SCBC Pastoral Ministries director, to […]

Close Encounters: Sharing Christ with a Loved One

Sharing Christ with the people who are closest to you is often the hardest thing to do. You worry about the awkward moment. You are concerned that talking about your faith will spoil your relationship. You don’t feel adequate to talk with a family member about the need for Jesus in their life because that […]

Courier columnist offers new book: ‘Holidays & Holy Days’

Regular readers of The Baptist Courier are familiar with physician-writer Edwin Leap. His columns have appeared in The Courier for years, most recently under the standing head of “Wholly Healthy,” where he serves up a monthly take on health and wellness issues. What latecomers to Leap’s articles may not know, however, is that his writing […]

S.C. pro-life advocates to gather, march in Columbia Jan. 9-10

South Carolina Baptists will join other evangelicals across the state in January at two events designed to rally Christians to be a “public witness” for the sanctity of human life. South Carolina Citizens for Life will host a dinner in Columbia on Jan. 9 along with a march and rally the following day, culminating at […]

State CP giving trails budget goal

With one month left in the fiscal year, giving from South Carolina Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program was running more than $1.6 million behind budgeted levels for 2014. Through November, CP gifts of $24.4 million were 6.46 percent below budgeted needs of $26.1 million, according to information released by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial […]

Committee begins search for new Baptist state executive

The search committee charged with finding a new executive to lead the South Carolina Baptist Convention has developed a “healthy chemistry” and a “God-centered, brotherly tenor,” attributes that will be essential in reaching a unified decision, says the group’s chairman. Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church and chairman of the search committee, told […]