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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Ringing the bell for freedom

By John D. Pierce The shiny bell in my home study is beautiful in appearance and sound. But is more than that: It is gift that that reminds me to be bold in “ringing the bell for freedom” — as I was charged by the generous man who gave it to me. David M. Smith of...

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Modern Christian purity rituals

By John D. Pierce Unlike Jesus, many modern American evangelicals — who at times feign affection for this particular first-century messiah — fear getting soiled by contact with those considered to be social, racial and economic outcasts. So they work hard at keeping...

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The “Be nice” problem

By John D. Pierce Generally, most of us want to be nice — and are deemed nice. We care about people, respect their differences, and we seek to around nice people ourselves. Persons who don’t behave nicely in our society create enough ugliness — with no need for us to...

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Pearl stories

By John D. Pierce The world is less gracious today after the death of Pearl DuVall in Cordele, Ga., yesterday. Everyone needs more mature, mentoring people in their lives who lead by words and deeds. Pearl was one of those for me in my early years as a campus...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

From arcane grammar to wilderness wanderings …

The annual Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) meeting offers an opportunity to hear from a broad variety of scholars addressing hundreds of topics serving an overflowing smorgasbord of interests. Sessions relate to every conceivable part of the Bible, along with...

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What you don’t know …

An old saying claims "What you don't know can't hurt you," which is manifestly false, as anyone who's stepped in a hole they didn't know was there can attest. What you don't know can also slow you down and generally wreck your plans. Case in point: I arrived in Boston...

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Rev it up, Rev …

Day in and day out, I putter in my Prius like geezer, trying to break the 70 miles per gallon barrier. Every now and then, though, a man needs to be near some real horsepower. Welcome to truck racing. Thanks to my friend David Daly, I recently spent a day at the...

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Bye bye, ties

Fall reading days offer professor types an opportunity to change gears for a bit. This year I've benefitted from a retreat with my support group of brothers in ministry that has been going on for 29 years, a day of hiking with my lovely wife, and a few more days to...

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Diggin’ it — for real

Have you ever wished that, just once, you could participate in a real live archaeological dig in Israel? Here's your chance! Nurturing Faith Experiences, in partnership with Campbell University Divinity School, has arranged for a limited number of participants to join...

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Sermon stealing

The topic of pulpit plagiarism has been in the news since pastor Bill Shillady sought to capitalize on a series of devotions he sent Hillary Clinton during her ill-fated presidential campaign by publishing them as Strong for a Moment Like This. After the book came...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Answering The Call For Help

By: Ginger Hughes The sun’s warmth, combined with the gentlest of breezes, made for a perfect day to be outdoors.  We shimmied our way between young and old alike to find the best spot for bear watching.  We were visiting a national park that has created space for a...

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Is My Example Worth Following?

By: Ginger Hughes Short little legs, with a red rope dragging in the dirt behind them, trailed behind a pair of much longer ones. We were on my Dad’s farm - my youngest’s favorite place to be. And he was with his Papa – one of his favorite people to be with. This...

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“Only When It’s Dark Enough Can We See The Stars”

By: Ginger Hughes What is happening? This has been a lingering thought as I’ve scrolled through my newsfeed over the past few months. A white nationalist rally in Virginia. A vehicle driving into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring others. North Korea and the...

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Bent or Beautiful

By: Ginger Hughes Recently, my children came bounding in from school with their dad following a few steps behind.  Little hands clutched book bags, rain jackets (that we prefer to hold rather than wear), and a few unidentifiable art projects. Crushed amongst this...

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To Those Overlooked By The Church

By Ginger Hughes To those overlooked by the church, I see you. You look at this towering, stately building, standing proudly on the corner and feel nothing but cold, intimidation settle around your shoulders. I understand that sentiment. I remember you. You came here...

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Light Shines In The Darkness

By Ginger Hughes As evening fell, my husband sat with our two-year-old in the middle of his bedroom floor, reading books before bedtime. A small lamp offered a soft glow in the otherwise dark room. Closing the last book, they stood up, and my husband walked over to...

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