Wholly Healthy: Giving Thanks for Modern Medicine

My father-in-law was one of 17 children, 12 of whom lived to adulthood. Five others died of assorted illnesses that were difficult to treat in the remote hills of West Virginia. My grandmother told tales of her baby brother, who died at age 2 of diphtheria in the hills of Appalachia in the early 20th […]

Letter to the Editor: 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 […]

Worldview: Quarantine Fear

There’s a disease on the move that’s even deadlier than Ebola. It is invisible and highly contagious. It spreads with lightning speed and paralyzes its victims. It turns people, communities and nations against each other. The disease is fear. Anxiety and dread seem to permeate our nation — and many of our churches — at […]

Viewpoint: Lotteries — Monopoly Millionaires’ Club

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have devised a new scheme for fleecing their residents — it’s called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club. When we think of a club, we usually think of some kind of gathering in which people meet together to accomplish some common good. This club, however, is not a club at all. […]

Viewpoint: When the Body Betrays

Walking back from the mailbox last week, I stopped cold in my tracks as I eyed the last envelope in the stack of magazines, junk mail and bills. I knew what it was before I even opened it — a letter informing me it was time for a mammogram. Instantly my mind raced back exactly […]

Viewpoint: What’s become of Christian hospitality?

I wish I could remember the name of the brother who greeted me and my family when we worshipped with Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas. Many years later, I keenly remember the warm, enthusiastic way he took us under his care to find the worship center, receive bulletins and meet a few others before […]

Viewpoint: The Nerve of Some People!

I witnessed a stampede the other day that might rival a grand opening sale, but in this case, it was a mass exodus of churchgoers leaving during the invitation. Yes, during, not after, the invitation. While our choir, praise team and congregation sang “Let Faith Arise,” an astounding number of people did just that: They […]

Viewpoint: Ebola on Both Sides

In the past few months, hundreds of headlines have flashed across my computer screen. Among them I see stories of war, famine, crime, injustice and fear, but one word will always catch my attention in an instant. Ebola. The disease has infected 6,574 people across West Africa and killed 3,091. As someone who grew up […]

GuideStone rooted in Cooperative Program

EDITOR’S NOTE: O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, writes about the significance of the Cooperative Program to the viability of the SBC’s financial services entity. October is Cooperative Program Emphasis Month in the SBC. GuideStone Financial Resources, as we know it, would not exist were it not for the […]