NASA chief challenges, inspires commencement crowd at Anderson University

Before a crowd in excess of 6,000 on a picture-perfect morning, NASA administrator, South Carolina native, and veteran astronaut Major Gen. Charles Bolden challenged a record number of Anderson University graduates at May 2 commencement exercises to dream bold. Bolden recalled his days growing up in a segregated South Carolina and how limited opportunities were for African […]

Statewide day of prayer planned in S.C.

Evangelicals from across the state of South Carolina plan to gather at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center for a day of prayer and fasting called by Gov. Nikki Haley. The June 13 event, “The Response South Carolina: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” will mirror a similar emphasis on […]

Ten students with ties to South Carolina graduate from Southern Seminary

Ten students with ties to South Carolina graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the spring commencement ceremony. Southern Seminary conferred degrees to 297 Southern students on May 14, and 107 Boyce College students on May 8. In his commencement address, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. charged the new Southern graduates, “Take your place in […]

Class of 2015 prepared for life after CSU

Charleston Southern University’s Class of 2015 graduated May 9 at the North Charleston Coliseum, the culminating event in the university’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at the ceremony. Student Government Association president and Class of 2015 graduate Dylan Gunnels addressed his classmates, saying, “You will never experience undying […]

SCBC interim exec. director Harris addresses ‘elite’ NGU grads; deceased ministry student remembered

North Greenville University held its spring commencement ceremony in perfect weather in Melvin and Dollie Younts Football Stadium on May 7. More than 4,000 spectators watched approximately 300 undergraduates and graduates receive their diplomas. South Carolina Baptist Convention interim executive director-treasurer Richard Harris was the keynote speaker. “You graduates are a very elite group. This is […]

Master of arts in Christian studies classes begin this fall at CSU

Classes will begin this fall for the new master of arts in Christian studies degree at Charleston Southern University. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies, said, “Historically, seasons of spiritual renewal have come when Christians emphasized theological education and missions. Our hope is that this degree will play a role in equipping […]

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community opens aquatic center

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community opened a new aquatic center May 1 with a dedication service in the Sidney Sutton Chapel. Built with funds raised by residents, staff and friends of Bethea, the indoor pool and spa will be part of the first such facility for a retirement community in the Pee Dee area. The aquatic center will […]

Tucker opens Congressional session with prayer

Tom Tucker, senior pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, gave the opening prayer for the April 22 session of the United States House of Representatives. The tradition of ministers praying to open House sessions dates to 1774, when the first prayer was given by the Rev. Jacob Duche of Christ Church of […]

Children’s book features animals from the Bible

A new illustrated children’s book, “God’s Amazing Creation from A-Z” (2015, Courier Publishing, 96 pages, $15.95) offers a Scripture-based phonetic approach to reading, using animals mentioned in the Scripture as learning aids. Author Anita Dickard “has discovered the rich presentation of animal life as a part of God’s creation,” says Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern […]

‘Wilderness Living’ targets men’s hearts

Mike Baker has worn many hats — music minister, IMB worker, director of missions — but no hat is more comfortable than the one he wears when he’s outdoors, reveling in the beauty and bounty of God’s creation. An avid hunter, fisherman and storyteller, Baker has gathered up a lifetime’s worth of tall tales, boyhood […]