LifeWay suspends sale of Driscoll books

LifeWay Christian Resources has suspended the sale of books by Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll in light of issues surrounding his ministry. Driscoll, founder of the Acts 29 church-planting network, and the Mars Hill Church he leads were removed from the Acts 29 church-planting network’s membership in early August. In announcing its decision, the Acts 29 […]

CP receipts within striking distance of projections

Year-to-date Cooperative Program gifts of $16,096,129 from South Carolina Baptist churches represented 96.82 percent of budgeted needs for the first seven months of 2014. Churches forwarded nearly $2.8 million in CP gifts in July, according to a report released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Carroll also noted that […]

Easler appoints committee to seek new state executive

Ten members of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention have been appointed by chairman Dwight Easler to comprise a search committee to find a new executive to lead the state convention. Jim Austin, who has served as SCBC executive director-treasurer since 2007, will retire Oct. 7. In sharing his recommendations in an […]

Retired NAMB official is nominee for interim SCBC executive

Richard Harris, a retired vice president with the North American Mission Board, will become the interim executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention if his nomination is approved by SCBC Executive Board members Oct. 7. Executive Board chairman Dwight Easler cited Harris’ “leadership record and success in interim positions” as primary reasons for recommending […]

Obituary: Carl Wesley Pointer

Carl Wesley Pointer, 88, of Seneca, died Aug. 11, 2014. A native of Oconee County, he was a retired Baptist pastor, having served Madison Baptist Church in Westminster, Fants Grove Baptist Church in Pendleton, Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Greer, and Cleveland First Baptist Church in Cleveland. He also pastored churches […]

Obituary: James E. Ellenburg

James E. Ellenburg, 86, of Pelzer, who served as a pastor and director of missions in the Upstate for most of his ministry, died Aug. 11, 2014. Born in Pickens County on Dec. 27, 1927, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1st Infantry Division) and served in World War II. Ellenburg attended North […]

Letter to the Editor: A Point of Clarification

Peter Beck’s article, “The Great Commission for Us” (August 2014) did a great job of conveying how important that passage is. But Brother Beck wrote, “ … the tasks described by all three verbs in the passage (make, baptize and teach).” There is only one verb in the passage, “make disciples.” The other terms, “baptize […]

Letter to the Editor: Good Men Who Do Nothing

The church, for the most part, gives little more than a passing thought to persecution. It is something from the distant past that we read about in “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.” However, the reality is that people in the Christian church are being imprisoned, tortured and even dying for their faith. We have failed to […]

Letter to the Editor: Empower Youth to Be Active Members

The youth of America have been falsely labeled as rebellious, disrespectful, immature and selfish. While this may be true of some, many students have a spiritual maturity that seems to be overlooked by church members. As a youth pastor in a local church, I have seen students who desire to contribute their gifts for edifying […]

A missional movement can begin with a ‘TRIO’

Mark Powers has a vision for discipleship and missional mindset-development that he hopes could model the growth of the early church. The concept is called “TRIO,” and Powers, director of worship and music for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, hopes worship pastors and ministers of music from around the state will take the idea and […]