A Different Thanksgiving Day in 2020

Typically, the Thanksgiving holiday features some of the busiest travel days of the year. With the pandemic still strong and no vaccine or cure available, travel plans are changing. In the past, it has been estimated that as many as 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. While that may not change, the […]

Thanksgiving: The 2020 Experience

The Bible has much to say about being thankful or giving thanks. For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” The Psalms contain many exhortations to be thankful. Yet, what happens when a pandemic intersects with protests, looting and basic civil unrest? Add […]

SCBC Executive Board approves one-day annual meeting

The Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, meeting Oct. 6 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia, has approved changing the upcoming annual meeting from two days to one, taking precautions precipitated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Board, with Albert Allen presiding as chairman, adopted a motion to condense the 2020 […]

Glovers: Being Thankful, Even When It’s Difficult

The turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie will likely taste a little sweeter to Brent and Courtney Glover this Thanksgiving. In late March, Brent, an otherwise healthy 34-year-old with an active lifestyle, began having severe headaches and felt really fatigued. He also noticed some red spots on his arms and legs, as well as a couple […]

Georgia law protects churches from COVID-19 liability

To protect businesses, including churches, from claims and lawsuits related to COVID-19, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act, which became effective Aug. 5. In order for an entity, defined by the bill to include “religious and educational organizations,” to avoid liability, a sign must be posted “at the point […]

How Many Churches Will Close?

Speculation runs rampant these days as prognosticators and researchers attempt to predict how many churches will be closing within the next 12 to 24 months. Recently, Barna president David Kinnaman indicated that as many as 20 percent of churches could close within the next 18 months. Speaking to the NPR’s “Here and Now” gathering, he […]

Six Reasons Your Pastor Is About to Quit

Please hear me clearly. The vast majority of pastors with whom our Church Answers team communicates are saying they are considering quitting their churches. It’s a trend I have not seen in my lifetime. Some are just weeks away from making an announcement. They are looking for work in the secular world. Some will move […]

Economic shutdowns create crisis; Global Hunger Relief Sunday, Oct. 11

As COVID-19 travels around the globe, it has created a food crisis for much of the developing world. Spread of the disease and the ensuing lockdowns affected supply chains as well as humanitarian support, according to a report from WORLD Magazine. In South Asia, economic shutdowns hit day-laborers in the suburbs between major cities and […]

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings

Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 10, only 12 — including the South Carolina Baptist Convention — intended to proceed with in-person gatherings. In Mississippi, where COVID-19 test results show a 14.51 percent positivity rate, the Mississippi Baptist Convention […]

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 […]