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...
‘Courageous conversations’

‘Courageous conversations’

By John Pierce Filmmaker Ken Burns, on a news show last week, called for a “courageous conversation” about race in light of the racially motivated murders of church members in Charleston, S.C. He referred to the legacy of the American Civil War that he captured so...
Randall Lolley’s gifts — and ours

Randall Lolley’s gifts — and ours

By John Pierce Those blessed to know Randall Lolley as seminary president, pastor, visionary leader and/or friend are aware of his many gifts. One is his insightful and effective communication of the Gospel. Now the gift of Dr. Lolley’s preaching will become a larger...
They’re here!

They’re here!

By John Pierce Looking for excellent Bible studies from a trusted writer? Well, hot of the press are the first two entries in the Nurturing Faith Bible Study SERIES by Tony Cartledge. The lessons and background materials (Digging Deeper, Hardest Questions,...
A chiming reminder

A chiming reminder

By John Pierce “Almighty and gracious God, You desire that Your people worship You in the beauty of holiness,” read church archivist Mary Etta Sanders from a litany of dedication. Members of First Baptist Church of Dalton, Ga., assembled on the front lawn following...
Adventure and Inspiration

Adventure and Inspiration

By John Pierce We have just two rooms (with queen beds) remaining for individuals or couples wanting to join us for: NURTURING FAITH EXPERIENCE: MONTANA Historic Belton Chalet, West Glacier, Mont. JULY 13-18 Leader: Ken Mottram, a hospital chaplain and experienced...