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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

The overabundance of unchanged minds

By John D. Pierce Few things are as rare as a changed mind. Everyone seems to buy into a particular ideology and defend it regardless of faults or facts. Often professing Christians are the most rigid and defensive by attributing divine endorsements to weak but...

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Misappropriated funs

By John D. Pierce Productivity often defines my day as being “good.” There is a sense of satisfaction that comes from work well done. And the more that gets checked off the to-do list, the better. There are also those “good” days that begin with abandoning the laptop...

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Elitism and Lent

By John D. Pierce At hotel check-in time I am profusely thanked for being “elite” as well as loyal. A new rewards program has designated my status as “titanium” now, not merely “platinum.” Even the plastic key and paper holder that let me find and enter my...

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Where have I heard that before?

By John D. Pierce “I’m a believer that the church has to transform the culture, not the culture transforming the church,” said Pastor Jeff Kersey of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, S.C., speaking in opposition to equality for LGBTQ persons. Where have...

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Jesus just ain’t mean enough

By John D. Pierce For some professing Christians Jesus just ain’t mean enough. They claim him as their savior but consider him a wimp when it comes to “real life” experiences. They impose a strictly literally interpretation on the Bible, in principle, but literally...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

BWA reporting upswing

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) stopped a six-year slide in contributions with a ten percent growth in gifts during 2018, but General Secretary Elijah Brown cautioned Executive Committee members gathered March 4-6 in Falls Church, Va., that one year’s growth does not...

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Remembering Fido

My wife paints pets, one of several ways she finds joy in expressing her considerable artistic talents. She's been working for some time on a triptych of large oil paintings depicting women who sit along the crowded alleyways of the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of...

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Raining busts and horses?

It's been dry in Israel for several years, a small reminder of periodic droughts mentioned in the Bible. That recently came to an end with a spate of heavy winter rains. Israel typically has seasonal rains, usually beginning with scattered showers in October,...

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Time’s a wastin’!

The first newspaper comic strip I remember reading was "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith," a mostly lame characterization of a hillbilly family from a place called "Hootin' Holler." One of the oldest strips around, it started in 1919 and still continues, 100 years...

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Maybe, maybe not

Christianity Today recently released a list of "Top Ten" archaeological discoveries in 2018, and several important things were announced during the year, though some of them had been found earlier. On the first day of 2018, for example, Israeli archaeologists...

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A good life lived

She had been giving Phyllis, the weekend daytime caregiver, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare chicken and dressing in the crock pot. “People will eat that,” she said. “It’s going to be good.” She worried about having enough eggs for cooking when the family...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

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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Pressing On

By: Ginger Hughes This is the time of year when we break out the pen and paper, the planner or journal, and begin to write down those resolutions. You know the ones where we resolve to lose some weight, exercise rigorously, and cut out sweets. Or perhaps we aspire to...

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Merry And Bright

By: Ginger Hughes Commercials show children’s eyes alight with wonder as they come down the stairs on Christmas morning.  We see couples smiling and sharing silly banter as they prepare breakfast together.  Bright and shiny new toys, gifts, and even cars elicit...

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