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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Now we know

By John D. Pierce We no longer have to speculate. And what many of us have suspected is true. We’ve wondered why Jesus — who offered expansive grace, a counter-cultural life and incisive teachings as part of revealing God and modeling how his followers are to live —...

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Doubting the ‘double cure’

By John D. Pierce Every funeral I attended as a child — and I attended way too many — included some warbling rendition of “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me.” I hate that song. I associate it with the sight of waxy, dead, unknown distant relatives and the smell of flower...

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The great fundamentalist lie

By John D. Pierce Remember when the Religious Right (a.k.a., Moral Majority, Christian fundamentalists) jumped into politics a few decades ago to tout their commitment to “family values?” Well, that was a big, fat lie. It turns out, as many of us knew at the time,...

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Think summer — out West!

By John D. Pierce Nurturing Faith Experiences (NFEs) strike a unique balance between traveling with a large tour group where you’re herded like buffalo — or striking out on your own without insider knowledge and access. NFEs are small-group (limited to 18 persons)...

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How to ignore Jesus and still call yourself Christian

By John D. Pierce One would think the very designation of “Christ” in Christianity would make it hard to dismiss the life and teachings of Jesus and his call to be faithful followers. But then, Jesus said a lot of hard things about sacrifice, selflessness and...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Isaiah’s signature? For real?

Has a lump of clay bearing the prophet Isaiah's personal seal been discovered in Jerusalem? Maybe, maybe not. Archaeologist Eilat Mazar, in a Biblical Archaeology Review tribute article to retiring editor Hershel Shanks, recently described a clay bullae found in the...

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Last call!

I know you're out there, and you know who you are: someone who has always wanted to spend a couple of weeks on an archaeological expedition, to get down in the dirt and dig up amazing things from the soil of ancient Israel. Nurturing Faith Experiences and Campbell...

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Take care with camel lips

If you've ever been around camels, you can't help but notice that they have large lips, but you don't generally get too close to them, as they have been known to bite and spit -- and camel breath, well, enough said. Camels are a big deal in Saudi Arabia, and not just...

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Pence, Jerusalem, and the Trumpocalypse

Vice-president Mike Pence's recent visit to Jerusalem marked a towering victory for right wing fundamentalism, both Christian and Jewish. Pence's fervent speech to the Israeli Knesset, rife with biblical references and described by the newspaper Haaretz as a "Zionist...

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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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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Eyes To See and A Heart To Act

By: Ginger Hughes I’m not sure what she saw when she looked at me. There were no tears.  My eyes were no longer swollen or red-rimmed.  I was simply standing at the door of the intensive care unit, eyes downcast, waiting for my cousin to join me there. I glanced up...

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The Compass Points “The Way”

By: Ginger Hughes A compass has a small magnetic pin suspended within the casing that allows the needle to spin freely responding to our planet’s magnetism. This needle aligns itself, pointing toward the top of the Earth’s magnetic field, pointing North.  Like no...

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The Heart of Valentine’s Day

By: Ginger Hughes Before there were chocolates in red, heart-shaped boxes and sugared candies that say “Be Mine.” Before there were fancy dinners at steakhouses and expensive gifts of jewels and fine metals. Before all of the pomp and circumstance of Valentine’s Day,...

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Rain For The Soul

By: Ginger Hughes The skies gloomy and gray, bestow a slow and steady rain this day. It’s comforting really.  That sound, so soft, as the raindrops land gently on the ground.  The leaves on the trees do a little dance as drops land and cascade down their green...

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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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