Worldview: Choosing the Best Bible Translation

Clemson versus USC. Coke versus Pepsi. Krispy Kreme versus Dunkin’ Donuts. The mere mention of such subjects will likely spawn spirited squabbles among some South Carolina Baptists. But one topic towers above all in its potential to produce dissent and debate in the pews: no, not politics — Bible translations. Most Christians have their preferences […]

Sunday Dinner: Lime and Tomato Salad

Being an honest and truthful person — both good characteristics for a Baptist — I will say about today’s recipe that you may want to add something. A few days ago, I was looking for a recipe from the several cookbooks I had spread out on the kitchen table and found this one. I prepared […]

Outside the Walls: We’d Be in Big Trouble Without Mama

“Mom! Do you know where my cleats are? I can’t find them anywhere,” yelled my oldest son, Caden, from the top of the stairs. “Mom! Please tell me you washed my Vineyard Vines T-shirt. I have nothing to wear,” said Connor in desperation as he tried to get his hair just right. “Mom! I spilled […]

Sunday Dinner: Carrot Soufflé

Today’s recipe is a good one that you and your family will enjoy. It tastes good, is easy to prepare, looks pretty on the table, and is healthy. I found the recipe in the cookbook published by Calvary Baptist Church in Graniteville. To help you with your geography, Graniteville is about halfway between Aiken and […]

Wholly Healthy: No Deconditioning!

Frequently, when I go to work in the ER, I see elderly patients who are deconditioned. That is, they simply have no physical reserves because they have been bed-bound in the hospital — or homebound — from chronic illness. This affects their thinking as well as many other body systems. Any exertion makes them short […]

Editor’s Word: The Privilege of Having a Good Mother

May 8 is Mother’s Day. It had many precursors in American history before Anna Jarvis created it in 1908 and worked to make it a national holiday in 1914. The idea of Mother’s Day creates an array of responses ranging from maudlin sentimentality to outright hatred. It is lamented as nothing more than a commercial […]

President’s Perspective: Launch Out … in Humility

Our theme for the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Convention is Launch Out! This is based on Luke 5, where Jesus told Peter to launch out into the deep. When Christ saw a need, He acted. He was willing not only to condescend, to come to Earth, but also to interact with sinful, flawed humanity. John […]

Comic Belief: Time with Mom Is a Pit Stop in the Race of Life

After an elementary teacher taught a science lesson on magnets, she gave her students a quiz to see how much they had learned. One of the questions read, “My name starts with M. I have six letters and I pick up things. What am I?” Half the class answered with the six-letter word: “Mother.” Thank […]

Kingdom Focus: How to Be a Catalyst for Healthy Change in Your Church

About 300 years ago, George Whitefield and John Wesley led a great Evangelical Awakening in the United Kingdom. However, last month, on a study-abroad trip to England and Scotland, I was reminded of the need for change within churches as we witnessed large cathedrals that no longer functioned as churches, but instead served as museums […]

Worldview: How were people saved in the Old Testament?

I remember my first try at reading through the Old Testament. The ancient text was a very different world from what I had expected. Its stories, poems and seemingly endless list of names proved hard to master and comprehend. More importantly, as I read, a nagging question accompanied each turn of the page: How were […]