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Author John D. Pierce

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

Out of the blue, our 12-year-old daughter recently declared: “I’m going to marry either a Greek or a Jew.” The obvious “Why?” response brought a simple explanation. Festive weddings of those traditions that she has seen in movies or on television make the ones she has attended look pale in scope, drama and extravagance. It […] Read More

Were you raised too Baptist? Here are 10 signs that may indicate that you were. 1. You thought “peacethatpassesunderstanding” was one word. 2. You missed more episodes of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” than you saw because of Sunday night services. 3. You thought the tablets Moses brought down from the mountain were written […] Read More

New ethical dilemmas show up all the time. While the issues change often, the big question remains: Is this right? Ethics, of course, is about matching behavior with beliefs. Some answers to ethical dilemmas are easier to determine than others. A recent story from Religion News Service focuses on the morality of walking out on […] Read More

Late next year, a second major gathering will be held under the banner of a Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant. That is about all that is known at this point. The highly successful event held in Atlanta in the winter of 2008 drew thousands of Baptists from across North America to an unprecedented time […] Read More

The Great Commission Task Force report that was overwhelmingly approved by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention on June 15 has its roots in a chapel address given by Southeastern Seminary President Danny Akin in April 2009. In that address, but not in the adopted report, is an expressed concern over “bloated bureaucracies” in the […] Read More

Sorting mail has created a new pile at our house: college stuff. Our 16-year-old daughter, wrapping up her junior year in high school, receives a steady stream of materials from colleges and universities, large and small, near and far. As one who couldn’t see beyond my own locality at that age, I confess to living […] Read More

    Parents whose sons and daughters go to Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., can rest assured that soon every faculty member will have expressed allegiance to the narrow doctrinal confines of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message statement.     According to an article in the Georgia Baptist Convention-controlled newspaper, The Christian Index, the […] Read More

It was hard not to laugh when reading the Baptist Press story about Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president Johnny Hunt issuing a new declaration — with hundreds of signatures from other SBC leaders — calling for a “Great Commission Resurgence” within the denominational group.   Apparently, it has something to do with the dipping statistics […] Read More

Southern Baptist editor Kelly Boggs’ recent column in Baptist Press reveals why white conservative Christians are not taken seriously in needed discussions about race. The editor of the Louisiana Baptist Convention newspaper, Baptist Message, addressed the controversy over a political cartoon in the New York Post that many considered offensive ”believing it to portray President […] Read More