The bad news, good news of evangelical decline

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...
What does it mean to believe in God?

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...
Time to dream again?

Time to dream again?

By John D. Pierce Congregational leaders of my generation considered Bob Dale’s earlier best-selling book, To Dream Again, to be a lifeline. It was their go-to book for re-envisioning a church’s mission in changing times. Since that time, changes have continued to...
A faith-full visit with the remarkable Morgan Nelson

A faith-full visit with the remarkable Morgan Nelson

By John D. Pierce Roswell, New Mexico is best known — or vaguely known, at least — for a 1947 UFO incident, some 75 miles from town, that flooded the area with conspiracy theories rather than green aliens. Some hotels and restaurants along North Main Street still play...
Waking up (at) Yellowstone

Waking up (at) Yellowstone

By John D. Pierce Yellowstone is waking up from its long winter nap. The snow is beginning to melt and the animals are starting to move about. The park’s summer splendor is early in the making. What if you (yes, YOU) woke up on a cool summer morning to the...

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