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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).

Many persons of a variety of religious backgrounds – including this Baptist editor – are alarmed by Georgia Baptist editor Gerald Harris’ insinuation that America’s guarantee of religious freedom should be limited for Muslims. Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Jim Galloway today pointed to Harris’ June 6 editorial in The Christian Index, a historic and now […] Read More

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 work from worship times and settings to theological conclusions and religious expressions. None of […] Read More

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 recent years. It is this ingenious American concept that allows faith to freely […] Read More

It is not unusual to hear certain politicians, commentators and preachers – and followers who parrot their words in Facebook posts and political arguments – express strong support for the nation of Israel. In recent years, however, these calls for unwavering loyalty to the Israeli government, regardless of their policies or actions, have grown in […] Read More

My recollections of the civil rights movement of the ’60s are rather limited. I was sheltered from much of the reality and shaped by a social context that placed blame solely on “troublemakers” like Martin Luther King Jr. Living in a community where African Americans were scarce and isolated led to little contact outside my […] Read More

Marcus Mumford, front man for the popular musical act, Mumford and Sons, has caused a stir among evangelical Christians. When asked by Rolling Stone magazine if he considers himself to be a Christian, Mumford said: “I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage.” He added: “So, no, I wouldn’t call myself […] 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