Mary Beth’s Kitchen: John Adams — Second U.S. President

I hope you all enjoyed the first presidential cookie recipe and were able to share it with loved ones while learning a bit of U.S. history in the process. For the second installment of this series, naturally we’ll be learning about our nation’s second president, John Adams. Adams was born into a comfortable life as […]

Outside the Walls: America the Beautiful

“He’s fine. Leave him alone.” I couldn’t believe my father’s words. He had just asked my first son, his grandson, to come to him when he was about 3 years old. “No!” Caden said, and then proceeded to kick him in the shin and walk away. I braced for what I knew would happen next. […]

Comic Belief: Good Forgetters

A man looking through the paper saw an ad he couldn’t believe: “For Sale, almost new Jag, loaded, $200.” Thinking it was a misprint, he nevertheless called the number. Sure enough, the almost brand-new Jaguar was loaded and had only 300 miles on it. The woman verified the price and said the first one to […]

President’s Perspective: Furman and the Spirit of Revolution

Richard Furman is arguably the most important figure in early Baptist life in America and unquestionably the most important foundational figure in South Carolina Baptist life. Another well-known contemporary and important leader in his own right, W.B. Johnson, said that when Furman spoke on an issue, “he settled it.” Furman was sought after as a […]

Guest Viewpoint: Why Your Church Must Continue Online Ministry

A popular meme going around depicts Forrest Gump sitting on his bench in Savannah with the caption: “Just like that, all the pastors became televangelists.” It’s true. Since quarantine, the vast majority of churches have figured out some way to have an online ministry. Some pastors propped up their iPhone and shot a sermon from […]

Wholly Healthy: Church Good for Your Health

Our church hasn’t met for about two months now. Many of yours haven’t either. While this has been controversial, I applaud those who have stayed home out of concern for the safety of their brothers and sisters and respect for civil authorities. Pastors and church leaders have undoubtedly struggled with these decisions, but I appreciate […]

Guest Viewpoint: Losing Sight of ‘the Likeness of God’

What do genocide, spousal abuse, abortion, and the killing of George Floyd — an African-American man — by a white police officer have in common? Let’s answer that question with another question that Jesus asked the religious leaders in His day when they tried to trap Him with a question of their own. “And they […]

Guest Viewpoint: We Need to Remember Who We Are

“After this I looked, and behold a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who […]

Guest Viewpoint: Two Memorial Day Videos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then two videos recorded on Memorial Day are worth millions. One video was taken in the morning at the Ramble, a large retreat area in Central Park, that’s popular with birdwatching enthusiasts. Christian Cooper, who is black, went to watch birds, and a white woman (Amy Cooper, […]

Editor’s Word: Independence Day

Mark Twain said, “True patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the nation all the time and loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” Even though America is going through hard times right now, we are blessed to live here. We have our problems, for sure, but we are also, with God’s help, […]