Wholly Healthy: Don’t Be Fooled

Since April Fool’s Day is April 1, it’s probably a good time to go over a few things that aren’t true in medicine and health. A few things come to mind, but first I’d like to remind everyone (especially the parents of children) that there is no compelling evidence that vaccines cause autism. Furthermore, real […]

President’s Perspective: Engaging in ‘Convention Life’

Once a year, the churches of the South Carolina Baptist Convention send messengers from their congregations to help set the course for our cooperative ministry. This gathering of South Carolina Baptists is called the annual meeting. This meeting is a vitally important part of Baptist life. There are at least four important things that take […]

Editor’s Word: Gratitude for God’s Mercy

In our March issue, I mentioned a life-threatening disease I was facing. It was an aggressive carcinoma in the prostate. Radical surgery was performed on Feb. 21, and the results have been amazing! I cannot capture in words my overwhelming sense of gratitude to God for His mercy. When the final pathology report was explained […]

Cooperative Program: Together in God’s Mission

A lot can be lost in a single generation. The writers of Scripture often warned the leaders of Israel that unless they rehearsed the works of God to their children and grandchildren, a generation would arise that “knew not the Lord or his ways” (Judges 2:10). Southern Baptists have a lot to pass on to […]

Comic Belief: Lessons from the Grocery Store

Have you ever thought what it’s like to be a kid at the grocery store? Mother is rushing, and she takes the kid and stuffs him into the steel seat and says, “Sit there and be quiet. I’ve got to pick up a couple of things.” Now when mother says “a couple of things,” that […]

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 […]

Black History Is American History

Black History Month invites all Americans to better understand African-American achievement. For Christians, it is an opportunity to better understand God’s providence and grace as we listen to one another’s story of pain and promise without contempt. In the spirit of African-American historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), students of African-American history learn to view the […]