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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Reflections and Hope

By John D. Pierce Most of my time is spent looking ahead to an approaching deadline or planning the next event that is part of the expanding ministry of Nurturing Faith. However, I have taken some moments to reflect on what has happened in and through these efforts in...

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Jimmy R. Allen: ‘Leadership with integrity’

By John D. Pierce When learning of the death of Baptist statesman Jimmy R. Allen so many thoughts swirled through my mind that I decided to reflect for awhile before attempting to put them into words. A Texan who landed well in Georgia, Jimmy died on Jan. 8 at his...

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Label me a reductionist

By John D. Pierce Labels serve a descriptive purpose but are rarely fully accurate or adequate. Often they are misapplied, redefined or refused. Some people label themselves with ease as liberal, conservative or another tag — while many of us are less comfortable...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Time’s a wastin’!

The first newspaper comic strip I remember reading was "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith," a mostly lame characterization of a hillbilly family from a place called "Hootin' Holler." One of the oldest strips around, it started in 1919 and still continues, 100 years...

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Maybe, maybe not

Christianity Today recently released a list of "Top Ten" archaeological discoveries in 2018, and several important things were announced during the year, though some of them had been found earlier. On the first day of 2018, for example, Israeli archaeologists...

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A good life lived

She had been giving Phyllis, the weekend daytime caregiver, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare chicken and dressing in the crock pot. “People will eat that,” she said. “It’s going to be good.” She worried about having enough eggs for cooking when the family...

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Don’t. Just don’t …

Israel, like America, has its fair share of ideological activists determined to have their way even if it endangers the country -- and possibly the world. For years, a group of Ultra-Orthodox Jews -- supported by American fundamentalist Christians anxious for...

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Not just plain vanilla

A paper presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) meeting last week put me in the mood for pound cake. Really. I didn't get to hear the lecture, because my teaching schedule renders it impractical to attend both ASOR and the Society of Biblical...

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Oh, come now!

I've generally tried to stay away from politics lately not wanting to repeat the obvious flaws of our current administration that so many others do an effective job of point out. But here's something that has an Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern connection, so I...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Pressing On

By: Ginger Hughes This is the time of year when we break out the pen and paper, the planner or journal, and begin to write down those resolutions. You know the ones where we resolve to lose some weight, exercise rigorously, and cut out sweets. Or perhaps we aspire to...

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Merry And Bright

By: Ginger Hughes Commercials show children’s eyes alight with wonder as they come down the stairs on Christmas morning.  We see couples smiling and sharing silly banter as they prepare breakfast together.  Bright and shiny new toys, gifts, and even cars elicit...

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When Will Morning Come

By: Ginger Hughes I awoke once more, glancing toward the window.  It was still dark.  “What time is it?” I wondered to myself, as I groped my way around, searching for my phone. 4:40 a.m. shined brightly on the screen. It didn’t seem possible.  The night had already...

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Waiting With Confidence

By: Ginger Hughes Have you ever been in a season of “waiting?” I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s not much fun.  Waiting can lend itself to uncertainty, anxiety, and even fear at times.  Waiting allows my mind to conjure up all manner of possibilities and...

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Lessons In Giving From Children And The Tooth Fairy

By: Ginger Hughes The Tooth Fairy visited our house again this week. Our little girl lost another tooth, and she was thrilled.  She wrote the sweetest note to the Tooth Fairy thanking her for the money she’d left for her previous teeth, and pointing out the fact that...

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The Thief Of Joy

By: Ginger Hughes We set up fences around a big, red barn and designated certain areas for cows, horses, sheep, and pigs.  We threw hay in each corral and ensured each one had a water trough.  We backed up the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, complete with horse...

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