Tabernacle members cheer success, character of Clemson QB Lawrence

Their proximity to the University of Georgia — about 100 miles away — would naturally lend itself to Georgia football fandom. But for the members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, Ga., a transformation of sorts has taken place over the past couple of years. “It’s funny, we live in the heart of Bulldog country, […]

S.C. volunteers reach refugees in Greece with gospel

During 2O19, South Carolina Baptist volunteers developed a greater understanding of the plight of refugees. Tom Hilliard* and Brett May*, two of the state’s volunteers, spent a month ministering to refugees crowded into a camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Their service was arranged through South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Missions Mobilization office. Hilliard and […]

South Carolina Baptists give every inmate a gift

Sharing the love of the Christmas season came through individual gifts to every inmate in South Carolina this year, provided by churches and associations in the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The prisoner packet ministry has been going on for the past 40 years. Jon Jamison, Serve team leader with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, said […]

Edisto Island pastor shares insights gained from legal suit

In successfully concluding the church’s lawsuit against the town of Edisto Beach in August, the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship feels he’s gained three important insights worth sharing with other Southern Baptists. A U.S. District Court in South Carolina has filed a statement of interest in favor of Redeemer Fellowship’s claim that town leaders violated the […]

Sylvia Circle seeks relaunch with African-American pastor

The few remaining members of Sylvia Circle Baptist Church observed an ending and marked a new beginning Nov. 17 during a 4 p.m. service of remembrance and giving thanks.  The Rock Hill congregation and its bivocational pastor, Duane Ivey, officially turned over their property and assets to Park Baptist Church, also in Rock Hill, which […]

The Christmas Star

Outside, Seamore Seahorse swam, gazing up at the stars. It was nearly Christmas. “What are you doing?” Sunny Starfish asked as she walked to his backyard fence. “I was wondering if we could still see the Christmas star,” Seamore replied. “What Christmas star?” Sunny asked. “You know, the bright star that the wise men followed […]

New SCBC president bringing focus back on missions & education

New South Carolina Baptist Convention president Josh Powell is a church historian, pastor, and overseas seminary president. He will preside over the 200th annual meeting of the SCBC in November 2020, although the 200th anniversary will be celebrated in 2021. Powell and his wife, Allison, are preacher’s kids and preacher’s grandkids. Both their dads are […]

6-volume set grounds disciple-making in Scripture

A new series of books by Allen Elder, associate pastor of His Vineyard Church in Greer, is designed to prepare the reader “to live your life on earth intentionally and strategically for God … using the Bible as your guidebook for life.” “The LIFE Plan” is a six-volume disciple-making curriculum presenting the Bible’s story, structure, […]

White Oak Conference Center for sale again

White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro was scheduled to be sold to Midlands Charter Institute last year for $5.4 million. However, the charter school failed to qualify for a loan and has moved off the campus. The property is on the market again. Scott Lee, chief administrative officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, stated […]