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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

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...

Explore America’s religious heritage with us

By John D. Pierce Many Americans are woefully — and in some cases, willingly —ignorant of this nation’s unique religious heritage. Misguided preachers, politicians and pundits often add to the false narratives that misrepresent historical accuracy and undermine...

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...

Competition from within and without

By John D. Pierce One Sunday morning I exited a hotel elevator and walked toward the front desk. In the lobby I passed and greeted a young man in jeans with a guitar in one hand and box of donuts in the other. I surmised that he was headed to a rented conference room...

10 REASONS TO GO WEST (WITH US)

By John D. Pierce Spending a full week with great people while sharing wonder-filled experiences is something worth looking forward to and making plans for now. Here are 10 of the many good reasons to register for the Nurturing Faith Experience: Yellowstone/Tetons to...

Dinner, music and a fitting tribute

By John D. Pierce Here’s a deal: What if you could soak in some remarkable American music and then gain insights from a most-thoughtful theologian? We’ll even throw in a really nice dinner shared with a bunch of delightful people. That’s exactly what is being planned...

Different ways, different audiences

By John D. Pierce A college introductory course in sociology of religion was very mind opening for me. It helped me to see how belief systems and institutional religious practices are shaped by cultural contexts. Factors other than the movement of God’s Spirit are at...