COVID-19 Vaccines: Are Mandates the Solution?

Should you take the COVID vaccine or not — that is the issue. There are enough confusing and conflicting reports revolving around the COVID vaccinations that many well-meaning people could be puzzled and disturbed. Franklin Graham, leader of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says you should take the shots and that pastors […]

Editor’s Word: Tribute to Bill Adams

Bill Adams passed away earlier this year at age 84. He was a great friend and supporter of The Courier and a compassionate servant of Christ. He was the pastor of five different churches before serving as minister of visitation at Spartanburg First Baptist Church. Bill and his late wife, Shirley, had two sons, two […]

Three New Hires at SCBC

“I feel like the Lord has prepared me for and called me to this position (director of Denominational Relations),” said Bryant Sims, former pastor of Mount Moriah First Baptist Church in Greenwood. He is one of three new people who have joined the South Carolina Baptist Convention staff. “Having the opportunity to promote cooperation as […]

Church at The Mill and John Zhang partnering to reach Chinese

God’s providence was evident in the pairing of a Chinese man seeking God’s direction for planting a Chinese church with an upstate church looking for a way to reach East Asians. Church at The Mill in Spartanburg County has a desire to reach East Asians living in the county, and John Zhang has a desire […]

The Four Chaplains

John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” In 1943, four Army chaplains sacrificed their lives for the sake of other soldiers — a demonstrated love that is simply remarkable. I started out to write a story about February but ran into all kinds […]

Editor’s Word: The Virtue of Waiting

Isaiah 40:31 says, “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Who you wait for is of critical importance, and learning to wait is a necessary second step in that […]

Burnsview sets new giving record

Burnsview Baptist Church, Greer, set a Lottie Moon mission offering goal of $20,000 for 2021. On Dec. 21, the church held a special service designed to focus specifically on its offering. Pastor Tim Huckaby said, “A short video was shown, a dramatization of Lottie Moon’s life was presented, and a speaker from the North American […]

Orr, Hensley model faith and fitness for the sanctity of life

As we prepare to celebrate the sanctity of human life, we can include an application that is almost overlooked in the discussion: physical fitness. Two South Carolina Baptist pastors are embracing both faith and fitness, not as something distinct from the sanctity of life, but something that is part of that sanctity. Gary Hensley, pastor […]

Editor’s Word: Resolutions or Renewals?

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions this year (that we typically do not keep), let me challenge you to make a renewed commitment to simply obey the counsel found in the Bible. We can plan, prepare, and reminisce, but the greatest challenge is for each of us to live one day at a time. We […]

Editor’s Word: The Buckley Legacy

Seth Buckley has been a minister of students for most of the years he has been in ministry. He is, however, much more than a title. He has a powerful and beautiful voice, which is on full display when he sings the great songs of the faith with passion and emphasis. His combination of unique […]