Focusing on Christ at center of Kelly’s message

“Keeping Your Focus on Christ” was Tommy Kelly’s chapel message at Charleston Southern University Oct. 28. He used Matthew 14:22-33 to demonstrate how to keep your focus on Christ: Alone time with God. “You expect God to do great things with you, but you aren’t spending time with Him,” said Kelly. Jesus demonstrated how to […]

Francis Marion BCM team assists alumna in Georgetown

A few days before the devastating floods hit South Carolina in early October, Anna Fox enjoyed lunch with friends from her college years at Francis Marion University. The 2004 graduate was active in leadership with Baptist Collegiate Ministry and reminisced with those friends about some of the ministry experiences they shared years ago. Days later, […]

For SCBC president Tom Tucker, ‘it’s about soul-winning’

Convention leader urges South Carolina Baptists to ‘launch out’ in prayer, evangelism Tom Tucker is plainspoken when it comes to his heart’s desire for South Carolina Baptists. “I just don’t want to see us decline anymore,” he said. Tucker sat down with reporters Nov. 11 in the parlor of Spartanburg First Baptist Church shortly after he […]

Fort Mill pastor Tom Tucker leads slate of SCBC officers

New officers for the South Carolina Baptist Convention were elected by messengers Nov. 11 at the SCBC’s annual meeting at Spartanburg First Baptist Church. Tom Tucker, pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, was elected president. Tucker served as first vice president of the convention in 2015 and was president of the South […]

S.C. Baptists adopt resolutions on foster care, human trafficking, Emanuel AME Church

South Carolina Baptists adopted resolutions Nov. 10 on the Cooperative Program, foster care, freedom of religious expression, human trafficking, faith-based pregnancy care centers, and the statewide faith community’s response to the June 2015 massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. The resolutions were offered by the 2015 Resolutions Committee. Brian Saxon served as chairman. (Read the […]

Sermons offer joy, conviction, encouragement at 2015 Pastors’ Conference

Seven sermons — combined with the uplifting music of North Greenville University’s Joyful Sound — brought joy, conviction and encouragement to those attending this year’s Pastors’ Conference at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg Nov. 9. With the theme, “Confronting the Culture, Encouraging the Church, Obeying the Commission,” pastors heard a variety of messages. Paul Turner, […]

Anderson University presents annual Pastor of the Year awards

Anderson University presented the 2015 South Carolina Baptist Pastor of the Year awards Nov. 9 during the evening session of the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg. Anderson University recognizes the unique high calling of the pastorate. In an effort to honor the meritorious servant leadership of pastors in our […]

SC Baptist Convention messengers vote to disaffiliate with Augusta Heights Church over same-sex marriage

South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers voted Nov. 10 to disaffiliate with Augusta Heights Baptist Church of Greenville after the church’s pastor performed a same-sex marriage ceremony. Dwight Easler, chairman of the SCBC Executive Board, presented the motion to messengers “with a burdened and heavy heart” and said the convention “must lovingly and without apology stand […]