Retiring Columbia Metro Association DOM Bill Dieckmann honored

Writer: Karen Hulvey, Columbia Metro Baptist Association By formal proclamation of the mayor, March 24 was William P. Dieckmann Day in the city of Columbia. It was the day Columbia Metro Baptist Association celebrated Dieckmann’s retirement after 40 years of ministry, including 28 years at the association, the last 13 years as director of missions. The day […]

Marion GAs bake goods to support children’s center

Bake sales are not uncommon across the Pee Dee or anywhere else in America. However, the one held March 26 by the Girls in Action program at Marion Baptist Church cooked up quite a donation for the Durant Children’s Center. A Friday night mother-daughter lock-in March 24 gave the approximately two dozen first- through sixth-grade […]

Guest Viewpoint: The Key

Every day since last January, I’ve worn this necklace — a simple chain and an old brass key. A lot of people thought it was just a key to my house or my dorm, but it has so much more meaning than that. Over the last year, I have seen the Lord do incredible things […]

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 […]