Greer pastor writes book on overcoming loneliness

Jack Eason, lead pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Greer, has written a book on loneliness scheduled to be released by Baker-Revell Publishing in October. “The Loneliness Solution” is a collection of stories and solutions from the author’s personal experience. He uses humor and “timeless principles” to demonstrate that loneliness can be overcome when people […]

The Courier receives awards from S.C. Press Association

The Baptist Courier received nine awards — the most the South Carolina Baptist news magazine has earned — from the South Carolina Press Association. The awards recognized work published by The Courier in 2019. The magazine won first-place awards in the SCPA’s Associate and Individual Division for faith reporting, editorial writing, and column writing.  The […]

S.C. woman publishes book of poems about Jesus’ miracles

For anyone who grew up in Sunday school, the stories of Jesus’ miracles are familiar: turning water into wine, banishing a demon, healing a blind man, speaking a storm out of existence. These extraordinary yet familiar stories may be so matter-of-factly accepted that readers cease to be astonished by the depth of love to which […]

Biblical instruction grounds ‘The Vibrant Small Church’

Small churches can be as well equipped to reach the world for Christ as larger churches. That’s the straightforward premise behind Upstate pastor Keith Davis’ newest book, “The Vibrant Small Church” (90 pages, Courier Publishing, $7.95). Davis, who has pastored two small-to-midsize churches in his 27 years of ministry, said he hopes his book will […]

J.I. Packer, renowned theologian and author, dies

James Innell (J.I.) Packer, a world-renowned theologian and author, died July 17, 2020. He was 93. “He exemplified the best of the Christian intellectual tradition, continuing the trajectory that can be traced through Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Baxter, Owen, Edwards and Lewis,” wrote David Dockery, distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological […]

Internship fund launch date reset

The Bill and Shirley Adams Internship Fund for Baptist College Students was scheduled to begin this fall, but with the pandemic continuing, The Courier has rescheduled the launch of the program for the 2021 spring semester. Any South Carolina Baptist student who senses a call to serve God in the communication field can apply for […]

School back in session at Anderson, Charleston Southern and North Greenville

All three of South Carolina Baptists’ universities reopened in August, but with modified class schedules and recommended health and safety measures being implemented during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Anderson University opened its campus Aug. 19 for in-person classes. Under a revised plan, in-person classes are to meet on Labor Day and fall break will be […]

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings during COVID-19

Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 1, only 13 — including the South Carolina Baptist Convention — intend to proceed with in-person gatherings. In Mississippi, where COVID-19 test results show a 14.51 percent positivity rate, the Mississippi Baptist Convention […]

Dickerson: Trouble and blessing not mutually exclusive

Trouble and blessing are two things we do not usually think about occurring simultaneously. However, pastor Billy Dickerson experienced these two seeming opposites at the same time. After delivering the morning sermon at his church, Cedar Grove in Belton, on June 20, he was driving home when an erratic driver, weaving in and out of […]

Pandemic precautions not keeping churches from growing

Closed sanctuaries, social distancing, mask requirements, seating limits and congregational singing restrictions could put a huge damper on normal church life. Yet, in spite of having all the pandemic precautions in place, some South Carolina churches are growing. Utica Baptist in Seneca, for instance, has seen 15 baptisms in a span of three weeks that […]