Richard Harris affirms nomination of Gary Hollingsworth for next SCBC executive director-treasurer

In a Jan. 12 “Open Letter to South Carolina Baptists,” interim SCBC executive director-treasurer Richard Harris affirmed the nomination of Gary Hollingsworth as the next chief executive for the state denomination. Hollingsworth is the choice of a search committee of the SCBC Executive Board. State convention messengers will vote on Hollingsworth Thursday, Jan. 14, at a […]

Alabama-Clemson matchup about more than championship

For many, it could be difficult to imagine a College Football Playoff National Championship between two more quintessential Bible Belt teams than tonight’s (Jan. 11) Alabama and Clemson matchup. Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 1A for fan bases that love God and football, with that order sometimes up for debate. Talk to those in the know, however, […]

Pastor: Swinney’s actions back up profession of faith

Ryan Goodroe couldn’t believe what he saw when he took his kids to play baseball in Clemson, S.C. When he showed up for one of the first practices, he noticed Thad Turnipseed, recruiting director for the Clemson University Tigers football team, coaching one of the teams. Goodroe, pastor of Utica Baptist Church in Seneca, S.C., […]

Why I Can’t Sit This One Out

On March 18, 2015, my daughter Savannah and I testified before a subcommittee of the South Carolina State Senate on a bill being prepared for a vote in session. The bill is called H 3114, the Pain Capable Infant Protection Act, and can be read here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/bills/3114.htm. In a nutshell, the Pain Capable bill would […]

Finishing the Race: God’s Got My Back

It’s 2015 and I am 14 and in the eighth grade, and that’s a struggle on its own, with the zits and the fitting in and all of that junk. But if you think that’s tough, add in the fact that I’m the only person in the school who has to worry about getting a […]

‘I’m glad my parents chose to save my life’

15-year old lauded for her right-to-life senate testimony In most ways, Savannah Duke is a typical 15-year-old. She takes honors classes and sings in the chorus at her middle school, and she swims for the varsity team at Spartanburg’s Dorman High School. She is involved with her youth group at First Baptist Church of North […]

Central Baptist revitalized through ‘outward focus’

Five years ago, Central Baptist Church in Gaffney was different from what it is today. Its fractured congregation struggled with financial debt from a building project, a painful experience with former leadership, and declining attendance. Today, Central stands transformed, with a new ministry focus that it is carrying forward and into the community. Pastor Johnny […]

‘Shade Tree’ offers lakefront retreat for ministry couples

Mark and Shelia Bagwell are the directors of the non-profit Shade Tree Ministries, located on Lake Keowee in Oconee County. Ministry couples can stay without cost in the private accommodations within the Bagwells’ home for a week of rest and relaxation, spiritual renewal, and personal and marital restoration. Meals are provided, and Shelia says they […]

Churches rally to provide ‘prisoner packets’ to state’s incarcerated

South Carolina Baptists recently provided 25,238 prisoner packets, reaching every state inmate over the Christmas season. The goal for the project was 25,000 packets, and was met through the work of local churches representing all of the state’s geographic associations. Volunteers and inmates worked side by side to check, assemble, and bag the packets Dec. 7 at […]