John Pierce Blog

‘Courageous conversations’

By John Pierce Filmmaker Ken Burns, on a news show last week, called for a “courageous conversation” about race in light of the racially motivated murders of church members in Charleston, S.C. He referred to the legacy of the American Civil War that he captured so...

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...

Randall Lolley’s gifts — and ours

By John Pierce Those blessed to know Randall Lolley as seminary president, pastor, visionary leader and/or friend are aware of his many gifts. One is his insightful and effective communication of the Gospel. Now the gift of Dr. Lolley’s preaching will become a larger...

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

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

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...

Personal problems

By John Pierce Politicians and news media were frenzied yesterday following the deadly passenger train wreck in Philadelphia. There were passionate calls for cooperation, spending and competency beyond the typical legislative process or news reporting. Something...

They’re here!

By John Pierce Looking for excellent Bible studies from a trusted writer? Well, hot of the press are the first two entries in the Nurturing Faith Bible Study SERIES by Tony Cartledge. The lessons and background materials (Digging Deeper, Hardest Questions,...