How we say it matters

How we say it matters

By John Pierce Often I need the reminder, “It’s not just what you say but how you say it.” Those of us who tend to be rather direct — and somewhat blunt — in making our points can be correct in our statements yet inadequate in communicating needed sensitivity and...
The growing years

The growing years

By John Pierce [Note: My brother, Robert Franklin Pierce Jr., was a minister in the North Georgia Conference of United Methodists. He died Sept. 1 after years of struggling with a variety of health concerns. These are some of my reflections on our growing up...
Lessons from the cotton patch continue

Lessons from the cotton patch continue

By John Pierce A recent coffee-shop conversation led me to note that Jesus was not very socially acceptable. American Christians, in general, have domesticated the Son of God into someone less offensive than the real one — whose offenses included loving the unlovely,...
What a shame!

What a shame!

By John Pierce Three Southern Baptist “biblical counseling experts” have given advice to families with gay or lesbian children. And their advice is frighteningly unloving and unhealthy. According to a Baptist Press article, seminary professors Heath Lambert, John...