John Pierce Blog

History matters; so do our words and deeds

By John D. Pierce The renaissance of downtown Chattanooga in recent decades has brought much to enjoy from the North Shore to the Southside — making the choices challenging when deciding where to eat and what to do on a given day. It is a quite different place than...

On GIVING TUESDAY, please do!

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) comes on the heels of the busiest in-store and online shopping sprees. When Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive, he wasn’t referring to more sweaters and ties for those with already bulging closets. Personal generosity fuels...

Where racism resides

By John D. Pierce Where does racism reside? Ultimately, it finds its resting place in human hearts. And there is even more evidence recently that a large number of such hearts huddle under church steeples on Sundays. Oh, we can ignore such reality in an effort to move...

Supertramp, Billy Graham and Texas Baptists

By John D. Pierce Christianity Today published a recent tribute marking the 98th birthday of Billy Graham. The now-aging evangelist was instrumental in the founding of the publication. In the friendly article (titled “The Remarkable Mr. Graham”), biographer Grant...

Lasting impact

By John D. Pierce We all have those teachers whose impact lasted beyond the final exam. My list of classroom heroes includes Dr. George Braswell. His seminary class on cross-cultural communication has long informed my understanding and practice of relating to those...

Nothing to do with Jesus

By John D. Pierce One significant revelation in this endless political season has been the clear disclosure of “the Christian right” as a political movement having nothing to do with Jesus. Absolutely nothing. And it never has. It’s always been about power, and...

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