Comic Belief: Lessons from the Grocery Store

Have you ever thought what it’s like to be a kid at the grocery store? Mother is rushing, and she takes the kid and stuffs him into the steel seat and says, “Sit there and be quiet. I’ve got to pick up a couple of things.” Now when mother says “a couple of things,” that […]

Wholly Healthy: With tests, less can be more

It seems to be a commonly held belief that people with health care concerns always benefit from having more tests. Whether it’s blood work, an X-ray, a CT scan, an MRI or a stress test, the common refrain I hear is, “Doc, better safe than sorry!” I get that. I understand the deep human need […]

President’s Perspective: Time to Engage

I believe we can accomplish more together than we can apart. I’ve always believed this, and I think I always will. I grew up learning all about how we as South Carolina Baptists accomplish incredible feats through cooperative missions and ministries, and how we funded those endeavors through the Cooperative Program. My dad, Horace Sims, […]

Editor’s Word: It’s More than St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and while it is not a Baptist distinctive, it is a memorable day for my wife, Anne, and myself. I proposed to her on that day, and she accepted. In Ireland, Patrick is regarded as a saint, although he was never canonized by the Catholic Church. He has been […]

Outside the Walls: Who’s Your One?

“Proper clothing required. This is a contaminated area.” It was my first day on the job as a chemical engineering intern at a nuclear plant that produced weapons-grade material for nuclear bombs. I noticed the sign over the door in the area where I would be working. My supervisor threw me a lab coat, rubber […]

Black History Is American History

Black History Month invites all Americans to better understand African-American achievement. For Christians, it is an opportunity to better understand God’s providence and grace as we listen to one another’s story of pain and promise without contempt. In the spirit of African-American historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), students of African-American history learn to view the […]

Don’t Like the Song? Sing Anyway!

I’ve been there, and you likely have as well. You’ve never heard the song your church is singing or you’ve heard it but don’t like it. The temptation is to silently mimic the words or not sing at all. But here’s why we need to sing anyway: It’s right to sing God’s praises. Even if […]

Outside the Walls: The Black and White Gospel

Robert was a normal middle school boy. He was a jokester and a little hyper, and he rarely thought through the consequences before he acted. I met him when I was a student minister and welcomed him into our student group with open arms. It was an honor to see him confess Christ as Lord […]

Comic Belief: A Great House

An elderly, wealthy lady was sitting in her Mercedes waiting for a parking place at the grocery store. She had been waiting patiently as a car backed out. Just as the car pulled out, a young man whizzed right in and took the place. He got out of the car and, as he walked to […]

Wholly Healthy: Do What the Doctor Says!

It can be hard to stay healthy these days. The cost of prescriptions is often ridiculous. The cost of health care, in general, is rising. And it takes way too long to get a doctor’s appointment! But there is something that can help everyone stay healthier. And here it is: Do what the doctor says. […]