Joy Rust, wife of former SCBC exec, passes away

Joy Lucille Rust, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer Ray Rust, died Aug. 9 in Richardson, Texas. She was born June 20, 1926, in New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Survivors, in addition to her husband, […]

‘The Shared Spouse’

Julie Cannon — a preacher’s kid, pastor’s wife and mom — knows firsthand what it is like to share her husband with everyone else in the church. To that end, she has written “The Shared Spouse: A Six-Week Devotional for Ministry Families,” designed to offer biblically based encouragement to ministry families. “In ministry, if you […]

‘The ABC’s of Healthy Living’

Sara Burton, a retired teacher and registered nurse, has employed the talents of her grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews to illustrate “The ABC’s of Healthy Living. The book, which features original full-color art drawn by the children, offers a healthy-living tip to correspond with each letter of the alphabet. The book was designed by Burton’s nephew, […]

‘The Words of Jesus’

Wayne Dickard, pastor of Siloam Baptist Church in Easley and a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has written a devotional study from the Gospel of Matthew, “The Words of Jesus.” The book draws from a year-long series of sermons that focus on Jesus’ words as found in Matthew’s account. Dickard said preparing […]

Wife tells missionary’s story in ‘Trophy of Grace’

Retired missionary Jean Phillips of Laurens has written “Trophy of Grace,” a book about her late husband, Gene Phillips, who served with her for more than 40 years as a Southern Baptist missionary in Zimbabwe. After retirement from the mission field, the couple moved to Camden and were active members of First Baptist Church. They […]

Anderson University a treasure house of learning in our own backyard

Writer: Alexander Campbell, Special to the Anderson Independent-Mail This is a tale of two universities. Both were founded as distinctly evangelical Christian institutions, one in 1636 the other in 1911. The motto of one was “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae,” or “Truth for Christ and the Church.” The motto of the other is “Humanitatem per crucem […]

Myrtle Beach missionary honored for ministry to homeless

A Myrtle Beach woman has been honored for her ministry to homeless people. Carol Stallings, a member of Myrtle Beach First Baptist Church, received the 2014 Citizen Aiding Law Enforcement award by the Grand Strand Optimist Club on May 8. Stallings serves as the director of the Swash Park ministry to the homeless, and she […]

SCBC’s Monty Hale publishes ‘By the Stream’

A new book by Monty Hale, director of pastoral ministries for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, is directed toward ministers of the gospel who may have lost the passion for their calling. In “By the Stream” (2014, Tate Publishing, $10.99), Hale says that most ministers have experienced a time in the desert. He describes how […]

From Deep Darkness to Great Forgiveness

He gives people cowbells and tells them about Jesus. His name is Rob Young, and his story is a compelling drama of God’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Young was a custom homebuilder in his early 30s — successful, connected, and financially strong. “I lived what most people would consider an ideal life: a beautiful wife, a […]