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Getting off course

Getting off course

By John D. Pierce Jordan Spieth’s final-round meltdown at the Masters yesterday is the top sports story today. In tragedies of all kinds, there is more emphasis on the one who lost than on the victor. It was a most unlikely happening for the 22-year-old seeking a rare...
Milepost 60

Milepost 60

By John D. Pierce For many of my friends and me, this is the year we turn 60. It’s amazing how quickly one can go from Chocks (or Flintstones) to silver vitamins. Once upon a time 60 was old age. Those were the retired guys with eight and half fingers who helped us...
Beeting the food trends

Beeting the food trends

By John D. Pierce Much of the food my family consumes now had no presence or even awareness in my childhood home: quinoa, orzo, sushi, kale to name just a few. Words, nor foods, like couscous, arugula, chipotle, fennel, pesto, feta, balsamic, mascarpone and gorgonzola...
Mentoring: Jack Causey’s good cause

Mentoring: Jack Causey’s good cause

By John D. Pierce This month Jack Causey wraps up his good work with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina. In that role since 2007, Jack has assisted churches in times of transition and has been a trusted mentor to scores of ministers. A mentor is...
Damaged faith

Damaged faith

By John D. Pierce The Gospel has been so Americanized and Jesus so domesticated that to claim to be Christian in our modern context says very little of substance about a person. It simply raises suspicions of being fearful of change, quick to discriminate and eager to...
Taking a look at ‘Look-at-me’ missions

Taking a look at ‘Look-at-me’ missions

By John D. Pierce  A man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus...