Simpsonville retiree launches Operation Orange Ribbon

Jesse French wants to raise awareness for persecuted Christians overseas   When a persistent thought met a challenging sermon, the result was a new prayer movement called Operation Orange Ribbon. Jesse French, a member of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, became concerned about the plight of Christians in Africa and the Middle East. “I kept […]

Editor’s Word: Welcome to Our New Executive Director-Treasurer

Gary Hollingsworth has been elected as the next executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Hopefully, he and his wife will enjoy a peaceful move and find blessing and direction as he assumes the leadership of our Baptist building ministries. Coming from the pastorate to this position will certainly be an adjustment. Facing the […]

What Is Progressive Revelation?

One of the things Baptists believe is progressive revelation. But what does it mean? Foundationally, it refers to how God chose to reveal His Word to us over a period of time until the canon of Scripture was complete. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, offers a concise […]

Another Year Is Here

Nothing magical happens at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve! Many things happen, though — like fireworks, resolutions, midnight church services, the ball dropping at Times Square, and much more. Some may sing “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish song first published by poet Robert Burns but made popular by bandleader Guy Lombardo. On […]

Review: ‘We Cannot Be Silent’

Albert Mohler’s insightful new book, “We Cannot Be Silent,” speaks with prophetic significance to this critical time in our country’s life. The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., is regarded as one of the leading evangelical scholars of our time. Every evangelical Christian, especially every pastor, should read this book. Mohler emphasizes […]

Editor’s Word: Mary — A Picture of Commitment

As the Christmas season closes in on us, we are faced with one of the most unusual times in our country. The History Channel stated that Christmas is a “Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, which evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian pagan traditions into the […]

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 […]