Guest Viewpoint: The Next Great Generation?

Remember the “Greatest Generation” that won World War II and turned America into a global powerhouse? Well, their spoiled grandchildren are the “Lousiest Generation,” says Johnny Oleksinski, a 26-year-old New York Post reporter. “Like a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I must admit that I’m powerless to [change] my biological age,” Oleksinski lamented in a recent […]

Guest Viewpoint: Weeping with Those who Weep

Although I live only 10 miles from downtown Dallas, I’m rarely there. But last night, of all nights, I was. I was just a couple of miles south of Dallas when the shootings took place and had to make my way back through the city to return home as the situation continued to unfold. The […]

Guest Viewpoint: A Father to the Fatherless

The other morning on my commute, the song “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson played. It’s a popular song, which I hear on the radio multiple times a day. The song begins by telling the story of a daughter whose father wouldn’t love her, at least not when she had nothing to offer. She remembers […]

President’s Perspective: Launch Out … into the Impossible

I am so excited to travel around our state and share our theme for the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting: “Launch Out,” which is based on Luke 5, where Jesus told Peter to launch out into the deep. Initially, Peter responded to Jesus’ command as you or I would have —  with logic: […]

Outside the Walls: Engage the Next Generation

When I was a student minister, I asked Mr. Bob to address our teenagers because of his past military experience. Because he was in his 70s I assumed he might be a bit apprehensive about speaking to them, so, before he went on stage, I whispered in his ear: “Let me know if you need […]

Editor’s Last Word: True Champions for Christ

In 1974, I was working as a young sports writer for the Anderson Independent and was given the assignment to do a full-page feature on Bobby Richardson, head coach of the University of South Carolina’s baseball team. It was my first big story, and I enjoyed interviewing the former New York Yankee second baseman. The […]

Worldview: Six Literal Days for Creation?

Did God create the world in six literal 24-hour days? Our answer is, yes! Pete Wilbanks, Professor of Christian Studies, supports the answer from an analysis of the Biblical text. Ronald Marks, Professor of Chemistry, then answers from the field of science. There are three examples that support a literal interpretation of the creation account […]

Kingdom Focus: Making Holy Days of National Holidays

In the past decade I’ve noticed a rising aversion to mentioning any national holidays in worship services. Increasingly it seems that pastors do not want to preach sermons in any way related to the nation for fear that they might be worshiping the country and not God in their worship services. While I commend any […]

Guest Viewpoint: The Great American Declaration

The American Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 brave American colonists on July 4, 1776. Now, 240 years later, Americans still celebrate that date annually as Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence has been referred to as the fountainhead of American democracy. This amazing document boldly declares “that these United Colonies are, and of […]

Guest Viewpoint: An American Patriot

My father, a family doctor in my hometown of Manning, S.C., strived to provide excellent medical care to a very impoverished community. He loved what he did. Nevertheless, in 1965 he left a growing family medicine practice to volunteer for the Air Force in the midst of the Vietnam conflict. Trained as an air surgeon […]