President’s Perspective: The Great Promise in the Great Commission

Over 2,100 Baptist churches make up the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and every single church has a place in God’s kingdom. The vast majority of our churches average around a hundred people on Sundays, although the large churches get an outsized portion of the attention. Sadly, however, churches of all sizes tend to settle for […]

President’s Perspective: Persevering over Sexual Sin

My heart has broken over and over recently as Christian leaders from around the country have acknowledged sexual sin (see the related news articles in this edition and in the May edition). These sins have profoundly devastating consequences for marriages, for all involved in the relationships, and for the witness of the church. No Christian […]

President’s Perspective: How to Prevent an Ugly Breakup

The pastor wanted to make some changes. There were some who were not happy. Frustration set in on both sides, then the pastor left for greener pastures elsewhere. Some form of this scenario happens frequently in our churches. Sometimes it is more acrimonious. Sometimes it is more the pastor’s fault, other times more the church’s […]

President’s Perspective: Why Come to Charleston?

The South Carolina Baptist Convention will meet later this year, Nov. 13-14, and for the first time in many years we are having the meetings in Charleston. Personally, even though I am from Charleston, I believe having the meetings in a more centrally located place like Columbia is ideal. With so many of our churches […]

President’s Perspective: Are We Depending on Jesus?

A new building, a new sound system, a new gym, maybe a new staff member, or a new worship style. The latest idea must be the missing ingredient to help bring new life and growth for your church. We are tempted to think these kinds of human resources are the magic wand that can change […]

President’s Perspective: Adoption Is God’s Work of Grace

When I was a child, adoption was frowned upon or kept secret. Scripture, however, offers us the powerful image of God adopting us as His own children through the work of the cross. Rather than something shameful, adoption is a beautiful picture of grace and love rooted squarely in the heart of God. The biblical […]

When Your Adopted Daughter Asks the Tough Question

Your adopted daughter may not actually verbalize it, but this question will one day enter her heart and mind: “How could my birth mother give me away?” Adopted girls may not ask the question consciously, but it’s there. If you are an adoptive parent, I encourage you to read on, even if you see no […]