Weakened words

Weakened words

By John D. Pierce Words can lose much of their meaning when they get repeatedly misused. The words “university” and “clearance” come to mind first. Some small colleges, even those in decline, will take on the university name in an effort to enhance their reputation....
What do religious voters really want?

What do religious voters really want?

By John Pierce A new study from Pew Research, released yesterday, sheds light on what has become rather obvious in this and recent election cycles: a candidate’s religious identity and commitments don’t mean as much as they once did. Of course, that doesn’t keep a...
Alice and Libby and Gene

Alice and Libby and Gene

By John D. Pierce Baptist churches often take on forms and functions assumed to be the norm or even biblically directed for all times. Such was long the case for deacons. A leadership structure evolved and solidified in many Baptist churches that placed enormous power...
Let justice roll down

Let justice roll down

By John D. Pierce Dr. Albert Paul Brinson shared stories of the civil rights movement and his close relationship to the King family with my daughter, Abigail, during a recent visit to his home in Atlanta. As a Morehouse senior in 1960, Al was part of the Atlanta...