President’s Perspective: Senior adults are an untapped resource

Since being elected president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, I have had the privilege of speaking in nine different South Carolina Baptist churches. These congregations vary in size, location and economic background, yet they all possess a valuable resource that is often underutilized. Senior citizens are too often seen as an unappreciated resource. Within […]

Sunday Dinner: Green Salads

So tell me, how many menus or recipes have you read which ended with “served with a green salad” or maybe “served with a green salad and hot rolls,” etc.? This “green salad” is a staple of restaurants and should be so at your own dining room/kitchen table for several reasons: It is easy to […]

Comic Belief: Nifty at Fifty

It finally happened. I got my invitation to join AARP (the American Association of the Really Pooped, or something like that). It’s the autumn of life, and everything seems to be heading south. My hair now comes out of my ears instead of the top of my head. There appears to be more sand in […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Judging Others

In Matthew 7:1, Jesus warned: “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” This verse has become one of the favorite recourses of those who seek to respond to any mention that their lifestyle or viewpoints may not fit with the values of the Bible. Indeed, in our day of pluralism and amidst calls […]

The Graying of America and What It Means

Robert Browning wrote a poem — actually, something more like a philosophical text — from the perspective of a 12th-century person, Rabbi Ben Ezra (also the title of the poem). He begins, “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made; Our times […]

Outside the Walls: God is less concerned with age than obedience

“I feel like I’m 18 years old, but when I look in the mirror it tells me something different.” I laughed as 82-year-old Mr. Bickley gave a little wink and walked slowly away. There was something in his eye that told me he was telling the truth. Age is relative. I was a college senior, […]

Wholly Healthy: Pass the Salt, Please

One of my favorite physician sayings is “Don’t just do something, stand there!” That means that it’s better to do nothing than to do something that doesn’t help. As I move through my career, I find myself agreeing. I am endlessly amazed at the number of things we do for no good reason and that […]

Pastor to Pastor: Preach the Word

Our theme this year for the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference is “Preach the Word.” I believe if there is anything that will keep the “graying of America” from infiltrating the church, it will be the preaching of the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of the living God. Our morning session for the conference will touch […]

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 […]