South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders agree it’s time to remove the flag

Tommy Kelly, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Richard Harris, interim executive director-treasurer, have released a statement supporting Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds: “Believing God created all men and women in His image, racism of any form is repulsive and contrary to our Christian […]

 The Light from Charleston

The national media spotlight has been on Charleston for several days following the massacre of nine Christians during a Wednesday night Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church. A 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann Storm Roof, joined in the service for about an hour before opening fire on the group. This act of racist […]

SCBC donates $25,000 to aid families of shooting victims

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has donated $25,000 directly to Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to help offset burial costs for families of nine church members who were gunned down during a prayer meeting by a lone assailant June 17. Mark Hendrick, associate director for the SCBC’s Office of Public Policy, presented the check […]

Son of Charleston church shooting victim: ‘Love is always stronger than hate’

Less than 24 hours after his mother died at the hands of an assassin during a church prayer meeting, Charleston Southern University sophomore Chris Singleton stood before TV cameras and declared that “love is always stronger than hate.” Flanked by coaches and teammates, Singleton, who plays baseball at CSU, thanked his teammates for their “amazing” […]

CSU student’s mother killed in Charleston church shooting

The mother of a baseball player at Charleston Southern University was among the victims of a mass shooting June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. A news release from the university June 18 stated that the CSU “family’s thoughts and prayers go out to all the individuals affected by the shooting.” School president Jairy […]

Convention Wrap-up: SBC seeks awakening, supports marriage

Spiritual awakening, the defense of marriage and the preservation of religious liberty were among key themes addressed by messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio. The meeting was highlighted by a Tuesday night prayer gathering led by SBC President Ronnie Floyd, at which an estimated 7,000 Southern Baptists spent […]

S.C. massacre ‘demonic,’ Charleston pastor says

Christians are uniting in prayer and benevolence across racial distinctions in Charleston, S.C., after a 21-year-old man massacred nine Christians in a June 17 prayer service at historic Emanuel AME Church, said neighboring Southern Baptist pastor Keith Biggs. “Everyone together — white, black, Hispanic, everybody — we’re coming together in unity to see this not […]

S.C. Baptist leader deplores ‘unspeakable evil’ in Charleston church massacre

Richard Harris, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, released a statement today concerning the June 17 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, which resulted in the deaths of nine people, including the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney. Below is Harris’ complete statement: The news of the tragic shooting in Charleston […]

SBC president Ronnie Floyd: ‘Rise up’ in a ‘dangerous, hopeless world’

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd called for pastoral leadership in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination to seize a “Bonhoeffer moment” by refusing to be silent in the face of persecution, to hold on to the Word of God, take heart and be encouraged. “The lostness has never been greater in our dangerous and hopeless […]