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 […]

Wholly Healthy: Get Ready for Fall

Autumn is almost here. This means we’re on the edge of cold and flu season. However, this cold and flu season may be a little tricky thanks to COVID-19. (Oh, how tired I am of typing that!) The thing is, during cold and flu season, in a normal year, people tend to cough, have fever […]

First Person: Are You ‘Corona-Weary,’ Too?

I’m corona-weary, and I have a feeling you are, too. I’m not saying that we’re tired of coronavirus, though we probably are. I am saying that we’re weary because of the overload this pandemic has caused. I’m reluctant to make this declaration because some people have gotten the virus and even died with it, so […]

‘Send Relief’ provides aid in pandemic

Unrelenting and indiscriminate, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the welfare of millions and has wreaked havoc on economic infrastructures worldwide. Countless families have lost work and income, making it next to impossible to acquire adequate food and daily supplies. Even in the world’s hardest-hit corners, the donations, prayers and support of Southern Baptists have delivered […]

WMU announces voluntary retirement plan amid COVID financial crisis

In response to a decline in sales due to COVID-19, national WMU has announced it is offering a voluntary retirement plan to staff. “We have worked incredibly hard over the past several years to ‘right size’ our organization based on revenue projections,” said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director of national WMU. “With two difficult back-to-back downsizings […]

Grace Community Church in battle with local authorities over ban

Grace Community Church in suburban Los Angeles recently filed a lawsuit to continue holding indoor services after California issued a second lockdown order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a Religion News report. Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church accused state officials of violating state law by “unequally” restricting their free […]

SBC entities move to online meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee meeting scheduled to be held in Nashville Sept. 21-22 has been canceled and replaced with a special called meeting, to be held online Sept. 22. EC Chairman Rolland Slade said given the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting virtually was the best decision for the safety of EC members, their families, congregations […]

School back in session at Anderson, Charleston Southern and North Greenville

All three of South Carolina Baptists’ universities reopened in August, but with modified class schedules and recommended health and safety measures being implemented during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Anderson University opened its campus Aug. 19 for in-person classes. Under a revised plan, in-person classes are to meet on Labor Day and fall break will be […]

Pandemic precautions not keeping churches from growing

Closed sanctuaries, social distancing, mask requirements, seating limits and congregational singing restrictions could put a huge damper on normal church life. Yet, in spite of having all the pandemic precautions in place, some South Carolina churches are growing. Utica Baptist in Seneca, for instance, has seen 15 baptisms in a span of three weeks that […]