Reigniting Evangelism In Our Changing World

Let’s face it: The world is changing rapidly. Neither God’s Word, nor the gospel, nor His church is eligible to change in terms of the absolutes of God’s truth. But the environment in which these truths are shared and the manner with which these truths are heard are changing even as we speak. The Great […]

Are Special-Needs Families Part of Your Outreach Strategy?

Special-needs families are an under-reached demographic, but when committed to church, they can become some of the most faithfully involved members. Church ministry to my autistic son depends upon my being a flexible and involved parent. It also depends on the willingness of those who serve my son to do whatever it takes to show […]

President’s Perspective: The Great Promise in the Great Commission

Over 2,100 Baptist churches make up the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and every single church has a place in God’s kingdom. The vast majority of our churches average around a hundred people on Sundays, although the large churches get an outsized portion of the attention. Sadly, however, churches of all sizes tend to settle for […]

Comic Belief: Rise and Whine

A man joined the military, and he was issued his identification tag. It noted his blood type (Rh factor) and his religion. Following his name and serial number were the words “A negative Protestant.” Here are some questions for you. Do you see dark clouds in every silver lining? Do you find the difficulty in […]

SCBC officials express appreciation for Hollingsworth’s recent leadership

An Open Letter to S.C. Baptists from SCBC Executive Board chair Tommy Kelly and SCBC president Marshall Blalock We are writing this letter to express our appreciation for the effective leadership Dr. Gary Hollingsworth, the executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has demonstrated during the recent events that resulted in Mark Aderholt’s resignation. […]

President’s Perspective: Persevering over Sexual Sin

My heart has broken over and over recently as Christian leaders from around the country have acknowledged sexual sin (see the related news articles in this edition and in the May edition). These sins have profoundly devastating consequences for marriages, for all involved in the relationships, and for the witness of the church. No Christian […]

Outside the Walls: The Great Equalizer

“I am not in control.” My father came to this realization as he fought cancer during his last 10 months on earth. Up to that point, he seemed to be in pretty good control of his life.  Death has a way of reminding all of us of our great need for hope. You are never […]

Accepting the Diagnosis of Death

The goal of hospice is a peaceful death. A peaceful death is achieved medically by providing comfort care measures that bring contentment and an absence of pain. Socially, a peaceful death is achieved by growing closer to our family and friends by expressions of love and forgiveness. This includes reaching out to those we’ve hurt […]

The Choice: Burial or Cremation?

In 2016, more people were cremated than buried in the United States. It is a trend that continues to grow, with as much as 78 percent of the population estimated to choose cremation within 20 years, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Theological questions and differing viewpoints revolve around the cremation versus burial debate. […]