Letter: SCBC should ‘stand strongly against’ Noble’s teachings

I have been following the controversy regarding Mr. Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, most recently related to his reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments. I have also read South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly’s gently worded letter reminding all ministers to regard their ministries as sacred trusts and their testimonies for Him as His called […]

Letter: God Uses Imperfect People to Spread the Gospel

From the Southern Baptist Convention Constitution: Article IV. Authority: While independent and sovereign in its own sphere, the Convention does not claim and will never attempt to exercise any authority over any other Baptist body, whether church, auxiliary organizations, associations, or convention. Being the son of a Southern Baptist minister who served many times as an […]

Letter: Is the Christian Church Vanishing?

Recently I have seen many articles and questions about how churches are failing. Not long ago I saw somewhere that 80 percent of the churches in America are failing and that 4,000 churches close every year. An article on Patheos.com states that 3,500 people leave the church every single day. Select churches are growing. Unfortunately, many of these […]

Letter: We Must Make Disciples

Some years ago I wrote to the Courier about the Singing Churchmen, which I described as the best-kept secret in our state, and how they provided a time of praise and worship that was a great blessing. The counterpart to the Singing Churchmen are the ladies of “Seraph Song.” We at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Aiken, […]

Letter to the Editor: In Praise of ‘Seraph Song’

It was appropriate that the story of Harmony Baptist Church appeared on the page before Mr. S. Craig White’s letter in The Courier’s October 2014 issue. I am encouraged by Harmony’s story, as our church (Southside Baptist, Anderson) is embarking on a similar journey through the Intentional Church Multiplication Process initiated by the South Carolina […]

Letter to the Editor: Pray for Those Who Are Persecuted

I agree with John Faubert’s letter in the September 2014 issue (“Good Men Who Do Nothing”) concerning our silence while Christians are being persecuted around the world. He stated, “I must do something, yet I don’t know what that looks like.” If I may make a suggestion, there is a website, ICommitToPray.com, that gives believers […]

Letter to the Editor: The 21st-Century Difference

The Southern Baptist church of the 21st century seems, on its surface, to be much the same as the church from the latter days of the 20th century. It is still represented by good, hardworking, taxpaying Americans doing the best they know how, a hodgepodge of sinners saved by the unmerited favor of God. But […]

Letter to the Editor: A Point of Clarification

Peter Beck’s article, “The Great Commission for Us” (August 2014) did a great job of conveying how important that passage is. But Brother Beck wrote, “ … the tasks described by all three verbs in the passage (make, baptize and teach).” There is only one verb in the passage, “make disciples.” The other terms, “baptize […]

Letter to the Editor: Good Men Who Do Nothing

The church, for the most part, gives little more than a passing thought to persecution. It is something from the distant past that we read about in “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.” However, the reality is that people in the Christian church are being imprisoned, tortured and even dying for their faith. We have failed to […]