Legislative Update: Life and Politics in the 2024 Election

Do you remember where you were when you heard the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade? Do you remember your first thought and how you felt at that moment? The Dobbs decision came on June 24, 2022. For 49 years, five months, and two days, the federal government allowed the killing of babies in the […]

President’s Perspective: We Must Send the Gospel

Once again, the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention has come and gone. There was a lot of hype leading up to the convention regarding the Law Amendment, the future of sexual abuse reform, the Credentials Committee’s recommendations about certain churches, the financial viability of the SBC, and on and on. Many of us […]

Striking the Waters: Reflections on the SBC 2024

On Monday, June 10, 2024, about 350 SCBaptists gathered in an Indiana hotel conference room to fellowship, encourage one another, and be reminded of why we do what we do. The SCBaptist spirit of cooperation was rich and powerful. That was my favorite moment of the entire week. In the aftermath, as always, news headlines […]

Making the Most of Your Summer Missions Experience

Summer is here. The weather is heating up. Our church ministry schedules take on a new pace and emphasis. Short-term mission trips are one summer ministry that are becoming more of a standard in many churches. Even though these trips have become more mainstream, it’s important to remember they are relatively new in missionary history. […]

Courier Earns 3 S.C. Press Association Awards for 2023 Works

The Baptist Courier received three awards from the South Carolina Press Association, recognizing work published by the South Carolina Baptist news publication in 2023. The magazine won second- and third-place awards in the Associate and Individual Division for Faith Reporting. Courier Editor Jeff Robinson took second place for a June article, “Have Ministry Heroes, But […]

Pressler, disgraced Conservative Resurgence strategist, dies

Paul Pressler, the Texas judge whose grassroots strategy redirected the Southern Baptist Convention, died June 7, 2024, in Houston, Texas, three days after his 94th birthday and less than six months after the settlement of a lawsuit alleging decades-long sexual assault by Pressler against multiple victims. For decades in the SBC, Pressler was venerated as […]

Outside the Walls: You Are Not Forgotten

William’s life changed as he watched two planes fly into the World Trade Center with his fellow cadets at the Citadel. Soon he would join his friends to defend freedom and fight against terrorism. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army and became an officer in the elite special forces unit of the Green Berets […]

Independence Day a special reminder of freedom for minister, battlefield actor

The Battle of Cowpens is considered a hinge moment in the American Revolution. A string of British victories at Savannah, Charleston and Camden had swung momentum. Continue the winning streak, the thinking went, and more Loyalists would join the cause. A Redcoat wave would proceed northward and ultimately snuff out the rebellion. But things changed […]

Guest Viewpoint: Equal Justice for the Unborn? 

In 2022, the Louisiana House prepared to pass HB-813, the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act. The bill garnered statewide support; a majority of House Republicans pledged to vote for it. On the eve of the vote, more than 70 national pro-life organizations communicated to the House urging them to vote no on HB-813. Blindsided, […]

Pro-Life: Do You See Me?

The Gospel is the Answer to Abortion “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you” (Ps. 89:14). Originally, this article had no title. It wasn’t given a title in remembrance of all the children who were never named, never seen, and never loved by Christ’s church. Their […]