Pastor to Pastor: Preach the Logos

  The theme of the 2015 South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference is “Preach the Logos.” In Christian theology, the noun logos refers to Jesus our Lord — the Divine Word, the second person of the Trinity incarnate. Logos, in Scripture, has long been the designation for “the Word of God.” Preachers are instructed to “preach […]

Outside the Walls: Charleston — and the Church — United

Brokenness. Some days we see subtle hints of it. On other days its intensity grips a country. The horrific event in Charleston at “Mother Emanuel” AME Church June 17 was one of those moments. A young man filled with hate toward a people whose skin color is the only thing he knew walked in to […]

Letter: Petition ‘Lucifer’ TV Show

The Fox television network has plans to air a new program called “Lucifer” next year. It portrays Satan as a good guy. There is an online petition at the American Family Association website (, search “Lucifer”). I think it would be good for our churches to be made aware of this information and to get involved. […]

Letter: Responding to Supreme Court Ruling

As the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage continues to be part of the national landscape, we can be confident that God has a plan for our context (Acts 17:26). There are ways we can surrender to Jesus and prepare to be His vessels in our appointed time and place. First, we should use this moment to […]

Letter: Did GCR Work for S.C. Baptists?

In the 2011 annual session of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, we adopted an agenda called the Great Commission Resurgence. What a great name! In approving financial reductions in every ministry and partnership in the state, we were told that we would increase giving to the International Mission Board by 22 percent over the next […]

Viewpoint: Finding a New Perspective

I was born with a special condition shared by many men (like 1 out of 100). It is technically called green-red dichromatic vision, or color blindness. My parents were somewhat familiar with the condition because of my mom’s brothers. However, very early in my preschool days, I would bring home from church my own crayon […]

Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family, and should not try to recreate the family in its own image. We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage represents what […]

Viewpoint: The Power of Preaching the Word

The writer of Hebrews said, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (4:12). I hold tenaciously to the power of the living Word. This truth […]

Wholly Healthy: Not all wounds are of the superficial variety

Summer is that glorious time of reckless abandon when adults and children manage to sustain all manner of punctures, lacerations and abrasions. So, as summer is upon us, what guidelines can I offer to the wounded? Well, first of all, if you aren’t sure about your wound — however you sustained it — see your […]