Goodness is a good way to express thanks

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....
Where lessons get learned

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

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)...
Plan fast; four spaces remain

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...
Remembering Roy Smith

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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