Former Courier editor publishes collection of personal and devotional columns in new book, ‘Something Ventured’

Don Kirkland, editor emeritus of The Baptist Courier, has published a collection of columns he wrote while serving as editor from 1996 to 2012. “Something Ventured: Selected Writings from My Career in Christian Journalism” (2014, CourierPublishing, $10), includes nearly 70 columns written under Kirkland’s signature “Commentary” heading. While the articles are reflective of the times […]

Outside the Walls: The Responsibility of Freedom

Her fingers slowly tied the yellow ribbon around the wire fence. It was a ritual she had done every morning, month after month, as she walked in the early morning around the farm. The field was glistening with morning dew in stark contrast to the desert where her son was currently stationed. The ribbon represented […]

Wholly Healthy: We All Need More Sleep

I have spent a great deal of my career working at night and sleeping during the day. At one point, I worked full-time night shifts for roughly seven years. Near the end of that adventure, my wife, Jan, said, “You have to stop. You aren’t healthy and you aren’t happy, and the kids have noticed […]

From the Editor: Faith and Freedom

Can a Christian also be patriotic? I am a Christian and a patriot. I love Christ Jesus and I love America. It is possible to love God and country. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, said recently, “I don’t think that showing love for one’s country or region […]

Comic Belief: Free Ties

My oldest daughter went to a private university. Private universities don’t charge tuition. They just say, “Send all the money you have.” And they had taken all I had. During these college days, I had a speaking engagement and was hoping for a good honorarium to help me pay for the tuition. But when my […]

Christian Worldview: How Do We Know That God Exists?

How do we know things? For example, how do you know which flavor of ice cream tastes best? You sample some different flavors and identify the one that is most pleasing. (Which is bound to be chocolate chip, of course.) That kind of knowing by personal experience is pretty basic. Then there is knowing that […]

Sunday Dinner: Mama’s Scalloped Oysters

We are continuing our bow to South Carolina’s long coast line and fishing/seafood industry. Years ago, you couldn’t have had today’s dish during the summer because oysters were usually not available in months that didn’t contain the letter “r.” Now, because of the commercial freezing industry, we can have oysters the year round. The next […]

Has a teacher changed your life?

Has a teacher impacted your life in a profound way? If so, we want to hear about it. Use the form below to share your story with us. By submitting your story, you agree that we may use your name and story in a future article to be published in The Courier. Please share your […]

Letter to the Editor: ‘New era’ awaits S.C. Baptists

A new era awaits us as South Carolina Baptists, and now is the time to prayerfully consider the direction God would have us go. I offer the following ideas to get a loving discussion going. First, we need vision — not just rehashed ideas that worked for another convention, but someone who has walked with […]

Letter to the Editor: A church worth celebrating

Social media is littered with people taking shots at local churches. Sometimes this is for justifiable reasons, such as heretical teaching or sloppy pragmatism. Other times it seems that technology makes it possible for deconstructionists to point out the minute flaws of every church and its leaders. These trends paint a picture of infighting and […]