Sunday Dinner: Cabbage, Collards and Kale

Cabbage and collards and kale. Oh my! I’m not saying that if you regularly eat these you will be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but you will be healthy and smile more. It’s fall, so it’s time for the fall vegetables, specifically the fall greens. You can often get these, which […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: The Image of God (And Why It Matters)

Donnie’s weathered face matched the condition of his trailer. His four-fingered hand pushed back scraggly hair as he constantly adjusted his posture to counter numbing back pain. He had spent most of his life working the Carolina tobacco fields with a 4th-grade education and an occasional struggle with drugs that led him to a casual […]

Comic Belief: For a Fresh Start, Take Dead Aim

I like New Year’s Day. It’s a new year, and I’m glad. As a matter of fact, I stayed up New Year’s Eve just to make sure the old year left and to address a few Christmas cards. I do procrastinate a little. But there is also a down side to a new year. For […]

Outside the Walls: Get Off the Pew and Break a Sweat

I have lost nearly 150 pounds. Before you go comparing me to my boy Jared at Subway, you may want to know that, since I’ve been on a diet, I have also found about 170 pounds. You see, I’ve lost about five pounds — and found six — for the past 20 years. Each time, […]

Pastor to Pastor: An Eye Toward November

Before we all know it, it will again be time for our annual South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference and SCBC annual meeting in November 2015. Over the course of the next several months, leading up to the conference, your Pastors’ Conference officers want to take some time to encourage pastors and to keep them updated […]

President’s Perspective: The Best, the Worst

Before I begin, I would like to thank the messengers of the South Carolina Baptist Convention for electing me as your president. It is an honor and privilege to serve you, and I continue to be deeply humbled by the experience. I covet your prayers this year, that I may lead only through God’s direction. […]

Wholly Healthy: Dieting Rules Are Changing Again

By the time you read this, you’ll be looking back on the holidays and thinking, “Why did I eat so much?” Well, I probably will. I should probably “take the cake out of my own eye before I take the cookie out of yours,” as it were. Suffice it to say, we all tend to […]

The Blessing of Giving

Acts 20:35 says, “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Receiving is a blessing, but giving is the greater blessing. Baptists have consistently taught giving a tithe or more, yet most Baptists do not practice that level of giving. Craig Blomberg, […]

Reaching an Unseeded Generation

Last year, South Carolina Baptist Convention associate executive director David Parks said that Baptists are a “harvest-minded people living in an unseeded generation.” David Bryant, chairman of the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, pointed out that  our culture is growing “increasingly more anti-Christian.” Our country is different today than in years gone […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Do Miracles Really Happen?

Most people believe in miracles. Each of the major religions of the world believes in miracles, crediting God (or divine being) with a specific action or result. In his bestselling book “Reason for God,” Tim Keller defines a miracle as “the intervention of God into the natural order.” He sets out to show the reasonableness […]