On Sanctity of Life issues, Jesus on the Scene Changes Things

Every year, millions recognize the third Sunday in January as “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. The abortion issue is always a hotly debated subject, and considering all that is at stake, it should be. For the Christ-follower, Jesus has changed us. This change must have the greatest impact on both what we believe and how we […]

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 […]

Mental health advisory group seeks input from Southern Baptist churches

“I was depressed and felt all alone, even though I was surrounded by people.” “When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one man after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of telling anyone in my church about my […]

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 […]