Bill and Shirley Adams internship program starting next spring

The Courier had planned to launch the Bill and Shirley Adams internship program for South Carolina Baptist college students this fall, but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now plans to begin the internship program with the 2021 spring semester. Baptist students who sense a call to serve God in the broad area of communication are […]

Brant book details steps to jump-start immune systems

Four months after her mother died of cancer, Ginny Dent Brant, of Seneca, was told by doctors she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Having just watched her mother’s battle, Brant immersed herself in research to find out what she could do in addition to traditional treatments to help her doctors beat her cancer. […]

President’s Perspective: Furman and the Spirit of Revolution

Richard Furman is arguably the most important figure in early Baptist life in America and unquestionably the most important foundational figure in South Carolina Baptist life. Another well-known contemporary and important leader in his own right, W.B. Johnson, said that when Furman spoke on an issue, “he settled it.” Furman was sought after as a […]

Guest Viewpoint: We Need to Remember Who We Are

“After this I looked, and behold a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who […]

Iva’s Union Church makes history with baptism

Union Baptist Church of Iva is a rural church in Anderson County. Like most churches, it was following guidelines during the pandemic and not gathering together in its buildings. When the church met for its first regular worship service since the COVID-19 crisis, a history-making baptism highlighted the worship service. Jamilius Freeman, discharged from the […]

Guest Viewpoint: Two Memorial Day Videos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then two videos recorded on Memorial Day are worth millions. One video was taken in the morning at the Ramble, a large retreat area in Central Park, that’s popular with birdwatching enthusiasts. Christian Cooper, who is black, went to watch birds, and a white woman (Amy Cooper, […]

Obituary: Ray Lee Thompson Jr.

Ray Lee Thompson Jr., 79, of Anderson, died May 5, 2020. A native of Monroe, N.C., he attended Furman University, where he met his future wife, Nena, and later attended the University of South Carolina. Sports were a big part of his college life, and he continued to use his athletic knowledge and talents for […]

Obituary: Harold Walter Syfrett

Harold Walter Syfrett, 96, of Walterboro, died April 13, 2020. A native of Orangeburg, he was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Wofford College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was instrumental in helping to begin what later became Cudd Memorial Baptist and Bethany Baptist churches in Spartanburg. In more than 30 years […]

Obituary: Carl E. Tolbert

Chaplain Col. Carl E. Tolbert, 91, of Summerville, died May 9, 2020. A native of Oklahoma, he was a graduate of the University of Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and East Texas State College. He joined the U.S. Army in 1956 as a chaplain, where he served for 27 years. He received a year of […]