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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Remembering a most remarkable woman

By John D. Pierce Last Sunday morning, Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally of Abilene, Texas, died at age 106. Her legacy is both long and lasting. Writing of her a few years ago I referred to Virginia as a remarkable woman. I would add: a most remarkable woman. This kind and...

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Good stuff a-comin’

By John D. Pierce “Original” has a much nicer sound to it than the uppity word “exclusive.” Therefore, I refer to the many unique stories and columns that fill each issue of Nurturing Faith Journal as original content. That is, there is no other place in print or...

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3 options for uncomfortable evangelicals

By John D. Pierce Any honest assessment of white American evangelicalism reveals a religious/political ideology or civil religion largely absent the life and teachings of Jesus. Just look at how evangelicals poll and how evangelical leaders speak and how so many...

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The overabundance of unchanged minds

By John D. Pierce Few things are as rare as a changed mind. Everyone seems to buy into a particular ideology and defend it regardless of faults or facts. Often professing Christians are the most rigid and defensive by attributing divine endorsements to weak but...

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Misappropriated funs

By John D. Pierce Productivity often defines my day as being “good.” There is a sense of satisfaction that comes from work well done. And the more that gets checked off the to-do list, the better. There are also those “good” days that begin with abandoning the laptop...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

CBFNC Celebrates 25 Years

Fellowship and worship marked the occasion as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (CBF) marked its twenty-fifth anniversary March 28-29 at First Baptist Church of Greensboro. A service of celebration was held at Revolution Mill, where Executive...

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BWA reporting upswing

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) stopped a six-year slide in contributions with a ten percent growth in gifts during 2018, but General Secretary Elijah Brown cautioned Executive Committee members gathered March 4-6 in Falls Church, Va., that one year’s growth does not...

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Remembering Fido

My wife paints pets, one of several ways she finds joy in expressing her considerable artistic talents. She's been working for some time on a triptych of large oil paintings depicting women who sit along the crowded alleyways of the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of...

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Raining busts and horses?

It's been dry in Israel for several years, a small reminder of periodic droughts mentioned in the Bible. That recently came to an end with a spate of heavy winter rains. Israel typically has seasonal rains, usually beginning with scattered showers in October,...

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Time’s a wastin’!

The first newspaper comic strip I remember reading was "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith," a mostly lame characterization of a hillbilly family from a place called "Hootin' Holler." One of the oldest strips around, it started in 1919 and still continues, 100 years...

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Maybe, maybe not

Christianity Today recently released a list of "Top Ten" archaeological discoveries in 2018, and several important things were announced during the year, though some of them had been found earlier. On the first day of 2018, for example, Israeli archaeologists...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Choosing the Better Part

By: Ginger Hughes Today there are crayons, construction paper, and glue sticks with no tops stuck to my table from my little one’s “art” project. There’s a half-done puzzle littering our living room floor. There’s a pile of mismatched socks in the laundry room that...

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Waiting For Spring

By: Ginger Hughes He squatted down close to the dirt, playing with his elephant, tiger, and tapir, an uncommon mix to be sure.  As he played, his eyes drifted to a small, green shoot poking through the dirt.  “What’s this, Mama?” he asked while continuing to dig in...

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When Being First Means Being Last

By: Ginger Hughes I’ve had the opportunity to observe a lot of people recently as our family enjoyed some fun-filled days at Disney World. Standing in lines for elevators, restaurants, rides, ice cream vendors, and yes...even bathrooms, afford you a lot of time to...

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Releasing The Reins

By: Ginger Hughes I watched my son ride horses recently, the reins held firmly in his small hands, his feet dangling on each side of the saddle nowhere close to reaching the stirrups. My dad, his “Papa”, walked alongside him, answering ALL the questions my little guy...

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When You Can’t See The Way

By: Ginger Hughes This afternoon, I took the kids to the local walking park to walk and ride bikes.  It was starting to get cooler and the wind was picking up, so we decided to stay on the side of the path that gets the most sunshine. We walked along, my daughter...

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Pressing On

By: Ginger Hughes This is the time of year when we break out the pen and paper, the planner or journal, and begin to write down those resolutions. You know the ones where we resolve to lose some weight, exercise rigorously, and cut out sweets. Or perhaps we aspire to...

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