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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

The political perversion of American ‘Christianity’

By John D. Pierce American evangelicals justify a lot of attitudes and actions that defy the Christ they claim in order to reach their ultimate political goals: criminalizing abortion and justifying discrimination against LGBTQ persons. Such has become the two-faced...

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Imposing our agenda on Jesus

By John D. Pierce The harsh reality is that many who profess to be Christian hold a higher allegiance than to Christ. It is to a social ideology based on a highly selective manipulation of the Bible that downplays or ignores the life and teachings of Jesus. This...

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A Parable for Earth Day by Kelly Belcher

Editor's note: On this Earth Day I turn over my blog spot to friend Kelly Belcher for her creative and timely message. By Kelly Belcher In the end, the green earth was lush and full with the glory of God, and sunlight shone through the depths of sweet oceans, and the...

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Remembering a most remarkable woman

By John D. Pierce Last Sunday morning, Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally of Abilene, Texas, died at age 106. Her legacy is both long and lasting. Writing of her a few years ago I referred to Virginia as a remarkable woman. I would add: a most remarkable woman. This kind and...

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Good stuff a-comin’

By John D. Pierce “Original” has a much nicer sound to it than the uppity word “exclusive.” Therefore, I refer to the many unique stories and columns that fill each issue of Nurturing Faith Journal as original content. That is, there is no other place in print or...

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3 options for uncomfortable evangelicals

By John D. Pierce Any honest assessment of white American evangelicalism reveals a religious/political ideology or civil religion largely absent the life and teachings of Jesus. Just look at how evangelicals poll and how evangelical leaders speak and how so many...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

The old story in the Old City …

For friends, family, and other folk traveling vicariously through Israel and the West Bank with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, here's a quick review of our day in (mostly pictures) of our day in the Old City of Jerusalem. We began...

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To, beside, and in the Dead Sea …

For travelers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences, Saturday was a day to experience the western side of the Dead Sea, including the sea itself. We began by driving from Jerusalem, at 2400 feet in elevation, to the Dead Sea, at...

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Down under … ground

Friday is a good day NOT to be in Jerusalem, especially during Ramadan, with special services in both mosques and synagogues, the Temple Mount crowded with thousands of Palestinians bused in from the West Bank and the Western Wall with thousands of Jews from Jerusalem...

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Down south and up west

Adventurers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences said goodbye to the Galilee on Thursday and headed south to a double destination. The ancient tel of Beth She'an towers above the Hellenistic/Roman city of Scythopolis, built as one...

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Looping through the Galilee …

Travelers with Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences spent their second full day in Israel on a looping excursion through the northern Galilee. We began with a morning devotion on the portico of a small church on the Mount of Beatitudes,...

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Let’s have a Jesus day …

Wednesday was "Jesus day" for the good folk traveling with the 2019 Nurturing Faith Experiences and Campbell University Divinity School Bible Lands Study Tour. We began with a visit to a museum adjacent to our kibbutz hotel at Nof Ginosar. The museum houses what...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Clean Out The Closets

By: Ginger Hughes Our entryway closet greets us as we walk in the door.  It’s the perfect dropping off spot for coats, shoes, umbrellas, and book bags.  As soon as we walk inside, we can hang jackets on the provided hangers, put shoes on the provided shelves, hang...

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Choosing the Better Part

By: Ginger Hughes Today there are crayons, construction paper, and glue sticks with no tops stuck to my table from my little one’s “art” project. There’s a half-done puzzle littering our living room floor. There’s a pile of mismatched socks in the laundry room that...

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Waiting For Spring

By: Ginger Hughes He squatted down close to the dirt, playing with his elephant, tiger, and tapir, an uncommon mix to be sure.  As he played, his eyes drifted to a small, green shoot poking through the dirt.  “What’s this, Mama?” he asked while continuing to dig in...

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When Being First Means Being Last

By: Ginger Hughes I’ve had the opportunity to observe a lot of people recently as our family enjoyed some fun-filled days at Disney World. Standing in lines for elevators, restaurants, rides, ice cream vendors, and yes...even bathrooms, afford you a lot of time to...

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Releasing The Reins

By: Ginger Hughes I watched my son ride horses recently, the reins held firmly in his small hands, his feet dangling on each side of the saddle nowhere close to reaching the stirrups. My dad, his “Papa”, walked alongside him, answering ALL the questions my little guy...

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When You Can’t See The Way

By: Ginger Hughes This afternoon, I took the kids to the local walking park to walk and ride bikes.  It was starting to get cooler and the wind was picking up, so we decided to stay on the side of the path that gets the most sunshine. We walked along, my daughter...

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