Comic Belief: I Feel Your Pain

When a first-grader fell on the ice coming into church, the pastor tried to comfort him. “Remember, big boys don’t cry.” “Cry?” he replied, “I’m going to sue.” Do we live in a world where people would rather have money than comfort? Maybe, but we also know that at times we prefer comfort. Are we […]

Outside the Walls: A Mother’s Change

I thought I was being an attentive husband the night I cooked dinner for my wife. There was a screech from upstairs, and I opened the bedroom door to see her head buried in a pillow. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “How could you? I can’t take that smell!” […]

President’s Perspective: I’ve Never Heard That Before

My first Uber ride was a memorable experience. I was recently in Boston with a group of South Carolina pastors for a North American Mission Board “Catch the Vision” tour. We met about 15 church planters who have a passion for the gospel and for their city. When it was time to return home, we […]

Sunday Dinner: Hampton Plantation Shrimp Pilau

If you are from the eastern part of our beautiful state, you will know this recipe is pronounced “per-low,” and not as the spelling suggests. Whether you live from the sea to the mountains, you will like this dish because it is pretty basic to South Carolina cuisine. Recently, I carried it to a church […]

Worldview: Polygamy — A Biblical Consideration

The ancient practice of polygamy appears poised to make a cultural comeback in “postmodern” America. With the Supreme Court decision redefining legal “marriage” to include homosexual partnerships, the effort to normalize deviant expressions of the family seems to gain momentum with increasing speed. Another high profile court case involving the Brown family of “Sister Wives” […]

Editor’s Word: The Importance of Biblical Truth

Some younger Southern Baptist ministers are asking the right question. Their question is not “What will work?” but rather “What is biblical?” Pragmatism is not unimportant, but it cannot be the foundation for our ministries and missions. What is practical can be chosen over what is biblical truth, but not without regrettable spiritual results. International […]

President’s Perspective: My Favorite Family Story

I learned to tithe at a young age, but it was not through reading the Bible. It was through a story my parents told me over and over, a story about their faith and God’s faithfulness. Mom and Dad were not raised in church. They were saved shortly after getting married. As young Christians, they […]

Editor’s Word: Blessed Resurrection Day!

Resurrection Day falls on April 16 this year. Popularly known as Easter, this is a Sunday set aside to especially rejoice and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. We can rejoice every day, but it is good to have a day to remember and meditate on history’s greatest event. It is […]

Wholly Healthy: Fighting the ‘Food Lust’ Battle

I’ve been trying to lose weight lately. It has involved lifting weights, eating some boring food, drinking much more water and cutting back on (sigh!) sweet tea. My attempt has confirmed the truth, related by a good friend and exercise expert, that weight loss requires one to be … hungry. I have to step back […]

Sunday Dinner: Mississippi Mud Cake

(Edited April 27, 2017) It has been more than 40 years since I first saw, baked and enjoyed today’s recipe. It is from “The Meal Ticket,” a cookbook published by the Westminster Jaycees in 1974-75 “in honor of the Town of Westminster Centennial 1875-1975.” It is typewritten on half sheets of 8½ x 11 paper […]