Letter: More Grace and Humility Needed

Once again, I found myself sitting in worship privately grieving that the pastor of the church would give his forced resignation at the end of the service. Please, God, not again! While the secular world “fires” people, I do not give up hope that His Church will do this differently. After all, this pastor was […]

Wassamassaw Baptists dedicate new sanctuary

Wassamassaw Baptist Church’s celebration of its 236th homecoming on Nov. 1 included the dedication of a new worship center. Tom Tucker, a native of Moncks Corner, delivered the message for the dedication. His father served as pastor at Wassamassaw during the late 1950s. Senior Pastor Norman Rogers conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony, expressing appreciation for all […]

Washington Baptist observes 200th anniversary in March

As Washington Baptist Church at Ware Place, in southern Greenville County, celebrated God’s blessings during its 200-year history in March, a decade-by-decade recap of the church’s history has intrigued members. According to minutes, the church was organized as an arm of Fork Shoals Baptist Church on March 17, 1821, at a gathering around John Sullivan’s […]

Luis Palau, Hispanic evangelist, dies at 86

Luis Palau, 86, a Christian evangelist described by some as “the Latino Billy Graham,” died March 11 at his Portland, Ore., home. In January 2018, he was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Over the past half century, the Luis Palau Association, based in Beaverton, Ore., estimates that it has reached 30 million people in 75 […]

Tennessee Baptists preparing for high-impact Crossover

Tennessee Baptists are preparing for Crossover, an annual evangelistic event that takes place in the city where the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting is held. This year’s meeting will be June 13-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center. Though churches in the Nashville Baptist Association are the primary focus, the area is being […]

SWBTS, Baylor win court settlement

A settlement in a lawsuit filed by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Baylor University returns control of the Harold E. Riley Foundation to the schools. The Riley Foundation was founded by the late Harold E. Riley after his death in 2017. Assets included more than 1 million shares of Citizens, the insurance company he created. […]

Emory explores Lamentations’ themes of grief and glory

For Pastor Danny Emory, the book of Lamentations is “God’s handbook on grief.” His new book, “Grief and Glory in Lamentations,” flows from “the writings of a simple pastor/teacher who has experienced grief on many occasions and has attempted to help others walk through the process of grief.” In Lamentations, Jeremiah surveys his beloved city […]

DeFoor retires after 34 years at St. Andrews Baptist

Fred DeFoor will retire from St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia on March 7 after serving for 34 years as associate pastor and minister of music. A native of Greenville, he is a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A former member of the South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen, DeFoor has directed […]

Litton and Adams enter four-way race for SBC presidency

A four-way race is shaping up for the election of president during the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville this June. In January, Alabama pastor Ed Litton and Northwest Baptist Convention Executive Director-Treasurer Randy Adams also announced their candidacy. They join Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr. and Georgia […]

Carman, Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies

Carman Dominic Licciardello, a Christian music legend known by his first name, died Feb. 16, 2021. He was 65. He had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications after surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, according to a press release posted on his Facebook page. Carman came to fame in the mid-1980s during the heyday of […]