Tyus Butler is dialed in to the conversation. Cheerful chattering workers come and go from the room ? rooting around amid a tangled pyramid of power tools, lugging awkward clutches of two-by-fours ? but the noise might as well be coming from the next county for its ability to distract a man talking about a ministry that has become his passion and calling.
Prolific Baptist composer and hymn writer Buryl Red died April 1 at the age of 76. Red was the founding musical director and conductor of The CenturyMen, a men's choir made up of Baptist church music directors from around the world.
Arthur Pruitt Martin Sr., 86, of Columbia, died Feb. 25, 2013.
The athletic complex of Anderson University was transformed into a temporary campground April 11-14 when about 60 South Carolina Baptist Campers on Mission parked their trailers and motor homes at the AU campus for their biannual state rally. Twice each year, in the spring and fall, COM volunteers gather en masse to worship, plan work projects and enjoy the fellowship that comes from the shared experience of doing missions while also RV-ing.
On Friday, April 5, Rick and Kay Warren's son, Matthew, committed suicide. Because of Rick Warren's popularity, all kinds of responses flooded social media and other venues of communication. Warren's response to this tragedy was partly captured in a letter he wrote to his congregation, Saddleback Church, in California.
Big Creek Baptist Church, Williamston, will celebrate its 225th anniversary in the coming months, capped with a homecoming service on Aug. 4.
The suicide of Matthew Warren continues to reverberate not only in Christian circles but the culture which his parents, Rick and Kay Warren, have sought to impact since the founding of Saddleback Church in 1980. Matthew Warren, 27, died on the morning of April 5 at his home in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Pat Summerall stood in the front row at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Easter Sunday, next to his wife, Cheri, as the congregation sang 'the Old Rugged Cross.? ?I looked over there at Pat, and big tears were streaming down his face,? Prestonwood pastor Jack Graham said. ?Of all the times I?ve watched him on television, of all the times I?ve heard his voice, my greatest memory is going to be remembering Pat with his eyes lifted up to heaven, tears soaking his face, singing 'the Old Rugged Cross.???
I travel a lot and spend a lot of time in different churches. Sadly, many times I do not feel welcome as a guest when I visit churches.
As the title of this lesson says, we will be looking at the blessings of living a life of obedience. The results of disobedience are found in this same chapter. ?Do not make idols ? .? While you may not find wooden or stone images in our country like those found within other cultures, you will find many things that people have made more important than God ? money, power, reputation, looks, even family. When we make anything more important than God ? anything ? we are being disobedient, and we will not receive His blessings.