Confronting Child Abuse: Loving the Children as Jesus Did

Christians have a moral responsibility to aid victims, report perpetrators Child abuse is rampant in America.  No race, class or religion is exempt. Even the church has been infected with child abusers.  The latest statistics regarding child abuse are from 2016. In that year, 3.5 million children received some type of prevention, investigative action, or […]

The Horror of Child Trafficking

Each day in South Carolina, approximately 670 people are offered up for commercial sex. One in 10 of those victims is a minor. Greenville, situated between two of the largest cities in America for human trafficking — Atlanta and Charlotte — is the leading area of our state for child trafficking. Interstate 85 connects Atlanta, […]

Editor’s Word: It’s More than St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and while it is not a Baptist distinctive, it is a memorable day for my wife, Anne, and myself. I proposed to her on that day, and she accepted. In Ireland, Patrick is regarded as a saint, although he was never canonized by the Catholic Church. He has been […]

Editor’s Word: Our New Managing Editor

Butch Blume will be retiring around the end March, and even though we will miss him, we are blessed to welcome a seasoned veteran of Christian journalism, Todd Deaton. Todd served as the managing editor of The Courier from 1996 to 2009 before accepting the position of editor of The Western Recorder in Kentucky. He […]

Editor’s Word: Alzheimer’s Didn’t Win

On Thursday, Nov. 29, around midnight, surrounded by the people she loved most on this earth, my mother breathed her last breath. For over 12 years she struggled with Alzheimer’s, coupled with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Her battle was over, and even though this sinister and devastating disease viciously attacked her body and brain, it did […]

Are We Entering a Brave New World?

Human gene-editing experiment ignites controversy On Nov. 27, 2018, professor He Jiankui announced that a pair of genetically edited twins had been born in China. He and his team used CRISPR/Cas-9, a gene-editing tool that makes it possible to add a healthy gene or disable an unhealthy one. In this case, he says he was […]

Carolina Pregnancy Center is saving lives, reaching souls

This coming April, Alexia Newman will celebrate 30 years as director of Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, one of the largest crisis pregnancy care centers in South Carolina. When she interviewed for the job in April 1989, she did not even know it was a pro-life ministry. “I had to ask before I would continue. […]

SCBC President Bryant Sims: Like Father, Like Son

Bryant Sims, pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Greenwood and the 2019 president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, is only the second person in the history of the SCBC to have a dad who also served as president.  His father, the late Horace Sims, who was pastor of Abney Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood, […]

Editor’s Word: A Christmas Eve Near the Moon

On Christmas Eve in 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders orbited the moon 10 times. During that historic day, they photographed the earth rising above the moon’s horizon. “Earthrise” would become one of the most iconic images of our planet. During their Christmas Eve lunar orbit, they read the first […]