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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

It’s a calling, not a formula

By John D. Pierce A big question is how did so much of American Christianity today get so far from Jesus? The answer can be traced to what pastor/author Ken Wytsma calls the “Salvation Industrial Complex.” And his personal experience mirrors mine. “I grew up with the...

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Sorry! But it needs to be said

By John D. Pierce There are not many things President Trump is honest about. He is a record-setting liar. His false claims are so numerous and outrageous that even his best defenders call them “alternate facts” and dismiss proven accurate information as “fake news.”...

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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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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

23 and Philistine

Bible scholars have long speculated about the origins of the Philistines, who showed up in southern Palestine during the transition from the Late Bronze Age to Iron Age I, somewhere around 1200 BCE. After failing to conquer Egypt in a sea battle that cost the...

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Lost in translation

The second day of the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education got underway with a stirring paper by Valérie Duval-Poujol of France on the subject of "Bible Translations and How They Have Affected Women's Engagement in the Church and Society."...

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Women, Baptists, and theology

Every five years or so, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) sponsors a conference with the ungainly acronym of BICTE: the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education. Meeting either before or after the BWA's Annual Gathering, the conference generally...

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Zucchini Gump

One of my favorite movies is Forrest Gump, and there's a memorable scene in which his army friend Bubba recites to him all the different ways his coastal Louisiana mother knows how to cook shrimp. Fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp alfredo, shrimp...

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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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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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