President’s Perspective: More Than a Business Meeting

Editor’s note: On Nov. 13 and 14, watch the proceedings of the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting live at Anyone who says he loves Baptist convention business meetings is either being paid to be there or is being disingenuous (or else he also enjoys root canals). I have been serving as a pastor in […]

Outside the Walls: The Key to Revitalization

“We are willing to do whatever it takes to turn our church around.” The desperation in her voice drew me into the conversation. Her church was on a rapid decline with only a few dozen people attending, and she did not want to see it die.  So I said, “Would you be willing to change […]

Editor’s Word: Challenges for the Church

Some evangelical senior statesmen are offering dire predictions for the future of the church if drastic and powerful changes are not soon made. The evangelical church at large, and the Southern Baptist Convention in particular, are losing ground. Culture wars have taken their toll on the faithful, and an increasing post-truth mindset makes sharing the […]

Wholly Healthy: Marijuana’s Dangerous Side Effects

A recent Gallup survey revealed that about 13 percent of Americans smoke marijuana regularly. In 2013, the estimates were roughly 7 percent. I’m not a statistician, so I can’t really speak to how well this reflects the entire country, but from what I see in my work I’d agree that marijuana use is rising.  Marijuana use […]

Comic Belief: The Blame Game

It started with the first family. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. And of course the serpent didn’t have a leg to stand on. The problem, of course, was not the apple in the tree; it was the pair on the ground. Our family played the blame game. Our firstborn, Angela, was an only child […]

Wholly Healthy: Flu Season Is Already Here

Cold and flu season is again upon us. I’ve already started seeing patients with pneumonia. I have colleagues who are seeing influenza — and I’m writing this in August. So I have some tips for managing the upcoming season.  — First (and I’ve written about this before), eat less and exercise more. When you are […]

Editor’s Word: Pastor Appreciation — An Opportunity to Begin a Habit

William James, one of the key leaders in the development of psychology in America, once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” To appreciate is to realize the value, quality or magnitude of something or someone.  October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and while every day should be a day […]

Outside the Walls: What Does Your Pastor Need to Hear?

“Hey, Preacher! If you had to get a real job, what would you do?” “It’s 9 a.m. I didn’t think you got out of the bed until 10.” “We are paying you pretty good for just working one day a week!” “I know your salary is low, but we give you a parsonage to live […]

President’s Perspective: Race, the Gospel, and Politics

As South Carolina Baptists, we have a unique opportunity before us on Tuesday evening, Nov. 13. We have been invited to hold our annual worship service during our state convention at Mother Emanuel Church in downtown Charleston where nine black Christians were murdered in June of 2015. Pastor Eric Manning has graciously offered us this […]

Outside the Walls: Fishing Tips

“Get the net! This is a big one!” There is nothing more aggravating than watching another man catch fish. My father had a knack for knowing where to throw the lure and how to feel a large bass slowly take the bait. At just the right moment, he would set the hook, and my job […]