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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Know better

By John D. Pierce Reading Nurturing Faith Journal has many benefits — with the overarching advantage of gaining understanding around the many issues impacting thoughtful and faithful daily living. The latest issue explores the role of “hard prayers,” the good reasons...

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Rightfully wrong

By John D. Pierce Shortly after the formation of the more open and historically principled Cooperative Baptist Fellowship nearly three decades ago, some naysayers were quick to predict its demise. It was popular during the developing years to hear someone pontificate:...

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‘Call Stories’

For those attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Birmingham next week, please join us for the release of a new Healthy Church Resources book: Call Stories: Hearing and Responding to God’s Call Barry Howard, Editor Wednesday, June 19, at 9 PM...

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Missing arms and other alarms

By John D. Pierce Any “air conditioning” in my family’s old Pontiac station wagon required cranking down four windows to create a breeze. Dad, however, was the only one permitted to rest his arm on the car door with this elbow protruding. “Keep your arms in the car”...

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The political perversion of American ‘Christianity’

By John D. Pierce American evangelicals justify a lot of attitudes and actions that defy the Christ they claim in order to reach their ultimate political goals: criminalizing abortion and justifying discrimination against LGBTQ persons. Such has become the two-faced...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Dealing with Br’er Briar

The first stories I can remember hearing as a child were from Joel Chandler Harris' collection of African American folktales as told by a fictional character known as Uncle Remus. Harris became a respected journalist in Atlanta during the post-reconstruction era, but...

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From mountains to museums … to home

Some folks might wonder why I keep posting blogs cataloging each tour group I take to Israel, the West Bank, and occasionally Jordan: I've done it (you can look them up!) in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and this year -- not to mention other travels for Campbell...

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The old story in the Old City …

For friends, family, and other folk traveling vicariously through Israel and the West Bank with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, here's a quick review of our day in (mostly pictures) of our day in the Old City of Jerusalem. We began...

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To, beside, and in the Dead Sea …

For travelers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, Saturday was a day to experience the western side of the Dead Sea, including the sea itself. We began by driving from Jerusalem, at 2400 feet in elevation, to the Dead Sea, at...

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Down under … ground

Friday is a good day NOT to be in Jerusalem, especially during Ramadan, with special services in both mosques and synagogues, the Temple Mount crowded with thousands of Palestinians bused in from the West Bank and the Western Wall with thousands of Jews from Jerusalem...

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Down south and up west

Adventurers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences said goodbye to the Galilee on Thursday and headed south to a double destination. The ancient tel of Beth She'an towers above the Hellenistic/Roman city of Scythopolis, built as one...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

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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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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