Barry Edwards to retire as S.C. Baptist Foundation president this year

Barry B. Edwards, president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, has announced that he will retire Aug. 31 of this year. “After much prayer and deliberation, it’s time to retire and spend more time with Alice, my wife of 54 years, our children, our children-in-love [son- and daughter-in-law] and our […]

Gov. Nikki Haley announces statewide prayer vigils

As South Carolinians prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, Gov. Nikki Haley announced a day of prayer vigils throughout the state on Tuesday, Nov. 22.The governor, working together with leaders of the faith community, urges everyone, regardless of their faith or denomination, to pray for continued strength and healing across the state and give thanks for […]

Presidential candidates fail to respond to ‘Say Something Nice’ challenge

Not only did the three remaining presidential candidates ignore the civility pledge for the upcoming 10th anniversary observance of Say Something Nice Sunday (June 5) but they intensified their verbal venom, according to the man who organized the “Say Something Nice” movement a decade ago. Mitch Carnell, a member of Charleston First Baptist Church, said […]

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 […]