Editor’s Word: The Power of Congregational Singing

There is something powerful in congregational singing. Ephesians 5:19 says: “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” In recent times, congregational singing has been replaced, in part, by soloists, ensembles and other small groups. We need a revival of congregational singing […]

Editor’s Word: The Doubting

Charles Spurgeon preached against doubting, but dealt with doubts himself. He said, “I think when a man says, ‘I never doubt,’ it is quite time for us to doubt him.” The apostle Thomas has been dubbed “Doubting Thomas” because he was open and honest about his doubts. He had faith, but he also had some […]

Myrtle Beach woman plants ‘A Garden for Touching Lives’

A heart for missions, a passion for gardening, and a vacant lot across the street became the perfect storm for Jo Cooper as she caught a vision for connecting with people through a community garden. Jo and her husband, Glen, have been members of First Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, for 34 years. A few years […]

How to Help Flood Victims in Texas

Want to help the victims of the Texas floods? Instead of sending water or clothing, director of South Carolina Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Randy Creamer is encouraging churches and individuals in South Carolina to give money or gift cards through the South Carolina Baptist Convention. “Victims would much rather have a gift card, because it […]

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 […]