Former Columbia minister called as pastor of Johnson Ferry

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., unanimously approved North Carolina pastor Clay Smith Aug. 4 to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Smith currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C. He previously was minister of adults at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, from […]

Camp McCall: Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Blessings

In a worship service held July 27 in its mountaintop chapel, more than 525 staffers, former staffers, friends of Camp McCall and their families celebrated 60 years of God’s blessings upon the South Carolina Baptist camp.  Keynote speakers shared how attending the camp near Sunset as a boy or having served as a camp counselor […]

Home Works: Assignments Students (and Adults) Actually Want to Do

Most teenagers likely prefer not having homework. These students, however, actually volunteered to do it during the summer — and they liked it!  Many even said they’d do it again, particularly if the assignment was for Home Works, a nonprofit, Christ-centered construction ministry based in Columbia, that provides free home repairs for elderly, disabled, and […]

Rosalie Hall Hunt leading girls & boys to gain ‘world hearts’ 

For these Girls in Action, learning about global missions from GA leader Rosalie Hall Hunt is a definite perk; in fact, she literally wrote the book on the history of Woman’s Missionary Union. Rosalie and her husband, Bob, are retired Southern Baptist missionaries now living in Guntersville, Ala., having served 30 years in China, Taiwan, […]

How Churches Can Pray for Schools

When South Carolina schools dropped on the Nation’s Report Card from 39th to 47th place in literacy, the South Carolina Baptist Convention realized something must change. A major indicator of a child’s success in life is the ability to read on their grade level by the time they complete third grade. Recognizing this, the state […]

Mt. Zion sends 60 dresses to Ethiopia

The women of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pamplico have created and sewed 60 dresses for distribution in Ethiopia. Spearheaded by WMU Director Joyce Poston, the project was named “Elsa’s Project” in honor of a girl in an orphanage in Addis Ababa. When Elsa received a dress several months ago, she commented, “I love my […]

Time for Resolutions and Nominees for Service Awards

Deadline for the E.A. McDowell award for individual service in politics, government and community affairs is Sept. 20. Each nomination should include a detailed listing of the nominee’s qualifications as well as an explanation of the person’s unique contributions. Full name, address, phone number, and church pastor should be given for the nominee and person […]

‘Walking with Giants’ recounts lives of strong Asian Christians

Over the course of more than three decades as Southern Baptist missionaries in South and Southeast Asia, Harry and Barbara Bush encountered scores of courageous people of that region who, fully and without hesitation, lifted up the banner of Jesus Christ in their homelands. Now, in his new book, “Walking with Giants: The New Testament […]

A Good Start for the School Year

As parents all across the state anticipate the start of a new school year, what can be done to ensure the greatest potential school experience for your children? A couple of psychologists listed 101 tips for kids and parents — too many to remember. Diana Davis, writing for LifeWay Christian Resources, has some suggestions for […]

Clamp Divinity School to launch 2 new degrees

Two new graduate degrees — the Master of Ministry Management and the Master of Divinity with Youth Ministry Concentration — are scheduled to launch this fall at Clamp Divinity School of Anderson University, trademarked as The Baptist Seminary of South Carolina. The Master of Ministry Management degree is the first of its kind in the […]