Editor’s Word: Remembering September 11

While focusing on the month of September for my column, I was struck by the powerful images of the deadly attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four American passenger planes, turning them into lethal bombs, as they targeted key sites in our country. I was on a plane to New Orleans […]

President’s Perspective: Changing Times

They say that nothing is as certain as death and taxes. I would add change to the list of life’s certainties. Sometimes we choose change, and sometimes it chooses us. Sometimes it’s a combination of the two. I’ve seen a lot of change in my 45 short years of life. A lot of that change […]

Wholly Healthy: Medicine Can Be Mission Field

Many young Christians grow up with a deep desire to be missionaries. I applaud this. I’m always amazed at the devotion and dedication of those who spend years in training and go around the world for the sake of the gospel and, in the process, shun temporal reward. But for years now, God has put […]

Comic Belief: Enjoy the Leftovers

Is the pace of your life too fast? Does cleaning up your dining area mean throwing fast food bags out of the back of the van? Has your grocery list been on the refrigerator so long that some of the products don’t exist any more? Do you drive through McDonald’s and ask for your order […]

Comic Belief: Get the Details

What do women want to know? Everything! My parents usually call on Saturday and talk for about 20 minutes. Penny always asks, “What did they say?” I say, “Uh, uh, they said … they are coming in April.” Penny says, “You talked 20 minutes, surely they said more than that.” “Well, they sure did. They […]

Wholly Healthy: Counting Calories

One of the most effective ways to improve health is to lose excess weight. Yet, weight loss can be a frustrating battle that involves our individual metabolisms, our dislike of exercise, and our love of food. I’ve been trying to lose weight, with help from my lovely bride. What I have been doing essentially comes […]

Mary Beth’s Kitchen: Waffles

My favorite breakfast in the summer is my whole wheat waffles with organic maple syrup and fresh fruit. I use fresh blueberries because they are a superfood. Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutrients. They are the “king” of antioxidant foods and help reduce DNA damage, which may protect against aging and cancer. […]

How Churches Can Pray for Schools

When South Carolina schools dropped on the Nation’s Report Card from 39th to 47th place in literacy, the South Carolina Baptist Convention realized something must change. A major indicator of a child’s success in life is the ability to read on their grade level by the time they complete third grade. Recognizing this, the state […]

Outside the Walls: Make a Memory

“Don’t you let him off the hook!” My son Connor frantically took command of the reel as the rod bent over into the water. It was our first fishing trip of vacation. My trolling motor had already died, two fishing lines were wrapped around the rear motor, forcing me into shark-infested waters to fix, and […]

President’s Perspective: Engaging Future Generations

I was called to serve as the pastor of a small, South Carolina Baptist church when I was 23 years old. There were 12 people in attendance on my first Sunday there. We were an aging church in a shrinking community with diminishing finances and several years of zero baptisms. If something didn’t change, if […]