S.C. leaders react to Roe’s end, renew resolve to protect life

South Carolina Baptist leaders responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturned Roe v. Wade with jubilation — and a renewed resolve to protect life on the state level. The Court’s decision, however, does not ban abortion, but rather returns the matter to voters in each […]

Outside the Walls: Heartbeat of a Multiplying Church

I sat in a local church recently that was full and vibrant. The pastor stood up in front of the packed house and shocked me with what he said: “We need some of you to leave.” Those who were guests couldn’t believe their ears, but the locals knew what he meant. It was time to […]

President’s Perspective: Moving Forward

Paul presents a bit of doctrinal deep water in Philippians 2, a passage rich and full of theological gold. Verse 12 offers an individual challenge of God’s sanctification, to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This concept of personal sanctification helps us understand a broader developmental process of God shaping of His […]

Legislative Update: Legislation Still to be Considered

It sounds like it could be the name of a Bruce Willis action movie. But sine die is simply Latin for “without date.” The South Carolina Legislature ended its 2022 session on May 12 at 5 p.m. The day before adjournment, the House adopted the Senate sine die resolution, which set the parameters for both […]

Hollingsworth issues statement on Guidepost controversy

In response to a tweet by Guidepost Solutions in support of LGBTQ+ causes, South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Executive Director-Treasurer Gary Hollingsworth issued a statement to the Baptist Courier June 8 encouraging Southern Baptists to “seek to cooperate with organizations that share our biblical worldview and gospel-driven values,” while expressing equal concern for survivors of sexual abuse. […]

White Oak Conference Center Sold

White Oak Conference Center, South Carolina Baptists’ retreat facility near Winnsboro, has been sold, according to a May 17 announcement by the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Executive Board. During the annual meeting of the SCBC held in 2016, the Executive Board was tasked by the Vision Committee to “recommend a plan of action in regard […]

S.C. executive director search team announced

Steve Hogg, chairman of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Executive Board, has announced the make-up of the search committee for the next executive director-treasurer. The announcement came May 11 after Gary Hollingsworth shared his retirement plans with the Executive Board on April 26. He will retire on April 30, 2023, which will complete his tenure […]

BCM hires Lesley Joseph as campus minister

Lesley Joseph was recently named as Baptist Collegiate Ministry director for Allen University and Benedict College. Joseph attended the University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University before earning a Ph.D. from USC, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. His wife, Jonita Joseph, “J.J.,” will join him often on both campuses as they […]

Call for Nominations for SCBC Committees, Boards

South Carolina Baptists are encouraged to nominate qualified persons to serve on the standing committees and the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention as well as the boards of the SCBC’s seven ministry partners. If you wish to nominate someone, visit http://www.scbaptist.org/nominations. The deadline for SCBC nominations is May 31.