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 […]

Upstate woman publishes Bible study on ‘God’s Words’

Pat A. Bishop of Greer has written a six-part Bible study that zeroes in on specific words found in the Scriptures: gentleness, servanthood, humility, speech and trust. “God’s Words Are Something Special” (CourierPublishing, $10.95) is designed to be effective across a wide spectrum of groups — men, women, singles and youth. The book draws on […]

The Watsons: One Couple’s Journey in Grace

Gary and Edna Watson plan to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 1 this year. They have traveled a road paved with blessings and times of near death. After their wedding in 1962, Gary was drafted into the Army in April 1966 and arrived in Vietnam in October of that year. On his arrival […]