State Cooperative Program giving trails budget

Through the first three months of 2015, giving from South Carolina Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program was nearly 8 percent below budgeted needs but slightly ahead of last year’s giving pace. Through March 2015, churches forwarded $6,558,117.66 in CP funds to the South Carolina Baptist Convention, according to Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial officer. […]

Fairfax WMU group gives pillowcases to children’s hospital

The Ann Neil WMU group from Fairfax First Baptist Church recently donated a number of pillowcases to an area children’s hospital. These pillowcases were made by Dottie List, a member of the group who recently passed away, and contributed by her daughter, Michelle Galbraith.

McWhite is new pastor of Redd’s Branch Baptist Church in Aiken

Richard McWhite has been called as pastor of Redd’s Branch Baptist Church in Aiken. He previously served as an interim pastor in Greenville and as a senior pastor in Barnwell. He also has served churches in South Carolina and Georgia as a minister of music, education and youth. He and his wife, Patricia Lynn McWhite, […]

Letter: Baptists should care about radical ‘holy war’

Thank you very much for your article on the Islamic State (April 2015). Based on what I have seen and heard from fellow Baptists, I had come to think that this topic should be avoided in our discussions at church, so I appreciate your comments on radical Islam and its goal to eliminate Christians like […]

Pastor, where do you find encouragement?

In a world where the majority of churches across the Southern Baptist Convention are plateaued or declining, where even faithful church members’ attendance is spotty, where congregations bog down in debates about things that don’t matter (like the carpet color for the fellowship hall), and where a Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/ESPN culture often trumps mission, it is easy […]

Our May e-Edition Is Live!

Ten-thousand Americans retire every day. Senior adults represent the fastest-growing segment of the population. What does it mean for the Church? “Not since the days of Noah has God given a generation extended life, good health and adequate resources,” writes News Orleans Seminary president Chuck Kelley in our cover story. “The simple fact of senior […]

Aiken church pays off mortgage

Shiloh Baptist Church in Aiken held a mortgage-burning service on April 12. The church paid off a $250,000 loan for an “Extreme Church Makeover.” The 10-year note was paid off four years early thanks to the faithful giving of church members. Pictured, from left: Henry Chennault, transitional pastor; Myra Carter, vice president of Southern Bank […]

Baptist pastor to lead refugee resettlement effort in Spartanburg

A South Carolina Baptist pastor has been tapped to head the Spartanburg office of World Relief, an organization that will seek to help people fleeing persecution to find refuge in the Upstate. Jason Lee, who has served as pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Spartanburg for five years, will serve as executive director for […]

‘Seven Arrows’ aims at Bible study growth

Polished sermons and prepared Bible studies can inadvertently cause the average Christian to feel inadequate and ill-equipped to study the Scriptures themselves. The result is an ever-increasing level of biblical illiteracy in most churches and an over-dependence on preachers and sermons. With that in mind, Matt Rogers and Donny Mathis have written “Seven Arrows,” a […]