John Pierce Blog

Bill Self: gifted preacher, visionary leader

By John D. Pierce Whenever Bill Self’s name appeared on an incoming phone call I had a pretty idea of how the conversation would go. It would begin with Bill telling me about some great idea. And it always ended with me agreeing to do something to help make that idea...

How to be a safe and secure preacher

By John D. Pierce America’s deep and intense ideological divide is obvious from social media posts to coffee shop conversations to the relentless political season’s assault on the senses. But nowhere are these impassioned yet opposing perspectives more apparent and...

Ceremonial faith is not enough

By John D. Pierce The U.S. is beset with what I’ll call “ceremonial Christianity.” Before identifying and addressing that concern, a little background as to how I reached that term and concept might be helpful. Separation of Church and State has gotten a bad rap in...

NEW LOOK, SAME MISSION

MEDIA RELEASE                                                 December 29, 2015 Baptists Today news journal to re-brand as expanded bimonthly Nurturing Faith Journal with new features, upgraded web presence MACON, Ga. — The autonomous, national news journal Baptists...

Miracle enough

By John D. Pierce An ecumenical service to honor the remarkable life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta was held in an Atlanta-area Baptist church soon after her death in 1997. It was a fitting tribute — that included sisters from her Missionaries of Charity — to the...

Journeying with Randall Lolley

By John D. Pierce Some of us were blessed to pass through the theological seminary in old Wake Forest when Randall Lolley was president. You could call it good timing — or just a blessing. Others — in Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Greensboro — benefited from hearing his...

Witnesses or pouters?

By John D. Pierce The number of “shopping days ’til Christmas” keeps counting down. This narrowing stretch of time tends to bring excitement or frenzy or frustration — or combinations of those feelings and others. Some interesting dynamics take place during this time...