Former Courier editor publishes collection of personal and devotional columns in new book, ‘Something Ventured’

Don Kirkland, editor emeritus of The Baptist Courier, has published a collection of columns he wrote while serving as editor from 1996 to 2012. “Something Ventured: Selected Writings from My Career in Christian Journalism” (2014, CourierPublishing, $10), includes nearly 70 columns written under Kirkland’s signature “Commentary” heading. While the articles are reflective of the times […]

Volunteer carpenters frame up Three Rivers Association building

Three Rivers Baptist Association is building a new mission center. Recently, more than 100 volunteer carpenters from all over South Carolina converged in Greer to frame the building. The 5,000-square-foot mission center will house offices, meeting rooms, a conference center, disaster relief trailers and other outreach supplies. The two acres of land were donated by […]

Children’s Bible Drill: Impacting Children, Families and Churches

Writer: Caroline Perez They looked like 10, 11, and 12-year-olds, but with Bibles grasped tightly in their hands, they were transformed into fearless, fierce and fast Bible drillers. On April 26, more than 140 children gathered from across South Carolina to demonstrate their Bible skills at the State Children’s Bible Drill. Children, leaders and parents […]

State CP giving behind budget through 2nd quarter

Gifts from South Carolina Baptist churches to the Cooperative Program were running 6.63 percent below budgeted needs halfway through the 2014 budget year. According to figures released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, churches forwarded $13,304,530 in CP gifts through June — $945,470 short of budgeted needs of $14,250,000. […]

SBC’s Frank Page to serve as Simpsonville interim pastor

Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, will begin serving as interim pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church on July 27. Page is a former SBC president and served as pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church from 2001-2009. He most recently served as interim pastor at North Augusta First Baptist […]

‘A fine day to become an American’

The scene unfolded in the seventh-floor courtroom of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia — dark-paneled, solemn and a little intimidating. But the mood was anything but solemn on a beautiful spring day as 72 immigrants crowded into the chamber to take the oath of U.S. citizenship, accompanied by throngs of family members, […]

Retired Upstate pastor issues call for ‘Prayer Patriots’

Prayer Patriots, a concept developed by Alastair Walker, a well-known retired pastor, is something he hopes will become a national movement. The pastor emeritus of Spartanburg First Baptist Church and former state convention president believes massive participation in small prayer gatherings across the nation could be the last hope for America. “We are suffering today […]

‘The child comes first’ for newly elected Connie Maxwell president

The president-elect of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home says he will do everything in his power to be “an advocate for the fatherless.” Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will become the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in September. He told his congregation May 18. He will succeed Ben Davis, who will […]