When politicians do religion a favor, beware!

When politicians do religion a favor, beware!

By John D. Pierce Politicians across the spectrum have long curried favor from religious voters — some finding the particular context, practices and language more comfortable than others. Sometimes it’s even humorous to watch a politician feign some commonality where...
Delayed, deserved affirmation

Delayed, deserved affirmation

By John D. Pierce Ginny Bridges Ireland and I first got acquainted long ago when we were both campus ministers. Together we led a weekend retreat and Sunday worship for a church in the North Georgia mountains. Through the decades I have enjoyed reconnecting with Ginny...
What is truth?

What is truth?

By John D. Pierce Sometimes country music gets a bad rap (pun intended). And like any musical genre, some of that is well deserved. However, there are prophetic, progressive messages — even among country classics — if one listens intently enough. Henson Cargill’s Skip...
It’s a calling, not a formula

It’s a calling, not a formula

By John D. Pierce A big question is how did so much of American Christianity today get so far from Jesus? The answer can be traced to what pastor/author Ken Wytsma calls the “Salvation Industrial Complex.” And his personal experience mirrors mine. “I grew up with the...

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