Resurrection Day: What Day Was Jesus Crucified?

Most Baptists were taught in Sunday school from an early age that the Lord’s Supper and Judas’ betrayal took place on Thursday, the crucifixion occurred on Friday, and Jesus arose early on Sunday morning. Though all agree with these events culminating on Resurrection Day, the exact timing of the crucifixion evidently has been a matter […]

Sands and Harper: African-American Christian Achievers

History teaches us about people who have proven themselves to have what it takes to make a positive impact, achieve success, and help others along the way. Don Harper and Alex Sands are two African-American Christians who have faced racism, injustice, and rejection. Yet, both emerged from those experiences as accomplished men of faith. Sands […]

New building seen as God’s provision, Lowndesville pastor says

Lowndesville Baptist Church in rural Abbeville County held its first services in a new, larger sanctuary in January. Yet, the big blessing is that the small congregation is debt-free. “We’re fortunate. We don’t owe a penny on this church,” rejoiced Pastor Fred Griggs. A generous member’s bequest and estate gift provided all of the funding […]

President’s Perspective: Why It Still Matters

“In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11, CSB). The question seems to find its way into the comment section of every online story about a race relations milestone being reached in the SBC. It generally goes like […]

Emory explores Lamentations’ themes of grief and glory

For Pastor Danny Emory, the book of Lamentations is “God’s handbook on grief.” His new book, “Grief and Glory in Lamentations,” flows from “the writings of a simple pastor/teacher who has experienced grief on many occasions and has attempted to help others walk through the process of grief.” In Lamentations, Jeremiah surveys his beloved city […]

DeFoor retires after 34 years at St. Andrews Baptist

Fred DeFoor will retire from St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia on March 7 after serving for 34 years as associate pastor and minister of music. A native of Greenville, he is a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A former member of the South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen, DeFoor has directed […]

Small Churches Doing Big Things

How can a small church do big things? By making an eternal impact in the lives of people. Keith Davis has been the pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Spartanburg for almost 21 years. The church is relatively small in number but is making a spiritual impact in the lives of people in the […]

Carman, Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies

Carman Dominic Licciardello, a Christian music legend known by his first name, died Feb. 16, 2021. He was 65. He had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications after surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, according to a press release posted on his Facebook page. Carman came to fame in the mid-1980s during the heyday of […]

Dream Center using clothing to initiate gospel conversations

A simple question posed by a minister at North Rock Hill Baptist Church challenged Paul and Barbara Crosby: “What if?” Together they pondered, “What would our city look like if we loved like Christ loved?” And, through them, God birthed a vision for the Dream Center outreach in Rock Hill, which is spawning an unusual […]

Guest Viewpoint: How We Made It to the Heartbeat Bill

Since 1974, pro-life groups in South Carolina have been whittling away at Roe v. Wade. Now, S1, better known as the Heartbeat Bill, has taken Roe all the way from 39 weeks back to the detection of a beating heart, or approximately eight weeks. Progressive pro-abortion forces like to encourage pro-life advocates to “follow the […]