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Overcoming Your Barriers to Evangelism

Posted by Leland Brown on

This blog post is in a series of posts designed to help Christians develop a proper heart posture, lifestyle, and method for evangelism. This particular post begins the series, describing how we overcome our heart barriers that keep us from evangelism. It took a nervous baby Christian...

What Makes Us Change?

Posted by Van Barnhill on

In Season 3 of his acclaimed podcast, Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell (author of cultural insights like The Tipping Point and Outliers) poses the question as to when does new information change behavior. The episode is called “Burden of Proof” and features Gladwell giving a...

Gently Restore

Posted by Rose Anderson on

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to...

Fostering As Bridge-building

Posted by Leland Brown on

I had a lot of expectations about what foster parenting would be like, but one thing I did not expect was how the Lord would use my life as a bridge. I’ve been blown away by how fostering is a bridge for my children to reach the wonderful world of Christian community I so often take for...

From the Resource Section: "The Things of Earth"

Posted by Van Barnhill on

The world is full of good things. Those words adorn the back cover of a book by Joe Rigney, who is a professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. In his 2015 work, The Things of Earth, Rigney sets out to display the goodness of God’s creation and how enjoying that goodness...

From The Resource Section: "None Like Him"

Posted by Rose Anderson on

Our culture radically prizes the individual in the way we choose to define or redefine who we think we are.  Jen Wilkin, in ten chapters, takes an easy-to-read and conversational approach to explain ten attributes of God’s character and shows how we do not possess these attributes...

What Do I Do If My Son Says He’s Gay?

Posted by Van Barnhill on

About 18 months ago, some of the staff here at East Cooper Baptist took some time to evaluate and pray through ministry in the life of our church. We determined some areas that we thought we were doing well in and identified some other areas that we would like to see ourselves, as a church...

From the Resource Section: The Meaning of Marriage

Posted by Leland Brown on

Marriage: A Spiritual Friendship Aimed at Glory The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller is the closest thing the American church has to a biblical marriage manifesto: a breath-taking 40,000-foot view of God’s grand purposes in marriage. Keller’s rich exposition of Ephesians 5:22-33...

The Best of 2017

Posted by Van Barnhill on

When I was about 12, I got on a treadmill and held down the button that increases the speed until something similar to this happened. Every year, the combination and proximity of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve elicits, in me, a comparable feeling, albeit without going through...

South Carolina’s “Case of Urgent Need”

Posted by Leland Brown on

Titus, Good Works, and Urgent Needs  After spending almost an entire letter focusing on “good works” in the life of the church, Paul closes Titus by saying “and let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help in cases of urgent need, and not be...

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