Anderson University statement of faith text

  Anderson University Statement of Faith Preamble The religious doctrinal statement of Anderson University is reaffirmed annually by the Board of Trust, administration and Christian Studies faculty. The University’s faculty and staff are confessing Christians who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and agree annually to respect and undergird the […]

Anderson University adopts statement of faith

The trustee board of Anderson University has adopted a religious doctrinal statement of faith expressing the institution’s South Carolina Baptist identity, convictions, and its Christian belief system. “Throughout the process, the [Faith Statement Development] team sought the Lord’s guidance and wisdom and has worked diligently to make certain that nothing in the statement is in […]

An Egg-Laying Rabbit?

Every Easter, in front yards, churchyards and parks across America, children scurry about, searching for brightly colored eggs. But, stop and think for a moment. Where did the notion of an egg-laying, egg-painting bunny actually come from — and, more to the point, how did it become associated with Christianity? According to, the Easter […]

Resurrection Day: What Day Was Jesus Crucified?

Most Baptists were taught in Sunday school from an early age that the Lord’s Supper and Judas’ betrayal took place on Thursday, the crucifixion occurred on Friday, and Jesus arose early on Sunday morning. Though all agree with these events culminating on Resurrection Day, the exact timing of the crucifixion evidently has been a matter […]

New building seen as God’s provision, Lowndesville pastor says

Lowndesville Baptist Church in rural Abbeville County held its first services in a new, larger sanctuary in January. Yet, the big blessing is that the small congregation is debt-free. “We’re fortunate. We don’t owe a penny on this church,” rejoiced Pastor Fred Griggs. A generous member’s bequest and estate gift provided all of the funding […]

Dream Center using clothing to initiate gospel conversations

A simple question posed by a minister at North Rock Hill Baptist Church challenged Paul and Barbara Crosby: “What if?” Together they pondered, “What would our city look like if we loved like Christ loved?” And, through them, God birthed a vision for the Dream Center outreach in Rock Hill, which is spawning an unusual […]

Cowpens First seeing God ‘come through’ after devastating fire

Seven-year-old Jensen Graves was among a small crowd that gathered as First Baptist Church of Cowpens was ablaze on the Saturday after Christmas. His mother had brought him to see the flames shooting through its roof. Jensen got out of the car and began to cry. “The fire was devastating!” Pastor Kermit Morris said. “It […]

Spartanburg First building tiny houses to solve big problem

Some homeless women may have a place of their own soon as First Baptist Church of Spartanburg begins constructing a small village of tiny houses. After seeing some similar villages on television and elsewhere, Steve Wise, missions minister at First Baptist, posed the idea: “Building small, transitional houses could be something our church could do […]

Simpsonville pastor named SCBC president-elect; first African-American president takes office

Messengers to the 200th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention elected a Simpsonville pastor as president-elect, approved a $26.5 million Cooperative Program budget, and adopted a resolution affirming churches that also identify as Great Commission Baptists. In an abbreviated, one-day session Nov. 10 at the historic First Baptist Church of Columbia, messengers also […]

Glovers: Being Thankful, Even When It’s Difficult

The turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie will likely taste a little sweeter to Brent and Courtney Glover this Thanksgiving. In late March, Brent, an otherwise healthy 34-year-old with an active lifestyle, began having severe headaches and felt really fatigued. He also noticed some red spots on his arms and legs, as well as a couple […]