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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Where’s the raisins?

By John D. Pierce Eggs, milk, bananas and coffee are easy for me to find. But my grocery shopping efficiency breaks down when pursuing certain items. Much like when driving off course on an unfamiliar highway, I tend to continue on a serpentine route up and down the...

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By John D. Pierce Advent is coming and the start of a new year. Whether reading for one’s own spiritual benefit or preparing to preach, there is a new resource available for a limited time, exclusively from Nurturing Faith. A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE: A Devotional Guide...

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For those who dare to choose truth over comfort

By John D. Pierce Indeed, truth can be unsettling. That’s why so many ignore it in favor of false but more comfortable narratives. For those who dare to face uncomfortable truth — since Jesus said such is the key to personal and spiritual freedom — there is a new...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Ninety years a servant

Sara Ann Hobbs was a force of nature with a heart for others. When she died August 28 in Silver City, New Mexico, in the home she shared with long-time friend Nancy Curtis, Hobbs reached the end of a long and pioneering journey. The journey began in Anniston, AL, in...

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A bad day frozen in time

Archaeologists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recently announced that they and Israeli colleagues in the "Mount Zion Archaeological Project" have uncovered poignant remains from the brutal day Babylonian soldiers pillaged the city of Jerusalem...

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Looking to the hills …

Nurturing Faith Inc. has many sides, including its faith-based Nurturing Faith Journal and Bible Studies to a website with daily news updates, inspirational blogs, and a publishing arm that produces books. Perhaps the most fun side of Nurturing Faith are the Nurturing...

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BWA Affirms Women, Decries Religiously-Motivated Violence

It has been my privilege (not always an easy one!) to serve as chair of the Resolutions Committee for the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) during the 2016-2020 quinquennium. Since we won't do resolutions at the BWA World Congress in Rio de Janeiro next year, that...

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Junkanoo and protocol, too

The 2019 Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) got off to a rousing start Monday with a packed house gathering to enjoy welcome activities offered by the meeting's Bahamian hosts. A string of dignitaries were introduced and recognized by name and title...

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Celebrating “HERstory”

The 2019 Baptist International Conference on Theological Education (BICTE) wrapped up July 7 with a panel discussion featuring 11 representative global pastors, counselors, and theologians responding to questions raised by participants in the meeting, which drew about...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Keep Praying; Keep Trusting

By: Ginger Hughes In recent months, I’ve been praying over something really important to me. It’s the kind of praying that at times feels more like wrestling, as I try so hard to determine God’s will in this area of life. It’s the kind of praying that brings tears as...

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Love In Action: May It Begin With Me

By: Ginger Hughes Some days I read the top news stories and other days I skim the headlines; however, the outcome is often the same.  I see negativity, discord, and division.  It seems no matter the topic, from politics to sports and everything in between, our...

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Rest For The Weary

By: Ginger Hughes I don’t know about you, but around here, Summer has been busy—a little too busy. Our calendar has been full—a bit too full. Summer is often touted as being a fun and relaxing season, but I’m not so sure. Sure we’ve had some fun, but relaxed? Not so...

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Fully Known and Fully Loved

By: Ginger Hughes “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The starlit skies devoid of city lights sparkle down at me.  The eagle soars high above head, the vast Wyoming skies its home.  The rugged edges of the Grand Tetons,...

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What Do They See When They Look At Me?

By: Ginger Hughes There have been times in my life when I found Sunday School or church to be intimidating.  Perhaps it’s my introverted ways, but I can remember feeling nervous about walking into a new church or a new Sunday School room filled with people who already...

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Clean Out The Closets

By: Ginger Hughes Our entryway closet greets us as we walk in the door.  It’s the perfect dropping off spot for coats, shoes, umbrellas, and book bags.  As soon as we walk inside, we can hang jackets on the provided hangers, put shoes on the provided shelves, hang...

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