Sermons offer joy, conviction, encouragement at 2015 Pastors’ Conference

Seven sermons — combined with the uplifting music of North Greenville University’s Joyful Sound — brought joy, conviction and encouragement to those attending this year’s Pastors’ Conference at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg Nov. 9. With the theme, “Confronting the Culture, Encouraging the Church, Obeying the Commission,” pastors heard a variety of messages. Paul Turner, […]

Editor’s Last Word: Is it time for a new approach to missions?

The central theme of the Great Commission is to make disciples. That call applies to every Christian, every church, and every mission board. International Mission Board president David Platt has stated that reforms at the board, and financial restructuring, are needed in order to more effectively fulfill the Great Commission. The IMB has spent $210 […]

Editor’s Last Word: Ministering to Addicts

Ministering to addicts can be frustrating. Those who seek to bring godly counsel and loving help to those caught in an addictive bond are to be commended, encouraged and supported. For the past 18 years, I have served in a volunteer capacity as the counselor for Home with a Heart, a residential Christian rehab ministry […]

A Father’s Gratitude

Katherine was a heroine addict who nearly lost her life, but by the grace of God working through the ministry of Haven of Rest, she is now celebrating one year of sobriety. Recently, Katherine’s dad spoke to the annual donors banquet for the women’s ministry at Haven of Rest. He said, “As you know, Katherine […]

Man with passion for helping teens to launch Christ-centered boot camp

Jamie Murphy’s dream is to create a boot camp for troubled teens, teach parenting skills to parents, and develop families that can impact lives and communities for Jesus Christ. Formerly a Southern Baptist pastor, he is now devoting himself full-time to the development of the camp while he continues training facilitators and teaching classes for […]

Last Word: Domestic Abuse Is Sin

Domestic abuse is a sin, and it is a growing problem in this country — even within the professing church. LifeWay Christian Resources last year reported that 42 percent of Protestant pastors rarely, or never, speak about domestic violence in sermons. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist […]

First Baptist Church of Greenville moves to the left of left

In May, First Baptist Church of Greenville, already known as a more liberal church, took a step even more to the left when it agreed on a nondiscriminatory policy that would allow gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people not only to be members of the church, but to be ordained. The consensus statement of the […]

For AU prof, it’s all about advancing the kingdom

Tim McKnight, an Anderson University professor, brings a unique mixture of training, experience and passion to his ministry. His dad was in the Army, and the family moved often, allowing him to grow up in places like Germany and Japan. He says, “The military is so diverse. I have been around so many people of […]

In the wake of Supreme Court marriage ruling, what’s next?

The White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow, the recent symbol for the gay and lesbian political movement, following the 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage. Our president sent the nation a message, and, for Christians, it was seen as showing incredibly bad taste. As most evangelical observers […]

Freedom-Fed Patriotism

In his essay, “The Czar’s Soliloquy,” Mark Twain wrote, “True patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” As we approach our patriotic holiday on July 4, the idea of patriotism is displayed and discussed in our society. But what is patriotism, […]