Is Harvest Christian Fellowship a good fit for the SBC?

Soon after the close of the 2017 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, various voices were signaling either concern or delight. The chatter was not so much about the annual meeting, but instead about the entrance into the SBC family of one of the nation’s largest churches, Harvest Christian Fellowship of Riverside, […]

Editor’s Word: Reaching College Students

Today’s college students are identified by various descriptions such as Generation Y, Millennials, or even the internet generation. However this group may be labeled, they represent an important mission field in this country. Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix passed a resolution on “university ministry” that emphasized the importance of this group, […]

8 from SCBC staff take early retirement option

Out of 33 qualifying people, only eight took the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s early retirement incentive — three at the Baptist Building and five at White Oak Conference Center. Monty Hale, church development, accepted the retirement offer and has moved to his native state of Oklahoma as a director of missions. Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer […]

Why Are Fewer Messengers Attending the SBC Annual Meeting?

Southern Baptists are a denomination of more than 15 million people — the largest non-Catholic body in the nation. Our annual meeting has been called the largest deliberative body in the world, and yet the number of messengers attending our annual meeting is less than half of what it was 25 years ago. Why? The […]

Editor’s Word: Addicts and Discipleship

Perhaps you remember the TV doctor “House,” who was depicted as being a Vicodin addict. While the show was fiction, it mirrors in many different ways the current crisis we face in America. Substance abuse is now the number one public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is still the leading drug of choice, […]

Editor’s Word: Even in Retirement, Be Sure to Live Until You Die

Retirement is a word that is not going to be deleted from our dictionaries, but what that time period means should be, and is being, redefined. People can retire and do basically nothing, or they can stay active and accomplish much. Dr. George Burch was an internationally known heart surgeon who taught at Tulane University […]

Boomers’ Retirement Prospects Not Like Their Parents

Baby boomers, those Americans born between 1946 and 1964, are retiring at a rate of about 10,000 a day. On average, members of this group, comprising approximately 79 million people, feel nine years younger than their actual ages. The boomer generation has changed society at every juncture of its developmental life, and it is predicted […]

A Mother’s Legacy: Faithfulness in Ministry

She did not plan on being a pastor’s wife, but after five years of marriage and two children, things changed. Margaret Robertson not only embraced her calling, she consistently reminded people that God is faithful. Her husband, Ted, sensed the call of God to vocational ministry and began studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in […]

Five Children in Ministry Are a Godly Mother’s Legacy

May 14 is Mother’s Day, a time when millions of people will honor their mothers. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother.” Others have observed that a mother’s success is most often evidenced in the good morals of her children. To have, or […]

Editor’s Word: The Importance of Biblical Truth

Some younger Southern Baptist ministers are asking the right question. Their question is not “What will work?” but rather “What is biblical?” Pragmatism is not unimportant, but it cannot be the foundation for our ministries and missions. What is practical can be chosen over what is biblical truth, but not without regrettable spiritual results. International […]