President’s Perspective: Balanced Leadership in a Day of Extremes

Warren Bennis once said, “Leadership is like beauty. It’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it.” Sadly, good leaders are seldom seen these days. From politics to pulpits and everywhere in between, we are in a leadership crisis. There is no shortage of people willing to lead, nor is there a […]

Editor’s Word: Oligarchy and Greed

We have heard the words “oligarchy” and “oligarchs” recently as we watched, heard, or read the news about Russia’s terrible invasion of Ukraine. While Russia was tearing apart the country of Ukraine, the oligarchs of that nation were trying to shield their money and possessions from sanctions. Oligarchy literally means “rule by the few.” An […]

Comic Belief: Main Cog in the Synagogue

I spoke to a group of pastors in Phoenix. Ministry in Phoenix can be difficult. It’s so beautiful in the winter, heaven doesn’t motivate — and it is so hot in the summer, hell won’t scare them. Church work is hard everywhere. For many pastors, their prayer at banquets should be, “Lord, thank You for […]

Guest Editorial: Vaccines Effective at Preventing Hospitalization and Death

As a physician during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m frequently asked, “Should I take the vaccine?” My answer is yes. For the vast majority of people, the benefits of COVID vaccination greatly outweigh the risks. Almost all doctors I know wanted the vaccine for themselves and their families as soon as it became available. This is […]

COVID-19 Vaccines: Are Mandates the Solution?

Should you take the COVID vaccine or not — that is the issue. There are enough confusing and conflicting reports revolving around the COVID vaccinations that many well-meaning people could be puzzled and disturbed. Franklin Graham, leader of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says you should take the shots and that pastors […]

Wholly Healthy: Hospital Limitations

These are complicated times in medicine. One of the most tangible and frustrating outcomes of the COVID era has been that large hospitals are full to capacity. This is partly because of those infected with coronavirus. However, it’s a complex problem, which is also the result of lack of staff and because we didn’t really […]

Outside the Walls: The Salvator Mundi

A worn-out antique painting hung in Basil Hendry’s old plantation style home in Baton Rouge for decades. His family would walk by it regularly and not pay much attention to it. Upon his death, no one in his family desired to have the old painting, so it was sold at an estate auction for around […]

Legislative Update: Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

On Feb. 9, the South Carolina Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act (medical marijuana) by a vote of 28 to 15. That makes South Carolina the 38th state to approve marijuana for medical application. Since marijuana is still considered to be a Schedule I narcotic and has not gained FDA approval for medical use, its […]

Editor’s Word: Tribute to Bill Adams

Bill Adams passed away earlier this year at age 84. He was a great friend and supporter of The Courier and a compassionate servant of Christ. He was the pastor of five different churches before serving as minister of visitation at Spartanburg First Baptist Church. Bill and his late wife, Shirley, had two sons, two […]