A musical conversation to which you are invited

A musical conversation to which you are invited

By John Pierce Whenever I fill the pulpit of a church — near or far, large or small — it is not surprising to see another name listed in the order of worship: Stan Pethel. Lacking omnipresence, Stan is not in attendance everywhere his name appears. Yet choral music...
Sunrises and sunsets

Sunrises and sunsets

By John Pierce Perhaps “glory” is an overused word — though not as much as “awesome.” Yet it conveys a sense of magnificence beyond measure or definition. Glory seems to have a spiritual dimension. It’s a biblical word. Hymn writers often use it — almost always...
Buddy check!

Buddy check!

By John Pierce On a recent hot, humid day — and we’ve had weeks of them this summer — my daughter Abigail was chilling in the pool. Approaching, I called out: “BUDDY CHECK! BUDDY CHECK!” She gave me that familiar “my father has lost his mind” look. So I asked: “Have...
Remembering Rudy Hayes

Remembering Rudy Hayes

By John Pierce Rudy Hayes died on Thursday, and he was part of a dying breed: small-town newspaper editors who built trust and wielded influence. He was editor of the Americus Times-Recorder in southwest Georgia for 40 years. The Waycross, Ga., native moved to...