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 […]

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 […]

Wholly Healthy: Colds, Coughs and Pneumonia — Oh My!

Fall and winter can be daunting for physicians. These are the times when many infectious illnesses are more common. I can usually tell that autumn is almost here — not because of the calendar or the first Clemson football game — but because I hear the barking cough of my first child with croup. Since […]

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Scripture makes it crystal-clear that Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1 and Luke 2:4). That makes Bethlehem important for believers but insignificant among the cities of the world. Even today, it is a small town of approximately 25,000 people. Bethlehem is located in the Judean mountains on the West Bank. Tourism accounts for 65 […]

Advent Without the Tinsel

The very word “advent” essentially means the arrival of something. So, as we celebrate Christmas, we supposedly celebrate the arrival of God into human form. The Incarnation is a moment to savor. All of our presents and lights and parties ought to have a better meaning. But usually they don’t. So, in a bid to […]

Fresh Ideas: The Aroma of Christmas

What’s the best Christmas scent? Is it cinnamon? Pine? Nutmeg? No, it’s much better than those! The “aroma of Christ” is something every Christian spreads like a sweet perfume. Read carefully: “But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him […]

Comic Belief: Happy Landing

I’m not afraid of flying — I’m afraid of crashing. I have traveled for many years and have been in more hotel rooms than Gideon’s Bible. Usually, I was speaking at churches. That meant cheap hotels and cheap airfares. That means you fly first-class only if you are baggage. What is the deal about first-class […]

Outside the Walls: Santa Is Coming to Town

“Ho! Ho! Ho!” “Look behind you, boys. It’s Santa Claus!” With horror, my two boys realized that the photo shoot had taken an unprecedented turn. They both wheeled around on the bench to see a stranger in a red suit hiding behind a decorated Christmas tree. They burst into tears. Caden knocked Connor sideways as […]