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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Elitism and Lent

By John D. Pierce At hotel check-in time I am profusely thanked for being “elite” as well as loyal. A new rewards program has designated my status as “titanium” now, not merely “platinum.” Even the plastic key and paper holder that let me find and enter my...

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Where have I heard that before?

By John D. Pierce “I’m a believer that the church has to transform the culture, not the culture transforming the church,” said Pastor Jeff Kersey of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, S.C., speaking in opposition to equality for LGBTQ persons. Where have...

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Jesus just ain’t mean enough

By John D. Pierce For some professing Christians Jesus just ain’t mean enough. They claim him as their savior but consider him a wimp when it comes to “real life” experiences. They impose a strictly literally interpretation on the Bible, in principle, but literally...

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Finding Will in the Hall

By John D. Pierce Recently my two daughters, two nieces and I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, where we saw Webb Pierce’s 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible adorned with steer horns, six-shooter door handles, a saddle console and more than l50...

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New CBF coordinator sees “bright and beautiful future”

By John D. Pierce ATLANTA, Ga. — Paul Baxley said his calling to serve as the fourth executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) “came most unexpectedly.” The pastor of the First Baptist Church of Athens, Ga., told media at a Feb. 1 press...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

A good life lived

She had been giving Phyllis, the weekend daytime caregiver, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare chicken and dressing in the crock pot. “People will eat that,” she said. “It’s going to be good.” She worried about having enough eggs for cooking when the family...

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Don’t. Just don’t …

Israel, like America, has its fair share of ideological activists determined to have their way even if it endangers the country -- and possibly the world. For years, a group of Ultra-Orthodox Jews -- supported by American fundamentalist Christians anxious for...

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Not just plain vanilla

A paper presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) meeting last week put me in the mood for pound cake. Really. I didn't get to hear the lecture, because my teaching schedule renders it impractical to attend both ASOR and the Society of Biblical...

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Oh, come now!

I've generally tried to stay away from politics lately not wanting to repeat the obvious flaws of our current administration that so many others do an effective job of point out. But here's something that has an Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern connection, so I...

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Even rocks change

I've found it increasingly hard to blog on current events these days, given that the political situation is so hopelessly in a shambles that any comments from me would be just restating the obvious. Hurricanes and other disasters likewise get more than adequate...

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You never know what you’ll find …

Every other year, Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences co-sponsor a study tour of Israel and parts of the West Bank. And every year, one of the most memorable outings occurs at a place many participants had never heard of: Maresha....

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Merry And Bright

By: Ginger Hughes Commercials show children’s eyes alight with wonder as they come down the stairs on Christmas morning.  We see couples smiling and sharing silly banter as they prepare breakfast together.  Bright and shiny new toys, gifts, and even cars elicit...

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When Will Morning Come

By: Ginger Hughes I awoke once more, glancing toward the window.  It was still dark.  “What time is it?” I wondered to myself, as I groped my way around, searching for my phone. 4:40 a.m. shined brightly on the screen. It didn’t seem possible.  The night had already...

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Waiting With Confidence

By: Ginger Hughes Have you ever been in a season of “waiting?” I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s not much fun.  Waiting can lend itself to uncertainty, anxiety, and even fear at times.  Waiting allows my mind to conjure up all manner of possibilities and...

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Lessons In Giving From Children And The Tooth Fairy

By: Ginger Hughes The Tooth Fairy visited our house again this week. Our little girl lost another tooth, and she was thrilled.  She wrote the sweetest note to the Tooth Fairy thanking her for the money she’d left for her previous teeth, and pointing out the fact that...

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The Thief Of Joy

By: Ginger Hughes We set up fences around a big, red barn and designated certain areas for cows, horses, sheep, and pigs.  We threw hay in each corral and ensured each one had a water trough.  We backed up the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, complete with horse...

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Who Will Hold Us Then?

By: Ginger Hughes “Hold me, Mama,” my little one said, as I was unloading the dishwasher one morning after breakfast. “I will son. Give me just a minute,” I replied. I felt a little hand tug on my shirt, and once again he asked me to pick him up.  “I’m almost...

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