Handbells are alive and well at Lexington Baptist Church

The Lexington Baptist Church’s Joyful Noise Handbell Choir has been ministering in music for more than 40 years, and the current choir roster has had remarkable longevity. Of the group’s current membership of 16 ringers, six have been members between nine and 20 years, and seven have been members between 20 and 34 years. The […]

National preaching conference set for May 17-19 in D.C.

Some of the nation’s most well-known preachers will gather in suburban Washington, D.C., May 17-19 for the 25th annual session of the National Conference on Preaching, sponsored by the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University and Preaching magazine. The theme of the 2016 conference is “Preaching and the Public Square.” Featured speakers at the […]

Guest Viewpoint: Traveling the Bivocational Road

By Mary Jenkins I believe “bivocational minister” is a relatively new term to many people in our denomination. My husband, Charles, has tried to trace its origin and has had little luck. However, we know the concept would relate to the apostles who lived and worked with the people while serving Jesus. During college and […]

Reaching the Unreached … with a Frisbee

This missions account by pastor Brent Mitchell* was told to Robert Jackson, a family practice physician in Chesnee and a member of Boiling Springs First Baptist Church. My two companions and I were on a ferry heading for an isolated island off the coast of Indonesia when a suspicious dark-skinned man approached us. Surprisingly, he asked […]

Lexington Association celebrates 20 years with DOM Johnny Rumbough

Director of missions Johnny Rumbough has served Lexington Baptist Association for 20 years, and the anniversary was celebrated during a March executive committee meeting. Association staff, board members and other ministry partners shared meaningful words and presented Rumbough with gifts to note the milestone. Association vice moderator Chris Platt chaired the meeting, where he spoke to Rumbough’s […]

Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family, and should not try to recreate the family in its own image. We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage represents what […]

Church counts blessings after bus returning from mission trip crashes

Writer: Jonathan Vickery, Managing Editor, The (Barnwell) People-Sentinel Hagood Avenue Baptist Church has been ministering to the people of Cleveland, Tennessee the past 13 years during its annual summer mission trip. This year the people of Cleveland returned the favor after a wreck involving the Barnwell church group. Concluding their week of mission work in Cleveland, the […]

Spartanburg musician pens ‘Song of Grace’ for worship collection

A worship song written by Jarod Espy, music ministry assistant worship leader at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, will appear in “How Excellent,” a book of music for choir, praise teams, church orchestra and worship from Prism Music Publishing in Nashville. Espy said his composition, “Song of Grace,” is a corporate worship song written in […]

Mt. Zion children donate quilts for children in disaster settings

Writer: Diane Mitchell A group from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Great Falls recently donated 14 lap quilts to the children’s response unit of South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief. The quilts will be given to children who receive care in the aftermath of a disaster. The group, along with Mt. Zion pastor Andy Simpson, is […]

Laurens Second Baptist Church events

Winter has brought a flurry of activity to the congregation of Laurens Second Baptist Church: — In December, they surpassed their Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal of $7,000. — On Jan. 22, the church hosted a concert by the Singing Churchmen and set a record for the highest attendance in its 117-year history. — Members observed “Soup-er Bowl […]