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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Chancel surfing

By John D. Pierce Asking, “How was church last Sunday?” has a whole new connotation. The answer is likely to have a technical dimension. Curses, biblical and otherwise, rained down on Zoom’s unfaithfulness yesterday. Other online services were delivered as advertised....

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The BS Express has left the station — at record speed

By John D. Pierce It was lunchtime in Rome, Ga., in 1980. I was living on a meager intern’s stipend so a Big Mac was the day’s sustenance. An older man at the neighboring table started a conversation. I was young, and had not yet learned to tell such strangers that I...

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Vicarious rebellion

By John D. Pierce Rebellion never came easy for me — so I lived it vicariously through music by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. I wore a groove through a 45-rpm record of “Mama Tried” — although I turned 21 approaching college graduation, not “in...

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GUEST BLOG: The trouble with tribalism

[Note: Glad to welcome my friend, Dr. Kevin Heifner, to bring his voice to this blog spot. JDP] By Kevin Heifner, M.D. As my father — a Baptist preacher turned religious educator turned anthropology professor — likes to point out, people historically have viewed their...

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Good Faith is coming!

By John D. Pierce Since announcing the formation of Good Faith Media we have been buoyed by the widespread interest and affirmation. This new venture brings together the varied media and experiential resources of Nurturing Faith and EthicsDaily. However, the sum of...

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Nurturing Faith extends free Bible study resources through June

By John D. Pierce Thoughtful and applicable Bible study — for individuals or in tech-connected groups — fills an important role during this time of isolation and uncertainty. Therefore, the Nurturing Faith Bible Studies by Tony Cartledge are available to everyone by...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

A Baptist World Pentecost

Elijah Brown, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), announced this week that leaders will celebrate Pentecost amid the pandemic by hosting a "virtual global BWA worship service" on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30. Both services will feature a short...

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Good news and bad news

In the field of archaeology, there's good news and bad. We might as well get the bad news out of the way first: virtually the entire 2020 digging season for volunteers has become a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most digs in Israel, at least, take place in May,...

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Hopeful Images

Since the COVID-19 pandemic sent us all home, Faculty and staff at Campbell University Divinity School have been posting "Words of Encouragement" to our students and others twice a week. For this week, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the students'...

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Pandemic pondering

If the global COVID-19 pandemic hasn't accomplished anything else, it has given us something new to think about, often ad infinitum. Out of the overflow, I share a few miscellaneous ponderings in case anyone's bored enough to read them and commiserate: The news cycle...

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Essential services

No one needs reminding that life is currently different from anything we've known before. With large gatherings banned, in-person church meetings have been called off with no clear end in sight. As more and more states impose "shelter in place" guidelines, everyone is...

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Let’s get a grip … on something other than guns

I confess to having been a bit surprised by the outright panic many people seem to be experiencing in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It is a crisis: don't get me wrong. We need to take it seriously and pay attention to advice from health authorities. We need to stay...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

A New Season

By: Ginger Hughes “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…a time to embrace and...

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Ashes to Ashes and Everything in Between

By: Ginger Hughes The minister smeared the ashes across my forehead—one swipe down and one across forming a misshapen cross.  “From the dust God created you, and to the dust you shall return,” she whispered, looking into my eyes. It’s the season of Lent—a time of...

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Finding Freedom in the Fence and Love in the Limits

By: Ginger Hughes “Move back guys…a car is coming!” I hollered from my perch on the front steps.  The kids were outside playing in the front yard, and they’d ventured out closer to the road, past our fence, to look at something incredible…a special rock, an...

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Is Your Life A Spectacle?

By: Ginger Hughes I fear we’re making quite the spectacle of ourselves this holiday season.  You see, my husband and I love white Christmas lights.  We look forward to their simplicity and beauty each year.  However, our children have much different tastes.  They love...

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Lead The Way In Love

By: Ginger Hughes “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Earlier this month, a well-known male preacher and Bible teacher sat in...

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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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