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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

‘Finer’ fundamentalism

By John D. Pierce Year after year it gets harder to understand the ways of Southern Baptist Convention leaders — unless you understand how fundamentalism in any context plays out in a consistent fashion of exclusion. Most striking is what fundamentalists will...

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Seeking better views

By John D. Pierce It is my deep conviction that much of American evangelicalism needs a better view. So-called “biblical worldview” and “Christian worldview” often denote a political ideology that largely or completely ignores the life and teachings of Jesus. Taking a...

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Florence and friends

By John D. Pierce Many Nurturing Faith readers and friends are located in the areas being impacted so heavily by forces of Florence. Be assured of our prayers for your safety and for those who rally to provide emergency and other services. Such devastation is...

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Getting off the suckers list

By John D. Pierce Recently CNN reported a sad story of how some seniors and others have been scammed multiple times and are considered ripe for the picking. So their names and contact information are sold on what is deemed a “suckers list." Something as innocent as...

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Read this book to read the Bible better

By John D. Pierce Some people find the Bible to be confusing. Others compound the confusion by treating the Bible as if a catalogue, rule book, science or history text, or other lesser volume than its intended purpose. Still others attribute claims to the Bible — for...

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‘Where’s the light to guide us through?’

By John D. Pierce The first time a Kate Campbell CD landed in my inbox, in 2001, it stayed there until a convincing publicist called weeks later to follow up. Leaving the office I grabbed the hymns-plus-original-songs CD, Wandering Strange, and played it in my car....

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

You never know what you’ll find …

Every other year, Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences co-sponsor a study tour of Israel and parts of the West Bank. And every year, one of the most memorable outings occurs at a place many participants had never heard of: Maresha....

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What does the DNA say?

Two recent stories highlight the growing role of DNA analysis in archaeology. One of them offers a reminder that Israel -- a land bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe -- has always been a land of migrants. In 1995, a large karstic cave (one formed by eroding of...

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Walking on holy ground …

Want to Experience Israel in 2019? Here's how ... You can join me and New Testament professor Alicia Myers, along with veteran guide Doron Heiliger, for a 10-day tour of Israel and the West Bank May 11-22, 2019. Here are the details: The cost is $3850 from...

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The cost of not thinking ahead

I had the best of intentions, planting that tree, 24 years ago. I'm a sentimental sort, sometimes perhaps overly so, and I was looking for ways to symbolically remember my young daughter Bethany, who had fallen victim to a drunk driver in January 1994. So, I stopped...

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The world’s oldest bread …

Some excitement accompanied a recent announcement that archaeologists from the University of Copenhagen have discovered fragments of carbonized flatbread in the remains of a fireplace dating back to 14,400 BCE, 4,000 years before the date traditionally associated with...

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Things I learned in Switzerland

The Baptist World Alliance held its Annual Gathering in Zurich this year, providing an ideal opportunity to explore that old city between meetings -- and to enjoy some vacation time in Interlaken the following week. Here are a few things I learned. The Swiss are...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

We Can Trust: Our Story Ends In Victory

By: Ginger Hughes It’s true that life is beautiful and full of joy. There are newly promised vows and 50th wedding anniversaries.  There are babies being born and seniors graduating college.  There are fabulous places to travel, backyard barbeques with friends, and...

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Unless We Stop Saying “Unless”

By: Ginger Hughes Here am I Lord, send me… Unless it’s to Africa or the Middle East or some other far away place.  Afterall God, I don’t know the language or the culture.  And what about my safety?  Some of these places are dangerous. Here am I Lord, send me… Unless...

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Making Room For Rest

By: Ginger Hughes Our family is enjoying a fun-filled vacation at the beach this week.  We’ve walked on the beach, played in the surf, eaten delicious seafood, visited a planetarium, indulged in one too many ice cream cones, built a sand “mountain,” and even read some...

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A View From The Middle

By: Ginger Hughes I’m no longer a young person. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to think of myself as young(ish), but young I am not. The years of childhood, teenage angst, and even young adulthood are all long gone. I’m here, somewhere in the middle, though...

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Intentional Interactions

By: Ginger Hughes As Mom and I walked toward the door of the Cancer Center, a woman greeted us with the most beautiful smile and warm “hello.”  Her eyes radiated joy and somehow, I felt her empathy and compassion extend through her words as she asked how we were...

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Dear Young Ones,

By: Ginger Hughes Dear Young Ones, I know you’re scared. I know you’re scared because you’ve been pulled away from your mom or dad, grandmother or grandfather, tears flowing from their eyes, a look of terror on their faces. I know you’re scared because people are...

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