Elimination of deduction for expenses may affect some pastors’ incomes

A lesser-reported aspect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is a provision that eliminates the ability of some pastors to claim deductions for job-related expenses. Harold Loftin, chief legal officer for GuideStone Financial Resources, said deductions for unreimbursed employee expenses have been repealed by the recent tax reform bill, meaning employees will […]

Electrical fire temporarily closes Baptist Courier offices

The offices of The Baptist Courier in Greenville are temporarily closed after an electrical fire broke out in the building’s basement Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 16). Damage appeared to be limited to an electrical service box, but acrid smoke poured out of a basement door for approximately 20 minutes while firefighters extinguished the blaze and employed […]

S.C. Baptists go on the record for aiding displaced children

Whether supporting adoption and foster care, or by partnering with Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, South Carolina Baptists have historically given public voice to the biblical imperative to care for children of broken families, and they have done so yet again in recent times. South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers adopted a resolution advancing adoption in 2012 […]

Blalock’s vision for S.C. Baptists: ‘Building Bridges’

When newly installed South Carolina Baptist Convention president Marshall Blalock speaks of “Building Bridges,” his theme for the coming year, the reference is more than a metaphor. On Sunday evening, June 21, 2015 — four days after a white supremacist gunman murdered nine black Christians during a Wednesday night prayer meeting at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. […]

Charleston pastor heads slate of state convention officers

South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers elected officers on Wednesday morning during the final session of their 197th annual meeting at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. Each officer was elected by acclamation and without opposition. Officers began their terms of service at the conclusion of the annual meeting. Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church, […]

S.C. Baptists gear up to help Irma victims

South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are poised to provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Irma — at home, in Florida and in other parts of the Southeast. Florida absorbed the brunt of Irma, although coastal areas of South Carolina saw near-record storm surges, and tropical storm-force winds downed trees across the state, knocking out […]

Danny Nicholson elected president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home

Danny Nicholson says every calling starts with a story. This is his. In the summer of 2016, he and his wife, Debra, were sitting on a bench outside their favorite beachside restaurant, waiting for a table. An African-American boy, 5 or 6 years old, zigzagged through the sand and darted across the weatherbeaten wooden deck, […]

Collegiate minister Scott Smith: ‘I really enjoy what I do’

Scott Smith absolutely loves going to work every day. When he unlocks the door to the Baptist Collegiate Ministries center at Lander University and crosses the 30 steps to his office, he whispers a prayer: “Lord, help me make a difference for You on this campus.” And then he goes to work, savoring every moment. […]