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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...

What is the naked truth?

By John D. Pierce The late humorist Lewis Grizzard once explained common Southern vernacular regarding nudity. “Naked,” he said, means you don’t have on clothes. “Nekkid,” however, means you don’t have on clothes — “and are up to something.” A lingering Puritan...

Weakened words

By John D. Pierce Words can lose much of their meaning when they get repeatedly misused. The words “university” and “clearance” come to mind first. Some small colleges, even those in decline, will take on the university name in an effort to enhance their reputation....

What do religious voters really want?

By John Pierce A new study from Pew Research, released yesterday, sheds light on what has become rather obvious in this and recent election cycles: a candidate’s religious identity and commitments don’t mean as much as they once did. Of course, that doesn’t keep a...

Knowing and Growing

By John D. Pierce After many months of careful contemplation, wise counsel, creative thinking and roll-up-your-sleeves crafting, the inaugural Nurturing Faith Journal is in the hands of the printer. Soon it will be in the hands of readers far and wide. Blending the...