Memorial Day: In Their Own Words

For many Americans, Memorial Day is simply an extra day of rest. But for millions of others, it’s a day of memories and reflections on the friends and family who sacrificed everything in the defense of freedom. These are three stories of ordinary Christians — in their own words — who have faced extraordinary situations […]

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community opens aquatic center

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community opened a new aquatic center May 1 with a dedication service in the Sidney Sutton Chapel. Built with funds raised by residents, staff and friends of Bethea, the indoor pool and spa will be part of the first such facility for a retirement community in the Pee Dee area. The aquatic center will […]

Pine Pleasant Baptist Church honors graduate

Pine Pleasant Baptist Church, Saluda, recently recognized Corbie Long (second from right) in honor of his graduation from W. Wyman King Academy. Pictured with Corbie are his father, Chris (second from left); mother, Lisa (right); and pastor Burton Campbell (left). Corbie plans to attend Newberry College in the fall.

Tucker opens Congressional session with prayer

Tom Tucker, senior pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, gave the opening prayer for the April 22 session of the United States House of Representatives. The tradition of ministers praying to open House sessions dates to 1774, when the first prayer was given by the Rev. Jacob Duche of Christ Church of […]

Children’s book features animals from the Bible

A new illustrated children’s book, “God’s Amazing Creation from A-Z” (2015, Courier Publishing, 96 pages, $15.95) offers a Scripture-based phonetic approach to reading, using animals mentioned in the Scripture as learning aids. Author Anita Dickard “has discovered the rich presentation of animal life as a part of God’s creation,” says Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern […]

‘Wilderness Living’ targets men’s hearts

Mike Baker has worn many hats — music minister, IMB worker, director of missions — but no hat is more comfortable than the one he wears when he’s outdoors, reveling in the beauty and bounty of God’s creation. An avid hunter, fisherman and storyteller, Baker has gathered up a lifetime’s worth of tall tales, boyhood […]

Dickard wins academic, leadership awards at Southwestern Seminary

Daniel Dickard,  a native of South Carolina, has received the 2015 LifeWay Pastoral Leadership Award and the G.R. and Jessie Klempnauer Memorial Academic Award at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The LifeWay award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement as a graduating theology student preparing for pastoral ministry. Last year, Dickard was awarded the Al […]

Annie Eveleigh named director of advancement at SCBMA

Annie K. Eveleigh has joined the staff of South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging as director of advancement. She comes to SCBMA with almost 20 years of experience in nonprofit fund development. She is a native of Columbia and a graduate of Columbia College. She and her husband, Francis, are members of First Baptist […]

Mother’s Day: Gratitude, Sacrifice & Humility

As a young mom, I thought Mother’s Day should be all about me. Surely I deserved recognition for my never-ending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right? However, after driving away from my parents’ home not long ago with tears spilling down my cheeks, I sensed God asking me to honor my […]

Kingstree church dedicates family life center

First Baptist Church of Kingstree held a dedication service Jan. 11 for a new family life center. Pictured, from left: Scott Feagin, building committee chairman; George Avent, trustee; Lester Branham, interim pastor; Aubrey Williamson, trustee; and Harry Adkins, associate pastor/minister of music.