South Carolina joins 13 states banning abortion at 20 weeks

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill banning most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy, joining 13 other states where such limitations currently stand. Haley signed the South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act May 25 after the Legislature sent it to her desk a week earlier. Effective […]

Singing Churchmen on mission in Cleveland, Ohio

Twenty-eight members of the 60-voice South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen were on mission in Cleveland, Ohio, from April 30-May 7. Every concert included a straightforward presentation of the Gospel, and the men recorded 219 one-on-one Gospel conversations. The group sang at churches, malls, at a V.A. hospital, inside assisted living centers, at men’s and women’s […]

‘Sunburn trailer’ offers Gospel witness

Headed to the Carolina coast this summer for some sun and surf but also looking for a missions opportunity? Martha Bullard has just the job for you. This summer, as she has for the past seven summers, Bullard, along with volunteers from churches of the Waccamaw Baptist Association, will be manning a “sunburn trailer” at […]

‘Ends of the Earth’ details couple’s ministry in golden years

In “Only God Knows,” the first half of his captivating autobiography, Edd Brown told the story of his tough start in life — born on the cusp of the Great Depression and labeled “the runt” by his grandfather. Despite his challenging beginnings, Brown grew up with a fiery determination to make something of himself. He […]

Retired pastor publishes illustrated book

Paul White Jr., retired pastor of Groveland Baptist Church in Taylors, has published an illustrated book, “The Tater Family,” which uses drawings of potato-inspired characters to help teach character lessons. The book is based on a sermon that White preached over the years called “The Potato Family Versus the Christian Family.” Characters include “Imi-Tater,” “Dic-Tater,” […]

‘Unite’ seeks to connect generations for kingdom growth

Eight pastor-leaders have teamed up to produce: “Unite: Connecting Generations for Kingdom Expansion.” The book, according to Lee Clamp, evangelism group director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention and one of the project’s contributors, is designed to challenge younger and older generations to draw wisdom and inspiration from each other so that the Great Commission […]

Memorial Day: Jimmy Connelly’s Greatest Honor

An estimated 3.6 million Americans fought in the Pacific Theatre in World War II, overcoming brutal encounters on island after island against Japanese soldiers burrowed into the hillsides. The late Jimmy Connelly was one of those Americans. The Navy made Connelly chief of a troop-landing Higgins Craft during the massive amphibious assaults at the outset […]

Carolyn Rainey joins Courier staff as circulation manager

Carolyn Rainey has joined the staff of The Baptist Courier as circulation manager. She will maintain church and individual subscription accounts and can be reached at 864-232-8736, extension 16. A Greenville native, Rainey previously served on the Courier staff in the 1970s and 1980s. She retired from Canal Insurance after 23 years of employment. She […]

SCBC Executive Board hears from new executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth

Going forward in 2016, South Carolina Baptists will embrace a vision of seeing “every life saturated and transformed by the hope of the Gospel, beginning in South Carolina” and extending to everyone on the globe. That was the message of executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth, speaking at his first meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention […]

SCBC official details costs to operate, maintain White Oak Conference Center

The South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board, meeting April 25-26 in Columbia, directed its Properties Committee to work with SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth to pursue finding buyers for the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro. At the heart of the consideration: White Oak requires an average of $616,000 in Cooperative Program funding to meet […]