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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Wise rebellion

By John D. Pierce Authoritarianism rules. And, boy (gender intended), do we live in a time of emboldened authoritarianism from the White House to the church house. Calvinist Baptist John Piper, who pushes male-dominance “complementarian” doctrine, can always be...

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Certainty is root of all fundamentalist problems

By John D. Pierce Like religious fundamentalists at large, Southern Baptist Convention leaders are cornered by their absurd doctrinal certainty. Doubt or even a hint of uncertainty is treated as unbelief — so they arrogantly posit their opinions as unquestionable...

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The bad news, good news of evangelical decline

By John D. Pierce The bad news: White American evangelicals are the strongest proponents of a political agenda that advances harsh immigration policies, misconstrues “religious liberty” into a license for discrimination, and distributes its moral outrage according to...

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What does it mean to believe in God?

By John D. Pierce “It’s good that you believe that God is one. Ha! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble with fear.” Rather than using the more-commonly translated — “Good!” or “Good for you!” — the Common English Bible (CEB) renders as the middle line in...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

The adventure begins . . .

Adventures come in many forms. For an intrepid group of travelers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, adventure these next two weeks comes in the form of a trip to Israel, where we're spending the better part of three days on a...

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Oh, wait …

I was sitting in a second-floor conference room overlooking a nicely landscaped office park when I saw the saddest looking man I'd come across in awhile. In a pool of shade beneath a small tree, a youngish man was sitting cross-legged, his head in his hands, his long...

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Don’t disrespect the donkey

Donkeys get little respect in this world, but ancient civilizations depended heavily on the stubby beasts of burden. The earliest evidence of horses being used in the ancient Near East is from around 2000 BCE, in tombs where horses were buried along with chariots,...

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Fast food and making change

Maybe it's a sign of age, but I cannot bring myself to make small purchases with a credit or debit card when cash money is still available. I know that there are many people who carry no cash at all, and pay for everything from coffee to clothes with a debit or credit...

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Isaiah’s signature? For real?

Has a lump of clay bearing the prophet Isaiah's personal seal been discovered in Jerusalem? Maybe, maybe not. Archaeologist Eilat Mazar, in a Biblical Archaeology Review tribute article to retiring editor Hershel Shanks, recently described a clay bullae found in the...

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Last call!

I know you're out there, and you know who you are: someone who has always wanted to spend a couple of weeks on an archaeological expedition, to get down in the dirt and dig up amazing things from the soil of ancient Israel. Nurturing Faith Experiences and Campbell...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

The Compass Points “The Way”

By: Ginger Hughes A compass has a small magnetic pin suspended within the casing that allows the needle to spin freely responding to our planet’s magnetism. This needle aligns itself, pointing toward the top of the Earth’s magnetic field, pointing North.  Like no...

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The Heart of Valentine’s Day

By: Ginger Hughes Before there were chocolates in red, heart-shaped boxes and sugared candies that say “Be Mine.” Before there were fancy dinners at steakhouses and expensive gifts of jewels and fine metals. Before all of the pomp and circumstance of Valentine’s Day,...

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Rain For The Soul

By: Ginger Hughes The skies gloomy and gray, bestow a slow and steady rain this day. It’s comforting really.  That sound, so soft, as the raindrops land gently on the ground.  The leaves on the trees do a little dance as drops land and cascade down their green...

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Making Our Moments Count

By: Ginger Hughes As a mom, there have been moments where I truly wanted to stop time.  Moments so special and so sacred, I didn’t want them to end. Moments where the slight weight of my newborn daughter was cradled in my arms and the moonlight drifted through the...

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What Difference Does Faith Make?

By: Ginger Hughes Organ music fills the sanctuary as voices join together singing, “Silent Night, Holy Night.”  Prayers are prayed, and scripture is read.  Those familiar verses from Luke detail the most sacred of stories—Jesus’ birth.  The lights are dimmed, and the...

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Longing For Peace

By: Ginger Hughes [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a poet and educator, wrote a poignant poem in 1863, entitled “Christmas Bells.”  I’ll be sharing excerpts from his poem.] “I heard the bells on Christmas day, Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words...

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