President’s Perspective: Persevering over Sexual Sin

My heart has broken over and over recently as Christian leaders from around the country have acknowledged sexual sin (see the related news articles in this edition and in the May edition). These sins have profoundly devastating consequences for marriages, for all involved in the relationships, and for the witness of the church. No Christian […]

Outside the Walls: The Great Equalizer

“I am not in control.” My father came to this realization as he fought cancer during his last 10 months on earth. Up to that point, he seemed to be in pretty good control of his life.  Death has a way of reminding all of us of our great need for hope. You are never […]

The Choice: Burial or Cremation?

In 2016, more people were cremated than buried in the United States. It is a trend that continues to grow, with as much as 78 percent of the population estimated to choose cremation within 20 years, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Theological questions and differing viewpoints revolve around the cremation versus burial debate. […]

Wholly Healthy: Impaired by Medication?

We are all acutely aware of the fact that drunk drivers are especially dangerous. In fact, our beloved South Carolina is one of the worst states in the union for drunk driving fatalities. That’s a daily, nightly tragedy. However, I think people often forget all of the other medications that can affect them when they […]

Editor’s Word: The Reality of Death

With all the buzz on social media focusing on the Southern Baptist Convention and its problems, it is tempting to speculate about our future. Some believe we will splinter into two or more groups. Others think we will continue on a course of decline and dysfunction, while some believe we will experience revival. There are […]

Accepting the Diagnosis of Death

The goal of hospice is a peaceful death. A peaceful death is achieved medically by providing comfort care measures that bring contentment and an absence of pain. Socially, a peaceful death is achieved by growing closer to our family and friends by expressions of love and forgiveness. This includes reaching out to those we’ve hurt […]

5 Family-Friendly Things: ‘Imagine’ and ‘Paul’ lead June spotlight

Editor’s note: Please let us know what you think of this column on Facebook (BaptistCourier), Twitter (@baptistcourier) or by email (editor@baptistcourier.com). March was a banner month for faith films, and some of those same movies were set to hit the home entertainment market in June, giving families who didn’t see them the first time a […]

After Death, What is the ‘Intermediate State’?

The intermediate state is a person’s condition between physical death and the resurrection. For the believer, it is a time of conscious bliss in the presence of the Lord; but for the unbeliever, it is a time of conscious torment. According to the New Testament, death is the separation of the soul (or spirit) from […]

Guest Viewpoint: What Makes a Good Mission Team

Churches all across America will be taking short-term mission trips this summer to places like Cleveland, Boston, Uganda and Thailand. Recently, I asked some missionaries, church planters and missions leaders a strategic question: What did the best mission teams do that made you glad they came? The insights listed below were gleaned from their answers. […]

Guest Viewpoint: Pointed Words from Brother Louis Beloney

I am the middle of five kids. My mom and dad were divorced when I was 6 years old. As a single mother of five kids, my mom had a lot of rules; however, the one that was non-negotiable was that everyone in our house had to attend church on Sunday mornings. My mom would […]