Guest Viewpoint: Gondor, Narnia, Wakanda and Washington

Our Hero Stories Reveal Our Greatest Longings Ever since I’ve been old enough to watch the news, I’ve felt frustrated. I’m 41 years old, and I’ve seen Republican and Democratic administrations come and go through Washington. Just like everyone else, I have my own ideas about what ideals are best for the country. But I […]

Outside the Walls: Lord, Make Me Uncomfortable

“Lord, please give me an opportunity to share with Barry,” I prayed as I walked up to my son’s ball game.  I didn’t really want God to answer my prayer. I wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone, and it was so hot I decided to sit in the visitors stands, in the shade. […]

Wholly Healthy: Pay Attention & Be Ready to Help

One of the unpleasant realities of working with the public (or just generally being in a public place) is that there are dangerous, violent people in the world. This is an ever-present reality of hospital emergency departments, but it’s also true of churches. The shooting at “Mother Emanuel” AME church in Charleston in 2015 was […]

Comic Belief: Ups and Downs of Life

Sometimes I get down — so low that I could play racquetball on the curb. It helps to understand why you’re down. It might even help change DOWN to UP. Let me explain. These things can bring you D.O.W.N.: DUMB ACTS — Wearing your baseball hat backwards to a job interview unless you want to […]

Mary Beth’s Kitchen: Famous Brownies

Editor’s Note: With this month’s issue, we are pleased to welcome to our pages Mary Beth Oxendine, who will be familiar to some of our readers through her WGGS television program, “Cooking with Miss O.” She is the author of a cookbook, “Healthy, Simple, Southern Style Cooking on One Income,” and is a member of […]

Staying Alert Means Staying Alive

In addition to being a college professor and preacher, I have the privilege of teaching self-defense skills to people in my community on a weekly basis through my self-defense company, Peaceful Warrior, LLC. Although most people we encounter in life are law-abiding and peace-loving people, there are folks who might intend us harm. We could […]

Keeping Children Safe at Church

Today’s parents are becoming more and more concerned about the safety of their infants and young children during Sunday worship services and other church events that provide care. Here are some practical suggestions you can incorporate to keep your church children safe: Develop your church safety and security After the recent rash of church and […]

Be Wise in Safeguarding Your Financial Information

The CEO of Facebook recently gave testimony to Congress about the misuse of his company’s users’ personal data. This breach allowed many different sources to have access to personal information that could be misused today and in the future. This type of situation will continue to be a problem, which is why we should be […]

President’s Perspective: Why Come to Charleston?

The South Carolina Baptist Convention will meet later this year, Nov. 13-14, and for the first time in many years we are having the meetings in Charleston. Personally, even though I am from Charleston, I believe having the meetings in a more centrally located place like Columbia is ideal. With so many of our churches […]