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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Modern Christian purity rituals

By John D. Pierce Unlike Jesus, many modern American evangelicals — who at times feign affection for this particular first-century messiah — fear getting soiled by contact with those considered to be social, racial and economic outcasts. So they work hard at keeping...

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The “Be nice” problem

By John D. Pierce Generally, most of us want to be nice — and are deemed nice. We care about people, respect their differences, and we seek to around nice people ourselves. Persons who don’t behave nicely in our society create enough ugliness — with no need for us to...

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Pearl stories

By John D. Pierce The world is less gracious today after the death of Pearl DuVall in Cordele, Ga., yesterday. Everyone needs more mature, mentoring people in their lives who lead by words and deeds. Pearl was one of those for me in my early years as a campus...

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Remembering Sarah Frost, with affection and appreciation

By John D. Pierce Today, on the eve of Christmas Eve, family and friends will gather in Dublin, Ga., to celebrate the long and remarkable life of Sarah Austin Frost, who died at home on Thursday night at age 97. She was a special person — beloved by many. I was...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

No, it’s not the end.

To my friends around the world: Yes, America appears to have gone off the deep end wearing lead boots. No, we are not going to drown, despite the rising waters of bigotry and greed. Yes, evidence continues to mount that we have made a terrible mistake. Somehow, this...

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Where everything old is new again . . .

Yikes. That's what I said to myself when I realized I hadn't posted a blog in more than a month: that's what finishing up a semester and the big rush of completing a book can do for you -- along with being determined to take a few days off during the holidays. So here...

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Does history matter?

One of the more interesting books I picked up at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting is a new one by Richard Elliott Friedman, a professor of Jewish studies and Hebrew Bible at the University of Georgia. Friedman does the best job of anyone I know in explaining...

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A real horse town

Sunday at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting as a day of learning on many counts. If you're curious about things biblical and archaeological, keep reading ... Rather than reviewing all of the (sometimes) fascinating sessions I attended and boring...

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From arcane grammar to wilderness wanderings …

The annual Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) meeting offers an opportunity to hear from a broad variety of scholars addressing hundreds of topics serving an overflowing smorgasbord of interests. Sessions relate to every conceivable part of the Bible, along with...

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What you don’t know …

An old saying claims "What you don't know can't hurt you," which is manifestly false, as anyone who's stepped in a hole they didn't know was there can attest. What you don't know can also slow you down and generally wreck your plans. Case in point: I arrived in Boston...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Making Our Moments Count

By: Ginger Hughes As a mom, there have been moments where I truly wanted to stop time.  Moments so special and so sacred, I didn’t want them to end. Moments where the slight weight of my newborn daughter was cradled in my arms and the moonlight drifted through the...

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What Difference Does Faith Make?

By: Ginger Hughes Organ music fills the sanctuary as voices join together singing, “Silent Night, Holy Night.”  Prayers are prayed, and scripture is read.  Those familiar verses from Luke detail the most sacred of stories—Jesus’ birth.  The lights are dimmed, and the...

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Longing For Peace

By: Ginger Hughes [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a poet and educator, wrote a poignant poem in 1863, entitled “Christmas Bells.”  I’ll be sharing excerpts from his poem.] “I heard the bells on Christmas day, Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words...

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Jesus And My Colored Christmas Tree Lights

By: Ginger Hughes A few years ago, something happened that forever changed who I am. A cry pierced the air as oxygen filled the lungs. New life was born. Tears rolled down my face, and everything within me shifted, changed, rearranged itself. My heart would never be...

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Answering The Call For Help

By: Ginger Hughes The sun’s warmth, combined with the gentlest of breezes, made for a perfect day to be outdoors.  We shimmied our way between young and old alike to find the best spot for bear watching.  We were visiting a national park that has created space for a...

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Is My Example Worth Following?

By: Ginger Hughes Short little legs, with a red rope dragging in the dirt behind them, trailed behind a pair of much longer ones. We were on my Dad’s farm - my youngest’s favorite place to be. And he was with his Papa – one of his favorite people to be with. This...

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