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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Editor’s Word: Challenges for the Church

Some evangelical senior statesmen are offering dire predictions for the future of the church if drastic and powerful changes are not soon made. The evangelical church at large, and the Southern Baptist Convention in particular, are losing ground. Culture wars have taken their toll on the faithful, and an increasing post-truth mindset makes sharing the […]

Varnville’s Tommy Kelly Is ‘Pastor of the Community’

Tommy Kelly is a man on the go. The pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church is an inspiring leader and servant not only to the church, but to the entire community. To say he is well known in this small community would be an understatement. As members of the church described their love and appreciation […]

These ‘Carpenters for Christ’ are actively serving God

Jim and Joyce Carpenter have been married for 63 years and have served Christ overseas, in America, and through the opportunities presented to them in the medical field. Jim, a physician, is still practicing medicine at age 91, with the support and help of his wife. Joyce was born in China to missionary parents and […]

Editor’s Word: Pastor Appreciation — An Opportunity to Begin a Habit

William James, one of the key leaders in the development of psychology in America, once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” To appreciate is to realize the value, quality or magnitude of something or someone.  October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and while every day should be a day […]

Editor’s Word: What a Great Name for a Pastor

What a great name for a pastor: Church. Wes Church, that is. He is the new senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Columbia, having served on staff for 16 years at the church. Even though he is stepping into a new position, he has a history of faithful ministry in the 200-year-old historic church. […]