Ron Fousek: A Story Worth Telling

From Anderson to the jungles of Vietnam and to the pastorate, Ron Fousek has a fascinating personal story of God’s providence and grace that is worth telling. He was born again when he was 20 years old and quickly became a deacon and choir member at Riverside Baptist Church in Anderson. He and his wife, […]

Iva pastor serves two churches twice in two Carolinas

It must be some kind of a record, and it is certainly rare, but Jerry Gray has served as a pastor for 43 years at two churches — twice. One is in North Carolina; the other, in South Carolina. Before he was called to preach, he was not close to God, but God began to […]

Editor’s Word: Appreciate Your Pastor

Sept. 11 marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our native soil, resulting in approximately 3,000 deaths and another 6,000 injured. When that tragedy sunk in, we talked about the day the world stopped or forever changed. If you were alive on that day, where were you and what did you do when […]

Baptist student ministry anchored in prayer

The emphasis on prayer within the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries is obvious. Leaders and students alike affirm the vital and significant role of prayer in this ministry that reaches college students across the state. BCM recently sponsored prayer walks on 15 campuses across South Carolina as students moved back to campus and […]

Editor’s Word: To Boomer

Last month our Shih Tzu dog, Boomer, passed away. My wife and I cried and grieved painfully as we watched him die. As we reminisced about his 12-year journey with us, our tears flowed even more. Boomer was special in many ways. We looked exhaustively for a puppy before we found Boomer. When we finally […]

The Opioid Crisis in America

There continues to be an opioid crisis in the United States that threatens the health, happiness, and future of millions of Americans. It has been called the greatest health crisis of the 21st century. Walhalla resident and emergency room physician Edwin Leap stated, “It’s clear from the oxycontin crisis that there was a drive from […]

Editor’s Word: The Thinking Christian

Pastor and theologian Alistair Begg said, “We need to do what the Bible has always entrusted us to do: Think.” In different ways and in varying degrees, we are all thinkers. It is a God-given ability, and the Christian faith is a thinking faith. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “The whole trouble with a man of little […]

Editor’s Word: The Greatest Generation

With this July issue we are paying tribute to members of the “Greatest Generation.” Particularly, we are focusing on those who served in the military, especially those who fought in the Pacific and European theaters of war. The Fourth of July is a national holiday, and we can certainly pause and give thanks to God […]

Denied the Battlefield

Gene Burdette is a 95-year-old resident at Martha Franks Retirement Community who pastored Southern Baptist churches for nearly 60 years. But one thing unique about this former member of the U.S. Navy is that he was denied the battlefield in World War II, even though he desperately tried to get into the fight. His story […]

Charles and Rich Wilson: Partners In Ministry

It is unusual for a father and son to be pastors, but not that rare. It is rare for a son to follow his dad and serve as pastor of the same church his father pastored at two different churches. Charles and Rich Wilson are partners in ministry. They have traveled together to Israel six […]