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Latest Blog Articles: John Pierce

Sorry! But it needs to be said

By John D. Pierce There are not many things President Trump is honest about. He is a record-setting liar. His false claims are so numerous and outrageous that even his best defenders call them “alternate facts” and dismiss proven accurate information as “fake news.”...

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Know better

By John D. Pierce Reading Nurturing Faith Journal has many benefits — with the overarching advantage of gaining understanding around the many issues impacting thoughtful and faithful daily living. The latest issue explores the role of “hard prayers,” the good reasons...

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Rightfully wrong

By John D. Pierce Shortly after the formation of the more open and historically principled Cooperative Baptist Fellowship nearly three decades ago, some naysayers were quick to predict its demise. It was popular during the developing years to hear someone pontificate:...

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‘Call Stories’

For those attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Birmingham next week, please join us for the release of a new Healthy Church Resources book: Call Stories: Hearing and Responding to God’s Call Barry Howard, Editor Wednesday, June 19, at 9 PM...

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Missing arms and other alarms

By John D. Pierce Any “air conditioning” in my family’s old Pontiac station wagon required cranking down four windows to create a breeze. Dad, however, was the only one permitted to rest his arm on the car door with this elbow protruding. “Keep your arms in the car”...

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Latest Blog Articles: Tony Cartledge

Junkanoo and protocol, too

The 2019 Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) got off to a rousing start Monday with a packed house gathering to enjoy welcome activities offered by the meeting's Bahamian hosts. A string of dignitaries were introduced and recognized by name and title...

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Celebrating “HERstory”

The 2019 Baptist International Conference on Theological Education (BICTE) wrapped up July 7 with a panel discussion featuring 11 representative global pastors, counselors, and theologians responding to questions raised by participants in the meeting, which drew about...

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23 and Philistine

Bible scholars have long speculated about the origins of the Philistines, who showed up in southern Palestine during the transition from the Late Bronze Age to Iron Age I, somewhere around 1200 BCE. After failing to conquer Egypt in a sea battle that cost the...

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Lost in translation

The second day of the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education got underway with a stirring paper by Valérie Duval-Poujol of France on the subject of "Bible Translations and How They Have Affected Women's Engagement in the Church and Society."...

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Women, Baptists, and theology

Every five years or so, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) sponsors a conference with the ungainly acronym of BICTE: the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education. Meeting either before or after the BWA's Annual Gathering, the conference generally...

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Zucchini Gump

One of my favorite movies is Forrest Gump, and there's a memorable scene in which his army friend Bubba recites to him all the different ways his coastal Louisiana mother knows how to cook shrimp. Fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp alfredo, shrimp...

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Latest Blog Articles: Ginger Hughes

Fully Known and Fully Loved

By: Ginger Hughes “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The starlit skies devoid of city lights sparkle down at me.  The eagle soars high above head, the vast Wyoming skies its home.  The rugged edges of the Grand Tetons,...

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What Do They See When They Look At Me?

By: Ginger Hughes There have been times in my life when I found Sunday School or church to be intimidating.  Perhaps it’s my introverted ways, but I can remember feeling nervous about walking into a new church or a new Sunday School room filled with people who already...

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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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