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Author John D. Pierce

John D. Pierce is executive editor / publisher at Nurturing Faith Journal and Bible Studies (formerly Baptists Today).

The radical side of Jesus is downplayed in a US church culture that values order and authority and resists challenges to the status quo. For a reminder, look to the music of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. […] Read More

‘Truth and Hope’

The prophetic tradition of truth-telling anchored in hope is exactly what we need in this particularly perilous time in which fear and uncertainly seek to rule our days. Walter Brueggemann’s timely new book hits the mark. […] Read More

Chalk it up to putting social distancing into practice. First Baptist of Gainesville, Georgia, called a pastor and hardly anyone attended. Instead, the pastor preached to empty rows of pews as members listened online or on the radio. […] Read More

To read the life story of Imam Imad Enchassi is to marvel at how he has lived through war, ongoing discrimination and the travails of a refugee – and done so with great success and with mercy and love beyond degree. […] Read More

Love of a white nationalistic agenda is neither truly American nor Christian. Certain pious politicians and politicized preachers act in the same self-serving ways their predecessors enabled and excused gender and racial inequality. […] Read More

Truth can be unsettling. That’s why so many ignore it in favor of false but more comfortable narratives. For those who dare to face uncomfortable truth – since Jesus said such is the key to personal and spiritual freedom – there is a new resource worth reading: “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the […] Read More

Following Jesus has gone from being a sacrificial, ongoing calling to a sure-step, definable formula, in which one is free to ignore all kinds of things Jesus said and did – and still claim to be Christian. […] Read More

James 2:19 observes, “It’s good that you believe that God is one. Ha! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble with fear.” Rather than using the more commonly translated – “Good!” or “Good for you!” – the Common English Bible renders as the middle line in the well-communicated English term as “Ha!” That verse […] Read More

Generally, most of us want to be nice – and are deemed nice. We care about people and respect their differences; we seek to be around nice people ourselves. Persons who don’t behave nicely in our society create enough ugliness – with no need for us to add any more. So, setting our response default […] Read More

Jesus’ life and teachings didn’t matter very much. At least that’s the idea one gets from those U.S. Christians who see his only earthly purpose in coming to die as a penalty for human sinfulness – and then rocketing off to heaven to fix up some cushy mansions for our afterlife while awaiting our arrival. […] Read More