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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

The last blog

By John D. Pierce While visiting the late author and activist Will Campbell at his farm in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., years ago, he told me of going down to retrieve his mail at the same time as two neighbors. They lingered and chatted for a while. One neighbor asked the...

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Babs: Feisty, funny, forever shaping the future

By John D. Pierce In our progressive Baptist world it is enough to just to say “Babs.” We all know who you’re talking about — the feisty, funny Texan whose life made an impact beyond degree. Yet the surname “Baugh” stood — and stands — for something very significant....

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Seeing the world like Jesus sees the world

By John D. Pierce The Gospels say nothing about “accepting Jesus.” That’s an initiation rite developed within institutional Christianity. In fact, the story revealed in the Gospels is one of Jesus accepting us — all of us. We are called to believe but there is a more...

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Read, think and learn

By John D. Pierce The July/August issue of Nurturing Faith Journal is chocked full of good stuff — specifically written for this publication. Dan Day’s superb article on Christian nationalism gives historical context and timely insight into the susceptibility of...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Possumbilities

I don't know how the critter got under our house, which is brick to the ground except for small screened vents that can barely accommodate a curious bug, much less a marsupial. However it got there, it must have found enough bugs or worms or spiders to survive for a...

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A day to remember

Some days you never forget: sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not so good. This is about one of the happy ones, and fortunately, it keeps turning up. In 2015, my wife Susan and I volunteered to spend three weeks digging with the Fourth Expedition to Lachish,...

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High priests?

We've heard of "high church" worship, the kind of liturgy that includes robes and processions and formal hymns with no one directing the music, maybe even the occasional scent of incense. In a surprise finding, archaeologists have learned that some ancient Hebrews had...

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Just need to say . . .

My role as contributing editor and curriculum writer for Nurturing Faith gives me opportunities to blog on a variety of subjects, from devotional thoughts to curiosities to archaeology. Lately I've focused more on archaeology. Rarely do I venture into politics and...

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A Baptist World Pentecost

Elijah Brown, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), announced this week that leaders will celebrate Pentecost amid the pandemic by hosting a "virtual global BWA worship service" on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30. Both services will feature a short...

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Good news and bad news

In the field of archaeology, there's good news and bad. We might as well get the bad news out of the way first: virtually the entire 2020 digging season for volunteers has become a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most digs in Israel, at least, take place in May,...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

A New Season

By: Ginger Hughes “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…a time to embrace and...

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Ashes to Ashes and Everything in Between

By: Ginger Hughes The minister smeared the ashes across my forehead—one swipe down and one across forming a misshapen cross.  “From the dust God created you, and to the dust you shall return,” she whispered, looking into my eyes. It’s the season of Lent—a time of...

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Finding Freedom in the Fence and Love in the Limits

By: Ginger Hughes “Move back guys…a car is coming!” I hollered from my perch on the front steps.  The kids were outside playing in the front yard, and they’d ventured out closer to the road, past our fence, to look at something incredible…a special rock, an...

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Is Your Life A Spectacle?

By: Ginger Hughes I fear we’re making quite the spectacle of ourselves this holiday season.  You see, my husband and I love white Christmas lights.  We look forward to their simplicity and beauty each year.  However, our children have much different tastes.  They love...

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Lead The Way In Love

By: Ginger Hughes “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Earlier this month, a well-known male preacher and Bible teacher sat in...

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Keep Praying; Keep Trusting

By: Ginger Hughes In recent months, I’ve been praying over something really important to me. It’s the kind of praying that at times feels more like wrestling, as I try so hard to determine God’s will in this area of life. It’s the kind of praying that brings tears as...

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