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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

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...

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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)...

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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 Oregon’s Cannon Beach —...

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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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Demonizing people reveals whose side you’re on

By John D. Pierce Jesus was in the business of casting out devils, not creating them out of the very people whom he loved through his life, death and resurrection. So it is telling when those who profess his name today so quickly join political forces to demonize...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

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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Even rocks change

I've found it increasingly hard to blog on current events these days, given that the political situation is so hopelessly in a shambles that any comments from me would be just restating the obvious. Hurricanes and other disasters likewise get more than adequate...

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You never know what you’ll find …

Every other year, Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences co-sponsor a study tour of Israel and parts of the West Bank. And every year, one of the most memorable outings occurs at a place many participants had never heard of: Maresha....

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What does the DNA say?

Two recent stories highlight the growing role of DNA analysis in archaeology. One of them offers a reminder that Israel -- a land bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe -- has always been a land of migrants. In 1995, a large karstic cave (one formed by eroding of...

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Walking on holy ground …

Want to Experience Israel in 2019? Here's how ... You can join me and New Testament professor Alicia Myers, along with veteran guide Doron Heiliger, for a 10-day tour of Israel and the West Bank May 11-22, 2019. Here are the details: The cost is $3850 from...

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The cost of not thinking ahead

I had the best of intentions, planting that tree, 24 years ago. I'm a sentimental sort, sometimes perhaps overly so, and I was looking for ways to symbolically remember my young daughter Bethany, who had fallen victim to a drunk driver in January 1994. So, I stopped...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

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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Who Will Hold Us Then?

By: Ginger Hughes “Hold me, Mama,” my little one said, as I was unloading the dishwasher one morning after breakfast. “I will son. Give me just a minute,” I replied. I felt a little hand tug on my shirt, and once again he asked me to pick him up.  “I’m almost...

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We Can Trust: Our Story Ends In Victory

By: Ginger Hughes It’s true that life is beautiful and full of joy. There are newly promised vows and 50th wedding anniversaries.  There are babies being born and seniors graduating college.  There are fabulous places to travel, backyard barbeques with friends, and...

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Unless We Stop Saying “Unless”

By: Ginger Hughes Here am I Lord, send me… Unless it’s to Africa or the Middle East or some other far away place.  Afterall God, I don’t know the language or the culture.  And what about my safety?  Some of these places are dangerous. Here am I Lord, send me… Unless...

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