Viewpoint: Finding a New Perspective

I was born with a special condition shared by many men (like 1 out of 100). It is technically called green-red dichromatic vision, or color blindness. My parents were somewhat familiar with the condition because of my mom’s brothers. However, very early in my preschool days, I would bring home from church my own crayon […]

Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family, and should not try to recreate the family in its own image. We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage represents what […]

Viewpoint: The Power of Preaching the Word

The writer of Hebrews said, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (4:12). I hold tenaciously to the power of the living Word. This truth […]

Wholly Healthy: Not all wounds are of the superficial variety

Summer is that glorious time of reckless abandon when adults and children manage to sustain all manner of punctures, lacerations and abrasions. So, as summer is upon us, what guidelines can I offer to the wounded? Well, first of all, if you aren’t sure about your wound — however you sustained it — see your […]

Worldview: The Church and Cultural Captivity

The relationship of the church to culture has long been debated among church leaders and social researchers, with little real consensus. One thing is clear, however: In far too many cases, the relationship of many churches with the culture has steadily shifted from infatuation and intimidation to out-and-out captivity, a situation that always results in […]

Freedom-Fed Patriotism

In his essay, “The Czar’s Soliloquy,” Mark Twain wrote, “True patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” As we approach our patriotic holiday on July 4, the idea of patriotism is displayed and discussed in our society. But what is patriotism, […]

Outside the Walls: One Nation Under God?

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” (George Washington) “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.” (John Quincy Adams) “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.” (Andrew Jackson) “In regard for this great book, I have this to […]

Letter: Don Kirkland’s Book a ‘Spiritual Feast’

I discovered by accident former Baptist Courier editor Don Kirkland’s book, “Something Ventured.” It is a spiritual feast. Don’s writing skills are well known by South Carolina Baptists. His knowledge of Scripture is apparent in every entry. His real contribution is in helping us understand our roles as ordinary Christians. Don tells us that the […]

Letter: Encourage Church Commitment

Thank you so much for the articles in the June issue on the changes in our church, hurting pastors, the neglected Great Commission, finding sources of encouragement and more. I love the church I attend and our pastor and members. I do feel, however, that the church in general is losing Christians, and our society […]

Pastor to Pastor: Extraordinary

Extraordinary: exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy or remarkable ( What makes preachers extraordinary people? The answer lies with two common men who achieved three realistic goals, resulting in extraordinary lives for Christ: Their audience Peter and John were ordinary men who became extraordinary preachers only after three years of attending the “University […]