Wholly Healthy: With tests, less can be more

It seems to be a commonly held belief that people with health care concerns always benefit from having more tests. Whether it’s blood work, an X-ray, a CT scan, an MRI or a stress test, the common refrain I hear is, “Doc, better safe than sorry!” I get that. I understand the deep human need […]

President’s Perspective: Time to Engage

I believe we can accomplish more together than we can apart. I’ve always believed this, and I think I always will. I grew up learning all about how we as South Carolina Baptists accomplish incredible feats through cooperative missions and ministries, and how we funded those endeavors through the Cooperative Program. My dad, Horace Sims, […]

Editor’s Word: It’s More than St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and while it is not a Baptist distinctive, it is a memorable day for my wife, Anne, and myself. I proposed to her on that day, and she accepted. In Ireland, Patrick is regarded as a saint, although he was never canonized by the Catholic Church. He has been […]

Outside the Walls: Who’s Your One?

“Proper clothing required. This is a contaminated area.” It was my first day on the job as a chemical engineering intern at a nuclear plant that produced weapons-grade material for nuclear bombs. I noticed the sign over the door in the area where I would be working. My supervisor threw me a lab coat, rubber […]

Outside the Walls: The Black and White Gospel

Robert was a normal middle school boy. He was a jokester and a little hyper, and he rarely thought through the consequences before he acted. I met him when I was a student minister and welcomed him into our student group with open arms. It was an honor to see him confess Christ as Lord […]

Comic Belief: A Great House

An elderly, wealthy lady was sitting in her Mercedes waiting for a parking place at the grocery store. She had been waiting patiently as a car backed out. Just as the car pulled out, a young man whizzed right in and took the place. He got out of the car and, as he walked to […]

Mary Beth’s Kitchen: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

My daughter said, “Mom, Valentine’s Day is this month, so do your spaghetti with meat sauce recipe!” She is now married, and I was so surprised that she remembered our Valentine’s Days from her childhood. On Valentine’s Day, I would make a special dinner for the family — and their favorite was spaghetti with meat […]

Wholly Healthy: Do What the Doctor Says!

It can be hard to stay healthy these days. The cost of prescriptions is often ridiculous. The cost of health care, in general, is rising. And it takes way too long to get a doctor’s appointment! But there is something that can help everyone stay healthier. And here it is: Do what the doctor says. […]

Editor’s Word: Our New Managing Editor

Butch Blume will be retiring around the end March, and even though we will miss him, we are blessed to welcome a seasoned veteran of Christian journalism, Todd Deaton. Todd served as the managing editor of The Courier from 1996 to 2009 before accepting the position of editor of The Western Recorder in Kentucky. He […]

Editor’s Word: Alzheimer’s Didn’t Win

On Thursday, Nov. 29, around midnight, surrounded by the people she loved most on this earth, my mother breathed her last breath. For over 12 years she struggled with Alzheimer’s, coupled with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Her battle was over, and even though this sinister and devastating disease viciously attacked her body and brain, it did […]