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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

TRUTH & HOPE

By John D. Pierce In his timely new book, Truth & Hope: Essays For A Perilous Age, Walter Brueggemann writes: “Truth-telling is grounded in the God who will not be mocked by our illusions. Hope is God-grounded in the conviction that even our wayward resistance...

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It’s a good time to talk

By John D. Pierce When moving last year I set aside some old, personal family stuff for a rainy day. Or, as it turned out, for an unexpected time of isolation. Digging through old photos, news clippings and other artifacts on a recent secluded evening was an enjoyable...

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Judson-Rice Award Dinner among “change of plans”

By John D. Pierce Regretfully, we are cancelling the Judson-Rice Award Dinner sponsored by Nurturing Faith. The event was set for April 16 in Anderson, S.C. We will keep you posted as alternative plans develop. Once those are determined, we’ll address dinner...

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Choosing good responses

By John D. Pierce My friends Chris and Dianne Fuller, while living in Savannah years ago, experienced a flooded house. It was a mess for them and their two sons. Even effervescent Chris was feeling down when his parents, Millard and Linda, founders of Habitat of...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Essential services

No one needs reminding that life is currently different from anything we've known before. With large gatherings banned, in-person church meetings have been called off with no clear end in sight. As more and more states impose "shelter in place" guidelines, everyone is...

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Let’s get a grip … on something other than guns

I confess to having been a bit surprised by the outright panic many people seem to be experiencing in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It is a crisis: don't get me wrong. We need to take it seriously and pay attention to advice from health authorities. We need to stay...

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You saw it here first

First, Susan uncovered what first looked like a spear point, but turned out to be the head of a bronze scepter. Everyone gathered around to look at the find, and some dirt near the edge of a baulk was displaced. As soon as the others left, I scooped up the displaced...

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The temple beneath the bridge …

Beneath a huge bridge on the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, just past a huge subdivision called Mevaseret Zion and less than four miles northwest of the Old City, one can find the remains of an ancient temple that may have been used to worship both Yahweh and...

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Have we erred on Ur?

For years, most Bible readers have assumed that Abraham’s hometown should be identified with the great city of Ur, located in southern Mesopotamia, an area known in ancient times as Sumer. The area is now in southern Iraq; the site of Ur is near the modern city of...

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Pardon my skepticism

Several news outlets have reported what some see as exciting news with headlines like "Relic believed to be of Jesus' manger returned to Bethlehem" (UPI) and "After Two Thousand Years, Jesus' Manger Returns to Bethlehem in Time for Christmas" (Haaretz). The headlines...

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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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