LifeWay trustees: New Nashville location authorized

Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources authorized the purchase of land and construction of a new corporate headquarters in Nashville and elected new board officers. In their semiannual meeting, trustees approved a resolution to authorize LifeWay’s administration to purchase property in downtown Nashville for its future headquarters. “This property is not just a location — it’s […]

Church retirement plans aided by 2015 legislation

Legislation signed into law in December will have a positive impact for those who participate in and those who operate church retirement plans. Provisions of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, commonly referred to as the PATH Act, will allow church retirement plans to include automatic enrollment features in their retirement programs […]

The Super Bowl: Does God care who wins?

An old gospel hymn says God’s eye is on the sparrow, but what about panthers and broncos? When it comes to the ones from Carolina and Denver matched up for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, most Americans are skeptical about divine intervention on the football field, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research. A […]

In prison with her daughter, mother cries out to God

Sandy Harrell had been in prison for a few months when a guard told her that her daughter Casey would be there soon. And not just for a visit. Harrell’s youngest child was about to join her at Missouri’s Chillicothe Correctional Center. The chaotic life of using and selling methamphetamine had caught up with them […]

Simpsonville retiree launches Operation Orange Ribbon

Jesse French wants to raise awareness for persecuted Christians overseas   When a persistent thought met a challenging sermon, the result was a new prayer movement called Operation Orange Ribbon. Jesse French, a member of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, became concerned about the plight of Christians in Africa and the Middle East. “I kept […]

Speaking of Alabama-Clemson …

Gary Hollingsworth was called to be executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention the same week his alma mater defeated Clemson University in the NCAA football championship game. The irony of the timing is not lost on the Alabama alumnus, who supports his alma mater but also admires Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. “I […]

Boko Haram burns children alive in Jan. raids

Boko Haram killed more than 100 people in firebombs, shootings and suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria at the end of January, the most deadly attacks near Maiduguri where a survivor told the Associated Press he heard the cries of children burning alive inside their homes. At least 86 bodies had been collected by Jan. 31 […]

Prison task force mirrors SBC resolution

The recommendations of a bipartisan congressional task force on reducing the federal prison population have drawn praise from some evangelicals and parallel at several points the recommendations of a 2013 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “America’s growing prison population.” Among the recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections were elimination of mandatory […]

Graham’s Decision America Tour coming to Columbia Feb. 9

Franklin Graham will bring his Decision America Tour to the steps of the South Carolina State House in Columbia for a noon prayer rally on Feb. 9. “I believe we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America,” Graham said in the latest issue of Decision […]

Former South Carolinian leads cowboy churches in filling ministry void

New believers follow footprints of Jesus, their ‘trail boss’   A rancher in eastern Idaho spends two months each spring living in his rustic calving barn. He “calfnaps” when he can, since he’s awake at least every two hours, 24/7, checking on the birthing process and helping when needed. He doesn’t like to miss church, […]