‘Festering’ alienation

‘Festering’ alienation

By John Pierce It is easy to understand that there are those who oppose the swift-moving cultural acceptance of same-sex marriage in American society. What I struggle to grasp is why those in opposition find this legal granting of civil rights to a very small...
‘Caving into culture’ is often needed

‘Caving into culture’ is often needed

By John Pierce Whenever a hot-button issue arises within the larger society, as well as within church life, there are those who charge proponents of social change with abandoning the Bible and caving into culture. One does not have to be an indefatigable historian to...
Repetition again

Repetition again

By John Pierce Here we go again: Stomping and stumbling our way through Lent. Choosing the rocky, rugged, narrow path of introspection and confession. Why? For one, we know where it all leads. But doing it all again also brings about some unexpected results. It’s a...
Idealism — or faith greater than mine?

Idealism — or faith greater than mine?

By John Pierce Yesterday, when reporting on the Islamic State’s continuous barbarism, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discussed claims that an American hostage had been killed in Jordanian airstrikes. The conversations were primarily, and appropriately, about the likelihood this...
15 challenging, rewarding years

15 challenging, rewarding years

By John Pierce Fifteen years ago (Feb. 1, 2000) I embarked on a new and different journey as executive editor of Baptists Today, an autonomous, national news journal based in Macon, Ga. It has been a demanding yet rewarding experience. At times, the challenges seemed...