Obituary: Carl Grayson Ellison

Carl Grayson Ellison, 92, of Anderson, died May 10, 2015. Born April 20, 1923, in the Cheddar Community of Anderson County, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, where he was a B24 pilot. He was a graduate of Anderson College, Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. […]

‘What Satan meant for misery, God turned into ministry’

“What Satan meant for misery, God turned into ministry,” says Bill Randall. Randall, who lives in Buffalo, was caught up in a life of drugs, immorality and corruption that led to a stint in federal prison. His marriage was destroyed, and his daughter was alienated from him. But while he was in prison, things changed. […]

Current and former SCBC presidents weigh in on marriage ruling

Christians are called to love all people and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. All people can have a personal faith-based relationship with the God of the universe through belief in Jesus Christ. This belief will prompt a lifestyle which honors God. Christians, in addition, are called to boldly stand against and denounce […]

Top S.C. Baptist leader addresses same-sex marriage

Some have asked, “What is the position of the South Carolina Baptist Convention on same-sex marriage, especially as it relates to the decision handed down by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2015?” The official position of our South Carolina Baptist Convention is the same as the entire Southern Baptist Convention, which has been held since […]

South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders agree it’s time to remove the flag

Tommy Kelly, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Richard Harris, interim executive director-treasurer, have released a statement supporting Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds: “Believing God created all men and women in His image, racism of any form is repulsive and contrary to our Christian […]

Charleston Southern creates Singleton Memorial Fund

Charleston Southern University has created the Singleton Memorial Fund in memory of Chris Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Ms. Singleton was one of the nine individuals killed June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Chris is a rising sophomore at Charleston Southern and a member of the Buccaneer Baseball team. Funds will be used to […]

The Light from Charleston

The national media spotlight has been on Charleston for several days following the massacre of nine Christians during a Wednesday night Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church. A 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann Storm Roof, joined in the service for about an hour before opening fire on the group. This act of racist […]

Church security: Need highlighted by S.C. shooting

The massacre of nine Christians during a prayer service at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., highlights the need for all congregations to implement security measures, a security expert told Baptist Press. “The biggest obstacle for churches is just not believing that [a violent attack] could happen at their churches,” said Jimmy Meeks, a Southern […]

Charleston church massacre sparks prayer & grace

Southern Baptists are among those praying and uniting after a 21-year-old white supremacist slaughtered nine Christians at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which traces its roots to the 1816 founding of a Charleston church affiliated with the Free Africa Society, opened its doors to an interfaith, multiracial crowd […]

SCBC donates $25,000 to aid families of shooting victims

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has donated $25,000 directly to Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to help offset burial costs for families of nine church members who were gunned down during a prayer meeting by a lone assailant June 17. Mark Hendrick, associate director for the SCBC’s Office of Public Policy, presented the check […]