Influences outside North America will shape future worship, scholar says

Influences outside North America will have a large impact on how Christians will worship in the future, a prolific author and seminary president said at the John A. Hamrick Lectureship held Jan. 18-19 at First Baptist Church of Charleston. David Dockery, president of Trinity International University in Chicago and former president of Union University in […]

Baptist Foundation awards grant to NGU Intercultural Studies program

North Greenville University has received a $15,000 grant from the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina in support of its Intercultural Studies degree program. Intercultural Studies majors are required each May and June to participate in a supervised international field immersion experience. In the past, North Greenville students have travelled to East Asia and to Eastern […]

New book offers Scripture-based approach to hot-button issues

Ernest Ray Winburn, a Southern Baptist pastor, has written “Beyond the Issues: The Essentiality of Authority, Truth, Values and Spirituality,” a new release from Courier Publishing. Winburn examines the social and political issues that dominate the news headlines and offers a quartet of “timeless and universal” realities that should inform a Christian’s response. He identifies […]

‘Worry’ now available as 8-part video teaching series

Courier Publishing has released an eight-part study on the subject of worry that can be used by small groups or Bible-study classes in churches. Authored by Courier editor Rudy Gray, “Worry: The Silent Killer” offers a scriptural approach to dealing with worry, an affliction that Gray argues is curable even though it affects most people, […]

‘Generations Group’ targets new approach to children’s formation

A recently formed staff group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will help churches implement spiritual-formation concepts for children from preschool age through college. The “Generations Group,” approved at the December meeting of the SCBC Executive Board, will provide a comprehensive approach to age-group church ministry support, intentionally building a framework of spiritual formation concepts […]

S.C. students earn degrees at Southeastern

Twelve South Carolinians were awarded degrees during fall commencement ceremonies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Receiving a master of divinity degree were Olin Bradley of Greenville, Jason David Elvington of Anderson, Grady Earl Ogburn of Winnsboro, Christopher Marshall Blalock of Charleston, Richard Andrew Bradley of Pelzer, Brandon Robert Boyles of Charleston, […]

CP giving from South Carolina churches improves in 2014

Although the South Carolina Baptist Convention fell short of meeting its 2014 budget, gifts from churches to the Cooperative Program were up for the year. Churches forwarded $27,625,409 toward the state convention’s $28.5 million CP budget in 2014. Although CP gifts were 3.07 percent below budgeted amounts, South Carolina Baptists gave $279,669 more than they […]

Retired missionary publishes poetry collection

Christian author Jean Phillips has released her sixth book, “Poems from the Heart,” a collection of poetry. She and her late husband, Gene Phillips, served for more than 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries. In 2011, they moved to Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens, where she continues […]

Anderson County churches unite for evangelism rally

A group of cooperating churches in Anderson County has scheduled a countywide evangelism rally at Anderson University on March 2. Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, will preach at the 7 p.m. service, which will be held in the school’s Henderson Auditorium. Music will be led by Joe Hopkins, dean of […]

South Carolina WMU announces nominees for Executive Board, Nominating Committee

South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union has announced nominees for its 2015-2016 Executive Board and 2016 Nominating Committee. Elections will take place March 20 during the WMU annual meeting at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo. Also, a vote will be taken on a bylaw amendment. The lists of nominees, details about the bylaw amendment, and information […]