Remembering James Dunn

Remembering James Dunn

By John Pierce Fresh out of seminary in the early ’80s, it didn’t take long for me to discover the highlight of attending the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. It was simply listed in the extensive program as the Report from the Baptist Joint Committee on...
Nostalgic and critical

Nostalgic and critical

By John Pierce Dr. Bill Hoyt chaired the Religion and Philosophy Department at Berry College in the 1970s, when I was one of the few students on the world’s largest campus who chose such a major. It was a wonderful opportunity to benefit from a serious academic...
Ministering among mixed responses

Ministering among mixed responses

By John Pierce There are those who are celebrating the Supreme Court decision on the legality of same-sex marriage. There are those who are deeply disappointed, even alarmed, by it. These persons often share the same profession of faith and even belong to the same...
Pastoral words

Pastoral words

By John Pierce Ministers across the nation this morning are offering pastoral words of hope, challenge and peace following the horrific, hate-driven murders of nine participants in a Charleston, S.C., Bible study. Finding understanding, however, is impossible. It just...
Nicknames

Nicknames

By John Pierce During a camping trip when we were teens, my best friend Dale peeled a bright orange, oval label from the package of meat we were about to grill and pressed it to his forehead. It simply read, “GROUND CHUCK.” Not only did the label stick; so did a...
Those baffling Baptist boundary keepers

Those baffling Baptist boundary keepers

An admittedly snarky blog by John Pierce Over recent decades a major shift occurred within Southern Baptist Convention leadership. The emphasis moved from cooperation to control. Specifically, terms like “inerrancy” became code words for equating biblical allegiance...