Tent crusade returns preacher to baseball field of his youth

Jack W. Hester, associate pastor and staff evangelist at City View First Baptist Church in Greenville, will hold a tent crusade in the Conestee community near Mauldin beginning April 27 at 2:30 p.m. The location of the tent marks the spot where Hester played baseball for the textile mill league as a young man more […]

Mohler: Religious liberty threat growing

Speaking for the second time in less than 100 days at Brigham Young University, Southern Baptist leader R. Albert Mohler Jr. told students and faculty at the school, “We may go to jail sooner even than we thought,” recalling his concern about the threat to religious liberty raised in an earlier appearance at the Mormon-owned […]

In Your Interest – by Valerie Rumbough

A few weeks ago, the IRS issued its ?Dirty Dozen? list of tax scams to avoid. In the last article, we talked about a few of them. You may have already filed your tax return by now, but these scams occur all year long, and tend to be repeated year after year.

Sunday School Lessons: May 5, 2013, Bible Studies for Life

The lessons this month all relate to extraordinary relationships. For Christians, the most important relationship, and the one that affects all others, is the one we have with Jesus Christ. That one relationship is fundamental and foundational to every other relationship we have. It is imperative, then, that we get this relationship right.

Southern Baptist CEO speaks out on immigration reform

As support for immigration reform continues to grow among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians, the Southern Baptist Convention's chief executive officer said April 17 in South Carolina that the U.S. stands ?at a crossroad of opportunity? for dealing justly with the nation's undocumented immigrants.

Survey: Doctrine remains a struggle in churches

While many Christians have a grasp of important doctrinal positions, some churchgoers struggle with basic truths about salvation, the Bible and the nature of God. A LifeWay Research study on ?Doctrinal Positions,? released April 5, shows 81 percent of churchgoers agree, in regard to salvation, that ?when you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.?

Sunday School Lessons: May 5, 2013, Explore the Bible

?Keep on keeping on? is an expression we often use to encourage one another to be faithful. Paul senses that the end of his earthly life is near and it is time to pass the mantle of leadership on to his friend and partner in ministry. He writes of his own faithfulness in order that he might encourage young Timothy to remain faithful to the end. The apostle desires that his associate put his full confidence in the Lord, who will supply all that he needs. In light of this, there are several things Timothy must keep doing.

Why We Should Rein in Payday Lenders

The debt trap. Millions of Americans are caught up in it. It's easy to get in debt and often very hard to get out. This is especially true if you live on the edge of poverty. People on the edge of poverty have very little room for an unexpected expense. So what do they do when one inevitably occurs? Many turn to payday lenders. And in doing so, they often make their poverty worse.

‘Lord, Bless the Missionaries’

It's a familiar prayer. Too familiar, some say, to mean much. ?Lord, bless the missionaries.? For church folks of a certain age, these words are as comfortable and automatic as ?Bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies? or ?Bless the gift and the giver.? Mission leaders who?ve heard this prayer uttered countless times sometimes criticize it as perfunctory, meaningless or ritualistic. Which missionaries? Where? Bless them how? And what about the people the missionaries are trying to reach with the gospel? Don't they need prayer, too?