Alcohol use reignites issue among Baptists

Alcohol consumption has jumped back into Baptist discussions, this time stirred by the termination of a high-profile pastor. Perry Noble’s removal as senior pastor of the multi-campus NewSpring Church in South Carolina was communicated to members and attendees during Sunday worship services, July 10. “Perry’s posture towards his marriage, increased reliance on alcohol and other […]

S.C. flood a miracle to survivor

Andrea’s life was unraveling last October. The young mother found herself in a difficult relationship, carrying years of emotional hurts, and addicted to prescription pain medication. Then the flood came. “The flood was a miracle for me. That’s what it took for God to get my attention. Had a Christian not found me when that […]

Sports camp reaches community with ‘Open Arms’

Open Arms Fellowship, in Hampton, has hosted a week-long community sports camp for the past two summers. Pastor James Porter said the church was looking to impact local families in a new way but had no way of knowing this camp would overcome so many barriers with the gospel. “We live in a sports-crazed culture, […]

Editor’s Last Word: True Champions for Christ

In 1974, I was working as a young sports writer for the Anderson Independent and was given the assignment to do a full-page feature on Bobby Richardson, head coach of the University of South Carolina’s baseball team. It was my first big story, and I enjoyed interviewing the former New York Yankee second baseman. The […]

Christian faith marks Yankee legend Bobby Richardson’s career, home life

Bobby Richardson played baseball for the New York Yankees during the golden years of the dynasty. He retired from baseball at age 31 and shortly thereafter became the first full-time baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, establishing a winning tradition that continues to the present. The key to his outstanding career, his marriage […]

Bobby and Mickey: A Life-Changing Friendship

One of Bobby Richardson’s good friends during his playing days with the New York Yankees was the legendary Mickey Mantle. Mantle was an extremely popular player and regarded by many baseball observers as the best switch-hitter ever to play the game. He accumulated numerous awards during his 18-year career, highlighted by his greatest year as […]

Longtime Beaufort County pastor Bob Cuttino dies

Robert Edward “Bob” Cuttino, 83, of Beaufort, died June 23, 2016. A native of Sumter, he earned degrees from Wofford College and Yale University and received an honorary doctorate from Furman University. He served for 65 years in several South Carolina pastorates in Williston, Fairfax, Lake City, Lancaster, Hilton Head and Beaufort. He was a […]

Charleston, A Year Later

On June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man sat for an hour with 14 African-American worshipers in a Wednesday-night Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. Suddenly, he pulled out a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon and began firing. Only five people survived the brutal massacre. The forgiveness that flowed from many of the families’ […]