Christianity is Nothing Without the Resurrection

“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith is also in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. If Jesus rose from the dead, everything He taught is validated, every promise He gave is proven true, and anyone who believes in […]

President’s Perspective: Don’t Miss the Second Resurrection

Anyone charged with preaching or teaching God’s Word on a consistent basis knows there is not a debate as to what to teach during Easter. Whether it’s a sermon series, Sunday school curriculum or small-group discussion, our attention is always focused on the amazing miracle of Christ rising from the dead. This, of course, is […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Evidence for the Resurrection

Two miracles — the incarnation of Christ and his bodily resurrection — lie at the foundation of the Christian faith. Modern denials of the resurrection generally result from a naturalistic worldview, not from careful examination of the evidence. The naturalist’s objection is that it simply is unbelievable that a man could be raised from the […]

Outside the Walls: Changed People Change the World

If you had breakfast with a dead guy, I wonder if your conversations would be the same that week. Imagine Monday morning around the water cooler. “How was your weekend?” “Oh, it was cool. We did some family stuff. I went fishing with the guys. John fell asleep on the boat and got sunburned; and, […]

The Resurrection of Christ and the Reality of the Gospel

The pattern of the Christian year is an exercise of the Church’s discipline. The annual celebrations of Christmas and Resurrection Day force the Church to ponder again the truths of Christ’s incarnation and resurrection. Christians understand that every Lord’s Day is Resurrection Day, but Easter Sunday is the festival which draws all Christians face to […]

Comic Belief: Confusing World

It’s a confusing world. Have you looked around lately? Boys want to be girls and girls want to be boys, and some want to be both. Can you remember when picking a member of the opposite sex was not multiple choice? Can you remember when women wore gloves and dentists didn’t? Can you believe that […]

Wholly Healthy: Let’s All Learn Simple CPR

This month we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus for the redemption of our sins. However, that magnificent event was also meant to show us that, for believers, death is not the final event. The resurrection of Jesus proved that there was hope for humans to escape the terrifying bonds of mortality itself. I […]

Viewpoint: An Old Song Made New Again

Our youngest son, Ethan, recently mentioned to his mom and me that he had heard a couple of great new Christian songs he really liked. We asked what they were, hoping that we had been listening to enough Christian radio to perhaps recognize them. Imagine our surprise when the songs he named were 100-year-old hymns. […]

Viewpoint: The Worship Style Millennials Want

My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America’s largest generation of nearly 79 million persons. Because we co-authored a book entitled “The Millennials,” we have had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birth dates […]

Letter to the Editor: Seeking ‘resource families’ for foster care

I am writing on behalf of the South Carolina Department of Social Services Resource Family Division to appeal for the support of the Baptist community of South Carolina. In recent years, the number of quality resource families in Region IV has declined, while the number of children coming into care has held steady. Many of […]