Guest Viewpoint: No Lone-Wolf Christians, Please

Some Christians boycott the very institution the Bible presents as duty Writer: Jack Williamson I knew a man who had many of the external trappings of being a Christian. He and his wife regularly prayed together and read their Bibles. They both had a seemingly rich testimony of salvation, and they both led exemplary lives. They were […]

Guest Viewpoint: Who’s Dying?

Writer: Keith Davis There is a lot of discussion concerning the decline or plateauing of many Southern Baptist Convention churches. In this discussion we hear about churches that are dying a slow death. In response, we begin pushing for greater evangelism and outreach. I have to ask the question when I think about this: Who’s […]

Fairview Baptist, Spartanburg, breaks ground for new family life center

The congregation of Fairview Baptist Church, Spartanburg, held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new family life center on Oct. 18. As part of the service, members joined hands and prayed for the construction and the workers, and for God to receive glory from the use of the building. Pictured from left are building committee members Gene Sewell, chairman David Seay, Ray Hutchins, […]

Faith Baptist exceeds Operation Christmas Child shoebox goal

Members of Faith Baptist Church, Ridgeland, recently held a packing party to assemble more than 150 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, surpassing their original goal of 110 boxes. Items were collected from donors over the past month. Pictured clockwise from top left are Marie Nettles, Matthew Fraleigh, Courtney Smith and WMU director Amy Smith.

Redd’s Branch Baptist ordains youth director Steven Gibson

Redd’s Branch Baptist Church, Aiken, ordained Steven Gibson to the ministry on Nov. 8. Gibson felt the call to ministry as a high school freshman, and later attended Columbia International University, where he earned a degree in 2012. He has served as youth director at Redd’s Branch since 2013, and is currently attending Southeastern Baptist Theological […]

Reed celebrates 70th class reunion at Columbia International University

Joe Reed, a retired minister and member of Northside Baptist Church in Lexington, was recognized by Columbia International University Nov. 6 at the school’s alumni weekend banquet. Reed graduated from CIU in 1945 when it was known as Columbia Bible College. He was the only member of the 70th-anniversary class present at the reunion. “Rev. […]

Letter: Let’s not continue to cut funding to our institutions

I commend Dr. Rudy Gray on a great article in the November issue, “Is It Time for a New Approach to Missions?” He writes that the Great Commission “does not preclude us from evangelizing and discipling people here and abroad simultaneously.” As South Carolina Baptists, we must understand the truth of this statement. We must support […]

Fort Mill pastor Tom Tucker leads slate of SCBC officers

New officers for the South Carolina Baptist Convention were elected by messengers Nov. 11 at the SCBC’s annual meeting at Spartanburg First Baptist Church. Tom Tucker, pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, was elected president. Tucker served as first vice president of the convention in 2015 and was president of the South […]

S.C. Baptists adopt resolutions on foster care, human trafficking, Emanuel AME Church

South Carolina Baptists adopted resolutions Nov. 10 on the Cooperative Program, foster care, freedom of religious expression, human trafficking, faith-based pregnancy care centers, and the statewide faith community’s response to the June 2015 massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. The resolutions were offered by the 2015 Resolutions Committee. Brian Saxon served as chairman. (Read the […]