Editor’s Word: The Power of Theology Is Applying It

Recently, my middle daughter shared with me that she and her husband were reading through Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology.” I was impressed, to say the least! She said it was not difficult reading. That conversation spurred me to think through the whole subject of theology. We might have a tendency to think of it as […]

Navigating Life’s Unexpected Turns

“Besides Jesus Christ, my wife, Billie, is the star of my story,” said Mike Moody, pastor of First Baptist Church, Honea Path, and a past president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. On May 5 the church celebrated its 150th anniversary and his 20th anniversary as the longest serving pastor in the history of the […]

Editor’s Word: America’s population is aging

As a nation, we are getting older.  That reality touches just about every area of American life. Everything from new razor blades that are designed to help shave another person to remote patient monitoring and innovative health care delivery systems are just a couple of the new offerings for an aging population. By 2030, according […]

Editor’s Word: Gratitude for God’s Mercy

In our March issue, I mentioned a life-threatening disease I was facing. It was an aggressive carcinoma in the prostate. Radical surgery was performed on Feb. 21, and the results have been amazing! I cannot capture in words my overwhelming sense of gratitude to God for His mercy. When the final pathology report was explained […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]