Viewpoint: Clique. Un-clique.

“We’re a friendly church!” It’s a phrase heard regularly in most churches. Often, the more true statement is, “We’re really friendly with one another.” Is it possible that newcomers to your small group or your church perceive your sweet fellowship as cliquish? Answer this question: Do you function more as a social club or an […]

Kingdom Focus: We All Bleed Red

My father is from Eastern Kentucky. Growing up, he did not know many people from ethnic backgrounds different from his Scots-Irish roots. The odds were stacked against Dad regarding whether he would become prejudiced toward people of color; however, his time in Vietnam turned the odds on their head. In Vietnam, Dad shared a tent […]

Outside the Walls: Nailing Down the Fundamentals

“Play ball!” I watched as my son Connor took the field to play in the Dixie Youth World Series. I had coached him all year and talked baseball nearly every day. We worked on drills outside in the backyard, practiced a lot, and learned rules as we sat on the couch watching baseball. Now he […]

Letter: More funding for IMB ‘right thing to do’

There are always those who express concern that our first priority is to reach our Jerusalem before trying to reach the uttermost parts of the earth. I would agree. However, in 2014 our South Carolina Baptist churches (all 2,148 of them) received $508,093,300 into their coffers. The $1.28 million in funding to the International Mission […]

President’s Perspective: Churches Must Confront Domestic Violence

I recently had the privilege of touring Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. It was a refreshing and impressive visit. I saw how Cooperative Program funds and other donations are used to positively impact children’s lives for Christ. I also know that some of these children were placed at Connie Maxwell because they were victims of domestic […]

Pastor to Pastor: ‘Therefore Watch’

“For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27) A pastor who does not believe and declare “the whole counsel of God” — rather, believing and preaching preferred portions — willfully rips Scripture and spiritual wholeness from the church. Paul reminds us why we are to declare “the […]

Comic Belief: Communicating Over Cornbread and Buttermilk

My wife and I are from different backgrounds. Her father is from up North, and my family came from way down South. Also, Penny grew up wealthy, and I grew up poor. She had four baths, and I had four paths. One year our bathroom caught on fire, and we were excited because it didn’t […]

Wholly Healthy: Human Trafficking — Closer Than You Think

One of the wonderful things about medicine is the insight it gives, on a daily basis, into humanity. After sufficient time, a physician learns to see, simply in passing, signs of illness or injury in other people. Problems past or present jump out to our eyes. As Christians, we should develop similar skills out of […]

Last Word: Domestic Abuse Is Sin

Domestic abuse is a sin, and it is a growing problem in this country — even within the professing church. LifeWay Christian Resources last year reported that 42 percent of Protestant pastors rarely, or never, speak about domestic violence in sermons. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist […]