Pastor to Pastor: The Importance of ‘Being There’

I do not know why his mother named him for the designation of the era before Christ, but that was his name: B.C. He was old, but not that old. Exactly why I loved B.C. so much may be a bit mysterious. Perhaps it was his squinty eyes and a gentle, infectious smile. It certainly […]

Letter: Remote Outposts Need Funding, Too

Yet again during this season for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, I find myself disappointed with the North American Mission Board due to their continued policy of defunding Southern Baptist missionaries who live and work in rural or remote areas. Such is the case with South Carolina native David George, who is the director of […]

Letter: Support Hunger Relief

Twenty thousand children will die today from hunger and preventable diseases. We Baptists give less than one penny a week per person to the Southern Baptist Global Hunger Relief Fund, our way of showing God’s love to starving people. If our child or grandchild was one of those destined to die today, how much would […]

President’s Perspective: He Did This for You

As I continue to travel throughout the state, I am amazed at the giftedness of South Carolina Baptist clergy and laity. Within the last month, I preached a revival service and spoke as the special guest for Baptist Men’s Day, and I have spoken at several associational meetings. I was also privileged to attend the […]

Outside the Walls: So What About You?

“So what about you?” At first, Courtney looked at me, and then she gazed off into the distance, reflecting on the question. I had asked the question as she waited our table. Her answer: “I think there is a God out there. I’m not sure. I just try to be a good person.” Such a […]

The Islamic State

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan) is a terrorist movement that has taken territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Most of the world has felt dread and disgust at their tactics. Why does something like this even exist on […]

From the Editor: Easter Is Personal

I like Easter more than Christmas! Both are special and essential, and while the birth of Jesus is certainly significant, the resurrection of Christ from the dead is the foundation of our faith as Christians. First Corinthians 15:17 says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” […]

God the Son and His Victorious Resurrection

The resurrection can bring to mind so many associative memories: from decorating Easter eggs with PAAS dye and wax crayons, to poignant and precious moments with family, to particular Easter services that moved hearts and changed lives. And of course there is the music: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” and “Low in the Grave […]

Viewpoint: Confessions of a Former E-Giving Objector

Many years ago I read Alvin Toffler’s best-selling book, “Future Shock,” in which he described how people were becoming overwhelmed by the rate of change going on in the world. In the 45 years since he wrote that book, the world has undergone enormous change, especially in the realm of technology. When the book came […]

Wholly Healthy: Vaccines — Speaking the Truth in Love

There’s a lot of discussion these days about vaccines. Many parents still holding to debunked theories about a connection between vaccines and autism have refused to vaccinate their children. As of this writing, there is a growing epidemic of measles around the country, a disease that is not without serious consequences — including death. This […]