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 […]

Why do Baptists hold Vacation Bible Schools?

Why do we have Vacation Bible School every year in so many churches across our state? Are we just trying to entertain our children during the hot summer days? No, we expend so much time, energy, prayers, and creativity because of hardening of the heart, not hardening of the arteries — which is a medical/physical […]

Editor’s Word: Relaunching Courier Tours

You will notice in our August 2019 print issue a full-page ad promoting a four-day tour to Kentucky, where you will be able to enjoy the Ark Encounter, the Creation Museum, and the Kentucky Horse Park. Our tour leaves Greenville on Oct. 21 and returns the evening of Oct. 24. The trip includes Deluxe Motor […]

Outside the Walls: Write It Down

“I luv you more than my face.” A 6-year-old knows just the right words to pen to capture your heart. This year my first-grade son, Corder, learned the art of writing from his mom and a bit of help from his teacher. As he gained confidence, his thoughts were captured, one misspelled word at a […]

Wholly Healthy: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

There are many things that contribute to good health. Some are remarkably simple. Eat properly and maintain a healthy weight. Stay hydrated. Exercise and remain active in order to keep up cardiovascular fitness and muscle mass. These are inexpensive and low risk compared with medications and surgery. However, there’s another thing that’s proving more important […]

Letter: Tenn. editor sends congratulations

As a native of South Carolina, I can remember The Baptist Courier coming into our home. I didn’t realize the significance then, but as I grew older and became a journalist myself, I realized the importance of the state paper. God called me into Christian journalism and I worked at both North Greenville College (which […]

Editor’s Word: 150 Years and Still Alive

Mark Twain was in London on a speaking tour when the rumor of his death began to circulate in the United States. A reporter from the New York Journal contacted Twain and wrote an article on June 2, 1897, that included what is now a famous quote. Twain said, “The reports of my death are […]

The Value of The Baptist Courier from a Personal Perspective

As far back as I can remember, I have appreciated The Baptist Courier as a vital contributor and supporter of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Let me explain. My hometown is Hartsville in Darlington County, where I was born and bred. My home church was First Baptist, located in the heart of town, and I […]