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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

POSITIVE NOTES: Music helps us get through hard times

By John D. Pierce Lee Bains III had planned to be touring with his band, The Glory Fires — that “draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel.” Yet, like just about everyone else, Lee became homebound this spring. And, like many other...

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Make it shareable, please

By John D. Pierce We seek to be relevant, insightful, honest and hopeful with each issue of Nurturing Faith Journal. Some find reading it informative and inspiring enough they want to share it with others. So we made subscriptions — including gift subscriptions — as...

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Remember the victims; recommit to peace

By John D. Pierce Sunday, April 19, marks the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City — that contained a childcare facility. The blast killed 168, including 19 children. Hundreds more were injured. That morning, local...

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Guest blog: Where is God in the COVID-19 pandemic?

Editor’s note: This Good Friday guest blog is by my friend Benny McCracken, pastor of First Baptist Church of West Yellowstone, Montana.   Where is God in the COVID-19 pandemic? By Benny McCracken To hearken back to my conservative roots: "God is on his throne...

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Loyalty over competence is bad management

By John D. Pierce Being surrounded by head-nodders who are afraid to offer constructive criticism, opposing viewpoints, and accountability may feel good. But it doesn’t make one a better person or leader. That approach, reflected so clearly in the current national...

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Read on!

By John D. Pierce Looking for something good to read? Perhaps something with intrigue, mystery and sex? Well, yes, the Bible fits the bill, but also check out Nurturing Faith Journal. The May/June issue is filled with fascinating, original content — including a visit...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

You saw it here first

First, Susan uncovered what first looked like a spear point, but turned out to be the head of a bronze scepter. Everyone gathered around to look at the find, and some dirt near the edge of a baulk was displaced. As soon as the others left, I scooped up the displaced...

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The temple beneath the bridge …

Beneath a huge bridge on the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, just past a huge subdivision called Mevaseret Zion and less than four miles northwest of the Old City, one can find the remains of an ancient temple that may have been used to worship both Yahweh and...

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Have we erred on Ur?

For years, most Bible readers have assumed that Abraham’s hometown should be identified with the great city of Ur, located in southern Mesopotamia, an area known in ancient times as Sumer. The area is now in southern Iraq; the site of Ur is near the modern city of...

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Pardon my skepticism

Several news outlets have reported what some see as exciting news with headlines like "Relic believed to be of Jesus' manger returned to Bethlehem" (UPI) and "After Two Thousand Years, Jesus' Manger Returns to Bethlehem in Time for Christmas" (Haaretz). The headlines...

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Intriguing find; political drama

Doing archaeology is hard work under any circumstances, not just in the physical labor of uncovering ancient layers of civilizations, but also in walking the tightrope of ethical propriety. Such an issue is plaguing a newsworthy excavation in East Jerusalem: an...

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Ninety years a servant

Sara Ann Hobbs was a force of nature with a heart for others. When she died August 28 in Silver City, New Mexico, in the home she shared with long-time friend Nancy Curtis, Hobbs reached the end of a long and pioneering journey. The journey began in Anniston, AL, in...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Love In Action: May It Begin With Me

By: Ginger Hughes Some days I read the top news stories and other days I skim the headlines; however, the outcome is often the same.  I see negativity, discord, and division.  It seems no matter the topic, from politics to sports and everything in between, our...

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Rest For The Weary

By: Ginger Hughes I don’t know about you, but around here, Summer has been busy—a little too busy. Our calendar has been full—a bit too full. Summer is often touted as being a fun and relaxing season, but I’m not so sure. Sure we’ve had some fun, but relaxed? Not so...

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Fully Known and Fully Loved

By: Ginger Hughes “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The starlit skies devoid of city lights sparkle down at me.  The eagle soars high above head, the vast Wyoming skies its home.  The rugged edges of the Grand Tetons,...

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What Do They See When They Look At Me?

By: Ginger Hughes There have been times in my life when I found Sunday School or church to be intimidating.  Perhaps it’s my introverted ways, but I can remember feeling nervous about walking into a new church or a new Sunday School room filled with people who already...

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Clean Out The Closets

By: Ginger Hughes Our entryway closet greets us as we walk in the door.  It’s the perfect dropping off spot for coats, shoes, umbrellas, and book bags.  As soon as we walk inside, we can hang jackets on the provided hangers, put shoes on the provided shelves, hang...

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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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