Obituary: Rupert Guest

Rupert Earl Guest, 90, of Spartanburg, died Aug. 11, 2020. He was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Furman University, and was an Air Force veteran. He served as pastor of Arch Street and Abner Baptist churches. Following a brief retirement, he became visitation minister of Beaumont Baptist Church, where he was a […]

Obituary: Ned Duncan

Ned Lee Duncan, 80, of Reevesville, died July 10, 2020. A native of Marion, N.C., he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored churches in North and South Carolina. He also served as a foreign missionary to South America and as the director of missions for York County Baptist Association for 18 years. After retirement, […]

Obituary: Sam Catoe

Samuel G. “Sam” Catoe, 73, of Kershaw, died Aug. 19, 2020. Born in Camden, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He was also a missionary with the International Mission Board in Benin, Africa, and Paris, France. He also served in various positions at churches in Kansas, Maryland, and South Carolina, including […]

Obituary: Mike Bell

Charles Michael “Mike” Bell, 75, of Inman, died Sept. 2, 2020. A native of Campobello, he was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a U.S. Army veteran and later served as a newspaper editor, truck driver, fireman and a pastor. Most recently, he was interim pastor for Buffalo Baptist Church and […]

Greer pastor writes book on overcoming loneliness

Jack Eason, lead pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Greer, has written a book on loneliness scheduled to be released by Baker-Revell Publishing in October. “The Loneliness Solution” is a collection of stories and solutions from the author’s personal experience. He uses humor and “timeless principles” to demonstrate that loneliness can be overcome when people […]

The Courier receives awards from S.C. Press Association

The Baptist Courier received nine awards — the most the South Carolina Baptist news magazine has earned — from the South Carolina Press Association. The awards recognized work published by The Courier in 2019. The magazine won first-place awards in the SCPA’s Associate and Individual Division for faith reporting, editorial writing, and column writing.  The […]

S.C. woman publishes book of poems about Jesus’ miracles

For anyone who grew up in Sunday school, the stories of Jesus’ miracles are familiar: turning water into wine, banishing a demon, healing a blind man, speaking a storm out of existence. These extraordinary yet familiar stories may be so matter-of-factly accepted that readers cease to be astonished by the depth of love to which […]

Biblical instruction grounds ‘The Vibrant Small Church’

Small churches can be as well equipped to reach the world for Christ as larger churches. That’s the straightforward premise behind Upstate pastor Keith Davis’ newest book, “The Vibrant Small Church” (90 pages, Courier Publishing, $7.95). Davis, who has pastored two small-to-midsize churches in his 27 years of ministry, said he hopes his book will […]

J.I. Packer, renowned theologian and author, dies

James Innell (J.I.) Packer, a world-renowned theologian and author, died July 17, 2020. He was 93. “He exemplified the best of the Christian intellectual tradition, continuing the trajectory that can be traced through Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Baxter, Owen, Edwards and Lewis,” wrote David Dockery, distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological […]

Internship fund launch date reset

The Bill and Shirley Adams Internship Fund for Baptist College Students was scheduled to begin this fall, but with the pandemic continuing, The Courier has rescheduled the launch of the program for the 2021 spring semester. Any South Carolina Baptist student who senses a call to serve God in the communication field can apply for […]