Editor’s Word: Welcome to Our New Executive Director-Treasurer

Gary Hollingsworth has been elected as the next executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Hopefully, he and his wife will enjoy a peaceful move and find blessing and direction as he assumes the leadership of our Baptist building ministries. Coming from the pastorate to this position will certainly be an adjustment. Facing the […]

Wholly Healthy: The Wonders of Over-the-Counter Drugs

I recently had an enormous kidney stone. Okay — it seemed enormous to me. But in terms of kidney stones, it was reasonably large — nine millimeters, in fact. Large enough that I had to have lithotripsy (the use of sound waves to break up the stone) performed by my friend and most excellent urologist, […]

Sunday Dinner: Lentil Soup

The weather, having delayed its autumn and winter days until January, has denied us our days of bowls of hot, tasty, nourishing soup — but now our wintry winds are prevailing, and soup it shall be. There are many ways to make soup — with the variations in meat, if any; the vegetables, if any; […]

Outside the Walls: Life’s a Trip

College spring break! I looked forward to a week of no studying, going to the beach with friends, and having fun. As we led up to spring break, my friends in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes would begin talking about going on a mission trip and start urging me to go. “It will change your […]

Pastor to Pastor: Marathon at Age 86

Each morning Joy Johnson laced up her running shoes and read from Isaiah: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Joy took up running at age 59 and […]

Worldview: Why Christians No Longer Follow Certain Old Testament Commandments

Non-Christians sometimes accuse Christians of being inconsistent because they don’t obey certain Old Testament commandments. For example, the Old Testament commands believers to circumcise all male children (Genesis 17:9-14), to offer animal sacrifices (Leviticus 7:1-6) and to refrain from eating various kinds of animals (Leviticus 11). However, few Christians today worry about obeying these commands. […]

Kingdom Focus: The 3 M’s of Leadership

One of the most powerful memories I have of the Army involves standing in a chow line with other officers waiting for our enlisted soldiers to get their food. The reason we stood in line rather than going ahead of our soldiers related directly to the three M’s of leadership taught to us in our […]

Comic Belief: Your Resignation Has Been Accepted

We get into lots of problems when we try to control the world. We also waste a lot of energy on things we can’t control. You can devise a great strategy and even pray all night that the sun will not come up, but it will. When the north wind blows, you can say and […]

What Is Progressive Revelation?

One of the things Baptists believe is progressive revelation. But what does it mean? Foundationally, it refers to how God chose to reveal His Word to us over a period of time until the canon of Scripture was complete. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, offers a concise […]

Outside the Walls: Too Easily Distracted

A man is designed to take on but one task at a time. My wife should have used better judgment when she asked me to watch my 3-year-old while I was grilling. I did what most men would do: I delegated the task to my oldest son, Caden. Several minutes went by as I grilled […]