President’s Perspective: Weakness-Based Ministry

I don’t know what it is about October, but for some reason, most of my spiritual and ministry milestones happened in October. It’s the month I got saved, the month God called me to the ministry, and the month I preached my first sermon. It was also October when our church moved into its first […]

Wholly Healthy: COVID Prayers

I write this month to call my readers to action. I sat in our church service on Sunday at LifePoint Church in Seneca, as Pastor Blake Pitts urged us to a deeper life of desperate prayer. I realized how many people in my world need just that. As the pandemic still burns through the population, […]

Outside the Walls: Answering the ‘All Call’

It started out as a normal day. Genelle sat down at her desk and began to get to work, when the unimaginable happened. A plane, hijacked by terrorists, flew into the World Trade Center where she worked on the 64th floor. She began to evacuate. When she reached the 13th floor, she bent over to […]

Legislative Update: Supreme Court actions in Washington and Columbia

In the world of geology, tectonic shifts are major geological events that happen outside of our view but often bring about momentous change to the physical landscape. In the world of politics, metaphoric tectonic shifts are rare, but there have been several that have occurred in 2021. Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court […]

Comic Belief: Random Pounding

We all come from the Adams family. Our family inheritance is our “earth suit” with its selfish nature. We are simply vessels of clay. As it ages, clay cracks, crumbles and disintegrates. We have also inherited a world that is cracking, disintegrating, corroding and falling apart. We inhabit a world that is moving in a […]

Editor’s Word: Appreciate Your Pastor

Sept. 11 marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our native soil, resulting in approximately 3,000 deaths and another 6,000 injured. When that tragedy sunk in, we talked about the day the world stopped or forever changed. If you were alive on that day, where were you and what did you do when […]

Outside the Walls: A God Who Sends

As I looked through misty eyes in the rearview mirror, a flood of emotions and memories filled my head as my wife and I dropped off our oldest son, Caden, at college. It seems like just yesterday there were midnight bottle feedings, T-ball games, and Barney birthdays. Then there was deer hunting, sunset shrimping, Grand […]

Legislative Update: Open Carry, REACH Act approved

Don’t be surprised if you walk into your neighborhood drug store or supermarket and see people walking around with their firearms strapped openly to their sides. On Aug. 15, South Carolina joined 13 other states that allow the licensed open carry of handguns. South Carolinians who have a concealed weapons permit may now carry their […]

Wholly Healthy: Vaccination Hesitation

COVID cases are surging, and hospitals are reaching capacity. This has led many to ask why there is so much resistance to having a vaccination that might have kept us out of the situation now facing the nation. I believe that the COVID vaccine is a remarkable, life-saving achievement. While we will doubtless learn more […]

Letter: Thanks for recognizing social workers

I wanted to express my appreciate for an article in the August 2021 edition of The Baptist Courier, “The Unsung Hero of the Hospital” by Edwin Leap, M.D. I have spent most of my career in hospice social work and counseling, and his thoughtful reflections about the role of the medical social worker are so […]