Winds of awakening blowing in the Land of the Rising Sun

In Japan, statistics show that 99 percent of the population does not have a relationship with Christ. Those statistics represent people — living, breathing image-bearers of God whom Jesus Christ died to save. While the task of reaching them with the gospel seems daunting, God is stirring the church in Japan to reach the nation. […]

Are rural churches attracting more people?

The Southern Baptist Convention has been called a convention of small churches. Scattered across the SBC landscape are many rural churches. The good news is that, while rural areas and churches were once declining in numbers, that trend began to reverse itself in 2011. Hannah Anderson, author of “Humble Roots,” writes that rural churches feel […]

Charleston church preparing future ministers

A number of years ago, the Lord placed in David Dyer’s heart a desire to pursue a vocational ministry. As a student at Charleston Southern University, he began preparing for a life of ministry. He joined a growing number of young people who — having surrendered to a call to ministry — chose to participate […]

Key Priorities: Faith, Family, and Football

Jeff Scott is the new head football coach at the University of South Florida — and while this is his first head coaching job, he enters it with three strong priorities that have been firmly developed throughout his life: faith, family, and football. This priority arrangement came from football mentors in his life: His dad, […]

David Lyda called as pastor of Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church, Edgefield

David Lyda is the new pastor of Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church in Edgefield. He previously served at Washington Baptist Church, Greer, as Sunday school director and teacher, AWANA leader, and children’s church teacher. Lyda is currently completing his master of divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Beth, have one […]

Obituary: Jeramy Scott Herring

Jeramy Scott Herring, 44, of Rock Hill, died Dec. 9, 2019. A native of Rock Hill, he was serving as pastor of Old Paths Community Church of Rock Hill at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Teague Booth Herring, and one daughter.

Obituary: Andrew P. Webb Sr.

Andrew P. Webb Sr., 80, of Anderson, died Jan. 8, 2020 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. Born in Greenville, he served in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for the Index-Journal in Greenwood. After attending Fruitland Baptist Institute and Luther Rice Seminary, he served as pastor of several South Carolina Baptist churches, […]

Obituary: Peggy Boyte Roberts

Peggy Boyte Roberts, 84, of Laurens, and wife of retired South Carolina Baptist pastor Larry E. Roberts, died Dec. 20, 2019. A native of Great Falls, she was a member of First Baptist Church. She previously worked for the South Carolina Baptist Convention and Tennessee Baptist Convention. Her husband served as pastor in South Carolina […]