Editor’s Last Word: True Champions for Christ

In 1974, I was working as a young sports writer for the Anderson Independent and was given the assignment to do a full-page feature on Bobby Richardson, head coach of the University of South Carolina’s baseball team. It was my first big story, and I enjoyed interviewing the former New York Yankee second baseman. The […]

Christian faith marks Yankee legend Bobby Richardson’s career, home life

Bobby Richardson played baseball for the New York Yankees during the golden years of the dynasty. He retired from baseball at age 31 and shortly thereafter became the first full-time baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, establishing a winning tradition that continues to the present. The key to his outstanding career, his marriage […]

Bobby and Mickey: A Life-Changing Friendship

One of Bobby Richardson’s good friends during his playing days with the New York Yankees was the legendary Mickey Mantle. Mantle was an extremely popular player and regarded by many baseball observers as the best switch-hitter ever to play the game. He accumulated numerous awards during his 18-year career, highlighted by his greatest year as […]

Charleston, A Year Later

On June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man sat for an hour with 14 African-American worshipers in a Wednesday-night Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. Suddenly, he pulled out a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon and began firing. Only five people survived the brutal massacre. The forgiveness that flowed from many of the families’ […]

Editor’s Word: Dads Who Care Are Dads Who Are There

When dads are not present and involved with their children, the negative consequences touch nearly every level of society. Speaking to fathers and their responsibility to disciple their children, Deuteronomy 6:7 says: “You shall teach [God’s truths] diligently to your sons and talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk […]

Editor’s Word: The Privilege of Having a Good Mother

May 8 is Mother’s Day. It had many precursors in American history before Anna Jarvis created it in 1908 and worked to make it a national holiday in 1914. The idea of Mother’s Day creates an array of responses ranging from maudlin sentimentality to outright hatred. It is lamented as nothing more than a commercial […]

Praying for the Persecuted Church Through Operation Orange Ribbon

Most of us were shocked when we saw the video of orange-clad Coptic Christians kneeling in their last moments just before being beheaded by ISIS. We were alarmed when we heard about the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapping 276 girls from their dorms at a school in Nigeria. Christians today continue to be persecuted, […]

SCBC Executive Board seeking buyer for White Oak Conference Center

After lengthy and often passionate debate over the future of White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to “authorize the Properties Committee [of the board] to work with the executive director-treasurer to pursue finding buyers for White Oak Conference Center.” The discussion and vote occurred […]