Guest Viewpoint: Can God love me if I hate myself?

You’ve likely heard the platitude: “You have to love yourself before someone else can love you.” It doesn’t happen every day, but when life seems to become too complicated or my depression takes hold, it’s like an emotional and mental levee breaks. I begin to see my shortcomings as failures, my comforts as complacencies and […]

Guest Viewpoint: Responding to Criticism

In life, there are two things we can’t avoid: death and taxes. Let’s add criticism as another unavoidable part of life. Criticism can come from our all sorts of people — our spouse, our boss, a friend or enemy, a church member or a complete stranger. When someone tells us of our perceived faults or […]

Guest Viewpoint: A boring testimony? No such thing

“I have a boring testimony,” one student said when we shared our testimonies in a Sunday School class I co-lead for a group of high school guys. What he meant is that he made a profession of faith at a young age in response to his parents’ Gospel presentation. He was, therefore, not saved out […]

Singleness: ‘Magnetic pull’ of missions prevails

When I first felt called to the mission field, I didn’t give much thought to whether I’d serve as a single or as a wife. I was only 11, after all. I just knew Jesus offered salvation, people needed to hear about it, and I wanted to go tell them. With laser focus, I prepared […]

Guest Viewpoint: There Will Be More Tears

“I don’t know.” That was the only answer I could muster, choking back tears as I sat in the newly vacant office down the hall from mine. The Tolberts had just finished packing. Luke’s office was empty, and he had turned in his keys. Luke Tolbert was our student and discipleship pastor for seven years. […]

Guest Viewpoint: Confederate Monuments, Charlottesville and Contemporary Culture

My wife and I were appointed as Southern Baptist missionaries in 1983. In January of 1984, we attended missionary orientation at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. During our first week­end, we drove to a neighboring town. To our horror, Ku Klux Klansmen in their “dress whites” manned every intersection handing out racist literature. This occur­rence shocked […]

Guest Viewpoint: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

It was Friday, Oct. 10, 1969. What happens in the fall of every year, no matter what they say about concussions? Yep, football season! I believe if someone ever ruled playing football illegal because of the dangers, most of the country would revolt. So where did I find myself as a ninth grader that October […]

Guest Viewpoint: We Need a Voice in the Public Arena

In 1999, the South Carolina Baptist Convention hired Joe Mack to be the first director of the Office of Public Policy. For 18 years, the SCBC Office of Public Policy has ministered to the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, informed and encouraged the churches to be faithful in the defense of biblical truth, […]

Guest Viewpoint: Ask others about themselves

I can only wonder how many people I pass every day without knowing much about them. Some of these folks are neighbors I still don’t know well. Others are coworkers and students on a campus large enough that knowing everyone closely is not easy. Some are members of our local church, a three-year-old church plant. […]