ERLC plans 10 ultrasound donations

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has announced it will donate a record 10 ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers in the next six months. The ERLC will make the donations to gospel-focused, pro-life centers across the United States through its Psalm 139 Project, which helps purchase sonogram technology and fund the training […]

Nevada restrictions ruling applauded

Religious freedom advocates applauded a federal appeals court decision in December that blocked enforcement of Nevada’s pandemic-related restrictions because they treat various secular events and businesses “significantly better” than worship gatherings. A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — generally considered the most liberal of the federal appellate courts — unanimously granted […]

Louisiana college president’s piano album to fund scholarships

He doesn’t consider himself talented, but, nonetheless, Rick Brewer, a former South Carolina Baptist, is lending his piano talents toward funding scholarships at Louisiana College. Brewer became president of the Louisiana Baptist school in 2015, and proceeds from the sales of his recently released second recording, simply titled “Christmas,” will go toward the college’s general […]

Southern Baptists celebrate sending 79 new missionaries

The International Mission Board recently celebrated the appointment of 79 new missionaries in a virtual Sending Celebration streamed on Facebook and through the IMB: Advance the Kingdom app. The missionaries, who were previously approved by IMB trustees, come from 21 states and will serve in eight of IMB’s nine affinities. The Sending Celebration was scheduled […]

24 students with ties to state receive Southeastern degrees

Twenty-four students with ties to South Carolina participated in fall graduation exercises at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. While unable to hold in-person graduation activities, the graduates celebrated virtually on Dec. 11. The students and their degrees are: College at Southeastern Associate of Divinity in Biblical Studies — John Alan Harveston, Rock […]

IMB missionaries, staff give more than $800,000 to Lottie Moon offering

IMB missionaries and staff pledged $802,700 to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering through an internal campaign that began Sept. 23 and ended Nov. 30. “Our IMB missionaries around the world, and our stateside support staff, wanted to lead by example as we asked Southern Baptists to give more generously than ever before to get the […]

Lori Spikes, Baptist Nursing Fellowship leader, dies from COVID

Lori Spikes, executive director of Baptist Nursing Fellowship, a ministry of national Woman’s Missionary Union, died Nov. 21 after being hospitalized with COVID-19. A graduate of Samford University, Spikes was a registered nurse for more than 40 years. She served as an International Mission Board Journeyman in Honduras from 1980 to 1982. She and her husband, […]

Enoree Baptist installs McCoig as pastor

Anthony Dale McCoig was installed as pastor of Enoree Baptist Church in Travelers Rest in October. With McCoig are (left) Steve Crouse of North Greenville University, interim pastor; and (right) Randy Bradley, director of missions for Three Rivers Baptist Association, who both participated in the installation service.

Charleston Assoc. commissions Bowmans for church replanting

Tony and Kathy Bowman were commissioned recently by Charleston Baptist Church to serve in a church replant effort. Tony led the student ministry there for 24 years, and Kathy was co-director of the children’s ministry for 13 years. They will be serving on a team of pastors and leaders in conjunction with the Charleston Baptist […]