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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Goodness is a good way to express thanks

By John D. Pierce Thanksgiving reminds us that many of life’s daily gifts go unrecognized. It is more than a phrase to say, “We pause to give thanks...” This annual pause in our routines and rat races gives us the chance to reflect upon all that blesses our lives....

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Where lessons get learned

By John D. Pierce When parents and church leaders tell children to be honest in word and deed; to not bully or otherwise mistreat others; to trust God and be like Jesus, to love all the children of the world — but then fearfully and heartily support political leaders...

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Why “I’m not a racist, but…” is often racism

By John D. Pierce The term racism can be misapplied. But it also can be defined and used too narrowly to hide or defend racism. A belief in racial superiority is widely used to define racism. Since few (though a growing number now that it’s en vogue politically)...

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Plan fast; four spaces remain

By John D. Pierce Nurturing Faith Experience: Pacific Northwest, set for July 20-27, 2019, is filling quickly. So if you've "been thinking about it," it might be time to act. This experience will featuring Washington’s Olympic National Park and Oregon’s Cannon Beach —...

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Remembering Roy Smith

By John D. Pierce WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Family and friends gathered at the First Baptist Church on Fifth Street here Saturday (Oct. 27) to celebrate the long and love-filled life of Roy J. Smith, known for his exceptional leadership skills, pastoral passion and (as...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

The cost of not thinking ahead

I had the best of intentions, planting that tree, 24 years ago. I'm a sentimental sort, sometimes perhaps overly so, and I was looking for ways to symbolically remember my young daughter Bethany, who had fallen victim to a drunk driver in January 1994. So, I stopped...

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The world’s oldest bread …

Some excitement accompanied a recent announcement that archaeologists from the University of Copenhagen have discovered fragments of carbonized flatbread in the remains of a fireplace dating back to 14,400 BCE, 4,000 years before the date traditionally associated with...

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Things I learned in Switzerland

The Baptist World Alliance held its Annual Gathering in Zurich this year, providing an ideal opportunity to explore that old city between meetings -- and to enjoy some vacation time in Interlaken the following week. Here are a few things I learned. The Swiss are...

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BWA finds fellowship in Zurich

The Baptist World Alliance wrapped up its Annual Gathering on Friday after meeting in Zurich, Switzerland July 2-6. Three hundred and twenty  Baptists from 46 countries gathered for the annual time of fellowship, worship, commission meetings (16 of them, with 60...

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Up to our ears — in dirt

Today the Jezreel dig team traveling through Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences finished our last day of serious digging: tomorrow involves lots of brushing, cleaning, photographs, and odd jobs. The crew has been faithful and fabulous,...

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Dig these stories … Part Four

Here's another in our series of reflections from participants in the Jezreel Expedition  archaeological dig traveling with Campbell University Divinity School / Nurturing Faith Experiences. Dale Belvin is a 2009 graduate of CUDS. For the past seven years, he has been...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Unless We Stop Saying “Unless”

By: Ginger Hughes Here am I Lord, send me… Unless it’s to Africa or the Middle East or some other far away place.  Afterall God, I don’t know the language or the culture.  And what about my safety?  Some of these places are dangerous. Here am I Lord, send me… Unless...

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Making Room For Rest

By: Ginger Hughes Our family is enjoying a fun-filled vacation at the beach this week.  We’ve walked on the beach, played in the surf, eaten delicious seafood, visited a planetarium, indulged in one too many ice cream cones, built a sand “mountain,” and even read some...

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A View From The Middle

By: Ginger Hughes I’m no longer a young person. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to think of myself as young(ish), but young I am not. The years of childhood, teenage angst, and even young adulthood are all long gone. I’m here, somewhere in the middle, though...

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Intentional Interactions

By: Ginger Hughes As Mom and I walked toward the door of the Cancer Center, a woman greeted us with the most beautiful smile and warm “hello.”  Her eyes radiated joy and somehow, I felt her empathy and compassion extend through her words as she asked how we were...

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Dear Young Ones,

By: Ginger Hughes Dear Young Ones, I know you’re scared. I know you’re scared because you’ve been pulled away from your mom or dad, grandmother or grandfather, tears flowing from their eyes, a look of terror on their faces. I know you’re scared because people are...

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Together We Can

By: Ginger Hughes I’ve spent a lot of time in hospitals in recent months.  A LOT of time.  And while I spent most of that time in my mom's room, I still had ample opportunity to notice some things, one of which is how many people it takes to run a hospital. There are...

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